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If many visitors of southwest Martinique prefer go snorkeling on the top-sites of l’Anse Noire and l’Anse Dufour, you can also do some snorkeling from the center of Les Anses d’Arlet village, on a rocky and sandy area lying about 50 to 200 meters from the beach. Here you will find surprisingly fishy areas, and come across green sea turtles, which visit the bay for feeding on the seagrass beds.
The village of Les Anses d’Arlet is located on the southwest coast of the island. From Fort-de-France, take the A1 to the airport, then the N5 south for a few miles. Turn right on D7, following the signs to Anses d’Arlet. The village is well signposted. There are many spaces to park in the village, near the beach, It takes about 40 minutes by car to reach Anses d’Arlet (20mi/35km) from Fort-de-France when the traffic is light.
We recommend you to enter the water on the northern side of the pontoon, close to the rocky area (see map).
The area to explore covers the rocky area and the neighboring seagrass beds. In the area, the water height is constant (↕6-12ft/2-4m). The seabed is mainly sandy and grassy, with sometimes young coral formations. The small rocky areas, close to the beach, are the most fishy zones, and it’s easy to spot (among many other species) bluehead wrasse, sergeant-major and blue tang.
Reach the seagrass areas, a bit further from the beach, to have the chance to meet one (or more) green sea turtle. They like the calm and warm waters of the bay, where they can come to feed and rest. By criss-crossing the area, you should not have to wait too long before seeing them. It is not unusual to come across groups of two or three, feeding on the sea grass, also highly appreciated by big cushion starfish.
Always stay alert, as the boats coming and going in the bay are the main potential danger in the area
You will find in the village of Les Anse d’Arlet a large choice of shops, restaurants, snacks and accommodation.
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.