Diving: Anse D'Arlets

After nearly a month in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, and a quick stop in St. Lucia, we have finally ventured further north to Martinique. Our first stop in Martinique was a small town called Anse D’ Arlets. There was a really nice dive on the north side of the bay so that’s where we did all our diving. we did 3 dives over 2 days and I came away with lots of photos I was really happy with. The first dive was in the morning of March 1st and our first time diving this site. It’s a good job it was a good one because that was the only site in the bay we had found any information about. On the this dive we found Lion Fish almost instantly. Like I may have mentioned in an earlier post, Lion Fish are not indigenous to Caribbean waters but numbers are growing and they are becoming increasingly common to see. I still like photographing and filming them though because they look strangely beautiful.

Lionfish 1 - Anse D'Arlets, Martinique 01/03/2016

Lionfish 1 - Anse D'Arlets, Martinique 01/03/2016

Not long after we saw the first Lion Fish, I saw a French Angel fish. Normally they are happy with you hanging around and taking pictures of, or filming them but this one wouldn’t stay still. The only decent picture I got was the one below but I still like it because it portrays the fish not watning to be photographed and gives it a bit of attitude.

French Angelfish - Anse D'Arlets, Martinique 01/03/2016

French Angelfish - Anse D'Arlets, Martinique 01/03/2016

We saw a second Lion Fish on this dive, towards the end just before we started our ascent.

We saw all kinds of different marine life on the second dive, but the first thing that stood out to was was a pufferfish hiding in a piece of coral. The puffer didn’t hang around long so neither did we and continued on our original course.

Pufferfish In Coral 1 - Anse D'Arlets, Martinique 02/03/2016

Pufferfish In Coral 1 - Anse D'Arlets, Martinique 02/03/2016

Further into our dive we found a Spotted Moray Eel swimming around, they are normally poking their heads out from under coral, so stopped to see what it did. The eel just lay there opening and closing its mouth, like they usually do when something approaches them.

Spotted Moray Eel - Anse D'Arlets, Martinique 02/03/2016

Spotted Moray Eel - Anse D'Arlets, Martinique 02/03/2016

Before we surface at the end of a dive we always do a 3 minute decompression stop at 5m as a safety precaution, it’s normally way above the bottom so there is nothing to look at. I normally resort to just hanging around, staring at my dive watch, counting down my decomp time. This time though I decided to take pictures of my feet, because why not.

Fins - Anse D'Arlets, Martinique 01/03/2016

Fins - Anse D'Arlets, Martinique 01/03/2016

Like I stated above we did the same dive site 3 times but from different drop points so we could cover the whole site.

I didn’t take my GoPro on the final dive because, like I said earlier, it was the same site for the 3rd time and I just wanted to enjoy watching the fish, and thought I had taken pictures of, and filmed all the fish that lived there.

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Thanks for reading!

Rob