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

Les Heures Saines, Feb, 2011,

by Neil Burgess, NF, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 6810.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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