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With its stretch of golden sand edged by seagrape and coconut trees, the Plage du Souffleur is one of the nicest beaches in Guadeloupe, and is much appreciated by families. Its calm and crystal clear waters makes it a perfect site for snorkeling. Underwater, you will be likely to spot triggerfish, butterflyfish, starfish, lobsters and -hopefully- a stingray flying graciously above the seabed.

Plage du Souffleur aerial view, Guadeloupe snorkeling

How to get there?

The Plage du Souffleur is located in Port-Louis, a fishermen village settled of the northwest coast of Grande Terre, the eastern part of Guadeloupe island. From Pointe-à-Pitre, take the N5 to Morne-à-l’Eau, and then the N6 to Port-Louis (30km/50 minutes by car). The beach is at the north end of the village, close to the cemetery. A large parking area is available nearby.

Plage du Souffleur snorkeling map, Guadeloupe

Water entrance

Walk north up the beach and get into the water at the end of it. You will be closer to the best area for snorkeling, which is located in front of the cemetery.

Exploration

You can basically explore the whole bay, but the area in front of the beach is mostly sandy, and poor in sea life. For this reason, we advise you to focus on the reef area bordering the cemetery, at the north end of the beach (↕3-10ft/1-3m).

Banded butterflyfish at Plage du Souffleur, Guadeloupe

In the area, the seabed is mostly rocky, and quite a few soft and hard coral species, as well as sponges, have colonized it. You might see dozens of fish species on the reef, particularly boxfish, needlefish, wrasse, butterflyfish and triggerfish. Numerous black sea urchins also inhabit the rocky seabed; be careful if you need to put your feet on the floor. In the deeper areas, you might spot a stingray, although there is much less likelihood of this here than in Petite Terre.

Damselfish at Plage du Souffleur, Guadeloupe

Restaurants and accommodation

You will find on the beach large picnic areas with barbecues, making it very popular with local people during the weekends and school holidays. A wide range of snacks, food trucks and restaurants for every budget is available close to the beach or in the village.

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth10ft/3m
  • Water entranceEasy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential DangersSea urchins, jet-skis
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes, budget

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.