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Adventures on a desert island

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Explore Petite-Terre, a paradise consisting of two uninhabited islets, welcoming over 10,000 iguanas, agoutis, and migratory birds that breed there.

This piece of wild land, located 11 kilometres from the Saint-François Marina and 12 kilometres south of La Désirade, has been a nature reserve since 1998 and is an exceptional place, both for its wildlife and for its seabed.

A narrow channel that forms a lagoon separates the two islands, Terre-de-Bas and Terre-de-Haut. The lagoon is bursting with colourful fish, rays, turtles, lemon sharks, and barracudas that you can admire by equipping yourself with a mask and snorkel. You can only dock on Terre-de-Bas, the land of the Lesser Antillean Iguana, a protected vegetarian species, which feeds mainly on leaves and flowers. You will come across dozens of both young and adult iguanas, in sizes up to 170 centimetres (mostly tail) and weighing three kilograms. Visits are organised by various companies, and some feature a beach barbecue lunch. Terre-de-Haut, however, is not accessible, as it is a protected nature reserve for green and hawksbill sea turtles, which lay their eggs there. Jet skis are forbidden around Petite-Terre and the ONF (National Forests Office) and the Coastal Conservancy, who are the proprietors, limit the number of visitors to Terre-de Bas to 200 per day.

Finally, when leaving you may be lucky enough to see some dolphins who have chosen to make the outskirts of Petite-Terre their home.

ONF Guadeloupe
Jardin Botanique
97109 Basse-Terre

+590 (0)5 90 21 29 93

www.reserves-naturelles.org/iles-de-la-petite-terre

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