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About Basse-Terre

Basse Terre is one of the twin islands of French Guadalupe. The region is extremely popular among tourists due to its magic nature. Mountainous and volcanic territory, densely covered with lush and thick rainforest, is organized into the National Park of Guadalupe. The active volcano Soufriere is the peculiarity of the park. Travellers can also observe a lot of places of interest including such administrative and religious sites as Fort Delgres, The Gerty Archimede Museum, the Market Clock, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Bell Tower. Marvelous rocky coasts with powdery beaches are washed by crystal-clear waters what determines the popularity of water and underwater activities. Diving is well-presented in the area. The most significant is diving in Pigeon Island and in the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Park around Basse Terre. The diversity of dive sites gives a chance to every diver to choose what they want. One can either examine pinnacles and reefs or explore several wrecks nearby. Scuba-diving in the area is also marked by watching interesting marine life in underwater caves and clefts. Multiple corals and sponges add colors to every diving trip. There are dive sites for divers of all levels. However, there might be strong currents (3-4 knots) which provide a real challenge for underwater explorers. Usual depth of ther sites is around 15-35m/49-114ft. Most popular dive stes Among the most popular dive sites are Sec Pate, La Grotte aux Barracudas, Baradise, the Costeau Marine Reserve and Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin, Jardin de Corail and Le Franjack. Le Gustavia and Augustin Fresnel’s Wreck are great for interesting wreck diving.

When to go to Basse-Terre

Climate in Basse Terre is hot and humid throughout a year with average air temperatures of 29-31C/84-87F. Water temperatures vary from 28C/82F to 30C/86F. The most suitable time for visiting the region is from January to March, as this period is the driest. Hurricanes may occur in June. Regular visibility is up to 30m/98ft. What to see Diving around Basse Terre disclose really beautiful underwater world. Such marine species as barracudas, butterfly fish, stingrays, groupers, parrot fish, queen fish, starfish, mussels, jellyfish, morays, tuna, crayfish and turtles can be encountered while scuba-diving. Small fish is usually hidden in dense hard coral, sponge and sea-fan congregations.