Our next destination after Dominica was Guadeloupe, another French island. We’d heard and read about the diving in Guadeloupe but didn’t expect it to be the best diving we’d have in the Caribbean! Yes another bold claim but it’s true!
On our first dive in Isles De Saints we saw an abundance of marine life and coral we hadn’t seen anywhere else! Far too many to list, but one that stood out to me was a very brave and calm Sand Diver that was pitched on a rock. We saw it towards the end of the dive, in shallow water, in a field of rocks.
Our second dive was just round the corner from the first and pretty much followed on as well. Again we saw so much new marine life that it was overwhelming. Towards the end of our dive, again, something stood out to me, this time it was a huge, and I mean HUGE, school of Sergent Majors just swimming merrily around without a care in the world that we were swimming amongst them. These 2 dives alone proved what we had heard and read about diving in Guadeloupe. This was only the start and things just kept getting better and better with each dive we did.
The obvious place to dive in Guadeloupe is at the Jacque Cousteau Marine Reserve. There must be about 10-12 dive sites all around a tiny island called Pigeon Island towards the north of Guadeloupe. The first site we did had lots of northernly current which took us around to the other side of Pigeon Island, which wasn't a bad thing because we covered 2 sites in 1 dive and saw lots of everything! I noticed that in the reserve there was a huge population of Parrotfish. Emily, my girlfriend, loves Parrotfish so I was on a mission to get an amazing picture for her. The one you see above was the best I could get. Although they were friendly, if you got too close they’d high-tail it out of your way and under a rock. I succeeded though and Emily loved the picture.
Included in the Marine Reserve was a couple of boat wrecks, one much deeper that the other. We dove the shallower wreck which sat at 25m at it’s deepest point. Myself and Friso were the guinea pigsas we were unsure if it was possible for us to dive the wreck. The dive worked out perfectly and was the best dive I’ve ever done! Yes another bold claim, that’s 2 in one post. We saw an Eel that was probably half a foot thick, a massive French Angel Fish, came face-to-face with a Puffer Fish (we didn’t make it puff don’t worry) and so much more! As I was waiting for Friso to take to pictures of the bridge of the ship I found a steel girder to sit on and took a few selfies, as you do in that situation. We probably swam round the ship 2 or 3 times and for about half an hour before we had to surface. Dad and Ann did the same dive in the afternoon to see what all the fuss was about.
Our diving ended with one of the best experiences of my life! We (myself, Ann and Friso) were halfway through our last dive when we came across a super chill Hawksbill Turtle. He swam right up to, past and with us for a good 5 minutes before finding something to eat. We hung around to watch him when another, YES ANOTHER, Hawksbill Turtle came along! That’s 2 Turtles at the same time. They swam around for a bit before going their separate ways, at that point we headed back to where we dropped in to surface and get picked up by dad in the dinghy.
I know I’ve already said it but Guadeloupe was the best diving I’ve ever done and the Jacque Cousteau reserve is the perfect place to go diving because there is something for everyone!
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