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Jacques Cousteau's Underwater Reserve

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See the beautiful marine life of the Caribbean by snorkeling, scuba diving...

See the beautiful marine life of the Caribbean by snorkeling, scuba diving or glass-bottom boat touring.

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Beautiful protected coral

We joined a dive group because we wanted to snorkel here. If you have your own equipment (mask/fins/snorkel), it is very inexpensive. You may also take a tour on a glass... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2013
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Los Angeles
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We went on a glass bottom boat, and although the boat was fine, and the staff friendly and helpful, the reserve has been over trafficked so not as lush as expected

Thank VickiLosAngeles
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

Well nothing special, if you are able to risk your life by having an accident with a boat go ahead.We were snorkeling and suddenly a boat appeared and hit my back.Avoid this place

Thank Martin K
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

The dive site is spectacular, but do not expect the service or safety features (from CIK) that you would normally receive from other PADI organizations. There are very few dive masters that speak English, so if your French is rusty don’t expect anyone to speak to you. But, I didn’t witness the French speakers receiving a dive briefing or even... More 

3 Thank skwj11
Johannesburg, South Africa
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87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Great dives with Atlantis (PADI) Diving Club: very professionnal and friendly instructors (with special mention for Eric), who brought us to fantastic spots. They really know their job!. Snorkeling with the tortoises on the North side of Malendure Beach is also something to enjoy. For free! Bouillante is THE place to go!

2 Thank jeanfrancois_barral
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78 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We joined a dive group because we wanted to snorkel here. If you have your own equipment (mask/fins/snorkel), it is very inexpensive. You may also take a tour on a glass bottomed boat if you prefer not being in the water. Another option is to rent a kayak (1, 2, or 3 person) and kayak out to the island and... More 

3 Thank michbeachlover
Long Beach, New York
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We did the glass bottom boat snorkeling tour through Club Med. The boat was great, looking through the bottom. It was a little rough that day but the fish were there and totally beautiful. Two cautions: the snorkel time was short so get right out of the boat fast. If you can't (we couldn't as we were at the front... More 

1 Thank Glodziegirl
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Went on this tour by glass bottomed boat after booking on Crystal Serenity. The hour long bus ride to the site was comfortable and interesting, and we got to see a lot of the island and had excellent narration on the way. The seas were rough and the boat anchored very close to 4 other boats, so snorkeling was poor... More 

4 Thank Kira L
New York City, New York
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

Let me say at the outset that my review reflects our decision to take the glass bottom boat (company is Les Nautilus). to the reserve from Malendure beach. While it was cool to ride in the bottom of the boat and see fish and coral, negatives: (1) very expensive for the relatively short tour (21 euros for less than 90... More 

2 Thank suzzym
Toronto, Canada
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90 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Visiting the small Pigeon Islands (part of the protected Reserve Cousteau) is a must while in Guadeloupe. You essentially have 3 options: scubadiving, a glass-bottom boat tour with snorkelling, or kayaking/snorkelling on your own. Scubadiving (13 different dive sites from beginner to advanced levels) with local tour companies (many available, and if you ask, some with english-speaking instructors and staff)... More 

6 Thank RumRunner65
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

diving on the east side of the iles de pigeons is super.

1 Thank scubadocVa

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