These tiny islets were first named ” islet of Goyave ” and it’s only in the 17th century that the islands get the name “Sieur Pigeon” from it’s original owner and pioneer of the sugar cane industry in Guadeloupe. The savage island is situated at about 1 kilometer in front of the beach and shore line of Malendure beach in Bouillante Guadeloupe. It has a total of 8 acres and it split into 2 islets that make up the Pigeon Islands today also know as the Cousteau Reserve.
The diverse vegetation on the islands are very dry and are dominated by the deadly tree the Manceniller. There are other trees like the local pear tree and the frangipanier. Most of the biodiversity are very robust here and have very thick leaves. It is such a wonderful experience walking around and snorkeling in these waters. There are so many unique things to see that it doesn’t compare to what you see on the main land.
The Pigeon Islands form a very unique environment. There is a very diversified marine a land life that is completely unique to this area. Made from volcanic rocks this rugged land is home to many different unique species of corals and coral reef life that live and thrive all around it. There is an intense diving influence in this area also due to it’s booming tourism industry. This success does come with it’s consequences as for the marine life and vegetation taking a steady hit. In order to preserve this precious and special area it has been classed the “heat of the park reserve” in 2009. Which gave the islets protection rights and more action to preserve its waters and land features.
Go Discover The Pigeon Islands
The natural beauty and marine richness makes the islets one of the most visited areas on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Other the diving agencies like PPk Diving, Alize Diving, Guadeloupe Plongee Evasion, and Noa Diving just to name a few, there are other activities that are fun to do here. You can go on different discovery dives for around 40 to 50 euros and go on ship wreck dives for a bit more. You can go kayaking from the beach of Malendure to the islets with Caraibe Kayak and Kristal Kayak and spend the day kayaking in and around these rich warm waters. You can rent out your kayak for a few hours or for the day for around 20 euros to 30 euros. You can stop any point you want and go for a discovery swim or snorkel adventure if you want. Aquatique Adventure has guided snorkel tours for around 20 euros per person and you can rent out snorkel gear from any one of these places for about the same price.
Back in 1974 when the late diver the Commandant Cousteau used this back drop for his movie “The world of silence”, he petitioned that the site be protected for it’s unique marine life and bio diversity. You can find a bronze statue in about 12 meters of depth, sunk in his honor for all his efforts that he put in. Artificial harbors have been put in place in order to protect this beautiful area when diving boats approach the islands. Diving companies have signed a chart stating that the nature will be preserved and protected at all times.