Dive pioneer Jacques Cousteau was wowed by the Caribbean seascapes he discovered around the islands of Guadeloupe, and the marine reserve that bears his name includes some of the region's most popular dive sites. But that's just the start. Miles of shallow reefs hold colorful coral gardens and sponge beds at diver-friendly depths. Also on the menu are arches and swim-throughs, submarine canyons, a dramatic series of offshore pinnacles and a trio of wrecks. Small treasures await discovery, while whales gather in offshore waters. Complementing this rich underwater landscape are islands that combine natural beauty with French charm, adding an extra element to the dive experience.