Diving and Snorkeling in Martinique

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Diving and Snorkeling

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Martinique's underwater world is decorated with multicolor coral, crustaceans, turtles, and sea horses. Expect to pay €40 to €45 for a single dive; a package of three dives is around €110.

Okeanos Club. This landmark dive operation has a morning trip close to shore; in the afternoon the boats go farther into open water. Lessons (including those for kids eight to 12) with a PADI-certified instructor can be conducted in English. It's always a fun experience. The dive shop looks out to Diamant Rock, which has wonderful underwater caves and is one of the preferred dives on the island. Okeanos Club goes to 12 different sites, many with catchy names like Little Turtle, and the Gardens of St. Luce, an underwater spot chock-full of colorful sponges. Trips are geared to the level of the clients, from rank beginners to certified divers. A single, one-tank dive costs €45, and there are a variety of packages. Guests from all hotels are welcome, and Okeanos provides pickup from some of them. Pierre & Vacances, Pavilion-Pointe Philippeau Rte. de Gros Raisin, Ste-Luce, 97228. 0596/62–52–36. www.okeanos-club.com.

Planète Bleue. Planète Bleue has a big up-to-date dive boat, hand-painted with tropical fish and waves, so it's impossible to miss. The English-speaking international crew is proud to have been in business since the early 1990s. The company hits 20 sites, including the Citadel and Salomon's Pool, and you'll also see the quaint town of Anses d'Arlet. A boat goes out mornings and afternoons. Thursday is a full day on the north coast, with breakfast, lunch, and all drinks included. A one-tak dive is €50; a half-day dives includes gear and a 'ti punch. Sunday is a day of rest, except for the first one in the month, when it's off to Diamant Rock. Pointe du Bout Marina, Pointe du Bout, Les Trois-Ilets, 97229. 0596/58–61–43. planetebleue-plongee.com.

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