Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Last updated on August 17, 2023
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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