Kayak through the virgin mangroves lining Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin Nature Reserve, an area teeming with wildlife, above and below the water’s surface.
Depart from the pier and drive north across the island of Grand-Terre, the easternmost “wing” of butterfly-shaped Guadeloupe. Upon reaching the charming fishing village of Vieux Bourg, you will be welcomed by a naturalist guide that will accompany you on your kayaking adventure. After a short briefing, you will paddle off into the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marine Nature Reserve, an expansive bay protected by an immense coral reef.
The majority of the time will be spent kayaking through the mangroves that line the shore. There is no telling what you will see, but you can expect it to be spectacular, as you quietly paddle through this pristine marine ecosystem. You may encounter pelicans diving for fish, frigate birds soaring overhead, and prehistoric-looking iguanas sunning in the branches.
You can expect the water to be clear and shallow enough to spot starfish, crustaceans and sea cucumbers, a curious creature that sometimes eats mud. Even the mangroves are biologically fascinating, as the exposed roots of these “walking trees” are adapted to filter salt water, allowing them to thrive where other plants can’t.
There is plenty to discover in this protected reserve so feel free to ask the naturalist about the flora or fauna. The kayaking adventure ends back in Vieux Bourg, where you will enjoy a refreshing tropical drink before driving back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guests’ discretion. There will be approximately 2 1/2 hours of paddling in a 2-person kayak. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be able to enter and exit the kayak with limited assistance. A cover-up worn over swimwear; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a towel and a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes or aqua socks are recommended. Life vests are provided and are mandatory. Guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Minimum age to participate is 4 years old and children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Maximum allowable weight is 285 lbs.