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Sami & Genie owners at Scubalife HD Martinique, work both independently & with the dive centres on the island. Available to either recommend the right dive centre for you, or to organise your dive trip to Martinique from start to finish!

Martinique an island most frequented by French holiday makers can be daunting to the Anglo-Saxon visitor. Don't worry we are here to help make it easier!

We organise dive trips, scuba courses (PADI, SDI, SSI) & provide private guides. Whatever your need, don't hesitate to ask!

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Martinique Dive Spots - South West

L'Arbre Mort - Grande Anse

L’Arbre Mort - The name of this dive site translated - The Dead Tree - can be found on the right side of the Grande Anse bay heading out from the coved beach. A dive site accessible for all levels and a real favourite for beginner diver levels especially due to the amazing luminosity: Discover Scuba Diving & PADI Scuba Diver. Also popular with underwater photographers & videographers thanks to the rich fauna & flora found on the sandy plateau (depths up to 12 metres) filled with a variety of colourful sponges and an abundance of marine-life from Moray Eels to juvenile sea-turtles. Sloping off to 25 metres for the more skilled scuba diver is a beautiful coral garden. And if your lucky enough to dive on a day with current, enjoy a drift dive from L’Arbre Mort to the Cap Salomon dive spot! 

 

Look out for: Black Trigger Fish, Juvenile Sea-Turtle, Lion Fish Cave, Gorgonia, Porcupine Fish 

La Piscine de Salomon

La Piscine de Salomon - an easy to navigate dive spot with lots to see and a dive to suit all levels of divers, and a marine-life rich experience for discovering scuba diving. Depending on the current there are 2 very different drift dives heading off to either the Cap de Salomon in one direction & the Baleine dive spot in the other. As well as the usual rich reef marine-life, between 22 & 30 metres there is a spectacular school of Atlantic Spadefish mixed with magnificent Jack Eyes! All along the dive spot, right hand to the reef you will see many barracuda hanging around too! Again another firm favourite for underwater photographers & videographers - expect some magnificent images! 

Look out for: Sea-turtles especially left hand to the reef, super-sized Spiny Spider Crab, Atlantic Spadefish, Barracuda, Jack Eyes 

 

La Pointe de la Baleine

The story behind why this dive spot named "La Baleine" is probably told thousands of times a year at pre-dive briefings! So the story goes the rock which marks the dive spot resembles a whale "Baleine" in French! Whether it's true or not we will leave you to decide! Nevertheless this dive site is a favourite with underwater naturalists of all dive levels. The dive starts over big bolder rocks, home to giant crabs, eels, and even sea-turtles. Dropping off to tons of barrel sponges and a sandy plateau this site offers great variety! 

 

Look out for: Sand Tilefish building their nests marked by a circular collection of shells and small rocks surrounding a tunnel in the sand!Watch carefully as she goes about her business of building and protecting her den!

Cap Lézarde 

The Cap Lézarde dive spot really does offer a little bit of everything for all levels & all interests (6-40 metres). This sheltered spot, which runs alongside the south-side of the Grande Anse bay, offers a great place for discover scuba dives! At the same time with easy to reach deep dives, it also appeals to the more adventurous diver. With an abundance of marine-life don't be surprised to see divers armed with camera equipment. Frequent photo subjects include sea-turtles, reef squid, octopus, lobster and an abundance of macro opportunities. Take care however, the currents at the extremities of the  cap can be quite strong! 

La Petite Sirene

La Petite Sirene - The little Mermaid in English if you didn't already know. Find the small underwater cave & you may just find your mermaid! 

This dive spot really is a personal favourite, especially on a day where visibility is perfect and there is little current. Again a spot which is perfect for all levels, and offers the same magnificent experience for all divers - a plateau which is home to hundreds & hundreds of brightly coloured reef fish. And benefiting from shallow depths serves as a nursery to many a different juvenile species. The absolute delight of this dive is as you arrive on the plateau you will see a spectacular & impressive school of Grunt Fish. With their assuming size & their almost old-man like faces if you remain calm the photo opportunities are just amazing! 

 

Les Jorasses

Les Jorasses, made up of the Grande Jorasses & the Petites Jorasses is an exceptional site with lots of different characteristics. Let's start with the smaller of the two:

Les Petites Jorasses starts with a plateau of sand and leads to the most beautiful stretch of rock formations leading to the face drop which signals the start of the second part of this dive spot. On this first part you have between 15-20 metres and you will be absolutely spoilt by the quantity of reef fish & sea-turtles you are likely to encounter on this rocky reef. 

Look out for: Green and Hawksbill sea-turtles, Barracuda, Jack Eyes, Porcupine fish, Cero Mackerel, and lots of macro to be found hiding in between the rocks - keep your eyes peeled!

The Grande Jorasses, offers much more of the same theme with lots more in the way of the bigger fish schools such as the Jack Eyes and Mackerel. The spot is also memorable for its massive barrel sponges & once again lots of hidden treasures for the exploring scuba diver. 

Le Nahoon Wreck Dive

Wrecks - the history behind the wreck & the story of the new life found on the artificial reef created - what's not to love! 

The Nahoon, purposely sunk in 1993 to create a wreck-dive & artificial reef, is one of the best dives to be found on the south-west of the island. The 3 mast boat, which lays at 35 meters at its deepest point, is surprisingly intact & even still has the wheel which serves as a photo-point for many a diver. 

Home to a magnificent green eel and often visited by large schools of fish such as the Grey Angel, French Angel, and Atlantic Spade Fish this dive never fails to amaze. 

A little tip should you plan to dive this spot; make sure you take a pair of gloves! If the current is up the descent needs to be made along the line leading directly to the wreck which is covered with sea nettles! 

We recommend at least the PADI Advanced & Deep Diver certification or French level 2 to do this dive.

Le Rocher du Diamant - Diamond Rock

The Diamond Rock dive has to be one of the most frequented by all the dive centres of the island! And with a knowledgable dive centre, accessible to everyone from the first dive certification to the most experienced of divers! 

So more about the rock itself: A volcanic rock towering over 175 metres and sitting around 5 kilometres from the Le Diamant beach is accessible by boat only, the Diamond rock really is impressive. 

Underwater the rock is surrounded by a flora which is quite breathtaking with an array of Gorgonia fans, coral, sponges and home to a multitude of reef fish, sea turtles and crustaceans. 

The gem of this dive, which is available to almost all levels of scuba diver is the passage though the rock via a crack which is carved through the centre of the rock at 16 metres. As you swim through you are swayed by the breaking waves & sea movement from up above. A truly unique sensation! 

For the more experienced diver this site offers access to dives up to 60m. 

Watch out for the resident sea-turtle, an impressive lady who is quite often followed by a rather large barracuda!