The Best Scuba Diving Sites in Martinique
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From old shipwrecks to coral canyons, discover the best diving spots in Martinique!
From underwater shipwrecks on the north coast to abundant marine life at the southern tip of the island, Martinique is a diver's dream. The western coast of the island is the best place for diving, with enchanting locations waiting to be explored in both the extreme north and the south of Martinique. The south offers coral gardens and beautiful bays ideal for sunbathing and snorkeling, while the north has volcanic gorges and black sand beaches.
There is no wrong time of year to dive in Martinique because the average water temperature is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. And the crystal clear waters off the coast of this Caribbean island have visibility of approximately 80 feet.
1. Anse Dufour
Diving off the south coast of Anse Dufour is famous for its wide variety of marine life, including turtles, dolphins, barracudas, and rays. The coral gardens available to explore in the southern bays are simply stunning, and these sheltered waters are more accessible to novice divers.
2. Diamond Rock
Diamond Rock (Rocher du Diamont) is probably the most famous dive site in all of Martinique and is suitable for more advanced divers. Just 3 miles from shore, the 574-foot-tall rock formation is the result of volcanic activity. The mystical dive site is exceptionally well known in the diving world, as divers can swim to the center of this huge and legendary site. Expect beautiful caves, that famous arch, and a multitude of anemones, sea fans, and hard coral.
3. Nahoon Shipwreck
The Anses d'Arlet region lies along the central coast of the island, north of Diamond City, and is home to the Nahoon shipwreck. This exploitable wreck is the remains of a schooner that (intentionally) sank in 1993. Although it is only 36 meters below the ocean surface, the wreck is not recommended for novice divers. Expect a variety of marine life, including eels, kingfish, and turtles. And if you are lucky, you will see a hawksbill turtle, which is native to Martinique.
4. Cape Solomon
The picturesque central coast of Anses d'Arlet is known for its white sand (which is beautiful for sunbathing) and sloping rock faces (spectacular for snorkeling). But as picturesque as the landscape on the water is, there is an even more wonderful beauty to discover beneath the surface of the ocean. Thanks to its serene waters, this dive site is known as "the pool" and is perfect for diving enthusiasts who are just beginning to master this sport. The calm waters are ideal for divers of all levels, and the colorful underwater gardens are a must.
5. The Great Caye of Sainte-Luce
Explore the tropical marine life that inhabits the reefs of Grande Caye de Saint-Luce, located southeast of Les Anses d'Arlet. The reef is 200 meters long and, like Cabo Salomão, is perfect for divers of all levels. This dive site has a rich diversity of corals and also marine life. We recommend night diving, if possible, to see squid and various crustaceans emerging from their homes hidden under rocks, reefs, and tropical sand. And don't worry if the water gets cold when the sun goes down, as the temperature stays about the same.
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Source: Adventure Prime
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