The Pigeon Ilets
The Pigeon islets are two small islands1 located off Malendure, in the municipality of Bouillante, in Guadeloupe. This site is part of the Cousteau Reserve.
The name “Pigeon” is that of a landowner of the seventeenth century. The islets were also called “îlets in Guava”, although there is no trace of the fruits on these islands.
The Pigeon islets are owned by the state and are managed by the National Forestry Office. They are protected in various ways like making it a natural area of ecological interest since 1996. Both islands are listed as natural sites and are part of the National Park of Guadeloupe. As such they are recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
The islets are of volcanic origin, the rocks are mainly composed of andesite
The islets have about twenty species of trees. The dominant species is the pear-country. Also common but to a lesser extent, Ficus citrifolia, the manceniller a very deadly tree.
The only native mammal is the common black rat that has invaded the islets. The reptiles are the anole lisard of Guadeloupe, and the native green iguana.
The site is frequented by tourists who practice the PMT (Palmes-Mask-Tuba) in the Cousteau Reserve, landing in the islets by canoe or kayak.