Scuba Diving in Martinique: Some Tips

07/08/2024 Off By Nathalie de Beyond the Beach

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a diving enthusiast, the underwater world of Martinique promises an unforgettable experience. But how can you ensure a successful dive in Martinique? Read on for tips that will guarantee a successful diving experience!

What are the diving conditions in Martinique?

Before diving into the details, here’s a brief introduction to your future destination! Martinique is part of the French Caribbean located in the Caribbean Sea. It covers an area of 1128 km², stretching 70 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide, which is roughly 10 times the size of Paris. On the Atlantic side, Martinique is bordered by a coral reef. You will be most interested in the Caribbean coast for diving! Indeed, on the Atlantic side, swells and currents limit diving activities. 

You will find two main seasons in Martinique. Firstly, the dry season extends from December to April. During this period, the weather is generally sunny with occasional rains. The average temperature is around 27°C. Secondly, the wet season spans from June to November. The atmosphere in Martinique becomes heavier, with more frequent heavy rains, and temperatures rise to an average of 30°C. Hurricanes also occur during this period, typically from September to October. The sea temperature varies little throughout the year, averaging between 26 to 28°C. For both water and land-based activities, it’s advisable to visit during the dry season, from December to April!

This period is particularly advisable because you might experience reduced visibility for diving during the wet season, due to frequent tropical showers from August to October. In the dry season, you can expect good visibility ranging from 10 to 40 meters deep depending on the diving spots. When choosing your spots, consider the skill level of your group. In Martinique, you have options regardless of your level of experience. It’s important to choose carefully in advance because challenges can vary significantly in terms of depth and currents. Selecting spots based on your group’s capabilities will be essential.

Dives suitable for all levels

If you wish to dive in Martinique, you should head towards the Caribbean coast. Several diving sites are scattered along the coast, with a division between two main areas that host the majority of these sites. Depending on your skill level, certain areas will be more suitable. Also, choose sites based on your preferred diving mode! Do you prefer snorkeling or scuba diving? Some sites require more equipment and preparation, especially for accessibility reasons.

You have the choice between two main diving zones. South of Fort-de-France Bay, you’ll find several sites with shallow coral reefs. Are you looking for a friendly dive? Many accessible sites are available there. In this area, you’ll find well-known sites such as the wreck of the Amélie at a depth of only 12 meters, and the Rocher du Diamant in the Saint Lucia Channel, an uninhabited island renowned as one of the most beautiful diving spots in the world! Further south, you’ll also find the Grande Caye site, an underwater garden populated with extraordinary varieties of corals. To the north, there are several other well-known sites.

In Saint-Pierre, you can explore its famous shipwrecks dating back to the eruption of Mount Pelée in 1902! It’s a fantastic opportunity to discover these marine relics from another era, with dives ranging from just 5 meters deep to over 80 meters… As the northernmost diving spot, you can also visit Ilet de La Perle. This site is often less frequented due to its isolation, offering magnificent flora and diverse fauna: barracudas, turtles, dolphins… It’s a fantastic dive that promises many surprises.

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Practical Tips for a Successful Dive

In Martinique, you’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to diving sites, provided you plan ahead! Make sure to book in advance because from December to April, dive centers are often very busy. Also, choose dives that match your skill level, as diving experiences can quickly turn sour otherwise. If needed, inquire about introductory dives or suitable training before your trip if you’re a beginner, or arrange it locally if that fits better. Preparation is key to ensuring a successful experience.

Once you’ve completed these preliminary steps, it’s the big moment – time for diving! During your dive, follow the rules and dive plans laid out by your instructors diligently. Diving requires careful planning and adherence to safety protocols. By respecting these rules, you ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. If you plan to dive independently, choose to dive in a group and meticulously plan each stage of your dive. Several factors must be considered in this scenario: weather, tides, currents, visibility, swell, and difficulty level.

Finally, respect the ecosystem you are exploring. The environment you are visiting relies on a delicate balance. Avoid disrupting it by leaving behind waste or debris in the waters. Pay attention to the products you use before swimming; many sunscreens, for example, can be harmful to marine life, so research carefully. Also, refrain from touching or moving anything you encounter in the water. Coral, in particular, is an endangered species crucial to the health of marine ecosystems. Simply admire it with your eyes, and nature will benefit as a result! At worst, this will prevent you from getting burned by contact with a corrosive species…

Diving in Martinique is an unforgettable experience, provided you do so under the best possible conditions. To achieve this, don’t hesitate to consult with professionals to learn about the various diving opportunities available. If you have any questions on this topic, feel free to contact us.

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