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Les Saintes, even more beautiful underneath!
Seldom used and fully preserved diving sites
The Saintes archipelago is composed of 8 islands and islets, each containing one or more diving sites. Thanks to this even distribution all over the archipelago, we can dive in any sea condition. There will always be a sheltered site we can go to.
We have installed and maintained anchorages in order to preserve those sites. We therefore don’t need to anchor at sea, and are thus significantly limiting our interactions with the underwater environment. The same frame of mind is the reason why we don’t let divers wear gloves and why we’re “annoying” when it comes to stabilization requirements :-).
The great majority of these sites are only slightly saturating, and they present us with an incredible range of landscapes and architectures.
Our Two Tanks Dive formula, which limits the sailing time before diving, makes it more than possible for us to go anywhere in the archipelago.
And because we are, before all else, divers ourselves, we have discovered, explored and developed much more than 20 spots, each with its distinctive features. Exploration will be your routine!
At La Dive Bouteille, you won’t be restricted to the nearest sites because we have to take care of another group after you!
You can find below the pictures and videos of all of our diving sites, as well as extra videos on our Bonus Videos
All of our diving sites in Les Saintes on video CLIC HERE
Le Sec Pâté, a legendary diving site
It’s the Caribbean’s legendary diving site!
Somewhere between the Les Saintes archipelago and Guadeloupe, picture a shallow area in the middle of nowhere, starting at 50 feet and ending at... 330!
This shallow area is, of course, the meeting point of the Caribbean’s most beautiful species, including: Gray Angelfish, Royal Angelfish as big as plates, Sea Triggerfish, predatory fishes of all kinds, Moray Eels as large as tree trunks, etc... All of this in a fabulous setting!
The downside is that diving conditions are often hampered by the swells and the current… This site is only for the most seasoned divers.
La Pointe Cabrit
The island of Cabrit is located north of Terre-de-Haut. On the far west, the La Pointe Cabrit headland is one of Baie des Saintes’ entry points.
This headland’s huge advantage is that it’s always sheltered. Thus, even in rough weather conditions, you can always dive at the peak or on the mountainous coral head.
Dives at this site are “multi-level”: Beginners can dive around the plateau between 6.5 and 16.5 feet and take in the very rich (and friendly) wildlife, such as the amazing White Spotted Filefish. More experienced divers will be able, if they want, to glide down along the slope to a depth of more than 65 feet.
If you take the time to “hang around” above the sand, you will certainly see some “Garden Eels” only slightly coming out of their holes… and plunging back down as soon as you try to go near them!
La Patate Cabrit
Located between La Pointe Cabrit and the Cabrit island anchorage, in front of Terre-de-Haut’s Pain de Sucre, this big coral head is a sanctuary for a wide variety of Lionfish, Lobsters, Damselfish, Trumpetfish, Eels, etc. You can find almost all of the Caribbean reef’s wildlife there!
The slope starting at La Pointe Cabrit goes all the way to this coral head situated between 20 and 26 feet deep. You go back on top of a rocky slope featuring almost all of our reef’s wildlife
Le Jardin de Corail
Under La Pointe de la Bombarde, in front of Terre-de-Haut, this site is the gathering point of almost all of the Antilles’ coral varieties. A slope facing east and a plateau harboring a “coral garden” both shelter numerous species (Lobsters, Eels, etc.). Since small fishes attract bigger ones, you can also frequently find Barracudas, Frigate Tuna or Tarpons around. But what a thrill is to look at Sea Snakes curling up around corals, or to see those surprising Trumpfish swim by.
You go back through a wonderful forest of Feathered Sea Fans, where Reef Squid compete with Bermuda Chubs and Barracudas for your attention.
Le Jardin de Corail
Pointe Bombarde (drift dive)
After being cast off to the north of the Cabrit island, at L’Anse à Chaux, you will bypass the entire Pointe de la Bombarde on the way to the coral garden, or “Ti'jardin” as we call it here.
After roaming through screes, the Sea Fan forests and the coral heads, you will come back up using a lifting bag. This is a “no pressure” dive as the ship will simply be waiting for you to come back up, so you can take as long as you need! :-)
Trou à Diable (drift dive)
In this dive, which starts at La Pointe Cabrit and bypasses the island via the north-west towards L’Anse du Petit Étang, you will truly have a chance to flirt with rocky screes, sunken cliffs and coral plateaus. You will swim at your own rhythm, taking all the time that you need to take it all in – and to capture it all on camera! – until the arranged time at which the ship will come pick you up!
