Ilets Pigeon: Biosphere reserve
Ilets Pigeon are two islets located in front of Malendure beach in Bouillante Township (Basse-Terre Island). The islets are in the heart of Cousteau Underwater Reserve so consequently part of the National Park of Guadeloupe Archipelago since 2009.
In 1996, the site has been fully protected due to diverse factors making it an outstanding natural area. The ecology, fauna and flora are the most relevant elements that have contributed to this specific protection. The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) has classified Ilets Pigeon as a Biosphere reserve.
How to reach the islets
Ilets Pigeon are 900 metres far from Malendure beach which is quite close. There are 3 alternatives to reach the islets:
- If you want to explore the underwater world, scuba diving might be the best option for you. There are multiple diving clubs in Malendure beach and Bouillante Township with interesting offers. Here are some of them: École de plongée Bleu Passion Guadeloupe, Les heures saines, CIP Guadeloupe, Archipel Plongée, Centre de Plongée des îlets, Alizée plongée, Atlantis Formation and La Rand’Eau.
- If you are adventurous and a sports-lover, you would probably love kayaking. The crossing from Malendure beach to Ilets Pigeon takes around 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the weather and wind. Here are some kayak clubs also based in Malendure beach: Caraibe Kayak, Gwada Pagaie.
- Finally, the last option is the glass-bottom boat which is child-friendly. If you want to explore the underwater world in a relaxing mode, the boat trip with the Nautilus will be perfect for you.
Ilets Pigeon: Three ideal swimming places
Once arrived on Ilets Pigeon, divers will be able to explore exceptional sites of clear waters. Here are few interesting spots around the islets:
- L’Aquarium (ideal for first explorations)
- Le Jardin de Corail (Fauna and flora diversity)
- La Piscine (15m depth)
- Gustavia wreck (40m depth)
On the islets
There are over 15 trees species in the islets, the most common is the pear tree. On the islets, there are reptiles such as the green iguana or mammals like the dark rat. There is no restaurant over there so make sure to bring your own food and water. If you are coming with a service provider, don’t forget to check all of these details beforehand.