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Like many of the snorkeling spots on the west coast of Basse Terre, Petite Anse de Bouillante allows for discovering both reef areas full of fish and seagrass beds visited by sea turtles.

Reef fish in the sandy beds near Plage de Petite Anse
A school of horse-eye jack noted in the sandy areas near the beach.

How to get to Petite Anse snorkeling spot?

Plage de Petite Anse is located in Bouillante, 3 miles/5 kilometers south of the village, and just north of Anse à la Barque. There is a small parking lot on site, but it is often full.

This beach is sometimes confused with Plage de Petite Anse located in Deshaies (also a famous snorkeling location).

Petite Anse (Bouillante) snorkeling map
Petite Anse (Bouillante) snorkeling map.

Water entrance for snorkeling Petite Anse

You can enter the water wherever you want from the sandy beach.

Petite Anse snorkeling exploration tips

Plage de Petite Anse offers calm and sheltered waters, offering good snorkeling conditions most of the time.

Yellow tubular sponges at Petite Anse
Yellow tubular sponges at Petite Anse.

Petite Anse has the same profile as many other coves on the west coast of Basse Terre.

To the right and left of the beach, you can snorkel along the shore to explore rocky reefs partly covered with corals, sponges and gorgonians (↕3-12 feet/1-4 meters).

Juvenile Great barracuda at Petite Anse
A juvenile Great barracuda at Petite Anse.

Many reef species, including fish and invertebrates, live in this area. Angelfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish and different types of sea urchins are all easy to see here.

Occasionally, you can encounter octopus, squid, and less common fish such as flounders, spotted drum, or barracuda.

Green sea turtle in Petite Anse, Bouillante
Green sea turtles are frequent visitors to the cove’s seagrass beds.

In the center of the cove, the deeper sand and seagrass areas (↕10-20 feet/3-6 meters) are visited by green turtles.

They are rather easy to see in Petite Anse, even if they are more numerous (and less shy) in Malendure, the best-known snorkeling spot in the region.

Restaurants and accommodations nearby

A restaurant, Chez Monette, is located on the beach. Public toilets are also available.


  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth20 feet/6 meters
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersLow
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes, on the beach

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.