Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Last updated on February 2, 2023
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.
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 starting 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
The data contained in this website is for general information purposes only, and is not legal advice. It is intended to provide snorkelers with the information that will enable them to engage in safe and enjoyable snorkeling, and it is not meant as a substitute for swim level, physical condition, experience, or local knowledge. Remember that all marine activities, including snorkeling, are potentially dangerous, and that you enter the water at your own risk. You must take an individual weather, sea conditions and hazards assessment before entering the water. If snorkeling conditions are degraded, postpone your snorkeling or select an alternate site. Know and obey local laws and regulations, including regulated areas, protected species, wildlife interaction and dive flag laws.
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