Snorkeling Around Basse Terre

Although snorkeling is great throughout Guadeloupe, many agree that the best sites are accessible off the coast of Basse Terre – but you'll need a boat to get to them.

The reason for that is that Basse Terre is where most snorkeling tours take off to visit Jacques Cousteau's Underwater Reserve which includes Pigeon Island.  This location is extremely popular among scuba divers and snorkelers thanks to the shallow reefs and beautiful scenery that they promote.  Most scuba diving operators and boat tours make daily trips here, and you'll usually pay upwards of $40(USD) for the experience.

You can, of course, choose to stick to the of Basse Terre with a snorkeling kit you've either brought along with you on your trip or rented from a dive shop.  The cost for this is usually between $15 and $20(USD).  

Snorkeling Sites

A few key details for one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed in the following chart.

Snorkeling Sites Near Basse Terre
Site Location Island
Pointe du Vieux Fort 4.2 mi. South of Central Basse Terre

To learn more about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this detailed Caribbean snorkeling article.

Although some of Basse Terre's best snorkeling sites have to be accessed by boat, they are all definitely worth the trip.  Take all of your options into consideration as you plan you vacation, but one thing is for sure:  you have to make sure you spend some time snorkeling!


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