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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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Colourful coral, beautiful fan corals

Scuba dived (with own gear) around Pigeon Island. The Piscine wall is very good diving at 20m but I preferred the Japanese Gardens off Point Malendure. Rich colours, plenty of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Phuket, Thailand
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Phuket, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Scuba dived (with own gear) around Pigeon Island. The Piscine wall is very good diving at 20m but I preferred the Japanese Gardens off Point Malendure. Rich colours, plenty of fish moray, turtles, and clear water. Depth here between 5-20m. 7/10.

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Naples, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the tour on the Nautilus glass bottom boat, and missed to best of the experience. The operators were so interested in running the most people through in the quickest time, that we never had a moment to appreciate what we were seeing. There are better ways to visit.

Thank skyhoosier
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lion fish were probably the most interesting and intimidating fish I've seen. I was pretty close to the shore and came face to face with a group of three. One of them approached me and the vibe I got was "I'm here. Whatz ya gonna do about it?" I just stared, and it stared back. Then I left. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

We used one of the local kayak shops to hire a kayak big enough for our family of four. Hire time was three hours which is just enough. Takes about 15-20 minutes to paddle out and a little longer on the way back if there is an off-shore wind. The island itself is great to snorkel. We tried all the... More 

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Oakhurst, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

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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