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If you happen to be staying at Récif Attitude Hotel in Pointe aux Piments, you will find a small, decent snorkel spot off the hotel’s private beach. A wide variety of fish species can be spotted in and around the pool carved in the reef flat, although the seabed is slightly degraded. If this spot does not justify you staying here, it still offers a nice experience for hotel guests.
Récif Attitude Hotel is set in Pointe aux Piments, a small village on Mauritius Island’s North-West coast, close to Trou aux Biches. It is located 4km south of Trou aux Biches, 10km south of Grand Baie, and about 15km north of Port Louis.
On this page, we describe the reef facing the hotel. As the beach is private, only resort guests can access the spot.
When on the beach, look for the small pool carved in the reef. It is the ideal place to enter the water. You will be careful to watch for the hotel boats often mooring in the area.
The snorkel area encompasses the pool in the reef facing the hotel’s swimming pool, as well as the reef flat surrounding it. Water depth is always sufficient to swim in the pool (↕1.5 to 2.5 m), while the reef flat is very shallow, especially during low tide. Do not venture there if you are not sure you can safely swim over the coral.
The seabed quality is poor in this spot: corals are mostly dead on the flat, which is covered with rocks and broken coral. However, nice colonies of Galaxea, clumps of Pocillopora (cauliflower coral) and a few other coral species can still be found here and there.
This degraded environment still attracts a decent variety of fish. Some species, masters of undersea camouflage, appreciate the rocky seabed: you might notably spot peacock flounders, lizardfish, honeycomb groupers, or a false stonefish.
If you prefer bright colors, you will appreciate the abundance of surge wrasse, teardrop butterflyfish, whitespotted boxfish and Moorish idols. All in all, about a hundred different fish species can be observed on this small spot.
Récif Attitude hotel has its own restaurant. Numerous other options can be found in the surrounding area.
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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