Snorkeling Around Pointe a Pitre

While many people cite the Leeward side of the island as the top destination for snorkeling in Guadeloupe, Pointe a Pitre shouldn't be counted out for the sport.  Especially as the conservationist work with tourism departments to make sure marine life remains pristine.

Pointe a Pitre is a popular destination among cruise ships, and many passengers will leave their ship and head straight to the for some snorkeling.  Snorkeling gear can be rented from a for between $15 and $20(USD) and you can quickly wade into the shallow, protected waters and begin seeking out beds of coral and vibrant sea life.

Many people, whether arriving by cruise ship or not, will choose to sign up with a tour group because many of the best snorkeling sites are found far enough off shore that a boat is necessary.  The top options are Pigeon Island across the island which is off the west coast of Basse Terre, or the nearby Ilet du Gosier which has recently added a designated snorkeling park to their offerings.  

No matter where your snorkeling adventures take you, you'll experience temperatures of 77 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, generally calm conditions, and visibility that can at times reach up to 100 or more feet. 

Snorkeling Sites

Some basic details about one of the best places to experience snorkeling in this area are listed in the chart below.

Snorkeling Sites Near Pointe a Pitre
Site Location Island
Ilet du Gosier Gosier, 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Pointe a Pitre Grande-Terre

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're hoping to snorkel during a boat trip, you can check with Azimut Croisiere. The boat leaves every morning at 8:30 a.m. from Baie-Mahault and sails around the lagoon of the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin over a shallow wreck dive.

Some key facts about the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling can be found down below.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Pointe a Pitre
Name Type Phone Location Island
Azimut Croisiere Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (069) 041-8808 Baie-Mahault, 4.5 mi. West-Northwest of Central Pointe a Pitre Grande-Terre

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for someone that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you can check with Ecotour Snorkeling Guadeloupe. Trips to the country's national park where snorkelers can see some of the best underwater scenery that exists is what this snorkeling tour operator has to offer its guests. They are situated in Gosier, easily reached by taxi Southeast of central Pointe a Pitre.

Take a look at the following table if you want information regarding 2 firms that offer services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services Near Pointe a Pitre
Name Phone Location
Ecotour Snorkeling Guadeloupe (059) 090-9238 Gosier, 3.4 mi. Southeast of Central Pointe a Pitre
Renoux Carine (059) 089-2651 Gosier, 3.4 mi. Southeast of Central Pointe a Pitre

For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our comprehensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

The underwater world that surrounds Pointe a Pitre and the rest of Guadeloupe offers some of the most magnificent sites to be seen by snorkelers.  All you have to do is make it happen. 


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