Boat Tour to the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin Nature Reserve from Sainte-Rose

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Fitness level: Everybody welcome
Duration: 1 half day
Spoken languages: English, French
Cancellation policy: super flexible More info

Activity description

Take a half-day boat trip from Sainte-Rose to discover the Grand Cul-de-sac marin Nature Reserve in Guadeloupe!

In the north of Guadeloupe, the Grand Cul-de-sac marin Nature Reserve is a vast bay enclosed by a coral reef and islets and is home to a wealth of preserved flora and fauna. A visit by boat from Sainte-Rose, with a snorkeling break, is a must on the island, and what's more with a captain who knows the reserve like the back of his hand, so he can not only tell you all about its legends, but also share his knowledge of the environment of this protected natural area.

This boat trip to the Grand Cul-de-sac marin Nature Reserve from Sainte-Rose offers a total of 4.5 hours of discovery. Aboard a flat-bottomed boat that can go into corners unexplored by others, you will be immersed in the heart of the mangrove, an astonishing ecosystem that is a veritable refuge for fish and a protector of the coastline. The trip continues up a mysterious river, the stuff of Guadeloupean legends, and then you will have the chance to explore underwater life at 2 snorkelling stops: one near the roots of mangrove trees (a protective refuge for fish), and one above a wreck, a shelter for fish close to the coral reef. Your escapade will end with your feet in the water, on an islet where the captain will offer you a homemade planter or a fruit juice.

In a small group of no more than 12 passengers, you will board a comfortable boat with cushioned seating, a sundeck and a removable roof that is ideal for protection from the sun: all you have to do is make yourself comfortable on board and listen to the captain's commentary while enjoying the superb setting of the Grand Cul-de-sac marin Nature Reserve!

If you are looking for an authentic experience that will teach you a lot about Guadeloupe and its biodiversity, this boat trip from Sainte-Rose to discover the Grand Cul-de-sac marin Nature Reserve is just what you need!

Course of events

- Meeting with the captain in front of the Blue Lagoon hut in the port of Sainte-Rose (ample free parking for your car)

- Boarding of the boat and briefing during the trip, then first stop in front of the îlet Blanc without disembarking

- Sailing and exploration in the heart of the mangrove swamp

- Ascend a mysterious river where you will be told local tales and legends

- First snorkelling stop near mangrove islets, in the white seabed to observe the underwater life (fish nursery and family of echinoderms such as sea urchins, starfish, etc.)

- Second snorkelling stop above a shipwreck

- Tasting a homemade planteur or fruit juice as you disembark on a dreamy islet before returning to the port of Sainte-Rose

Activity requirements

A minimum number of 6 participants is required for this activity to take place.

Special terms

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time.

This activity is weather-dependent. If the weather does not allow for the activity to take place, we will contact you to reschedule or receive a full refund.

Please note that the exact duration and itinerary of the activity are weather-dependent and may be modified if the captain deems it necessary.

On site, you will be asked to pay the captain the Barnier tax (1€ per person), which is compulsory for entry to the Guadeloupe National Park.

  • Guide
  • Barnier tax (1€ per person to be paid on site)
Do not forget to bring
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Bottle of water
  • Snack
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Meeting point
Blue Lagoon Excursion - Port de Pêche, Sainte-Rose 97115, Guadeloupe Get directions

Cancellation policy

Cancellation 24 hours or more prior to the agreed activity date
You will be automatically refunded for the full amount for the activity
24 hrs
Cancellation 24 hours or later prior to the agreed activity date
No refund will be possible
Weather Guarantee
Regardless of the date, if the activity is cancelled due to bad weather conditions, you will be offered a refund or the chance to reschedule


Average rating
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  • 5 / 5

Joli découverte de la mangrove et du lagon. Baignade et snorkelling avec pleins de poissons à voir. Histoire de la Guadeloupe, fonctionnement de la mangrove, faune et flore...

  • 5 / 5

Ballade particulièrement agréable : Mangrove, Ilets, Barrière de corail avec masque et tuba

  • 5 / 5

Bonne ballade avec Matthieu le landais un capitaine tres sympa , experimenté et avec une super playlist

  • 5 / 5

Super rien à dire

  • 5 / 5

Une super activité à vivre seul,entre amis ou famille ! Je vous recommande sans hésitation

  • 5 / 5

L'activité a largement dépassée mes attentes. L'îlet blanc, la mangrove, la barrière de corail, le coucher de soleil et surtout les plongées masque / tuba ont été incroyables.

  • 5 / 5

Superbe balade, nous en avons pris plein les yeux et avons appris beaucoup de choses. Les différentes baignades sont très appréciables et insolites, la promenade dans les mangroves est juste incroyable ! Activité réalisée avec nos 2 enfants de 7 et 3 ans sans problème.