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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 or glass-bottom boat touring.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the glass bottom boat and Snorkeling tour excursion through our Marella Celebration cruise ship and it was a nice day out rather than being spectacular. Once out of town the coach trip through the forest through up some nice scenery and we stopped...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank John E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in an Airbnb overlooking Malendure/Pidgeon Island. I watched the tour boats and kayaks go back and forth all day. We decided to rent kayaks and go to the island. The good and bad things are that it is generally unregulated (or appeared so)....More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank eddJ2832IH
Reviewed January 15, 2019

As others have noted, this isn't the greatest dive spot in the Caribbean, but if you find yourself on Guadeloupe, then by all means this is still the number 1 attraction there. That said, it is confusing and misleading that the "website" link which TripAdvisor...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Yoritomo
Reviewed January 5, 2019

The reef was just as extraordinary as all the underwater documentaries you've seen your whole life. Does not disappoint! We did both scuba diving and snorkeling. Even just snorkeling alone off of Pigeon Island would've been enough to see fantastic fish and coral. We also...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Jordanna B
Reviewed October 26, 2018

We chartered a sailing boat for a couple of weeks out of Pointe à Pitre with a prime aim to visit Deshaies (site of "Death in Paradise" filming). One place of call was Malendure where we found a shack on the beach that offered food...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Aphrodite1114
Reviewed September 9, 2018

There are two options to get there - Nautilius (4 cruses daily) - a ship with glass bottom (and half an hour of snorkeling) or kayak rental - in this case you can explore little island. Unfortunately, there is more and more sargassum on the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Peter2014N
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Our family took the glass bottom boat and snorkeling tour over Spring Break. It was fantastic, the views of the fish and the snorkling. Although the tour includes snorkeling equipment, it is old and I would recommend bringing your own.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank mmsitges
Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately we didn’t see many fish, the coral appeared dead and no turtles! Apparently it maybe due to the effects of Hurricane Erma? The glass bottom boat was ok especially for those that can’t swim and for children. No English spoken unfortunately. A very short...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank 489suzyf
Reviewed February 22, 2018

If you've never snorkeled many places, this is a good first experience. From what others have said, however, I suspect the hurricane last fall destroyed some of the coral and there are fewer fish. We did enjoy the boat ride out to the island, the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Katie F
Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

It might have been good before the hurricane, however now there is very few fish and little coral. It is not worth going at the moment . The beach area has been mostly washed away and is very dirty. Snorkelling is not worth the effort....More

Date of experience: October 2017
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May 3, 2017|
Response from justgivemesunshine | Reviewed this property |
so sorry for the delay, I only snorkeled. However, I would advise to pre-book as I couldn't get on a trip to the island offshore and the best dive sites due to not booking in advance.