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Jacques Cousteau's Underwater Reserve

#41 of 189 things to do in Guadeloupe Features Animals
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Swim with marine life then stay for the sunset

The lion fish were probably the most interesting and intimidating fish I've seen. I was pretty... read more

Reviewed February 1, 2017
Kayak to the island. Bring your own snorkel gear and lunch.

We used one of the local kayak shops to hire a kayak big enough for our family of four. Hire time... read more

Reviewed December 7, 2016
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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 February 1, 2017

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...More

2  Thank BnB_Digs
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...More

2  Thank Stephenjohnallan
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...More

1  Thank mcmmfribs
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 :-)

1  Thank BlueFoot_Travel
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 !

Thank colombes_asi
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...More

1  Thank MTHS8587
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...More

3  Thank CanadianSunSeeker111
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...More

1  Thank Michal J
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...More

4  Thank Roger K
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

2  Thank VickiLosAngeles
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Where on the Island is the reserve off & where is the nearest area for accommodation please
December 16, 2014|
Response from cdrctravelers |
It's at Beach Malendure.