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Pointe Borgnèse is a protected natural area located at the entrance to Baie du Marin, in the south of Martinique. After reaching the seaside by a small path traced in the lush vegetation, you can get into the water from a beach and explore the surrounding seagrass beds and reefs. Many fish can be spotted at the foot of the rocky point, covered with gorgonians, sponges, and corals.

La plage de Pointe Borgnèse, Martinique
Pointe Borgnèse Beach and, in the background, the Diamond Rock (Rocher du Diamant).

How to get to Pointe Borgnèse snorkeling spot?

Pointe Borgnèse is located in the south of Martinique, between Sainte-Luce and Le Marin. Park at the edge of the N5, approximately 850m after the Anse Figuier roundabout when you arrive from Fort-de-France. Then reach the beach on foot by the small path (about 450m).

Pointe Borgnese snorkeling map, Martinique

Water entrance for snorkeling at Pointe Borgnèse

You can get into the water wherever you want from the sandy beach. Another option is to enter the water from the small creek at the tip of Pointe Borgnèse.

Pointe Borgnèse snorkeling exploration tips

The recommended snorkeling area extends in front of the beach and along Pointe Borgnèse. Experienced snorkelers can also consider snorkeling along the coast to Anse Figuier (about 1000m, check the currents and do not go alone).

Eponge à la Pointe Borgnèse
A yellow sponge (Aplysina fistularis) noted on the reef.

From the beach, the seabed slopes gently down and is mostly covered with seagrass and sandy beds, quite poor in fish. Instead, swim along Pointe Borgnèse, the rocky point that begins on the left hand of the beach (see map). It is bordered by a reef covered with gorgonians, sea anemones, sponges, and different coral species.

This spot allows observing many Caribbean fish species, including trumpetfish, damselfish, wrasse, and butterflyfish. Lionfish, an invasive species in the region, are also quite common there.

Lionfish at Pointe Borgnèse
Invasive lionfish are frequently seen at this location.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

There are several accommodations and restaurants at Anse Figuier, also famous for snorkeling, just 850m from the car park in the direction of Fort-de-France. Pointe Borgnèse is otherwise less than 5km from Le Marin city center, where a large choice of restaurants, accommodation and supermarkets is available.

 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth10ft/3m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyNo

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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.