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Jacques Cousteau's Underwater Reserve

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See the beautiful marine life of the Caribbean by snorkeling, scuba diving or glass-bottom boat touring.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are two options to get there - Nautilius (4 cruses daily) - a ship with glass bottom (and half an hour of snorkeling) or kayak rental - in this case you can explore little island. Unfortunately, there is more and more sargassum on the...More

Thank Peter2014N
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Our family took the glass bottom boat and snorkeling tour over Spring Break. It was fantastic, the views of the fish and the snorkling. Although the tour includes snorkeling equipment, it is old and I would recommend bringing your own.

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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately we didn’t see many fish, the coral appeared dead and no turtles! Apparently it maybe due to the effects of Hurricane Erma? The glass bottom boat was ok especially for those that can’t swim and for children. No English spoken unfortunately. A very short...More

1  Thank Suzy F
Reviewed 23 February 2018

If you've never snorkeled many places, this is a good first experience. From what others have said, however, I suspect the hurricane last fall destroyed some of the coral and there are fewer fish. We did enjoy the boat ride out to the island, the...More

1  Thank Katie F
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

It might have been good before the hurricane, however now there is very few fish and little coral. It is not worth going at the moment . The beach area has been mostly washed away and is very dirty. Snorkelling is not worth the effort....More

7  Thank James L
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Very nice dive lots of beautiful fish. Nice easy shallow dive. Nice to think that Jacques Cousteau dove there.

1  Thank Mark O
Reviewed 19 April 2017

we snorkelled from the shore as unable to get a boat to the island. Coral poor, most of it dead. Saw only 2 turtles and very few fish. The bars and restaurants along the beach were very busy and average food and service. The public...More

Thank justgivemesunshine
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We took a cruise excursion with Tropical Tours to visit this area. The bus took us from the cruise terminal to the reserve to board a glass bottom boat. It is a great way for those uncomfortable with snorkeling to get a view of the...More

2  Thank traveling_smiles
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Spent about 45 min snorkelling around with our guests and saw loads of fish everywhere, but the corals were absolutely incredible. A definite must see. We were anchored nearby and took the dinghy over and tied up to a mooring ball. It was quite busy...More

Thank BlueFoot_Travel
Reviewed 3 April 2017

This is a superb spot to swim with glorious sea turtles. Enter from the beach and swim out about 100 feet until you begin to see the sea grass. It won't be long before you'll encounter beautiful sea turtles grazing on the grass, and coming...More

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4 May 2017|
Response from justgivemesunshine | Reviewed this property |
so sorry for the delay, I only snorkeled. However, I would advise to pre-book as I couldn't get on a trip to the island offshore and the best dive sites due to not booking in advance.
17 December 2014|
Response from cdrctravelers |
It's at Beach Malendure.