Has anyone done this since the hurricane? Just wondering if it's the best choice with a short stay left in the area. How about Petite Anse in Ferry for snorkeling?
There is no evidence of hurricane damage any longer and Nautilus (the glass bottom boat) at Malendure is operating at 100%. Snorkeling is good at Malendure in Bouillant (right side). There is a Petite-Anse in Bouillant and a Petite-Anse in Pointe Noire about 25 minutes north of Malendure (close to Ferry). The latter has great snorkeling (left side) as does Leroux in Ferry (left side).
The glass bottom boat trip is fine, from what I hear. You will get more snorkeling time at the Pigeon Islands if you go with one of the diving schools though.
The biggest change is that since the hurricane, it seems to be very difficult to see the turtles at Malendure Beach. The hurricane brought lots of extra sand to the bay, and it now covers the seagrass that the turtles were eating. :( So due to this lack of food, the turtles have gone elsewhere (at least 2/3 of a mile from the beach). You can still manage to see a few small ones if you are lucky - they sometimes hang out on the extreme right side of the beach, near this rock wall where there are lots of corals. To get to these corals, it's best to start snorkeling from the "Petit Malendure Beach" which is a tiny beach located on the right side of the actual Malendure beach.