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A few granite rocks lapped by the waves, a handful of palm trees swaying in the wind – tiny St Pierre Island is the perfect desert island. Located approximately 1 mile off Praslin, it can only be reached by boat, but it is not possible to land there. The waters around the islet, although sometimes a bit choppy, are poor in corals but rich in fish.

Aerial view of St Pierre Island, Seychelles
Aerial view of St Pierre Island.

How to get to St Pierre Island snorkeling spot?

St Pierre island is located off the coast of Praslin, in front of Anse Volbert. You will easily find on the island (particularly on Anse Volbert beach) tours to take you to St Pierre. Tours often combine snorkeling in St Pierre with a visit to Curieuse Island.

St Pierre Island snorkeling map, Praslin, Seychelles

Water entrance for snorkeling St Pierre Island

Your guide will show you where to get into the water. If you go to the snorkeling spot in your own boat, get into the water near the islet, on Praslin’s side. This is where the calmest waters are.

St Pierre Island snorkeling tips

While the coral is badly damaged all around the island, the location is still very rich in fish. The most lively area lies to the west of the islet, facing Praslin.

St Pierre Island snorkeling, Seychelles
A bluespotted spinefoot and surgeonfish in St Pierre.

The seabed is mostly covered with rocks and rubble (↕6-13ft/2-4m), with scattered small living corals attached to the rocks. Despite the damaged seabed, St Pierre still hosts lots of sea life, including a diversity of colorful reef fish. Lined surgeonfish and powder blue tang are common near the granite boulders, as well as sergeant majors, fusiliers, spinefoot and jacks.

Lined surgeonfish at St Pierre Island, Seychelles
A lined surgeonfish.

St Pierre is not a very sheltered location, and the sea can get rough around the boulders when there is surf. This spot is also sometimes invaded by jellyfish.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

Day tours to St Pierre and Curieuse usually include lunch.


  • Level required Intermediate
  • Maximum depth15ft (4.5m)
  • Water entranceFrom a boat
  • Potential DangersUsual precautions
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsExcursion price
  • Restaurants nearbyNo
  • Public toilets & showersNo

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These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

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.