Airport: (Airport Code: FDF) Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport is the international airport of Martinique in the French West Indies. Located in Le Lamentin, a suburb of the capital Fort-de-France, it was opened in 1950 and renamed in 2007 after author and politician Aimé Césaire.
Currency: The local currency is Euros but U.S. dollars, traveler’s checks and major credit cards are widely accepted.
Climate: The climate is tropical as in the Caribbean islands but Martinique is divided into two different areas. South is dry and north is greener with rain forest and mountains. The weather is hot and sunny with as “colder” and rainier season from June to September. Average temperature: 77˚F.
Water Temperature: Martinique waters offer warm temperatures (80 to 86°F), whatever the depth is an array of colors, exceptional visibility and calm conditions.
Language: French is the official language but islanders often use the local Créole among themselves. English is typically spoken only in the larger hotels and tourist areas. Attempts to speak le français are usually appreciated on all the French islands and mini-phrase books or dictionaries may prove invaluable. Bookstores often carry simple cassette learning tapes that can assist in the proper pronunciation of a few basic phrases. Don’t forget that a smile is the easiest and most universal form of communication.
Signature Dive Sites:
3 Airs Anse Anse d’Arlets: Relief composed of rock or coral 0-12 m. Feature of the site: a small cargo ship wreck stand 3 to 11 m background. Various fish: knights, lizards, angels, cuttlefish. Depth 12 M.
Anse Dufour – Airs Anse 3 (cross) handles of Arlets: Launching from bypassing the inlet Dufour Dufour Peak, diving takes place along a fall from 0 to 25 m to finish in an area of 5 to 10 m. Falling between the two handles, consisting of boulders of rock shelters with popular turtles and octopus. Ideal drift dive, there is often a little current. The angels and the great French Porcupines “fish tank” are on the site. Depth 25 M.
Whales (Point of) of Loops Arlets: The clear water, which may allow a visibility of 25 m, is a real treat. It is rare that the current is strong enough to interfere with the divers. The abundance of marine worms is a feast for the eyes. Many species of spirographs will dazzle you by displaying their flag. The bottom slopes gently up to twenty feet deep. It is not there a reef, but a gathering of coral adorned with sea fans, sponges …. One could easily call it Turtle Pointe! Even for your first dive, it is not uncommon to cross one. They lay their eggs nearby. The dive site looks exactly like the decor ground water. Large boulders forming a small falling rock ending on a sandy plateau. It crosses a fixed fauna as bio lovers will appreciate. Big Jacks birds will show later in the day. Depth 25 M.
Cleft of Anse d’Arlets Black Handles: Between the black Anse Dufour and Anse, diving takes place along a fall of 0 to 20 m. Access to the fault is 3 m deep. Special feature: open air. Depth 20 M.
Nahoon: Faced with the tip of the Whale is a three-masted 35-m long, that we discover by 36 meters deep, standing upright in front of you. It is accessed through a piece attached to the bow, connected to the surface buoy. This boat was sunk specifically for divers in 1994, allowing the discovery of the wreck safely on a large tray of sand! Very good condition, already colonized by the fauna and flora. This gem is a must for barracudas, angel fish, crabs, eels Javanese, lobsters, king mackerel, salmon country and especially an extraordinary atmosphere. Magnificent night dive. Depth 36 M.
Pool of Solomon: Walk through the scree along the coast and offer a landscape rich in color. Bench jacks big eyes, gray snappers sedentary, parrot fish, lobsters and turtles will delight smaller levels. His cave open to all offers an added attraction to diving. Two large crab-spiders have taken up residence. Nice drift dive to discover. Depth 30 M.
Solomon’s Cave: It is a natural cavity found at 3 m depth from the surface and a few meters of the Point of Solomon. Once in the cave, you can meet the small arrow crabs, fish, hatchet, who live there. Then, looking at the entrance of the cave, you feel like you’re amazing in front of a giant screen cinema. Depth 20 M.
Famous wrecks of St. Peter, Raisiniers: Barge returned to the bottom, we can observe its timbers resting on a sandy bottom and creating a shelter for many fish reefs. Beautiful light, many colors. Suitable for beginners. Depth 10 M.
Famous wrecks of St. Peter, Roraima: (Known as “white-haired – dixit Captain Cousteau) because virgulaires algae which cover it. Following the eruption of Mount Pelee in 1902, the English steamer of
110 meters long with a steel hull, anchored opposite the pier of St. Peter burned for three days before it sank in -50 m depth, it is certainly the prettiest. It is a must for scuba divers. We can explore almost entirely, but it is better to be guided by an instructor’s knowledge, in order to enjoy the richness of the show. A plaque was placed on the anniversary of those 100 years, May 8, 2002. Depth 50 M.
Famous wrecks of St. Peter, Theresa Lo Vi: Wooden sailing ship probably sank during the eruption of Mount Pelee. The hull is broken into several pieces, with the sight of his goods remained intact. Depth 35 M.
