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Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles

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Discovered by Columbus during his second voyage, in 1493, the Guadeloupe archipelago is a true Caribbean paradise, part of France, located south of the Lesser Antilles. Guadeloupe, the largest island, has the characteristic shape of a butterfly with the two wings separated by a narrow canal.   Since 1989, Basse-Terre, of volcanic origin, includes a magnificent National Park immersed in the rainforest, where visitors can admire different species of exotic plants and animals, including the rare Lesser Antilles woodpecker and various species of brilliantly colored birds. The park’s attractions include the la Sufrière volcano and a multitude of enchanting waterfalls, wetlands, coral reefs and limpid, transparent waters, ideal for diving.  Grande-Terre, much smaller than the other island, was given its misleading name by the first colonists, who overestimated its size.   In the past there were many sugar cane plantations, but it certainly is more arid and wilder than its twin, with mountains topping 1,000 m and forests with luxuriant vegetation.  Another island of the archipelago worth a visit is La Désirade, ideal for a relaxing holiday concentrated on wellbeing, thanks to its splendid white sand beaches and spectacular coral reef, which makes it one of the most desirable destinations for divers from all over the world. Marie-Galante and Les Saintes are more off the beaten tourist trail, where nature appears untouched and uncontaminated, and where it is still possible to fall under the spell of the centuries-old Creole  tradition.

To reach the Guadeloupe Island you can buy these charts:

  • C-MAP 4D: NA-D027.08
  • C-MAP MAX PRO: NA-P011.14, NA-P501.14
  • C-MAP MAX: NA-M027.21, NA-M033.21, SA-M504.21
  • C-MAP NT+: NA-C501.31

To know more go to C-MAP Online Coverage.