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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Belle Mare, wild and unspoiled, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius. Relatively uncrowded, its lagoon offers nice and safe snorkeling. If shore snorkeling is possible, you can also organize a boat trip to reach the more remote coral areas, where the underwater life is more interesting.
Belle Mare is a town on the east coast of Mauritius, located a few kilometers north of Palmar and Trou d’Eau Douce. Part of Belle Mare beach is public and the other part is lined by resorts, including the LUX Belle Mare Resort & Villas and The Residence Hotel.
It is easy to reach this spot by car, taxi, or bus. If you want to explore the coral areas (zone 2 on the map), it is better to reach them by boat. You will find in Belle Mare several guides or fishermen who will take you to the reef for a few hundred rupees.
To explore the areas close to the beach (zone 1 on the map above), you can enter the water from the shore. It is around the black rocks north of the beach, on which a Hindu temple has been built, that the underwater life is most interesting.
To explore the reef, which starts about 500m from the beach (zone 2 on the map), it is advisable to enter the water from a boat. Swimming from the shore is not recommended, because of the many boats and jet skis traffic in the lagoon.
You can snorkel all over the Belle Mare lagoon. Two areas can however be distinguished:
The east coast of Mauritius is more exposed to the wind, particularly during the southern winter. Get to another location if the lagoon is rough.
There are several small restaurants and food trucks along the public beach. If you are staying at LUX Belle Mare Resort & Villas or The Residence Hotel, you will be right in front of the 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.
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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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