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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.