East of Madagascar on the west coast of Réunion Island, the snorkeling at Lagon de Saint-Leu offers diverse marine life. During Lagon de Saint-Leu snorkeling, you may encounter surgeonfish, French angelfish and stingrays.
Reunion Island is located 700km east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean within the Mascarene archipelago. The island is 45km wide and 39km long. There are two seasons on Reunion Island that include the hot, wet season from November to April and also the cool, dry season from May to October. In the latter season, the water temperature drops several degrees, so the bridge season from March to May is best for snorkeling.
Overall, the island waters support 500 fish species and roughly 150 coral species. As a recently formed volcanic island, there are not many protective coral reefs. The barrier reefs are limited to 25km of coastline along the southwest side of the island. During Reunion Island snorkeling, you may encounter butterflyfish, triggerfish, surgeonfish, moray eels, French angelfish, sea turtles and stingrays.
To reach Reunion Island by air, use the Roland Garros Airport (RUN) on the northcoast to the east of Saint Dennis. The flight service by Air Austral provides flights to France, South Africa, Mauritus, the Seychelles, and Madagascar. While Reunion Island is part of France and uses the Euro, it is also very popular with South African tourists since its only a 4 hour flight from Johannesburg.
Overall, Saint Leu Lagoon is the 5th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 6 snorkeling dives in Reunion Island.