The famed Jacques Cousteau called the waters surrounding Pigeon Island, Guadeloupe one of the top diving spots in the world. You can explore this site, and many others, when you plan a diving or snorkeling trip in Guadeloupe.
...encounter a wide array of gorgeous sea life...
When it comes to the islands of the French Caribbean, Guadeloupe is the most popular country for diving . Not only are the waters that surround Guadeloupe relatively calm, but the government has taken certain measures to ensure protection of the area's marine life. This allows coral, fish, and other sea creatures to thrive, and gives divers the opportunity to see them at their finest.
Before you can go diving in Guadeloupe, you've got to learn the ropes. Many hotels offer what are called “resort dive courses,” in which you spend a day focusing on instruction and practicing your newfound skills in the hotel pool. This way you gain your certification, and can hire someone to take you out to dive. Local dive companies also offer these courses, and the price of the course usually includes your first real dive into the sea.
Be aware that because the official language of Guadeloupe is French, it can be hard to find an English speaking instructor. Your hotel concierge desk should be able to direct you to someone that speaks your language.
There are 24 dive services, a dive shop, and at least 28 interesting dive sites to choose from.
The dive shop worth considering are shown in the table below.
|Sa Ka Plonje||Dive Shop//12577||(069) 091-9908||6.1 mi. East of Central Grand-Bourg||Marie-Galante|
If you're ready to go diving, you might want to check with Les Heures Saines. Offering certified training courses and several dives around the area daily, Les Heures Saines always has something going on related to scuba diving. They are located in Bouillante, in western Guadeloupe.
Another option is Bleu Passion. Explore the underwater world with a group of expert divers guiding your underwater journey. At Bleu Passion they can assist you with any of your scuba diving needs; you can undergo professional French training or PADI courses, or simply book a scuba diving day trip. You can call them at (059) 092-8576.
A third good option is Centre de Plongée des Ilets. From baptism diving all the way through CMAS and PADI certification courses, the staff at Centre de Plongee is equipped to teach you everything you need to know about scuba diving. Once trained up a bit, you can participate in wreck, reef and night dives on a daily basis. They're located in western Guadeloupe.
The following chart shows some information concerning the area's dive services.
|Alavama||(059) 028-6549||Ste. Rose, Northwestern part of Guadeloupe||Basse-Terre|
|Alize Plongee||(069) 072-3203||9.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Basse Terre||Basse-Terre|
|Anse Caraibe Plongée||(059) 099-9095||1.6 mi. North of Central Mahaut||Basse-Terre|
|Antidote||(059) 084-9357||0.4 mi. West of Central Port-Louis||Grande-Terre|
|Aqua Zen Plongee||(069) 065-9726||Ste. Anne, Central Guadeloupe||Grande-Terre|
|Archipel Plongee||--||2.2 mi. South of Central Mahaut||Basse-Terre|
|Bleu Outremer||(059) 090-8511||Bas-du-Fort, Central Guadeloupe||Grande-Terre|
|Bleu Passion||(059) 092-8576||9.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Basse Terre||Basse-Terre|
|(059) 083-3914||1.5 mi. South West of Central Cafeiere||Basse-Terre|
|Centre International de Plongee||(059) 098-8172||2.2 mi. South of Central Mahaut||Basse-Terre|
|Centre de Plongée des Ilets||(059) 041-0961||1.5 mi. South of Central Mahaut||Basse-Terre|
|Eden Plongée||(059) 022-8727||Port-Louis, Northern part of Guadeloupe||Grande-Terre|
|(069) 050-9591||Port-Louis, Northern part of Guadeloupe||Grande-Terre|
|Habiss Plongee||(069) 095-0190||1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Baillif||Basse-Terre|
|La Dive Bouteille||(059) 099-5425||2.3 mi. East of Central Grand Anse||Terre-de-Haut|
|(059) 028-4755||1.5 mi. South West of Central Cafeiere||Basse-Terre|
|La Rand'eau||(069) 032-1379||7.0 mi. Northwest of Central Saint Claude||Basse-Terre|
|--||6.5 mi. South of Central Cafeiere||Basse-Terre|
|Les Heures Saines||(059) 098-8663||9.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Basse Terre||Basse-Terre|
|Man'balaou Club de Plongee||(059) 097-7524||0.0 mi. South West of Central Saint Louis||Marie-Galante|
|Pisquettes Plongee||(059) 099-8880||0.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Grand Anse||Terre-de-Bas|
|(059) 095-8325||1.7 mi. South of Central Mahaut||Basse-Terre|
|Ti'bulles Dive Center||(059) 097-5490||0.6 mi. Southeast of Central Grand-Bourg||Marie-Galante|
|TropicalSub Diving||(059) 028-5267||1.9 mi. South West of Central Cafeiere||Basse-Terre|
Details concerning some of the area's dive sites are shown right below.
