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Calm, protected waters, with hidden coves and shallow reefs make St. Martin (or Sint Maarten, to our friends on the Dutch side of the island) a paradise for snorkelers.
Here are some top spots.
Réserve Sous-Marine Régionale
Réserve Sous-Marine Régionaleis an underwater nature reserve on our “French side” of the island. A marine reserve, this underwater park is said to have the best snorkeling on the island.
The reserve includes Flat Island, Pinel Island, Green Key and Petite Clef .
Snorkelling around those islands is absolutely fantastic. To get to Pinel Island drive or take a taxi to Cul de sac and then take the 5 min ferry across. For the other islets and islands you will have to book a snorkeling tour.
Other snorkeling destinations on St. Martin
St. Martin has many other great snorkeling beaches, notably on the French side or northern coast of the island.
The north coast of the island, facing Anguilla, has gentler waters because it is protected from the Trade Winds, which can create large waves.
Mullet Bay, Cay Bay, Little Bay, Dawn Beach, Plum Bay, and Baie Rouge are all easily accessible from Grand Case.
In most of these place snorkeling is free and just steps away from the beach.
Contact Creole Rock Watersports for more information.