Scuba Diving in Martinique

Martinique is an insular region of France. The Atlantic Ocean washes against its eastern shores, while the western coast is lapped by the Caribbean Sea. Enchanting with their beauty bays and miles upon miles of gorgeous beaches make Martinique the ideal destination for travellers. Only treasures of Martinique underwater world can compete with the beauty of mountain rivers giving birth to silvery waterfalls.
Martinique is a favourite place for divers from all around the globe. Divers can enjoy picturesque reefs, shipwrecks, as well as various fauna, among which there are crabs, squids, molluscs. Flying fish, moray eels and barracudas can be found in the local waters. The volcanic Island Rocher du Diamant is known as one of the most stunning dives in the world. Coral reefs are extraordinarily beautiful here and could be found close to the shore.

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Take a dive in one of the most picturesque places — Grande Kaye. It is a cradle for many marine species. Here you will see a huge variety of corals — including brain corals and rare elkhorn corals. Parrotfish, surgeonfish, barracudas, tuna and yellowtail snappers inhabit the amazing garden filled with colourful sponges and gorgonians.
The most visited dive site Pointe Borgnese is a protected area. The coastal zone is completely filled by colonies of picture-perfect corals. Here you can dive along the wall and enjoy the colourful and wild underwater world. You will meet anapsids, shrimp, squids, starfish, moray eels and other tropical sea inhabitants.
The waters off the coast of Saint-Pierre city hide the old ships sunk from the powerful eruption of the volcano Mount Pelée (French: Montagne Pelée). It is a treasure trove for wreck diving lovers. Astonishing shipwrecks give the impression of stepping back in time. Not far from Diamond Rock there is a popular place for diving — perfectly preserved Nahoon Wreck. Barracudas, stingrays, moray eels and royal angelfish proffered to take residence inside this ship.
Take a dive at the most popular Diamond Rock dive site. It is an amazing quaint desert island with a volcanic origin. Right under the rock, there is a long cave, completely covered with colourful corals. Bright tropical fish are hiding in the coral thickets. This dive site is recommended for experienced divers only because of strong undercurrents.
Visit the beautiful Pointe Burgos Reef with bustling underwater life. It is a fantastic huge plateau filled with sponges, stony corals and gorgonians. Here is also a 50-meter wall and huge sea inhabitants: turtles, stingrays and northern red snappers swim slowly along its surface. Many tropical fish can be found here.
Memo Notes
Currency EUR - European euro
Languages French
Timezone UTC -4
Phone code 596
Emergency Help 596
Electricity

Type C - 220 V, 50 Hz

Type D - 220 V, 50 Hz

Type E - 220 V, 50 Hz

Dive Shops in Martinique

There are many dive shops on the island, you will find most of them in local hotels. They offer diving tours with different itineraries, you can rent equipment, order instructor-guide services or take special courses.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

Spring is a combination of dry climate and the beginning of the tropical rain season. The high season lasts until May. The driest month of the year is April, but in May, heavy torrential rains begin. The air temperature is +29-30 °С, the water stands between +26 and 28 °С.

Summer

Summer is a warm time with high humidity caused by short, but heavy rains. August is considered to be the hottest month. The air temperature rises to +30-31 °C, and the water warms up to +28 °C.

Autumn

Autumn is a warm season with a high humidity level. In September, the rainy season ends, but there may be strong hurricanes. Air temperature remains at +30 °C, water: +28-29 °C.

Winter

Winter is a cool, dry season. January is considered the coldest month, but it is still possible to dive. The air temperature decreases to +22-28 °C, the water cools down to + 26-27 °C.

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The Best Dive Sites

Martinique offers many marvellous dive sites: Rocher de la Perle, Canyons de Babodi, Belle Fontaine, Pointe Borgnèse, Rocher du Diamant or Diamond Rock, Grande Kaye, sunken ships Nahoon Wreck, Epaves de St-Pierre, Roraima, Raisignier and Lady V.

Health & Safety

Healthcare services in Martinique meet European standards. It is very important to have a travel Insurance that covers an ambulance call, an emergency surgery, a doctor's appointment, dentistry and a number of other vital services. Vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, influenza and rubella are highly recommended. Martinique is quite dangerous for foreign tourists. While you are sightseeing or relaxing in public places local thieves can easily pull a bag or a phone from your hand.

Dangerous Marine Life

The Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea also conceals many dangerous sea creatures. Beware of moray eels, barracudas, various types of jellyfish and sharks. There is a high chance to get injured by sea urchin's needles or sharp edges of corals.

Eat & Drinks

The Culinary Capital of the Caribbean Islands — Martinique might surprise and impress you. Spicy flavours of Caribbean cuisine harmoniously complement the sophistication of French dishes. Divers should take advantage of the rare opportunity to try two delicacies in one dish at once. In local restaurants, frog legs soaked in milk and fried to a light golden crust are mixed with the most delicate meat of molluscs cooked in white wine and served, decorated with greens and lemon.
The only dish to compare with it is salmon with artichokes. Amazing aroma and taste of juicy, slightly roasted, orange-red salmon sprinkled with fragrant spices with artichokes in red wine sauce, exceed any expectations. And this food delight is served with famous local rum cocktails. It is recommended to drink only bottled water in Martinique.

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