Snorkeling Mauritius: 6 Of The Best Snorkel Spots

Mauritius is a true snorkeler’s paradise, and it’s one that I’ve had the privilege of exploring multiple times.

The island’s beaches offer accessible snorkeling opportunities, perfect for those spontaneous dips in the ocean, and with so many spots to choose from, every day can unveil a new underwater landscape.

Here’s a breakdown of my favorite snorkel spots in Mauritius, and what you can expect from each…

Blue Bay Marine Park

snorkeling in mauritius blue bay

Blue Bay Marine Park, nestled on the southeast coast is probably considered the best snorkeling in Mauritius.

With its protected status since 1997, Blue Bay has become a sanctuary for a variety of marine life.

When you wade into the crystal-clear waters of Blue Bay, you’re greeted by a carnival of colorful reef fish and beautiful coral gardens.

The warm, inviting waters boast exceptional visibility, making it easy to spot the vibrant coral reefs pulsating with life, which includes: Angelfish, butterflyfish, triggerfish, sea turtles, surgeonfish, parrotfish & many more!

Snorkeling Experience

  • Guided Tours: For a seamless experience, dive into a guided snorkeling tour that will take you to the very best snorkel spots.
  • Independent Exploration Tips:
    • Best Times: Hit the waters early in the morning when it’s quieter.
    • Entry Points: Blue Bay Beach provides easy water entrance, though it’s worth exploring various points.
    • Safety Measures: Keep an eye out for boats and always snorkel with a buddy.
    • Beware: you might have to share your space with the occasional sea urchin, so watch where you step!

Ile Aux Benitiers

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Overview

During my last trip to Mauritius, we took a boat tour to Ile Aux Benetiers.

This small island off the southwest coast of Mauritius sits snugly in a lagoon near Le Morne and is known for its pristine public beaches and vibrant sea life.

Historically and culturally, this island is a pearl in the Mauritian seascape. It’s not only a phenomenal spot for underwater adventures but also a place where you can soak up the local culture and bask in the chilled vibes of island life.

Snorkeling Spots

A boat tour to Ile Aux Benitiers island will usually include the following:

  • A first stop off near Le Morne mountain to watch the pods of dolphins playing near the beach – If you’re lucky you might get an up-close encounter with them!
  • Crystal Rock: Located about 1.2 miles from the island, Crystal Rock doesn’t offer much snorkeling but it is a picturesque area to stop for a swim.
  • The Lagoon: Just offshore from Ile Aux Benetiers and home to the friendly green chromis and many more colorful fish, the lagoon’s clear waters make for excellent snorkeling
  • Lunch, drinks, and a chance to relax on the island, and explore its pristine beaches

(I have also traveled to the much more frequented Ile Aux Cerfs – Ile Aux Cerfs is simply stunning and is worth adding to your Mauritian itinerary, but it is quite lacking in terms of snorkeling).

Pointe Aux Piments

Pointe Aux Piments is a blissful snorkeling spot nestled on the northwestern coastline of Mauritius.

With its easy accessibility, your journey under the sea is just a few steps away from dry land.

You’ll find convenient facilities nearby to ensure your aquatic adventure is comfortable and memorable.

Beneath the waves, the coral reef that’s located just offshore is where you’ll spot an array of tropical fish such as parrotfish, trumpetfish, sweet lips, clown fish & so much more.

Pointe aux Piments is also one of the best places in Mauritius to snorkel with ever-graceful sea turtles that frequent this area.

Le Morne

le morne beach

An area steeped in history, Le Morne isn’t just a tropical paradise; it has a powerful story to tell.

It stands as a symbol of the fight for freedom, with the majestic Morne Brabant as a backdrop, where runaway slaves sought refuge in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Now, let’s dive into the waters around this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Le Morne is home to some of the best snorkeling on the island. You might even meet the friendly surgeon fish and wrasse as they dart around their underwater world.

And don’t worry if your camera skills are a bit rusty, underwater photography here almost takes care of itself; the crystal-clear visibility and the exotic fish make every shot postcard-perfect.

Apart from snorkeling, Le Morne (and the Mauritian south coastal area as a whole) plays home to many of my favorite sites the island has to offer such as; Chamarel waterfall, La Vanille Crocodile Park, Black River Gorge, and the world-famous underwater waterfall.

Of course, Le Morne itself also makes for a truly unforgettable hike.

If someone started telling tales about their escapades here, you’d find yourself lost in stories of the underwater marvels they encountered.

Flic En Flac

snorkeling in mauritius flic en flac beach

Flic en Flac Beach is one of my favorite beaches on the island.

Nestled on the western coast of Mauritius, this beach boasts a sandy stretch that’s perfect for sunbathing, while its azure waters call for a dip.

