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Jacques Cousteau's Underwater Reserve

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Ranked #44 of 99 Attractions in Guadeloupe
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: See the beautiful marine life of the Caribbean by snorkeling, scuba diving or glass-bottom boat touring.
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English first
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 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

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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!

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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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

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Long Beach, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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

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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

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New York City, New York
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91 reviews 91 reviews
26 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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

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Toronto, Canada
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35 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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

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7 reviews 7 reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

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

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Stockholm, Sweden
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75 reviews 75 reviews
16 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2009

We went to the reserve from Deshaies, an unlike the previous reviewer, we had excursion leaders that all spoke english quite well. (However all of them did not speak swedish so we still had to translate some things to our 10 year old who is not fully fluent in english yet. Obviously, we never expect to be able to use... More

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Covington, KY
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63 reviews 63 reviews
35 attraction reviews
375 helpful votes 375 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2003

The scuba diving excursions are led by real professionals but no one speaks English. My daughter had to translate for an American in the group. There is an abundance of snorkeling and glassbottom boat trips, as well. You can swim at the beach where the excursions depart, but it isn't very attractive. There are better ones nearby.

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