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Jacques Cousteau's Underwater Reserve

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Address: Guadeloupe
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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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There are lots of different options @ the reserve....this is a very popular dive spot....we took the Nautilus Glass Bottom which was a great value if you are not a scuba... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Oakhurst, New Jersey
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Oakhurst, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are lots of different options @ the reserve....this is a very popular dive spot....we took the Nautilus Glass Bottom which was a great value if you are not a scuba diver....the trip lasts 90 minutes & you get 30 minutes to snorkel for about $25 USD...we saw lots of fish & it was great fun with a complimentary rum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Incredibly clear water, amazing coral gardens (the biggest coral ferns I have ever seen), huge amounts of fish and some turtles...what more can you want from a snorkel / dive site :-)

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

one of the diving spot you have to do in Guadeloupe. Tons of fishes visible while scubadiving or snorkeling. lots of companies offer you the possibities for first time diving, try it !

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2016

We dive the Caribbean and SE Asia extensively. Pigeon Island is a gem! Yes, there are a lot of dive operators working the reserve, but I haven't experienced the "traffic jam" descriptions in some of the negative reviews. The coral reef and fauna are in excellent condition and the sea life is abundant. Visibility is 30+ meters and the proximity... More 

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Whistler, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

If you are a dive/snorkel aficionado with international experience, and especially if your time is limited, I'd give this one a miss. Beautiful, nice and close to the mainland (maybe 15min by boat?) but not much to see- some beautiful colourful small and medium sized fish, plain green coral, and the statue of Jacques Cousteau is just a really tiny... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016

A protected reserve around Ilet Pigeon has about a billion companies taking divers there basically every hour of the day. We booked ahead but I had the feeling that just coming to the Plage de la Melandure will always end up in success. You will find a lot of booths selling diving lessons, snorkeling trips, kayaking, you name it. While... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2016

We went snorkeling in the Cousteau Underwater Reserve (Pidgeon Islands) on our trip to Guadeloupe in January 2016. We went on a boat from the mainland to the island, mostly with divers. We were given masks, snorkels, flippers and wetsuits. I was also given special goggles that had correction lenses. I've been snorkeling many times, and this is the first... More 

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 bubbles 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

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Wien
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1 of 5 bubbles 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

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 bubbles 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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