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Diving in The Guadeloupe Islands

Gorgeous Guadeloupe offers much in the way of entertainment. There are untouched beaches and fantastic coral reefs where you can dive to your heart’s content.

Diving in The Guadeloupe Islands

Quick facts

Jacques Cousteau himself claimed that Pigeon Island was one of the best diving spots in the world. The Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve is not to be missed.

Though there are plenty of sites for all experience levels, there are a couple of sites that are reserved for Advanced Open Water Divers. A particular favorite is La Grotte aux Baracudas, a gorgeous blue cave with plenty of huge barracudas.

You can find dive sites scattered around the island. You can get plenty of certifications, and mix up your excursions.

Bear in mind that French is the national language, and that finding an English speaking guide may prove a bit of a challenge. Once you’re underwater, however, all languages become the same, so no worries!

When to go

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What to see

The wildlife within the crystalline waters around Guadeloupe is abundant. Dolphins and whales make their way around the shoreline, and watching and diving with them is a popular pastime.

There are plenty of eels and barracudas that make their way through the quieter caves. Shark sightings are fairly rare, so if you have any reservations you can set them aside during your dives on Guadeloupe.

Keep an eye open for sea turtles, which you can find during certain seasons.


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From mangroves to volcanoes, the island of Guadeloupe has a variety of landscapes to explore. There are over 150 miles (240 kilometers) of coastline, all of which is lovely and pristine.

As a French overseas territory, Guadeloupe holds an important place in the French’s grasp of the Caribbean. Once, the island was inhabited by the Arawak people, and Christopher Columbus was the first European to set foot in its shores. He is said to have discovered the pineapple, there.

There are two main islands, Basse-Terre, and Grand-Terre, separated by a thin expanse of water. Islands span the strait, connecting the two islands. There are also several smaller inhabited islands, as well as a score of smaller islets.

Other attractions

During your stay in Guadeloupe don’t miss out on the wonders held within the island’s interior. There is a gorgeous botanical garden (Jardin Botanique de Deshaies) that has endless blooms no matter what time of year you visit. There are also volcanoes to tour, and beaches on which to lounge. Another great spot to make a stop is the Maison du Cacao, where you can learn all about the magical world of chocolate, from start to finish.

Getting there

You can fly into Guadeloupe, and renting a car is a viable option for getting around. There are also taxis that can take you here and there. Another great idea is to take the ferryboats, which can send you to the islands from many other Caribbean destinations.


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