At the heart of the arch formed by the Lesser Antilles, Guadeloupe is made up of two main islands (Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre) and a number of neighboring islands, with the most important being Marie Galante, Les Saintes and La Désirade.

Guadeloupe has a wide range of beaches (with white and black sand, surrounded by mangroves or coconut trees), with the most famous being Plage du Bourg or Plage de la Caravelle in Sainte-Anne, on the south coast of Grande-Terre. Malendure beach (an ideal spot for watching green turtles) and the sites located on the Pigeon Islands (as the Coral Garden), in Bouillante, are among the island’s best snorkeling spots.

Snorkeling with lemon sharks at Petite Terre islets, Guadeloupe
Hosting a mere lemon shark nursery, Petite Terre islets are a snorkel must-do in Guadeloupe.

But whether you are a beginner or an expert, don’t leave Guadeloupe without a visit to Petite Terre (where you can find rays, sharks and turtles, and where day excursions set off from Saint-François) or to Les Saintes (the Plage du Pain de Sucre, in particular, is like a life-size aquarium).

Snorkeling at Les Saintes archipelago, Guadeloupe
The Saintes archipelago is made of small islands where several noted snorkel spots, such as Pain de Sucre beach, can be found.

When to go snorkeling Guadeloupe?

Guadeloupe enjoys a tropical climate tempered by oceanic influences and the trade winds. In the region a dry season, known as “lent” (from January to June) can be distinguished from a humid season (“wintering”, from July to December). With an average temperature of 80°F/27°C (77-90°F/25-32°C in the dry season and 75-85°F/24-29°C in the humid season), and an average water temperature of 82°F/28°C, snorkeling can be enjoyed all through the year. The hurricane season, which may prevent sailing and swimming for several days, runs from May to November.

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