Sebastian and Ben operate GCBC Water Sports out of the Grand Case Beach Club, and they have reported schools of dolphins joining them on the tours they give of Creole Rock, an islet located just off our beach and that is easily accessible.
Creole Rock is part of a protected seashore, and there has been a marked increase of sea-life returning to the rocky island over the past decade or so. It is not at all unusual to see turtles, rays, barracuda, tarpon and a wide variety of reef fish. On side is very protected, while the other is open to deeper water and all manner of pelagic life.
Creole Rock is very popular, and is said to be the most varied and rewarding snorkeling site in and around Grand Case area. It’s possible to swim to Creole Rock by swimming from the beach, but the distance and boat traffic make swimming out slightly risky. Instead, most snorkelers make the trip out by boat from Grand Case Beach Club with Sebastian and Ben.
Creole Island itself is a bird rookery, so access above the tideline is strictly prohibited. Take care not to touch fire coral, a distinctive dull-yellow coral covered in stinging cells, as well as long-spined sea urchins, which have poisonous spikes.
However, the waters around the island, if approached with proper care, will provide for a very pleasant afternoon of snorkeling. The inner and outer shores of the island feature completely different ecosystems, thanks to the nutrient-rich current flowing along the outer, seaward side. Look forward to encountering schools of sergeant major fish, snappers and atlantic spadefish, as well as other beautiful fish.
Always be aware of tidal conditions, and avoid the seaward side of the island on windy days, which tend to whip up choppy seas. The best thing to do is to ask Sebastian, Ben or our concierge for more advice before heading out.
Contact the front desk for more things to do on St. Martin.