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Marine parks

Marine parks

The most impressive park is the vast bay of the Grand Cul de sac Marin, open to the north, between the grande terre and basse terre (highlands and lowlands) and protected by a coral barrier reef.
Other sites are: Petite Terre, the Pigeon isles, Kahouane and Tête à l’anglais
These marine parks form the biosphere reservation of the archipelago of Guadeloupe.
Information concerning all protected sites:
Flora and fauna are protected throughout natural reservations.
Under water, several guidelines are to be followed for an enjoyable sea hike.
– Keep your flippers away from coral reefs, coral is fragile and breaks easily, remain in a floating position and lower your flippers onto sandy beds only.
– Refrain from touching any living creatures, especially those which may be dangerous such as stingrays, lionfish, barracuda, lemon shark. As for turtles and dolphins, they should be given a wide berth and observed without being touched or fed.
– Shells and coral skeletons should be left where they are found, rather than taken away from the beaches where they will erode and become sand.
– On land observe rather than touch, iguanas can be approached and actually enjoy posing to be photographed. Do not attempt to touch them, however.
Plants are also protected and should neither be touched nor picked.
Text : Guadeloupe Forever