The 10 Best Things to Do in Pointe-Noire, Guadeloupe

July 13, 2017 Major Galusha

Discover the best top things to do in Pointe-Noire, Guadeloupe including Nautica Plongee Caraibes, Plage de la Perle, Anbadlola Guadeloupe-Plongee, Parc des Mamelles, le Zoo de Guadeloupe, Jardin Botanique de Deshaies, Les Baillantes Tortues, Plage de Petite Anse, Plage de Grande Anse, La Maison du Cacao, Plage Leroux.
Restaurants in Pointe-Noire

1. Nautica Plongee Caraibes

Petite Anse, Baillargent, Pointe-Noire 97116, Guadeloupe
Excellent
89%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 239 reviews

Nautica Plongee Caraibes

Reviewed By Nathalie S - Rafz, Switzerland

We just finished our padi with our 3 kids.
The place is really great and the owner + staff absolutely great, friendly, funny, uncomplicated and (of course) very professional and serious.
It is a small place located in a little lagoon rather far from crowded places.
We saw during many dives turtles, they are what we wanted to see :-)).
So a place we highly recommend with very friendly people !!!

2. Plage de la Perle

Deshaies, Guadeloupe +590 690 13-3147
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 583 reviews

Plage de la Perle

Reviewed By Katie F - Washington DC, District of Columbia

We loved la Perle. We had seen this beach many times on the "Death in Paradise" series from the BBC. This is where the detective's house is located on the TV series, so of course we had to check it out. It's another of the lovely Beaches along Basse Terre's northwest coast that has a wild, natural look, offers good eats at the little cafes, and doesn't look crowded even when parking is tight. I suspect the weekends and tour times may be different, but we went on a week day and that seems to be the best time to enjoy these lovely Beaches.

3. Anbadlola Guadeloupe-Plongee

Plage Caraibes, Pointe-Noire 97116, Guadeloupe
Excellent
94%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 261 reviews

Anbadlola Guadeloupe-Plongee

Snorkeling with a guide, apnea, come to discover the wonderful world under caribean sea out of Guadeloupe. Come and swim with turtles or dolphins as you like ! Excursions on reservation, personalized welcome.

Reviewed By i-am-Mel85 - Munich, Germany

We've enjoyed a fantastic snorkeling trip around ilets pigeons / Réserve Cousteau with Antoine, who knows each marine creature as if they are good old friends. From the first moment when being equipped, up to going out by boat, snorkeling around, coming back and enjoying a cookie and a "planteur" - you always feel very welcome and in good hands. Very professional and passionate! As one of the participants turned sick on sea, we unfortunately had to end the trip earlier than planned (safety first), but, Antoine, I promise you: this was not the last time I booked a trip with Anbadlola! We were not allowed to pay for the (1/2) trip, although it was worth it every minute! Again, thanks a lot again to you and your team!!

4. Parc des Mamelles, le Zoo de Guadeloupe

D 23 - Route de la traversee, Bouillante, Guadeloupe +590 590 98-8352
Excellent
44%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Parc des Mamelles, le Zoo de Guadeloupe

Reviewed By Fbroz - League City, Texas

I so loved visiting this zoo. So much fun walking through the trees on the suspension pathways. Fresh air. Nice walk all around to see the animals. Shaded for most part. Benches to rest. Would definitely be back to walk the suspension again. Nice gift shop with refreshing ice cream. Not much English but very enjoyable and a must stop.

5. Jardin Botanique de Deshaies

Villers, Deshaies 97126, Guadeloupe +590 590 28-4302
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Jardin Botanique de Deshaies

A Spectacular Botanical Garden and Wildlife Park Open to the public since the 1st April 2001, the Botanical Gardens at Deshaies are a recent creation. This park, whose youth is imperceptible, has very quickly imposed itself as the place to be for nature enthusiasts and lovers of tropical plants. Situated on the windward coast of Basse-Terre, 100m in altitude up above the town of Deshaies, the garden stretches out over 5 hectares of sloping mountainside. Its favourable location guarantees beautiful views over the coast and an unrivalled vantage-point overlooking the bay of Deshaies. The site was already home to a nursery created by Guy Blandin, a plant-lover who brought rare and unknown plant species from his travels around the world back to Guadeloupe. Many of them unfortunately disappeared when Cyclone Hugo hit and severely damaged the island in 1989. The humorist Michel Colluci, also known as Coluche, acquired the property in 1979. A few years later, in 1985, he invited his friend Michel Gaillard, an interior landscaper in Mainland France, to set up his nursery there in exchange for taking care of the property's garden. A year later, the death of Coluche brought the future of the property back into question. Michel Gaillard bought back the property in 1991 to honour the memory of his friend, with the idea in mind of creating a botanical garden. This risky and ambitious project required several years of planning, of research into its feasibility and then of execution. The garden was finally brought about in accordance with Michel Gaillard's and the landscaper Samuel Craquelin's plans. Over the course of the path which snakes its way through the Gardens, visitors today discover a world of real abundance: a world with 800 species of plant all brought together, with several animal species, which were introduced much to the delight of children, and with the most spectacular and unexpected landscapes following one after the other. Tourists are invited on an unforgettable walk amidst fifteen or so different scenes.

