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Martinique is well known for the Cousteau's marine reserve located at Dimond rock.
Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago
Geographic coordinates: 14° 24' N, 61° 0' W
Coastline km: 350 km km
Climate: tropical; moderated by trade winds; rainy season (June to October); vulnerable to devastating cyclones (hurricanes) every eight years on average; average temperature 17.3 degrees C; humid
Terrain: the island is dominated by Mount Pelee, which on 8 May 1902 erupted and completely destroyed the city of Saint Pierre, killing 30,000 inhabitants
Elevation: highest point: Montagne Pelee 1,397 m
Natural hazards: hurricanes, flooding, and volcanic activity (an average of one major natural disaster every five years)
Currency: euro (EUR)
Population: 429,510 (July 2004 est.)
Languages: French, Creole patois
Divisions: none (overseas department of France)
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|Zones (3)||Dive sites||Sub zones|
|Les anses d'Arlets - Le Diamant||1||0|
|Les Trois Ilets||1||0|
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|Dive sites (5)||Quality||Avg depth||Max depth||Experience||Dive type|
|Anse Dufour||2 / -||15 m||25 m||All divers|
|Aquarium||- / -||15 m||20 m||All divers|
|Corps de Garde||- / -||10 m||20 m||All divers|
|Sec des Boucaniers||- / -||12 m||16 m||All divers|
|Tombant du Diamant||2 / -||17 m||60 m||CMAS *** / Rescue|
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By cathyx , 11-10-2006
When you come dive in the Caribbean... - don't hesitate going by martinique particularly the North, ST-PIERRE and CARBET to visit before the diving shops selling special "reading's candies" for 3 euros the unit. The first one is entitled "L'aventurière et l'héritier" and is pink-covered and the next to come out soon will be normally brown-covered and entitled "Week-ends en amoureux entre Paris et Londres".
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