The Malendure beach is known for its turtles, it is also a beautiful beach of black sand with a particular setting. According to Commandant Cousteau, this natural reserve offers a magnificent view of some pigeon’s islets. This means that it’s an ultra-protected site, fishing is strictly forbidden, as well as shellfish harvesting, from all plants and corals.
This beach is one of those that offer the most aquatic exploration activities; you can go discover the bottoms of the Pigeons islets in many different ways. Thanks to the diving clubs, renting canoes (20 minutes of an oar to reach the islets), boarding a boat with the transparent glass bottom and much more. There is a lot of competition and the place which sometimes seem like a tourist attraction. Don’t hesitate to compare prices and play the competition.
Sunbath on the black sand beach in Guadeloupe and Swimming with turtles in Malendure
This beach is constantly patronized because it is easy to access, plenty of shops and ample parking. We advise you to go there on weekdays if you like calmness and for those who like busy atmosphere should come on Sunday where they will enjoy concerts with up to 8 musicians. The West Indians also come here on weekends to do picnics and in general they bring the sound system which animates the entire beach. For those who plan to eat on the site, you will find 3 restaurants open in high season and 1 only out of season.
On the right side of the bay, you will find a small creek that is not connected to the main beach of Malendure. This creek should be 100m long and it is visible from the road, therefore rather frequented too. You can measure the number of cars parked on the low side of the road (400m after the main car park going up towards Pointe-Noire).
It is rather simple to reach this creek, you will have to park along the road, then there is a small path that goes down towards the creek. The advantage here is the presence of grapes and other trees that create more shade than on the main beach, we also notice that the sand is clearer and the water is of excellent quality. Test preferably during the week.
Swimming with turtles is easy! But some precautions or prudence are to be taken.
Malendure turtles are known as the white wolf in Guadeloupe. It is easy to see in the bay with your simple equipment of fins, mask, and snorkel.
If the turtles are so numerous in the Malendure bay it is for a simple reason, they come there to eat. The area is made up of large sea grass beds which highly attract them in masses.
Turtles are under protection in Guadeloupe since 1980 and justice will not be tender with you if you attack them. In spite of this law, the turtles still face various threats: The risks of collisions with the boats, the destruction of their herbarium by trampling, anchoring, and various forms of pollutions.
The green turtles are majestic animals that must be treated with the greatest respect; we will have to respect some rules if we still want to observe them for decades.
Some handy advice!
To ensure an observation that will remain engraved in your memory, I will give you my Tips to optimize your chances.
In the first place, make sure you have a signal buoy; otherwise the boats will not see you and you can imagine the damage a boat propeller can do on a snorkeling enthusiast.
Begin on the beach, warm up a little, do some stretching.
To be possibly untroubled, I advise you to reduce your heart rate. To do this, do some breathing exercises on the beach, take a deep breath and then take an apnea and repeat this several times. Your body is now ready to explore the depth of the bay!
Team up and head towards the right side of the bay (personally I see more on the right side). At the height of the first anchor boats, begin your search as calmly as possible, it can take a little time, but we are here to enjoy! There is no reason to be impatient.
When you have found one, you will be tempted to follow it, obviously, it is too beautiful and we do not want to miss anything! The most important thing is to be calm and not to search like a donkey; otherwise, it will be frightened and will go away.
So approach it as calmly as possible, if she flees, it’s probably because she probably already had misadventures with the man, in this case, do not insist on following her, you will be exhausted and she will leave anyway. I assure you that they swim faster than Florent Manaudou and you have to wait for the next time.
Some are really not fierce and let themselves be approached, it is really nice, but it is better to leave them a good distance and not to touch them.
Don’t stress them, they have probably made thousands of kilometers and need to store a lot of energy for their next migrations and fertility. Their diet plays a direct role in their fertility and therefore their survival. You have to respect that! Do not get too close, do not pursue them. Marine turtles are fragile and already been threatened enough in the world.
10% of turtles in the bay have a disease; fibro papillomatosis caused by herpes viruses destroy their scales, this disease is favored in degraded environments. For the love of turtles, I invite you to bring back two or three garbage at the end of your observation and throw them in the numerous garbage cans present on Malendure beach. If you do, I assure you that the results will be visible and appreciated by all!
Guadeloupe offers a lot beautiful white sand beaches as well
Avoid Lions Fish!
During my observations, I noticed that there are many lionfish at buoy hawser (see photos). You may already know this but this fish is extremely poisonous, and this is why this fish can come very closely because they are not afraid of anything and knows very well that they can kill prey that is 10 times its size. A beautiful fish to touch under no pretext! Keep your distance! It is very serious; his sting has already led to the death of several men.
This fish is not from to the Caribbean, it has been introduced by man and since then it constitutes an equilibrium disaster of the Guadeloupe reefs ecology. It is now highly fished by the harpoon hunters and one can regularly find them on the stalls of the fishmongers, do not hesitate to buy them to avoid its proliferation. In addition, it is a fish with very fine flesh and frankly delicious.
Fishing of lionfish is reserved for experts who are well equipped, do not attempt to fish on your own. A friend (fisherman) was stung by one of these fish while cleaning his boat; he had strong dizziness and later ended his day in Observation at the hospital.
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