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This isn't the greatest beach, but it is definitely a convenient place to stop either before or after taking a dive boat to the Jacques Cousteau reserve. The surf seemed a little murky (perhaps because of the almost-black sand), so we didn't try snorkeling here....More
We struck out in trying to snorkel close to the beach and couldn't rent a kayak day of to visit the island nearby. We still found a great spot to swim and relax, next to a crepe stand, and the beach had all the amenities...More
We were thrilled that there are still turtles here, although apparently Hurricane Maria damaged the sea grass. We snorkeled off the far right side of the beach (facing the ocean). We saw about 4 large sea turtles, and one smaller (juvenile?) turtle. There was also...More
We spent a day here joining the scuba/snorkeling trips. Very nice diving, good guides and a nice atmosphere. We saw green turtles (tortoise?) feeding, we swam with schools of fish of many kinds. My family is now sold on diving!
The beach is a starting point for various boat trips and this is hurting the experience of swimming there and also given the crowds is not always the cleanest. Finding a parking sport might also be a pain especially if you come later in the...More
Until recently it was a good snorkelling spot as the sea grass attracted lots of turtles to the waters by this beach. Unfortunately, after 2017 hurricanes the grass is gone (or covered with sand?), and so were the turtles. Hopefully it will recover, but as...More
There are many prettier beaches on Basse Terre, so Malendure would not be a first choice. However, there are shops, cafes, the glass bottom boat to Pigeon Island, so there's a lot to do. Also, the water is more shallow and calm than in some...More
We visited this beach 4 times during our 11 day stay in Bouillante. The sand is medium-dark grey (not black). There's a lot of broken glass and trash mixed in the sand. The water clarity varied depending on the amount of rain. When it was...More
This is one of the most famous beaches on Basse Terre, but for me it was a complete disappointment: dirty, overcrowded, impossible parking, commercial. If you want to visit reserve Cousteau, then take an organised boat trip, this beach gives you nothing special