Behold the bountiful marine life in the protected waters off Guadeloupe by cruising on a glass-bottom boat and snorkeling, followed by a nature walk to lovely Crayfish Falls.
Depart from the pier and drive west onto Basse-Terre, the less developed of the main islands that comprise butterfly-shaped Guadeloupe. Before long, you will enter the rainforest that comprises much of the Guadeloupe National Park, your gateway to Malendure on the island’s beautiful western shore.
The lengthy beach at Malendure has an unusual gray tint, a reflection of its volcanic origin. It’s here that you will board the Nautilus, a modern glass-bottomed boat with spacious viewing windows at your feet. After a few minutes to settle in, you will begin cruising the waters surrounding Pigeon Island.
The sea is teeming with marine life, so much so that oceanographer Jacques Cousteau once described it as “one of the world’s best diving spots.” But diving isn’t the only way to see the wonders below. Besides watching through the Nautilus’ glass bottom, you will have the opportunity to snorkel, scanning the crystal-clear protected waters for surgeonfish, striped army sergeants, butterfly fish and perhaps even a graceful sea turtle or two.
Following your cruise on the Nautilus, you will be treated to a complimentary beverage and have a bit of free time on Malendure Beach before continuing on to nearby Guadeloupe National Park. At the park, it’s a thirty minute nature walk to Crayfish Falls, known as Cascade des Ecrevisses on French-influenced Guadeloupe. It’s a lovely setting to relax and enjoy nature before heading back to the cruise ship pier.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guests’ discretion. There will be sandy surfaces to negotiate at Malendure Beach. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in any walking portions of the tour. Participants should be able to enter and exit the boat with limited assistance. Those who wish to swim or snorkel should be good swimmers, able to swim in deep water, and in good physical condition. A cover-up worn over swimwear; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel and a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes or aqua socks are recommended. Snorkeling equipment is provided. Guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Minimum age to participate is 5 years old and children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. The vessel may not be exclusive to our guests.