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Plage du Pain de Sucre


This tiny beach, situated in Les Saintes archipelago, is a little taste of paradise. In the shadow of the Pain de Sucre (Sugarloaf), its golden sand and palm trees bathe in translucent waters that are ideal for a snorkeling session. On either side of the little bay, you will never tire of following the fish as they move between the sea fans, sponges and coral that have colonized the rocky seabed.
How to get there?

Les Saintes archipelago is situated some 10 miles (15km) south of Guadeloupe. It is within easy reach during the day from Trois-Rivières, the starting point for a number of boats each day. Once you are ashore at Terre de Haut, you will need to travel over 1.5 miles (2km) to arrive at your destination, along the main road towards the west (to the right when you reach the road). Renting transportation is easy, but expensive (scooters or cars), but you can also get to the beach on foot in about 40 minutes. Since the road is hilly, this option may prove grueling when the sun is at its height.

Water entrance

You can enter the water anywhere along the little beach. Since the central part of the bay is the least interesting part to explore, it is easier to begin on the far right or far left of the beach.

Aerial view


Exploration

All the little bay is worth exploring, but underwater life is at its most abundant along the rocky outcrops on either side of the bay. The central part of the bay (where a few boats are moored, so be careful) is mainly made up of seagrass and sandy beds (↕3-10ft/1-3m) without much interest. Only a few groups of small carangidae and damselfish seem to venture there. So move along quickly toward the rocky areas along the shore, on each side of the bay (↕3-15ft/1-4m).



The area to the right is probably the most spectacular. Although the seabed is rocky, it has been colonized by large numbers of multi-colored sea fans that sway in the current. You can look for flamingo tongue snails, extremely elegant small gastropods. Sponges and sabella, as well as some fine coral formations, complete this underwater garden. You will see blue surgeonfish, butterfly fish and many others. Don’t leave the water until you’ve taken a look at the left-hand part of the bay, which is less spectacular, but just as rich in fish.

Snorkeling Report Plage Pain de Sucre Les Saintes Guadeloupe
Le Pain de Sucre

Visibility is generally excellent and the waters are particularly calm. Photography is easy and enjoyable, as a result. But you should be careful near the coast, where the water can be rougher and you could be thrown against the rocks. A few sea urchins inhabit the seabed, particularly in the sea grass, but they are not dangerous as long as you don’t put your foot on the seabed, as is the usual practice.

Restaurants & accommodation

There are no restaurants on the beach. To get something to eat, you need to go back to the main road, a ten-minute walk away. In any case, bring at least some water and a snack.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Beginner
  • Maximum depth
    15ft (4.5m)
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential Dangers
    Usual precautions
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Restaurants nearby
    No
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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Species you may spot while snorkeling Plage du Pain de Sucre

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Atlantic blue tang
Acanthurus coeruleus Abundant
Doctorfish tang
Acanthurus chirurgus Abundant
Banded butterflyfish
Chaetodon striatus Common
Bluehead wrasse
Thalassoma bifasciatum Abundant
Yellowhead wrasse
Halichoeres garnoti Frequent
Scissortail damselfish
Chromis atrilobata Abundant
Beau gregory
Stegastes leucostictus Abundant
Jewel damselfish
Microspathodon chrysurus Common
Purple sea fan
Gorgonia ventalina Abundant
Venus sea fan
Gorgonia flabellum Abundant
Flamingo tongue snail
Cyphoma gibbosum Common in gorgones
Yellow goatfish
Mulloidichthys martinicus Common
Sergeant major
Abudefduf saxatilis Abundant
Trumpetfish
Aulostomus maculatus Common
Striped parrotfish
Scarus iseri Common
Diamond lizardfish
Synodus synodus Common, but sometimes hard to see
Sabella
Sabella sp. Abundant
Brain coral
Diploria strigosa Common
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