|Very Good||All Divers||75.5||Negligible||16.163906751||-61.7845937798|
|Very Good||Advanced Open Water / CMAS **||131.2||< 1 knot||16.163329686||-61.7880270073|
|Very Good||Advanced Open Water / CMAS **||95.1||1-2 knots||16.098559073||-61.7864227295|
|Good||All Divers||82.0||1-2 knots||16.17841526||-61.7855379173|
|Good||All Divers||65.6||1-2 knots||15.8710736084||-61.59390449|
|Very Good||All Divers||131.2||< 1 knot||16.1674515418||-61.7875120232|
|Excellent||Advanced Open Water / CMAS **||82.0||< 1 knot||16.4406563557||-61.5521907806|
|Good||All Divers||39.4||1-2 knots||15.8405245361||-61.6131305642|
|Very Good||Advanced Open Water / CMAS **||131.2||< 1 knot||16.1697597436||-61.7900869438|
|Good||All Divers||65.6||< 1 knot||15.8638908565||-61.600513453|
|Good||All Divers||16.4||1-2 knots||16.1744947294||-61.1055278778|
|Good||Advanced Open Water / CMAS **||196.9||Negligible||16.1677400685||-61.7932626793|
|Good||All Divers||82.0||< 1 knot||16.1662562125||-61.7877265999|
|Good||All Divers||68.9||< 1 knot||15.8630652376||-61.64626121|
|Very Good||All Divers||82.0||< 1 knot||16.1743760662||-61.7845508644|
|Excellent||Advanced Open Water / CMAS **||82.2||> 2 knots||15.929014718||-61.611328125|
For more information about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions skilled divers as well as beginners, check out our exhaustive guide to diving in the Caribbean.
Although you can snorkel at practically any beach along Guadeloupe's 150 miles of coastline, there are not nearly as many designated sites to seek out as divers have.
The Réserve Cousteau is located off Basse-Terre. There are several dive sites that make up the reserve, all of which are marked with buoys. Glass bottom boat tours are available for those who aren't quite ready to dive in. Nearby Pigeon Island is also home to two wreck sites.
The Reserve of Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin is an area that become protected in 1990. Located within the reserve is a barrier reef measuring about 29 km long. The area also features mangrove swamps and seagrass beds.
The eastern and southern shores of Marie-Galante Island are surrounded by reefs and seagrass beds. To the west is a submerged coral bank worth checking out. La Desirade is another small island also fringed with slight reef formations.
Other dive sites in Guadeloupe include Aquarium, Bay of Petit Cul-de-Sac Marin, Caret, Piscine, Fajou, Jardin de Corail, Jardin Japonais, Pointe Barracuda, and Pointe Carrangue.
Regardless of where you choose to dive, you will encounter a wide array of gorgeous sea life, from healthy coral to plump fish, and maybe even a sea turtle of two. Use the following tips to keep you, and Guadeloupe's marine creatures, safe.
When it comes to scuba diving in the French Caribbean countries, Guadeloupe is your best choice. Don't miss out on the exhileration, the awe, and the wonderment that comes as you dip your head from the human world down into the marine world.
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