Scuba Diving in Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is a region of France and the biggest island of the Lesser Antilles Archipelago. It is washed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Its shape reminds of a butterfly because of a narrow strait between the two islands: Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre. It is an amazing place with wonderful beaches, secluded bays, uninhabited islands and a range of diving options. Snorkelling is especially popular. The major features of these parts are picturesque reefs, rocks and caves full of sea dwellers: Achelata, crabs, starfish, jellyfish, dolphins, barracudas, turtles and many others. You should visit the Cousteau Marine Park, a safe habitat for fish and mammals.

Reasons to Visit

Where to go
in Guadeloupe?
Petite Terre and Îles des Saintes are two of the most secluded islands. You will enjoy diving almost alone and swim among calm unfrightened fish. There are over 400 species of the sea dwellers from terrible sharks, barracudas and moray eels to bright marine angelfish, butterflyfish and other small colourful fishes. Molluscs and crabs are also found here.
The underwater landscape of the island is varied. Here you can see picture-perfect reefs with colourful corals, dive along the walls, explore the caves, karst funnels and shipwrecks. This stunning place is bustling with sea life. Distant objects that cannot be reached are visible on the depth of up to 45 metres. Moving and finding the way is easy in the crystal clear water.
You can see a lot of marine dwellers in the local waters. Guadeloupe is home to dolphins, whales, moray eels, eagle rays, giant oceanic manta rays, eels, large barracudas and other coral reef fish. Sharks are rare but can still be occasionally found here. Green sea turtles which are under special protection come here during certain seasons.
Guadeloupe waters have preserved their most of wildlife. The UNESCO biosphere reserve known as Parc National de la Guadeloupe, which also covers coastal territory is also located here. Another protected area is the Cousteau Marine Park located on the Basse-Terre. Here experienced divers can dive at night. When darkness comes, the world under the water is transformed into a more dangerous place, carnivorous barracudas start their hunts, octopuses leave their hiding places. A nameless shipwreck nearby, which sank during one of the battles for Guadeloupe, sits nearby.
According to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the Pigeon Island is one of the best places for diving. Among the vibrant marine life, you will find the statue of this famous traveller. Divers believe that if they touch it, the statue will bring them luck. There are a lot of interesting dive sites, for example, La Grotte aux Baracudas is a cave where you could come across huge barracudas and a few shipwrecks.
Memo Notes
Currency EUR - European euro
Languages French
Timezone UTC -4
Phone code 590
Emergency Help 117

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Dive Shops in Guadeloupe

There are about 30 certified dive clubs here. Most of them are based on the coast and on the Basse-Terre, Pointe Carrangue, Iles de la Petite Terre. Dive shops provide equipment for rent, guide and coaching services, as well as special training courses. You can also book a dive tour or a diving safari.

Сlimate & Seasonality

March is a perfect time to visit Guadeloupe. You will enjoy the warm weather and perfect water temperature. In April and May it is significantly warmer. The air temperature rises to +29-31°C, water temperature heats up to + 26-28 °C.


In the summer the weather on the island is warm, but August brings the heat. The air temperature is between + 31 and 32 °C, water is from + 28 to 29 °C.


The beginning of autumn is quite hot but in October and November, the weather becomes more pleasant. The air temperature is + 30 or 31 °C, while the water temperature is between + 28 and 29 °C.


Although the tourist season in Guadeloupe continues all year round, winters are considered to be cold. The air temperature in January and February drops down to +29 °C and the water temperature settles +26 to +27 °C.

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The Best Dive Sites

There is a lot of interesting dive sites on Guadeloupe Island and nearby, such as: Sec Pate, Grand Cul de Sac Marin, Iles des Saintes, Epave Le Franjack, Epave Le Gustavia, Epave de l'Augustin Fresnel II, Jardin Japonais, Jardin de corail, La Grotte aux Baracudas, Les Sources de au Chaude and Pointe.

Health & Safety

Healthcare systems in Guadeloupe meet French standards. There are about 40 hospitals with modern equipment. Guadeloupe has a healthcare agreement with most of the countries, however, it is advised to purchase an international tourist insurance for emergencies. Before the trip, you should get vaccinated against diphtheria, tuberculosis, rabies, hepatitis B, bilharziasis, typhus and poliomyelitis. The island is somewhat rough and safe because of the high unemployment level. Be careful during the walks even in daylight and at night, petty thefts and frauds sometimes occur here. The resort areas are relatively safe, however, standard safety measures are necessary.

Dangerous Marine Life

Waters of the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean are not really dangerous for divers. Standard precautions should be taken during diving. The danger may come from moray eels, Pterois and stonefish, besides, sea urchins may prickle you with their spines.

Eat & Drinks

The local cuisine is a mix of French traditions enhanced with local ingredients. You should try boiled lambis, chicken in coconut milk, stewed crabs, fish stew and boiled octopus. Eat Accras — fish or crab fritters with spices and chillies. Here goat colombo is served, it is a roast spiced meat of wild goat, calalou — vegetable stew with seafood or bacon, Boudin — spicy blood sausages. Meat is served with a variety of garnishes, such as: rice, potatoes or vegetables. As for drinks, the national pride is rum. In this country, it is recommended to drink only bottled water.