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Top 5 Snorkelling Spots in Mauritius – Underwater Discoveries

If you are heading to Mauritius, chances are you are going to engage in some snorkelling. There are plenty of spots to choose from and here are five such places worth exploring.


Ile aux Cerfs

A slice of paradise that is known for its white sandy shores and expansive lagoon waters, this site offers the perfect backdrop in which to embark on a snorkelling tour. While this is the ideal place for those looking to spend time on a secluded island hideaway, Ile aux Cerfs is also a popular spot for a snorkelling excursion. The world beneath the water that can be found surrounding this area is teeming with a fascinating array of coral and marine life worth witnessing first hand. On your adventures here keep an eye out for species such as blue stripe snappers and blacktip groupers.


Flic en Flac

A long stretch of shore awaits those heading to what is known as Flic en Flac beach. An inviting backdrop of sun drenched sands, azure horizons and palm fringed shores provide the ideal setting for some marine exploration. Home to a lagoon that offers both calm and safe waters, Flic en Flac offers an ideal point from which to head out on snorkelling expeditions. On your journey of discovery pay close attention to the many denizens of the deep, you have the chance to come across; intriguing whitespotted boxfish and distinctive stripey moorish idol are some of the species that have found a home in the surrounding waters.


Trou aux Biches

If you are travelling with the family and looking for a place to enjoy some snorkelling fun together, then Trou aux Biches is a great option to consider. Set amidst casuarina trees, the beach offers easy access to a reef that can be reached without a problem and one which can be found in relatively shallow waters. Because of its close proximity to the shore, one can easily swim to the reef and take in the magnificent site of marine life in all its vibrancy. Such snorkel sites can be accessed from Mauritius luxury resorts in the area such as InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort and offer a fun and fascinating day of adventure.


Pointe aux Piments

Nestled along the northwest coast, Pointe aux Piments is another snorkelling hotspot that can be found in Mauritius. While it does feature a long beach, one of the key factors that attract snorkelers to this site is the protected coral reef that is located just offshore. So while the beach is a super place to enjoy a lazy day in the sand, organise a family picnic or to set off on a laidback swim, those who want to try some snorkelling are in for an added treat. And on your snorkelling excursions, you are likely to come across one of the area's frequent visitors, the humble sea turtle!


Blue Bay Marine Park

Last but by no means least is the Blue Bay Marine Park. The water here is clear and you have a great chance to witness the colourful beauty of marine life. A popular place to snorkel for beginners as well, the marine park is home to not only coral but algae gardens and mangroves too. And within this enthralling underwater landscape, you have the chance of spotting parrotfish, clownfish, angelfish and more.