Think soft, white sands under your feet and the glimmer of turquoise water.

The beach, famed for its crystal-clear waters and scenic beauty, is also lined with amenities including chic accommodations and savory restaurants. (We quite happily spent a couple of days relaxing and snorkeling here).

Snorkeling Sites

Just a stone’s throw from the shore, you’ll discover the vibrant coral reef.

This proximity of the reef to the shore makes Flic en Flac accessible to snorkelers of all skill levels – no boat trip needed! Whilst snorkeling in Flic en Flac I saw lots of the following:

  • Angelfish
  • Butterflyfish
  • Triggerfish
  • Surgeonfish

Snorkeling Tips

Whether you’re a snorkeling newbie or a seasoned pro, here are some quick tips:

  • Barrier: Boat traffic can be high near the shore. Stay within designated swimming zones for safety, and always be vigilant.
  • Timing: Aim to snorkel in the morning when the sea is calm for the best visibility.

Snorkeling in Flic en Flac isn’t just a dip in the ocean—it’s an easy and exciting way to connect with the natural aquatic wonders of Mauritius.

Trou Aux Biches

snorkeling trou aux biches mauritius north west coast

Trou aux Biches, a treasure among Mauritius’ snorkeling spots, is famed for its shallow waters and rich marine life.

Trou aux Biches isn’t just any beach—it’s an award-winning destination famed for its sun-dappled shores and exceptional underwater clarity.

It’s a slice of paradise that snorkelers adore for its easy access to a stunning underwater world.

  • Corals: Some of the best-preserved reefs within 200 to 300 meters from the beach.
  • Sea Turtles: Encounter these gentle creatures, especially at the northern end. The biggest sea turtle I’ve ever seen was whilst snorkeling at Trou Aux Biches!
  • I’ve also seen; Angelfish, parrotfish, butterflyfish, porcupinefish, and cowfish whilst snorkeling here.

Snorkeling Experience

  • Water Clarity: Exceptional, offering you a clear window to the underwater marvels.
  • Depth: Variable, with areas just a few meters deep, ideal for beginners.
  • Temperature: Warm tropical waters await you, perfect for extended snorkeling sessions.

Insights

  • Best Time to Visit: For the ultimate experience, hit the waters early in the morning when the sea is at its calmest.
  • It’s hard to find a shady spot here as they’re all reserved by the hotels that line the beach. I recommend bringing your own beach umbrella so you have an escape from the sunshine when needed!
  • The best place to snorkel is at the North end of the beach. Simply turn right as you enter the beach and then walk down to the second to last section of the beach – This spot has the best area for snorkeling. (Just be mindful of sea urchins!).

Frequently Asked Questions

Snorkeling in Mauritius is a dazzling way to explore marine life and beautiful coral reefs. If you’re planning a trip, you might have some questions, and you’re in the right place for the answers.

What are the typical prices for snorkeling tours in Mauritius?

You’re probably budgeting for your adventures in Mauritius, and snorkeling tours can vary in price. Generally, you can expect to pay around €50 to €100 for a quality experience. The cost usually includes all snorkeling equipment rental and usually covers extras like meals and transportation.

When Is The Best Time Of Year To Visit Mauritius

I’ve visited Mauritius in both the low and peak seasons and can tell you that the weather in Mauritius is beautiful year-round. However, with that being said the best conditions for snorkeling are from November to April (peak season), when there are fewer winds and the water is generally a lot calmer and warmer.

Which locations offer the best snorkeling experiences in Mauritius?

Blue Bay Marine Park and Flic en Flac are among my top spots. With crystal-clear waters and abundant sea life like scrawled butterflyfish and sea turtles, you couldn’t ask for more.

The North, West, and Southern coasts are home to many great snorkeling sites. The East Coast of Mauritius can get very windy, especially in the winter season, therefore the snorkeling on this side of the island can be hit-and-miss due to low visibility when the winds are high.

Are there any recommended hotels in Mauritius with easy access to snorkeling spots?

Absolutely! Many hotels near Flic en Flac and Pereybere offer beachfront access ideal for snorkelers. They not only provide convenience but often have snorkeling gear available for guests.

Conclusion

You’ve likely discovered that Mauritius is more than stunning beaches and tropical drinks; it’s a treasure chest submerged in the Indian Ocean, just waiting for you to dive in.

The next time you’re plotting an escape to this paradise, remember the underwater realm beckons just as strongly as the sun-soaked shores.

What underwater story will you bring back from your snorkeling adventure in Mauritius?

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Gia Halliday

Hey, my names Gia! My biggest passions are food, travel and basically anything to do with being in the water. Combine all of that with an addiction for buying gear and you end up with with this website!