Martinique is a big island with a varied seascape. Diving in the north tends to be on and around more rugged structures and harsher conditions. The sand is mainly black, affecting the water color, and the steep mountains can cause reduced visibility due to run-off. In the south there is more hard plate coral and the white sand gives a turquoise hue to the water with warm temperatures, 26°C to 30°C, and there is an array of colors, exceptional visibility and calm conditions. For amateurs, diving in the south is ideal as there are many easy sites that don't require much skill to reap the benefits of the sea's beauty. Colorful sea flora is abundant as is an array of underwater life such as barracudas, dolphins, and tortoises. The variety of colors comes from the corals, sponges, gorgonians, anemones and the numerous small Caribbean fish. Expansive caves, fascinating wrecks and beautiful coral reefs, all lie under the ocean's surface. Shipwrecked by the eruption of Mount Pelée in 1902, fourteen ships rest on the bottom of the bay of Saint-Pierre. This site offers some of the most spectacular wreck diving in the Caribbean, the most dived being the relatively shallow Raisiner and The Roraima, a deep dive. There are more than a dozen reef dives around Martinique, many of which are 18 meters in depth or less making them completely accessible to novice divers. For those who wish to experience the beauty of the underwater world without diving, snorkeling is a good alternative. A few of the best spots include Anse Dufour, Cap Chevalier, and Anses d’Arlet. Martinique has also two gems of dive sites: a diamond in the south, Diamond Rock, and a pearl in the north, La Perle. All of these sights combined make for a very pleasant and exciting experience diving in Martinique. With more than twenty Martinique diving operators and almost thirty excellent dive sites, the choices are great. Speaking French will help you access the best of Martinique diving trips as most operators are not fluent in English.
Martinique island is an overseas territory of France with a land area of 1,128 km², in the eastern Caribbean Sea. It is surrounded to the northwest by Dominica, to the south by St Lucia, and to the southeast by Barbados. The climate is tropical and humid, moderated by trade winds, with an average temperature of 24°C to 29°C. The rainy season is from June to the end of November and the island is vulnerable to devastating cyclones every eight years on average, with September and August being most prone to hurricanes. Martinique’s busiest tourist period is during the dry season, from December to May, when temperatures average about 26°C. Martinique’s average humidity is high, ranging from 80% in March and April to 87% in October and November.
To enter Martinique a visa and passport may be required, depending on your country. Citizens of the European Community do not need a visa to enter the country. For more informations, please contact your travel agent.
The recommended vaccination for Martinique are hepatitis A, tetanus and diphtheria. Please consult your doctor before traveling. There is no malaria on this island but other mosquito borne diseases such as Dengue Fever are present. There’s a decompression chamber at the hospital in Fort-de-France. After dark, it’s not advisable to wander off the main streets; mugging is the main concern.
There are both payphones and card phones on the island. Télécartes (phone cards) are sold at post offices, newsagents and kiosks. Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. There are a few Internet cafes in Martinique, predominantly in the cities such as Fort-de-France and main tourist areas.
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Which are the best scuba diving locations in Martinique? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Martinique, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Martinique have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Martinique and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Martinique? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Martinique? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Martinique.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Martinique? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Martinique. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Martinique? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Martinique. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Martinique? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Martinique. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.