Part of the French West Indies, Guadeloupe is one of the most popular destinations of this group of islands. Guadeloupe itself is a fascinating archipelago of islands, with each island offering travelers something different. It includes the large islands of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, the nearby islands of Marie-Galante, La Desirade, Saint Barthelemy and the French controlled part of the island of Saint Martin. Guadeloupe offers to explore its rich Franco-Caribbean culture with superb beaches, wonderful French cuisine and a lively night life. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, diving in Guadeloupe will satisfy your needs. It has everything: amazing reefs with different colorful corals, great walls, rocks, drop-offs, shipwrecks and rich marine life, which includes turtles, morays, eagles, mantas, sharks and different reef fish. There are a lot of good places to dive in Guadeloupe. The most popular ones include Pigeon Island, the site of the Cousteau Marine Park with amazing marine life and 2 wrecks; Sec Pate - a row of underwater pinnacles that look like witches hats, full of fish and sponges; Grand Cul de Sac Marin, offering great reef diving; Iles des Saintes which has a full array of diving options and is quite separate from the rest of Guadeloupe’s sites. Popular dive sites of the area are: Epave Le Franjack, Epave Le Gustavia, Epave de l'Augustin Fresnel II, Jardin Japonais, Jardin de corail, La Grotte aux Baracudas, Les Sources de au Chaude and Pointe Malendure.