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Located a few kilometers North of Grand Baie, Pereybere is one of the most famous and most visited public beaches of Mauritius Island. It allows snorkeling enthusiasts to reach two reef areas, rich in marine life, from the shore. On the reefs and in the lagoon, we can swim in the middle of a vast array of corals and colorful fish. The luckiest may even come across a sea turtle, since quite many of them come to this area.
The water entrance point depends on the area you want to explore:
We recommend mainly two areas for snorkeling in Pereybere, one on either side of Pointe d’Azur:
1/ The reef that faces the public beach and the so called “Beach Club” and “Plage du Mur” (area #1 on the map). In order to reach the reef areas, you must fin for about 300-350m in the direction of the barrier. On the inner reef, the corals, which can sometimes be found just above the surface at low tide, are of variable quality. Here we can observe, in particular, surgeonfish, butterflyfish and wrasses swayed by the ebb and flow of the tides. It is not unusual to come across sea turtles (both green and hawksbill), which appreciate these sheltered waters. On the Southern front of the reef there is a coral wall, which faces the pass which serves the public beach. Here, keep an eye out for Mauritius clownfish in their sea anemone, pretty rare to spot in snorkeling. When the sea is really calm, the most experimented snorkelers can consider exploring the outer side of the reef. As a bonus at the end, there is a wall of about ten meters and wide seabeds where barracuda, groupers, emperor fish and sometimes snappers come and go. It is strongly recommended to be equipped with a marker buoy when exploring any part of the area.
2/ The “lagoon” located North of Pointe d’Azur (area #2 on the map), in front of a sandy beach, often called “Plage des Blancs”. Here we can snorkel in a lagoon with calm and shallow water (↕1.50-2m). The seabeds are varied, with some beautiful coral patches, which increase in number as we approach the barrier reef. There is a multitude of fish species living in the lagoon, among which triggerfish, damsels, wrasses and boxfish. With a little luck, you might even come across some turtles, which can be frequently observed while snorkeling.
There is a wide range of accommodation and restaurants in Pereybere. The food trucks on the public beach, in particular, offer meals at affordable prices.
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.