On this tour, you’ll discover the underwater secrets of the Jacques Cousteau Marine Reserve. The conservation area hovers just off the coast of Basse-Terre and is named after the famous filmmaker-come-conservationist. On the drive in, you’ll spy a landscape of thick rainforest and jagged peaks. But the action really begins when you get to black-sand Malendure Beach. Hopping on board a kayak, your tour guide will lead you to one of the Pigeon Islands. If you fancy getting up close and personal with the wildlife, you can grab snorkelling gear and go for a swim in the Coral Garden. Shoals of brightly-coloured fish, neon brain coral, stripy surgeonfish and luminous parrot fish flit through the waters here. You’ll get the chance to explore an islet on foot, clambering up a hill for wide-ranging views over the Caribbean Sea. After paddling back to Malendure Beach, you’ll be offered a cool-down drink of freshly-squeezed local juices.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.