Coucoune or falling from the North Pointe Lamarre: Plateau starting at -12 meters, ending with alentousr of 50 meters. Beautiful vertical wall sinking of -12 to -35 feet, dressed in a “plant” consisting of rich fans, spirographs, colorful sponges that give this dive a very special character. Not to mention the sand dune covered with colonies of garden eels that offer us an amazing show. We can cross lines Leopard. Max Depth 50 M.
Clear River: Series of three rock masses plunging out to sea and leaving a dive site between 3 and 35 meters. Beautiful dive for beginners too. Wide variety of fish corals, fish-safe, sergeant majors, a variety of beautiful sponges and corals. There are seahorses. The drift diving is the best way to enjoy the show that offers this dive. Depth 35 M.
Citadel: Between the handle and Abymes Belleville, coral plateau between 10 and 25 meters, consisting of a falling leaving a dizzying perspective of beauty. Sorbed, lobsters, kingfish, turtles … Meanwhile volcanic offers a fabulous show. Max Depth 50 M.
The Canyons North Babody: Canyons perpendicular to the coast, forming a true playground for divers guided. We are happy to share our experience of the site. Max Depth 60 M.
Underwater Reef: Seen from the surface, the reef looks like a booth submarine out of the water. Seen from below is a series of canyons, tunnels, chimneys, caves, passages ax-soaked fish, lobster and a Brazilian variety of fish out of the ordinary. We meet a multitude of turtles. There is sometimes a little wave, but it is accessible paradise. Depth 20 M.
Islets the Pearl: Volcanic rock at 2800m from the coast, consisting of falling between 20 and 60 meters. Diving is very rich in fish, one can observe barracudas, schools of hundreds of big-eye Jacks, candles of barracuda, turtles, grouper, sorbed, parrot fish … and beautiful flora. Site little immersed, due to its distance from the dive centers, giving it an extra charm. There may be a lot of current. Depth 60 M.
Point of Solomon: North of Grande Anse, one of the most frequented places in the south of Martinique. This small, irregularly shaped reef is planted with sea fans and sponges. Is immersed in a kind of coral staircase that descends gradually to 25-30 meters. There is a high concentration of eels there, probably with some powerline nutrients. It is not uncommon to see turtles nearby. Depth 40 M.
Gardens of Solomon: includes three dive sites: Just a few meters from the tip of Solomon, you will discover a garden composed of sea fans, sponges, corals … It’s a great place to dive baptism or initiation of children activities underwater. Then emerges from the relief plates up to 25 m. A real underwater garden. Mixture of colorful corals and sponges, all inhabited by an impressive variety of fish. Sardis, triggerfish, parrotfish, sorbed, angels and royal kingfish have moved into the landscape where color and visibility are fun for beginners as confirmed. Turtles at will. Depth 20 M.
Dead Tree: Sublime plateau filled with sponges, colorful, full of eels, loincloth, reef fish … Excellent for beginners, photographers, lovers of underwater biology and macro. Shallow dive, allowing you to spend time underwater stroll in the tropical garden. Diving very bright. Depth 20 M.
Tip of the Lizard: Rocky cliff composed of faults, home to many species, such as twenty four hours, antennal, lobsters, nudibranchs, seahorses … Because of its quiet and sheltered side, this site is destined to beginners, the colors of the water surface and Earth do the decor embellish this place. A school of squid almost always present at the water’s edge provides a colorful spectacle. In April-May fry embellish diving by the spectacle they offer us. Depth 30 M.
The Cove of Anse: Very protected bay ideal for beginners, beginners, but also passionate about marine biology, this site is full of riches. Depth 25 M.
Small and Large Jorasses: Extension of the falling of Burgos. A semblance of Alpine in a clear, warm water, composed of large cirques white sand offering a spectacle worthy of the best diving Martinique. A huge school of jacks big eyes overlooking the mountain range while turtles, kingfish and stingrays are a paradise for divers. Away from the coast, the site is exposed to currents, which does not make it accessible to all. Max Depth 60 M.
Diamond (The Rock): Beautiful dive on the South that we organize a weekly basis. Beautiful holes to play of light in 18 feet of water, falling for the beautiful confirmed. Coral trays. Max Depth 60 M.
Northern Cape Enrage: Series of small canyons between 15 meters and the surface, providing a wildlife and a rich flora (sea fans duster good size). The biology and photo enthusiasts will be conquered. Dory fish, moray eels, angel fish, shellfish and turtles at will. Depth 25 M.
Northern Cape Alone: As its name says, it’s a dive peaceful and rich in both. Beautiful ride rolls perspective between sponges, sea fans, turtles and coral fish. Even confirmed fond deep, enchanted back after more than an hour immersed in an atmosphere of its own. Nice drift dive. Depth 20 M.
Famous Wrecks of St. Peter, Dalhia: Dredger sank in 1930 meters -30 100 meters from the old jetty of St Peter. You can see the wreck of the Diamond fifty meters apart. Overlay sheet inhabited by many fish, such as Cardinal, Sun-quail, sergeant-majors. Depth 30 M.
Famous wrecks of St. Peter, Diamond: Tug of -30 meters, sunk in 100 meters to the left of the old dock. We can observe wildlife on a colorful background of volcanic sand. The front is drawn and the superstructure covered with vegetation. Depth 30 M.