Kayak through an islet shaded by an umbrella of mangrove trees and discover their ecological importance to the waterway.
Put on your swimsuit and travel by boat across picturesque Fort de France bay. Upon arriving at an islet lined with mangroves, you will receive a safety briefing and instructions on how to navigate your kayak. When everyone is ready, you will board your two-person kayak and begin paddling through this fascinating natural wonderland. Along the way, your guide will explain the many benefits of mangrove forests and point out the fauna that makes its home here.
Mangrove trees thrive in brackish water, their roots extending up into air and forming arched thickets that shelter the wildlife. The mangrove foliage also provides shade and cooler temperatures. The surrounding water is a vast eco-system that supports a variety of fish, crustaceans and birds, both indigenous and migratory. Without mangroves, or "marine nurseries" as they're sometimes called, the wildlife in Martinique would be greatly diminished. While paddling your kayak through these protected waters, be on the look-out for herons, frigate birds, turtles, mollusks and crabs.
After approximately 1-hour of paddling, you will find yourself back at the islet where dependent upon weather and sea conditions, you will have some brief time to swim. Rejoining your boat, you will cruise back to Fort de France, enjoying some refreshments along the way.
Please note: While this tour includes a limited amount of walking, guests should be in very good physical condition and be good swimmers. Participants must be able to negotiate steps to board the boat from the pier, and a ladder to enter and exit the vessel from the water. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, pregnant women, those with mobility concerns, heart conditions, asthma or epilepsy. Swimwear; towel; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat shoes with a non-slip sole are suggested. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old and children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and a waiver may be required. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.