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Anse La Blague is a stunning quiet stretch of sand very off the beaten path. Snorkeling is not among the best you can find in Praslin but it is a beautiful place where you can enjoy a session completely alone and unbothered.

Geometric moray eel
A small geometric moray found swimming in the open at Anse La Blague.

How to get to Anse La Blague snorkeling spot?

Anse La Blague is located north of Baie Ste Anne, just a 10-minute drive from Cote d’Or/Anse Volbert. The road to reach the beach is very narrow, drive with care. Once the road reaches the beach take the right dirt road and keep on driving until you find the abandoned estates (see map below). Parking is available on the side of the tiny road. The beach can be accessed without restrictions.

Anse La Blague is also a good place as a start point to explore the nearby Anse La Farine where snorkeling is definitely the best you can find in Praslin in terms of fish variety and corals.

Anse La Blague snorkeling map, Praslin

Water entrance for snorkeling Anse La Blague

You should snorkel here only on low tide, hence make sure that you get here at the right time of the day. On low tide, the water is very still and snorkeling is safer, and, considering the poor presence of tourists, you can really enjoy the whole location for yourself.

On high tide the ocean becomes rougher, visibility drops and the conditions change drastically. This also depends on the time of the year you visit: it is always good practice to check with your hotel or a diving center if the weather and sea conditions are good to visit this spot.

You may enter the water from anywhere but beware of hidden stingrays.

Anse La Blague snorkeling exploration tips

The seabed is very poor of corals and not of great interest with a depth that continuously changes between 2ft/0.5m and 6ft/1.5m. Further towards the reef drop off the depths reaches about 6ft/2m. It is advised not to explore the reef drop-off itself, as this area can be dangerous because of currents and waves (stay in the sheltered parts of the reef).

Sandy and grassy beds at Anse La Blague
The typical seabed of Anse La Blague, made of sand, rocks and algae.

You will constantly change scenarios between sand areas, seaweed areas and rocky seabed. Some passages are too shallow to snorkel on low tide and it is better to walk past them, hence the use of reef shoes instead of fins is preferred, also considering the still water and poor effort to contrast currents (on low tide).

On the seabed, you can see plenty of sea urchin shells in the shallow area. Among the fish species you may spot here are the lagoon triggerfish, chromis and surgeonfish. Less frequent but present in the area are also several kinds of sergeants and butterflyfish. Beware around the rock formations as it is common here to spot eels that are not used to human presence and may perceive you as a threat.

Thumbprint emperor at Anse La Blague
A thumbprint emperor, easy to ID with its characteristic large blotch on the sides.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

There are no restaurants or facilities nearby hence we recommend you bring your own snacks and booze. About 500 mt before you reach the beach there is a small grocery shop but not always you will find it open.

 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth6ft/2m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • Potential DangersWaves, currents (especially on high tide), eels, stingrays
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersLow
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyNo

MAP Spot

These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.