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Jacques Cousteau's Underwater Reserve

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Address: Guadeloupe

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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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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 

Thank CanadianSunSeeker111
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Michal J
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

2 Thank Roger K
Los Angeles
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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

1 Thank VickiLosAngeles
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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

1 Thank Martin K
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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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90 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 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 

5 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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