Hike into the rainforest in Guadeloupe National Park to see thundering Carbet Waterfalls, a natural attraction so spectacular Columbus mentioned it in his 1493 journal.
Depart from the pier and drive west across the narrow strait of Rivière Salée that divides Guadeloupe’s two main islands of Basse-Terre and Grand-Terre. In time, you will stop at the largest Hindu temple on Guadeloupe, a reminder of the nation’s cultural diversity. Hindus first arrived from India in 1854 as indentured servants after slavery was abolished on Guadeloupe, and in subsequent decades they have made significant cultural contributions.
Still, natural beauty is the primary attraction on Basse-Terre, as you will discover upon entering the extraordinary Guadeloupe National Park. Sprawling over more than 74,000 acres of rainforest, it is a scenic wonderland crisscrossed by miles of walking trails, some leading toward the summit of the volcano La Soufrière.
The towering volcano is the source of Carbet Waterfalls, a series of three cascades. The viewing platform is reached by hiking for approximately 30-minutes over a winding path through the forest. It is well worth the effort as the visitor’s platform offers up an excellent view of the 330-foot-high middle falls as it thunders through the jungle. The falls have long been admired, as Columbus noted them in his journal in 1493, a time when the indigenous Caribs referred to Guadeloupe as “karukera,” meaning “island of beautiful waters.” You will have approximately 15-minutes to admire the view and take photos before retracing your path back to your bus and then driving back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate to strenuous walking. There will be uneven and natural terrain to negotiate which can become slippery and muddy if wet. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable hiking/walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended.