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Mahebourg Bay hosts a tiny patch reef, located approximately 1,3 kilometers from the shore and only accessible by boat. It is located in one of the largest lagoon areas of the island. With its preserved coral and its wide variety of fish (including barracudas and clownfish), this reef is definitely one of the snorkeling best-kept secrets on Mauritius island. We recommend you to use a a local guide to explore this spot.

Snorkeling with Mauritius clownfish in Mahébourg Bay
The Mauritian clownfish (Amphiprion chrysogaster) is Mahebourg Reef most popular inhabitant.

How to get to Mahebourg Bay snorkeling spot?

The easiest way to snorkel the reef is to book a tour from Mahebourg. It will cost you from 850 rupees (€20) per person for approximately 2 hours. You can book it from local operators in Mahebourg or asking to boat owners on the waterfront. Only take the boats hat have a commercial permit to do the trip (those having the prefix PC, not PPC, on their boat).

Water entrance for snorkeling Mahebourg Bay

You will enter the water directly from the boat.

Mahebourg Bay snorkeling map, Mauritius

Mahebourg Bay snorkeling exploration tips

The spot covers a 500sqm patch reef in the lagoon, an area that is sheltered from the waves and currents. The water depth ranges from 1 to 8 meters (4-25ft), but your skipper will drop you in a 2-3m water depth area.

On the reef, you will observe a wide variety of fish at all water levels: needle fish, schools of juvenile barracudas, damselfish, sergeant majors and dozens of other species. The corals are mostly tabular ones with interspersed massif and stag horns, with patches of fire coral.

Snorkeling Mahébourg Bay reef
Over Mahebourg Reef, the water is pretty shallow, perfect for snorkeling and observing the sea life from the surface of the sea.

In the central part of the spot, you will observe a rock outcrop with a group of anemones with mature Mauritian clownfish (Amphiprion chrysogaster), endemic from Mauritius and Réunion Island.

Coral and sea urchin in Mahébourg Bay
A purple sea urchin hidden in a yellow porites coral.

Accommodation and catering near Mahebourg Bay

Ask for details about what is included in your excursion when booking. As this spot is relatively close to the shore, tours duration generally does not exceed 2 hours.


  • Level required Intermediary
  • Maximum depth25ft/8m
  • Water entranceEasy, from a boat
  • Potential DangersFire coral
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersLow
  • Access costsSnorkeling tour price (from €20pp.)
  • Restaurants nearbyNo
  • Public toilets & showersNo

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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.