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Guadeloupe: Mangrove Stand Up Paddleboard Experience

1. Guadeloupe: Mangrove Stand Up Paddleboard Experience

After an introductory stand up paddleboard course from your qualified instructor on the Plage de Babin beach, head towards Macou Island while exploring the mangroves on the way. Thanks to the clarity of the water, enjoy exceptional views of the Caribbean marine life as your friendly guide provides interesting explanations. Learn why mangroves are such an essential ecosystem for Guadeloupe, acting as a nursery for marine life, as well as a filter and protection for the island itself. The excursion takes you through the mangrove forest in this protected area that is not accessible by boat. Enjoy privileged access as you see the different species living underwater such as multicolored fish, starfish, rays, crabs, and coral. See the colonies of pelicans, herons, and frigates perched in the mangroves and soaring overhead before returning back to Plage de Babin beach.



Un spot idéal pour pratiquer le yoga et contempler l'environnement, la faune et la flore présentes sur place rendent l'endroit vivant et ressourçant. Entre mangrove et campagne le lieu est une ouverture sur le grand cul de sac marin reliant le nord Basse Terre au nord Grande Terre. Réputée pour les bains de boue thérapeutiques ( argile noire marine ) dont les locaux se badigeonnent régulièrement en famille, la plage de Babin reste malgré tout peu fréquentée ce qui lui confère cette authenticité très appréciée. Une expérience inédite à vivre en famille ou entres amis.

Saint François: Ghosts, Vampires & Voodoo Evening Tour

3. Saint François: Ghosts, Vampires & Voodoo Evening Tour

Listen to the story how accidental tourists came across human remains on the beach Raisins Clairs and what its archaeological mystery hides. Ride with our guide in a van about 30 minutes to the impressive Morne-à-l'Eau cemetery known for its beautiful checkered graves. You will learn the history of local beliefs, rituals and funeral customs. Continue your tour and stop by the former prison in Petit-Canal full of legends and with a huge cursed figo tree. On the way back see the Haunted Colonial House and listen about the scary stories and local secrets. What does Gustav Eiffel, the creator of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, have to do with it? You will learn all this on the spot. Finish the tour in a bar, where you will enjoy a Gwo-Ka with Voodoo rhythm music show, a Guadeloupe drumming that originated during slavery.

Historic Walking Tour of Pointe-à-Pitre Guadeloupe

4. Historic Walking Tour of Pointe-à-Pitre Guadeloupe

We will start our walk from the Victory Square, the oldest Square in Pointe-à-Pitre. A Brief history of history of Guadeloupe from archaeological times to the twentieth century. You will also learn more about the founding of the city and the monuments in the square. Cross the local little fresh fish sale point and you see the catch of the day. Today's sous-prefecture building is an old infantry barracks, a reminder that Pointe-a-Pitre was a garrison town. We will visit the Church Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul built in 1807 to be completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1843. Rebuilt further in the 19th century. Statue of Marcel Lollia, a well-known Guadeloupe drummer, you will learn how the Gwo-Ka music trend and the first drum came into being. We will tell you why this musical trend is so important to local residents. Residence of Ernest Souques, the owner of the Darboussier sugar factory, designed by atelier of Gustave Eiffel, the designer of Eiffel tower in Paris. You will find out what a planter from Louisiana has to do with it. Today there is a museum of Saint John Perse. The last stop will be the biggest local Spice Market Marché Aux Épices. We will introduce you and tell you about the origin of the most important spices and fruits. The range of products makes this place perfect to buy souvenirs from your trip to Guadeloupe.

Guadeloupe: Saint-François Fine Arts Museum Visit

5. Guadeloupe: Saint-François Fine Arts Museum Visit

Discover the Saint-Francois Museum of Fine Arts (MBASF) with this entry ticket or choose the company of a guide. Learn about local Guadeloupean culture as you admire work from local artists. Stroll through over 500 years of art history in this museum that boasts 150 art pieces in a 250 square meter space. Take in pieces byGuillaume Guillon-Lethière, a French neoclassical painter and discover some contemporary pieces at this museum whose goal is to provide art education to locals and tourists who are interested in local culture. Take in paintings from European, Asian, and African artists in the first museum of fine arts in the French West Indies. Uncover paintings, drawings and sculptures spread over seven rooms, on a panoramic journey thorugh fine art from the 16th century to the present day.

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MAT is a brilliant guide who took advantage of this paddle excursion to explain to us the basics of standing up, and to show us the mangroves, all the way inside through small hidden tunnels, with a wealth of explanations about this fragile balance of the ecosystem + as a bonus the address of a great spot for very very good lunch on the port of old town! Thanks!

Ideal for enjoying this extraordinary nature, this outing allows you to admire the aquatic fauna and exceptional flora. The guide wishes to convey to us the love of this place as idyllic as it is fragile. Very pleasant to navigate at a gentle pace which makes us enjoy this place to the fullest.

Very good activity to recommend to others. An effective and very playful initiation from Matthieu. The latter is very involved and speaks of the mangrove as a connoisseur.

fantastic morning - lovely people and great experience to be in the mangroves