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Dive Review of Les Heures Saines in
Guadeloupe/Les Ilets Pigeon

February, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Neil Burgess, NF, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 6810
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Atlantic Canada, Great Lakes, Cozumel, Yucatan cenotes, California
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow divemaster in Cousteau Reserve  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Great variety and abundance of tropical fish and coral in protected
Cousteau Reserve.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
My wife and I dove with 3 dive operators on Guadeloupe in 2011. Les Heures
Saines was by far the best of the three. They had an active boat diving,
PADI training, and rental operation just beside the Cousteau Reserve. Our
PADI nitrox instructor Laurent was calm, patient and thorough. Safety was
his number one concern. Our 3 boat dives were great. Two were on the reef
in the Cousteau Reserve. A wide variety of tropical fish, coral and a
hawksbill turtle. Many more fish than other dive sites outside the reserve.
We did one wreck dive on the Franjack to 75'. Lots of fish on the wreck,
good visibility and an excellent swim-through the engine room. Diving on
the west side of Basse-Terre was protected from the prevailing wind, so
diving condition were usually excellent. Local restaurants were good for
seafood and inexpensive. There are many other activities on offer close-by:
historic sites, hiking, kayaking, botanical parks, sandy beaches and all
sorts of accommodation options. Speaking some French is a definite
advantage in Guadeloupe.
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