The best places to dive or snorkel in Guadeloupe are around the preserved underwater sanctuary of the Pigeon Isles in the crystal-clear Cousteau Reserve, which is filled with multicoloured fauna. Guadeloupe is the most popular country of the French Caribbean for diving and snorkeling. 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 and snorkelers the opportunity to see them at their finest. 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. Nearby Pigeon Island is also home to two wreck sites. The Reserve of Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin is an area that became protected in 1990. Located within the reserve is a barrier reef 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. Whether you're looking forward to snorkeling, diving, or both, in the French Caribbean countries, Guadeloupe is your best choice. Don't miss out on the exhilaration, the awe, and the wonderment that comes as you dip your head from the human world down into the marine world.
Guadeloupe, sometimes known as the Butterfly Island due to its two biggest islands form, is a group of islands in the eastern Caribbean and a French overseas department. Because it's a French-speaking island, English-speaking tourists often have difficulty getting by. It is located southeast of Puerto Rico, with a land area of 1,628 km² and a population of 400,000. Nine inhabited islands make up the nation. Guadeloupe includes the two main islands, Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, and smaller islands, which include Marie-Galante, La Désirade and the Les Saintes archipelago. The climate is subtropical, tempered by trade winds with moderately high humidity. December to May is when most people visit Guadeloupe; the weather is warm and dry at this time. Pointe-à-Pitre’s average daily high temperature in January is 28°C while the low average is 19°C. In July the average daily high temperature is 31°C while the low average is 23°C. Unexpected rain showers can happen any time of year in Guadeloupe. For the most part, showers are short lived and give way to sunshine within a few minutes. Hurricanes are more likely to occur during the month of September, but the odds of experiencing a hurricane are very low.
For UE citizens, a photo identification will suffice to enter Guadeloupe. Citizens from the EU, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa. For others a valid passport and visa will be needed.
There are no mandatory vaccinations to enter Guadeloupe, although it is recommended to have the vaccinations for Typhoid, hepatitis A and B, rabies, measles, malaria, rubeola, diphetheria and tetanus. Mosquitoes could be a problem, so cover up and use plenty of mosquito repellant. Guadeloupe does not have major security problems. However, you should avoid walking around in Point-à-Pitre at night alone, and stay on the main roads and plazas.
Few foreign mobile phone companies offer international roaming to Guadeloupe so double-check before leaving. Alternatively, you should be able to get a Pay-as-you-go SIM card from various locations.
220 volts/50 Hz Euro plug.
Since french is the official language, you may have a hard time finding someone who speakes english.
Which are the best scuba diving locations in Guadeloupe? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Guadeloupe, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Guadeloupe have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Guadeloupe and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Guadeloupe? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Guadeloupe? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Guadeloupe.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Guadeloupe? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Guadeloupe. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Guadeloupe? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Guadeloupe. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Guadeloupe? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Guadeloupe. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.