Discover the best top things to do in Deshaies, Guadeloupe including Plage de la Perle, Nautica Plongee Caraibes, Jardin Botanique de Deshaies, Anbadlola Guadeloupe-Plongee, Plage de Grande Anse, Plage de Petite Anse, Les Baillantes Tortues, Plage Leroux, La Maison du Cacao, Cascade le Saut de L'Acomat.
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4.5 based on 585 reviews
Visited at 2pm which is probably peak time. Got the last parking slot. The beach has been seriously eroded by last year’s hurricane although the cafes appear unscathed. The inspector’s shack from DIP has had its foundations washed away so he will have to relocate or have a serious rebuild! The beach itself is very attractive fine sand with palm trees remaining and some newly planted.
5 based on 239 reviews
We just finished our padi with our 3 kids.
The place is really great and the owner + staff absolutely great, friendly, funny, uncomplicated and (of course) very professional and serious.
It is a small place located in a little lagoon rather far from crowded places.
We saw during many dives turtles, they are what we wanted to see :-)).
So a place we highly recommend with very friendly people !!!
4.5 based on 3 reviews
A Spectacular Botanical Garden and Wildlife Park Open to the public since the 1st April 2001, the Botanical Gardens at Deshaies are a recent creation. This park, whose youth is imperceptible, has very quickly imposed itself as the place to be for nature enthusiasts and lovers of tropical plants. Situated on the windward coast of Basse-Terre, 100m in altitude up above the town of Deshaies, the garden stretches out over 5 hectares of sloping mountainside. Its favourable location guarantees beautiful views over the coast and an unrivalled vantage-point overlooking the bay of Deshaies. The site was already home to a nursery created by Guy Blandin, a plant-lover who brought rare and unknown plant species from his travels around the world back to Guadeloupe. Many of them unfortunately disappeared when Cyclone Hugo hit and severely damaged the island in 1989. The humorist Michel Colluci, also known as Coluche, acquired the property in 1979. A few years later, in 1985, he invited his friend Michel Gaillard, an interior landscaper in Mainland France, to set up his nursery there in exchange for taking care of the property's garden. A year later, the death of Coluche brought the future of the property back into question. Michel Gaillard bought back the property in 1991 to honour the memory of his friend, with the idea in mind of creating a botanical garden. This risky and ambitious project required several years of planning, of research into its feasibility and then of execution. The garden was finally brought about in accordance with Michel Gaillard's and the landscaper Samuel Craquelin's plans. Over the course of the path which snakes its way through the Gardens, visitors today discover a world of real abundance: a world with 800 species of plant all brought together, with several animal species, which were introduced much to the delight of children, and with the most spectacular and unexpected landscapes following one after the other. Tourists are invited on an unforgettable walk amidst fifteen or so different scenes.
Yes, the Gardens were as good as we remembered them to be when we first visited them ten years previously on our first holiday in Guadeloupe!
I am a keen gardener so visiting the Jardin Botanique at Deshaies was a joy. They were much as I remembered from our first visit but I thought there were less plants in flower this time. However it's still a lovely experience and beautifully laid out in different plant zones, such as tropical, arid, palms etc. The water features are also spectacular and the colourful parrots are a great attraction, especially for children who love to feed them with the special food you can purchase. The flamingos add an exotic note.
We had a snack at the café and afterwards when looking over the Terrace at the sea view below I was lucky enough to spot a humming bird on a bush which just made my day.
Most people come by car or tour bus, often from a cruise ship. However we didn't have a car so took a bus from the Habitation Grande Anse where we were staying to Deshaies and then made use of the free shuttle bus that takes people to the Gardens. You can call them on the number advertised on their website but it is not very well advertised unfortunately - or ask your hotel.
5 based on 261 reviews
Snorkeling with a guide, apnea, come to discover the wonderful world under caribean sea out of Guadeloupe. Come and swim with turtles or dolphins as you like ! Excursions on reservation, personalized welcome.
We've enjoyed a fantastic snorkeling trip around ilets pigeons / Réserve Cousteau with Antoine, who knows each marine creature as if they are good old friends. From the first moment when being equipped, up to going out by boat, snorkeling around, coming back and enjoying a cookie and a "planteur" - you always feel very welcome and in good hands. Very professional and passionate! As one of the participants turned sick on sea, we unfortunately had to end the trip earlier than planned (safety first), but, Antoine, I promise you: this was not the last time I booked a trip with Anbadlola! We were not allowed to pay for the (1/2) trip, although it was worth it every minute! Again, thanks a lot again to you and your team!!