Pointe à Vaches
This dive will start in a small cove on Terre-de-Bas, which is located on the west area of the Les Saintes archipelago.
After a small rocky plateau that spreads out from 6.5 to 26 feet, you will stumble upon a coral drop that goes 72 feet deep.
These gigantic rocks covered with corals form large cavities in which “Sea Cows” can hide – though these Nurse Sharks have become less common nowadays.
You will certainly stumble upon Moray Eels, Angelfish, shoals of Redbanded Seabreams and of Baracudas, copper-colored Hatchetfish and extremely shy Red Sea Fire Urchins.
Diving at Pointe à Vaches - Saintes - Guadeloupe
North of Terre-de-Bas, away from the slope, you will have to carefully go through part of the herbarium where you will find an extraordinary garden full of all kinds of Sponges, Sea Fans, Corals and Anemones, all laying on the sand. This is a 2.5 acres area full of true jewels: wherever you look, you will see Crab Spiders, Shrimps, Lobsters and more. Sometimes, (very) large Barracudas attempt to impress divers, reminding us that we’re intruders in their world. Turtles, Queen Triggerfish, Angelfish, Octopus and Calamari are often around as well. On your way back, you will swim through a magnificent rocky landscape where all of the reef’s wildlife is featured.
Perfect stabilization is necessary to access this site.
We discovered this site while wandering on our own in the middle of nowhere, and our divers have since confirmed that it is one of the most beautiful sites in the Caribbean.
Diving at Le Jardin Japonais, in Les Saintes - Guadeloupe
La Pointe Gouvernail
West of Les Saintes, behind Terre-de-Bas, this dive starts at 13 feet and goes as far as 72 feet deep.
Thrills are guaranteed while you hunt predators such as Barracudas, Frigate Tuna, Skipjacks, Bifeye Jacks and the famous Pennant-Fish. No need to prepare meals in advance: the shoals of Smallmouth Grunts, French Grunts and Blue Striped Grunts will offer more than enough nourishment. It’s not uncommon to stumble upon astonishing and superb Queen Triggerfish as well. Some of the days, the turtles in this area are quite friendly and can be approached by those out on their first dive.
Diving in Les Saintes - Guadeloupe: La Pointe Gouvernail
The dive starts at L’Anse Pajot and bypasses via the left side, after which you’ll come across a true explosion of coral life. On your way back, L’Anse Pajot will reveal its 13 feet “Caribbean cocoon” to you: you won’t regret having 4 pair of eyes to take it all in!
There is no hunting in this part of Terre-de-Bas, and only minimal fishing: you’ll thus be able to enjoy the full – concentrated! –wealth of Les Saintes!
Diving in Les Saintes - Guadeloupe: North side of Gouvernail!
La Pointe Zozio
Don’t sign up for this dive if you’re claustrophobic or scared of the dark...
Indeed, a large part of this dive’s route goes through underwater caves and tunnels that cross through the entire peak.
Dozens of Shellfish of all kinds hide in these caves and tunnels; expect to see numerous fish shoals on your way out, notably Redbanded Seabream whose resting place you’ll be “intruding”. But the true lords of this realm are the gigantic Tarpons who relish on the small fishes hanging around, such as Hatchetfish.
“Le Sec de Grand Îlêt”
A “sec”, or a shallow area, is a large rock formation in the shape of a peak that almost comes out of the water. Less well known than “Le Sec Pâté”, “Le Sec Grand Îlet” offers us a spectacular view of wildlife and landscapes that’s just as good as its famous neighbor’s. There, you can see Black Fan Corals, multicolored Sponges, an array of rifts overflowing with Royal Lobsters, and gigantic green Moray Eel. This is the kingdom of Barracudas, Groupers, Sea Triggerfish and Frigate Tuna…
Le Sec de Grand Îlêt, in Les Saintes - Guadeloupe
La Pointe Colibri
South of Le Sec de Grand Îlêt, La Pointe Colibri is a drifting dive site that promises a show. Following a creek that almost seems to hold fishes prisoners, you’ll follow a drift that overlooks a forest of Sea Fans. Extraordinary encounters are not uncommon: Butterfish, shoals of Tarpons and of Barracudas who swirl around divers.
However, the water entry depth and conditions are often difficult and require a minimum (or even a maximum) of experience.