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    Fehrplay is offline
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    Snorkeling options on the local beaches

    Hi, Just heading to St. Bart's for 9 days beginning April 12 with my wife & 2 other couples. We'd like to find some beaches with coral reefs that might have some decent snorkeling. Anything you can recommend that doesn't require a boat rental? We are bringing our own snorkeling equipment.

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    KevinS is online now
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    Re: Snorkeling options on the local beaches

    Coral reefs close enough to an accessible shore don't really exist, at least living coral. You'll see more rock than coral. Most dive sites are offshore. If coral reefs are a requirement then you want to hook up with a dive boat.

    From the beach, you'll find fish and turtles on the left and right sides of Colombier (looking out from the beach), a part of the Marine Reserve, but it's either a hike in or a boat rental. You'll find fish and turtles on the right side of Lorient, where the sea grass is, but watch out for the occasional power boat. I would suggest Marigot Bay, another part of the Marine Reserve, but I've heard that the water quality there is bad due to Sargassum and runoff.

    If you get tight on luggage space, consider renting from Hookipa Surf Shop, located on the road that goes from the roundabout in St Jean towards Saline.

    If you have a qualified captain then you can rent a boat from Ocean Must, where I rent. They rent Contenders, 28, 30, and 32-foot. They have a 35, but that one requires a captain for another 100.

    An alternative is the shared cruises on Jicky Marine's catamaran. They go to Ile Forchue and Colombier one day a week.

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    Fehrplay is offline
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    Re: Snorkeling options on the local beaches

    Hi Kevin,
    Much appreciated. We'll give Colombier & Lorient a try first & hoping we can see some fish & turtles there.
    thanks again for taking the time to answer my question.

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    Tiffany is online now
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    Re: Snorkeling options on the local beaches

    There's also a lot of snorkeling activity to the left at Shell Beach around the rocks, and all the way to the right at Pelican Beach where Nikki is.

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    Fehrplay is offline
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    Re: Snorkeling options on the local beaches

    Many thanks Tiffany. our gang will give those 2 beaches a shot. Appreciate your help.

    Michael

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    noel is offline
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    Re: Snorkeling options on the local beaches

    We recommend you try Petite Anse, on the road to the path to Columbier. It's below the Auberge hotel. Nice little spot, with parking usually available.

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    stbartshopper is offline
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    Re: Snorkeling options on the local beaches

    You also might consider renting a boat and heading out to Fourchue for snorkeling.

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