4.5 based on 1 reviews
We stayed at the Habitation Grande Anse so this beach was about ten minutes walk away. It is a stunning crescent shaped beach framed by trees - everyone's idea of a perfect Caribbean beach!
However I was somewhat taken aback the first time I went to Grande Anse beach to be confronted by a large notice (in french of course) warning that swimming was dangerous and the beach was unsupervised. On reaching the sea I quickly appreciated the reason for this. The beach shelves steeply and big breakers were crashing on the shore leaving a strong undertow in their wake. However quite a few people were swimming so I timed it carefully and ventured in, swimming out quickly to beyond the breaking waves where it was calmer. Unfortunately snorkelling was out of the question because the water was obviously quite churned up and not clear.
During the six days we were there it continued to be very windy and in fact the waves got bigger still and I saw hardly no-one swimming - only a few children who were fearlessly jumping over the waves in their body boards and then Surfing in. It looked great fun but not for the faint hearted and most certainly highly dangerous for most of us!
Walking along the beach is enjoyable and there is a path that you can take all the way into Deshaies I believe. However this would take quite a time and it was too hot for me to attempt.
Another disadvantage is that although there were several restaurants and cafés back from the beach beneath the trees near the car park, they only served set meals at lunch time. We only wanted a snack and there was only one shack serving sandwiches with a very long wait!
4.5 based on 112 reviews
I loved this beach! Not much shade, so bring you own. There were some pebbles when you first go in, bring water shoes. The water was calm and no surf. There are a few drink and snack bars on the beach handy for having a planters punch.
5 based on 73 reviews
Welcome to Les Baillantes Tortues, we are a small dive resort on the beautifull island of Guadeloupe, we are able to meet most of your diving needs from your first steps in the underwater World to diving coral reefs, wrecks and night diving for advanced divers. We are specialist in Scuba Diving Courses and offer a wide variety of personalized courses from the FFeSSM (French State and Federal CMAS) and PADI which can bring you fast to any level you are interested in, either from novice or seasoned diver. We also offer a wide choice of dive sites for the seasoned diver, open water dives - Off Shore, Wrecks and the famous Reserve Cousteau, the place where Cap. Cousteau shot parts for his first film "Le Monde de Silence", "The Silent World".
When I came here I was already certified but didn't feel very comfortable with my level of skill. The instructors were all very nice (the owner, Cor, speaks virtually every language you can think of), the equipment is top notch and the diving sites were all Very nice. For two dives I was alone with an instructor (some American guy, forgot his name but Very cool dude) for the third with Cor and some others. All dives were very nice. Can definitely recommend this place.
4.5 based on 268 reviews
We really liked this beach. It should come as no surprise I guess, but it is bigger than Pettie Anse which is just about one kilometer south, and smaller than Grande Anse, which is on the other side of Deshaies, to the North. We had a rental house very close by, so several morning I would walk down to the beach to check it out. It was quiet in the morning with a few people going for early morning swims or walks on the beach. My family also spent a day here. Most people try to grab some shade from the palm trees at the top of the beach. We went snorkeling on the left side of the beach. That was very nice. The snorkeling down the road at Petite Anse was a little better. If you are nearby and have time I would check out both Beaches. We had lunch at the restaurant just up the hill at the top of the parking lot, Au Bon Accueil. The food was decent, but the service was very, very slow.
4 based on 988 reviews
The people who work at La Maison du Cacao made this a great experience -- knowledgable, friendly, and interesting. There were two different tasting stations for a variety of chocolates and both guides had good English-speaking skills, so that was a big plus for us. We bought chocolates, cocoa butter, and liquer to bring home. Don't miss this place if you're in the area.
4.5 based on 300 reviews
"Le saut de l'Acomat" is a nice fall in refreshing Freshwater, located around Pointe-Noire. The place is small but beautiful,you can jump by the fall (around 5meters high).
however it is accessible through a very abrupt and narrow path in the mud (around 10min walk) so it isn't recommended for very young children or any other person that have issue with their legs.
we discovered it through a morning day spent canyoning with "Yalode" as it was the end of the course.
we decided to come back afterward by ourself because the spot was amazing, fun and refreshing.
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