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Lying east of La Digue, Félicité is a luxury resort island. Although you cannot land there unless you stay in the Six Senses Zil Pasyon resort, snorkeling along the island’s shore is included in most snorkeling trips from La Digue. Its reef is damaged but rich in fish, and you will easily encounter in the shallows spotted eagle rays and hawksbill sea turtles, frequent visitors to the location.
Félicité Island lies a few miles off the coast of La Digue. There are several options to reach this spot:
If you are visiting the spot on a boat tour (or with your own boat arrangement), you will enter the water from it. If you stay on the island, enter the water from the small sandy beach just south of the port.
Félicité Island is a privately owned island with access restricted to its guests. Tours will drop you off directly on the reef, which lies a few dozen meters from the small island.
The spot can be divided into two distinct areas: the channel of the small marina, visited by spotted eagle rays, and the fringing coral reef, which lines the coastline south of the marina.
Be careful when you explore the channel, as boats may (rarely) use it to access the marina.
The Six Senses Zil Pasyon is the only accommodation on the island.
Hawksbill sea turtles are a familiar sight in La Digue and its neighboring islands, like Félicité Island. In order to be a responsible snorkeler, be sure to respect the following rules when observing them:
On La Digue main island, Anse Patate and Anse Caiman (both with free shore access) are also excellent snorkeling spots to encounter hawksbill sea turtles.
These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.
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.
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