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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.

How to get to Pereybere public beach snorkeling spot?

Snorkeling with Mauritian anemonefish in Pereybere
Mauritian anemonefish (amphiprion chrysogaster), endemic to Mauritius and Réunion, can be seen at shallow depth at Pereybere reef drop off, off the Beach Club and Plage du Mur.

Water entrance for snorkeling Pereybere

The water entrance point depends on the area you want to explore:

  • For area #1 (see below), you must go first of all to Pereybere public beach, then walk along the shore towards North (on your right when facing the sea) for about 150m. Get in the water from Beach Club beach (after the first rocky point) or from “Plage du Mur” (after the second rocky point). Make sure you are always to the right of the red buoys, which indicate the boat traffic area.
  • For area #2, go along Pont d’Azur Drive street until you reach the sea shore in Pointe d’Azur. Then walk on “Plage des Blancs” towards East (to your right when facing the sea) for about 200m, so you can get in the water outside the boat mooring area. Two rocks, on which metal bars have been fitted, are good landmarks to locate the area.

Pereybere Grand Baie snorkeling map

Pereybere Beach snorkeling exploration tips

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.

Indian Ocean lionfish
Indian Ocean lionfish (pterois miles) is quite common in Pereybere (here, photographed in Plage des Blancs shallow lagoon).

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.

Sixlined soapfish in Pereybere
Six-lined soapfish (grammistes sexlineatus) is quite common in Mauritius lagoons, but usually stay hidden in crevices during the day (here, photographed in Beach Club/Plage du Mur area).

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.

Restaurants and accommodation near Pereybere




 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth33ft/10m past the drop off
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • Potential DangersBoat traffic in and outside the channels
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes

MAP 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.