Martinique is a French island in the Caribbean sea to the north of Trinidad and Tobago. Here's the map.
The island is dominated by Mount Pelee, which on 8 May 1902 erupted and completely destroyed the city of Saint Pierre, killing 30,000 inhabitants. In the south of the island, there are many beautiful beaches with a lot of tourists. In the North, the rain forests and the black sand beaches are worth seeing. The interior of the island is mountainous.
- Rocher de la Perle (Pearl Rock) - 800 meters in front of the Anse Couleuvre, in the clear water Domenica Channel, with depths of more than 40mtrs. Plenty of fish, tortoises, barracudas etc. Possibility of strong currents. This dive is for experienced divers.
- Canyons de Babodi (Babodi Canyons) - an imposing volcanic landscape. Lava flows are inserted in parallel in water thus forming canyons.
- Belle Fontaine - a beginners dive, that is shallow, but with a series of coral massifs.
- Rocher du Diamant (Diamond Rock) - the most famous site of Martinique. This rock, some 4 kilometres from the shore, goes down by progressive steps towards the bottom. In the west, at a depth of 17mtrs is a gigantic fault that perforates the side of the rock. Plenty of coral.
- Epaves de St-Pierre - (St-Peter's Wrecks) In 1902, the Pelée Mountain erupted sinking many boats around St-Pierre. The nicest one is the "Roraima" (150 feet) that can be explored. Another interesting one, especially for beginners, is the "Raisignier".
- Lady V - a 60 foot steel yacht at 45 feet. An interesting dive for beginners.
- Nahoon - a three masted steel ship resting at 100 feet.
- You will need to speak French to get the best out of most dive centres here!
- A strong earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter Scale occurred off the north west coast of Martinique on 29 November. A small number of people were injured and some limited damage to the island's infrastructure occurred. You are advised to contact your travel agent or operator to obtain the latest information. [Source: Foreign Office]
|Time:||GMT - 4|
|Natural hazards:||Hurricanes (July to October), flooding and volcanic activity|
|Diving season:||12 months|
|Water temperature:||Jan to March - 25C/77F|
|June to October – 28C/82F|
|Hyperbaric chambers:||Closest: Barbados|