Boating and Sailing Near Basse Terre

Sailors clear in electronically in Basse Terre

Photo credit: © Sylvain Abdoul Photographie

As the capital of Guadeloupe, Basse Terre is a popular vacation spot all its own.  Add in the fact that it is an official port of entry and home to a full service marina, and few sailor can resist planning their next adventure to this picturesque destination.  

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

Don't know how to sail yourself, or simply want to relax while someone else does the work?  No problem!  There are several tour operators in the area that specialize in sailing trips.  Some are simple tours along the coast, others are sunset dinner tours, and some are more adventurous, with stops for snorkeling and swimming. 

If you're simply wanting to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the complications and cost of sailing on your own you can join an excursion. Wondering how long you'll spend on the water and what's included? Take a look at the chart below to find contact information for area providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Le Nautilus (059) 098-7034 Plage de la Malendure - 11.9 mi. (19.2 km) North-Northwest of Basse Terre
Whale Watching Guadeloupe (069) 030-0991 Rocher de Malendure - 1.7 mi. (2.7 km) South of Basse Terre

Boat Rentals and Charters

If you do have the skills to sail but don't want to make the journey all the way to Guadeloupe, you can wait until you arrive in Basse Terre and charter a boat.  There are several different operations in the area that offer a variety of vessels perfect no matter what your sailing knowledge is.

Thinking about chartering a vessel? Check out the following table to help you call a charter operator serving this area.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location Island
Naviguez Anne Caseneuve (068) 269-3813 Anse a la Barque - Vieux Habitants Basse-Terre
PPK Plongee (059) 098-8243 Plage de Malendure - Bouillante Basse-Terre
Rêve de Nav’ (069) 091-1100 Petit-Bourg Grande-Terre


Basse Terre is an official port of entry, so if you're planning to sail to this destination instead of fly or cruise you should be able to do so with ease.  As you sail in, you'll fly your yellow quarantine flag and the captain of the boat will meet with customs and immigrations officials while anyone else onboard stays on the boat.  Necessary documentation includes the clearance form from your last port of call, the boat's registration, and passports for all crew and passengers.  All of this can now be handled by computer at the marina.  

Evaluating the option of traveling to Basse Terre in your own vessel, or a boat you charter in a different location? The following table provides a quick summary of marinas in the area.

Name Phone Location
Goyave Marina -- Goyave
Marina Riviere Sens (059) 086-7943 Route D6 - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) South of Basse Terre
Trois Rivieres Marina -- Trois-Rivieres

As a whole, Guadeloupe is known for its excellent yachting facilities, and those who stay in Basse Terre will certainly experience this.  If you're planning to sail to your next vacation destination, there is no better stop to choose than Basse Terre. 


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