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Beaches & Watersports

Sailing and windsurfing

Sailing and windsurfing at Club de la Voile de Fort-de-France, Pointe de la Vièrge, T614969, and Pointe des Carrières, T633137; Club Nautique de Marin, Bassin la Tortue, Pointe du Marin, T749248; Club Nautique du François, Route de la Jetée, T543100; Club Nautique du Vauclin, Pointe Faula, T745058; Yacht Club de la Martinique, Fort de France, T702360; Base de Plein Air et de Loisirs, Anse Spoutourne, Tartane, T582432.


There are glass bottom boats, motor boats, sailing boats for excursions and lots of craft for hire. Windsurfing is available on hotel beaches where there are board rentals. Jet skiing, sea scooters and waterskiing at Pointe du Bout hotel beaches, Marouba Club (Carbet) and Pointe Marin beach in Ste-Anne. Many hotels like Bambou, La Dunette, Diamant-les-Bains organize fishing trips with local fishermen for their guests. Deep sea fishing can be arranged at Bathy’s Club (Meridien), T660000 or Rayon Vert, T788056, around 4,000F per boat.

Yole

Yole (yawl) races (large sailing boats with coloured sails and teams of oarsmen) are an amazing sight at festivals all over the island from July to January. In Fort-de-France races take place in November and December from the little beach next to Desnambuc quay. Other major sailing occasions include the Schoelcher International Nautical Week in February, with sailing and windsurfing competitions; International Sailing Week in March (Yacht Club of Fort-de-France); the Aqua Festival, the Great Nautical Celebration at Robert in April; the Yawl Regatta Tour of Martinique in July or August, when over a period of eight days about 20 yawls set off for a colourful race.

Diving

Diving is especially good along the coral reef between St-Pierre and Le Prêcheur, over the wrecks off St-Pierre and along the south coast. A medical certificate is required unless you are a qualified diver, in which case you need your certification card. There are lots of dive operators, most of which are based at the large hotels.

For those who do not dive, there are the Kelennea glass-bottomed boat at Marina Pointe du Bout, Trois Ilets, T660550, F660552 and the Aquabulle at Marin, T746969, which has a glass hull. To get even further under the water, there are two semi-submersibles: Aquascope Seadom Explorer, Marina Pointe du Bout, T683609 and Zemis Aquascope, Rue de Caritan, Ponton de la Mairie, T748741.


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