charter from Guadeloupe, taking in its
surrounding islands of Marie Galante and
Les Saintes, will show you a wonderful
combination of lush rain forests, bustling
cities and secluded beaches. You set the
pace. If you’re looking for short, but
exhilirating sails between islands or
longer stints on the water, you just sent
the itinerary accordingly.
for being shaped like the wings of a butterfly,
the main port and town (Ponte a Pitre)of
Guadeloupe is positioned almost between
the two wings. Guadeloupe is one of the
larger islands in the Lesser Antilles
and there are several anchorages around
the coast line. The island to the east
is relatively dry and rocky edged with
white sandy beaches and famous for its
cane fields. This is known as Grande Terre.
While to the west, Basse Terre, is much
more mountainous and rich in vegetation
fed by several rivers and waterfalls.
Basse Terre is also host to many world
class dive sites.
Marie Galante, which is approximately
20 miles away, also offers fantastic diving
and snorkelling on its barrier reef.
Iles de Saintes
is actually a cluster of eight islands,
and is a little off the beatern path.
The most interesting of these is Terre
de Haute. The scuba diving here is absolutely
spectacular and suitable for even the
least experienced diver. Les Saintes have
played host to Jacques Souste and Pigeon
Island is the home of the Jacques Cousteau’s
marine sanctuary – a must see for the
and Scuba Diving
Many excellent dive sites. Please see
to Get There
Caraibes Airport (PTP) in Point à
Pitre. There are daily flights to trom
France, Martinique, St Martin, Antigua,
Cayenne, Miami, Atlanta, San Juan, Montreal,
Havana, and St Lucia.
are universally accepted. Major credit
cards are generally accepted in hotels,
restaurants and larger shops. These islands
are a little piece of France in the West