Reviewed By Anne S - Guernsey, United Kingdom

Yes, the Gardens were as good as we remembered them to be when we first visited them ten years previously on our first holiday in Guadeloupe!
I am a keen gardener so visiting the Jardin Botanique at Deshaies was a joy. They were much as I remembered from our first visit but I thought there were less plants in flower this time. However it's still a lovely experience and beautifully laid out in different plant zones, such as tropical, arid, palms etc. The water features are also spectacular and the colourful parrots are a great attraction, especially for children who love to feed them with the special food you can purchase. The flamingos add an exotic note.
We had a snack at the café and afterwards when looking over the Terrace at the sea view below I was lucky enough to spot a humming bird on a bush which just made my day.
Most people come by car or tour bus, often from a cruise ship. However we didn't have a car so took a bus from the Habitation Grande Anse where we were staying to Deshaies and then made use of the free shuttle bus that takes people to the Gardens. You can call them on the number advertised on their website but it is not very well advertised unfortunately - or ask your hotel.

6. Les Baillantes Tortues

Port de Peche Baillargent 264, Pointe-Noire 97116, Guadeloupe
Excellent
94%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 73 reviews

Les Baillantes Tortues

Welcome to Les Baillantes Tortues, we are a small dive resort on the beautifull island of Guadeloupe, we are able to meet most of your diving needs from your first steps in the underwater World to diving coral reefs, wrecks and night diving for advanced divers. We are specialist in Scuba Diving Courses and offer a wide variety of personalized courses from the FFeSSM (French State and Federal CMAS) and PADI which can bring you fast to any level you are interested in, either from novice or seasoned diver. We also offer a wide choice of dive sites for the seasoned diver, open water dives - Off Shore, Wrecks and the famous Reserve Cousteau, the place where Cap. Cousteau shot parts for his first film "Le Monde de Silence", "The Silent World".

Reviewed By Peter T - Hamburg, Germany

When I came here I was already certified but didn't feel very comfortable with my level of skill. The instructors were all very nice (the owner, Cor, speaks virtually every language you can think of), the equipment is top notch and the diving sites were all Very nice. For two dives I was alone with an instructor (some American guy, forgot his name but Very cool dude) for the third with Cor and some others. All dives were very nice. Can definitely recommend this place.

7. Plage de Petite Anse

Bouillante 97125, Guadeloupe
Excellent
49%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Plage de Petite Anse

Reviewed By Auntieknowsbest - Central Florida, Florida

I loved this beach! Not much shade, so bring you own. There were some pebbles when you first go in, bring water shoes. The water was calm and no surf. There are a few drink and snack bars on the beach handy for having a planters punch.

8. Plage de Grande Anse

Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Plage de Grande Anse

Reviewed By Anne S - Guernsey, United Kingdom

We stayed at the Habitation Grande Anse so this beach was about ten minutes walk away. It is a stunning crescent shaped beach framed by trees - everyone's idea of a perfect Caribbean beach!
However I was somewhat taken aback the first time I went to Grande Anse beach to be confronted by a large notice (in french of course) warning that swimming was dangerous and the beach was unsupervised. On reaching the sea I quickly appreciated the reason for this. The beach shelves steeply and big breakers were crashing on the shore leaving a strong undertow in their wake. However quite a few people were swimming so I timed it carefully and ventured in, swimming out quickly to beyond the breaking waves where it was calmer. Unfortunately snorkelling was out of the question because the water was obviously quite churned up and not clear.
During the six days we were there it continued to be very windy and in fact the waves got bigger still and I saw hardly no-one swimming - only a few children who were fearlessly jumping over the waves in their body boards and then Surfing in. It looked great fun but not for the faint hearted and most certainly highly dangerous for most of us!
Walking along the beach is enjoyable and there is a path that you can take all the way into Deshaies I believe. However this would take quite a time and it was too hot for me to attempt.
Another disadvantage is that although there were several restaurants and cafés back from the beach beneath the trees near the car park, they only served set meals at lunch time. We only wanted a snack and there was only one shack serving sandwiches with a very long wait!

9. La Maison du Cacao

Great Plain, Pointe-Noire 97116, Guadeloupe +590 590 98-2523
Excellent
42%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 988 reviews

La Maison du Cacao

Reviewed By Katie F - Washington DC, District of Columbia

The people who work at La Maison du Cacao made this a great experience -- knowledgable, friendly, and interesting. There were two different tasting stations for a variety of chocolates and both guides had good English-speaking skills, so that was a big plus for us. We bought chocolates, cocoa butter, and liquer to bring home. Don't miss this place if you're in the area.

10. Plage Leroux

Deshaies, Guadeloupe
Excellent
51%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 268 reviews

Plage Leroux

Reviewed By traveler128 - Philadelphia

We really liked this beach. It should come as no surprise I guess, but it is bigger than Pettie Anse which is just about one kilometer south, and smaller than Grande Anse, which is on the other side of Deshaies, to the North. We had a rental house very close by, so several morning I would walk down to the beach to check it out. It was quiet in the morning with a few people going for early morning swims or walks on the beach. My family also spent a day here. Most people try to grab some shade from the palm trees at the top of the beach. We went snorkeling on the left side of the beach. That was very nice. The snorkeling down the road at Petite Anse was a little better. If you are nearby and have time I would check out both Beaches. We had lunch at the restaurant just up the hill at the top of the parking lot, Au Bon Accueil. The food was decent, but the service was very, very slow.

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