A Day Trip to Terre in Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe is a beautiful Caribbean island known for its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes. Among its many charms, the uninhabited island of Petite Terre stands out as a hidden gem. A day trip to Petite Terre promises a unique and unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts and beach lovers alike.
If our local friends hadn’t planned a day trip to Petite Terre, we might not have included it on our Guadeloupe itinerary. It would have been a mistake. The protected nature reserve offers an idyllic escape from the busy tourist spots and is governed by strict conservation rules, ensuring tourism doesn’t badly impact its pristine beauty. Whether you’re a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or simply in need of some relaxation, this unspoiled island offers a unique experience that should not be missed.
Getting to Petite Terre
To reach Petite Terre, visitors go on a boat excursion from the nearby towns of Saint-François or Sainte-Anne. The journey begins beautifully as you sail alongside the picturesque Pointe des Châteaux. These day trips often include transportation, snorkelling equipment, lunch and a guided tour so that you can make the most of your visit to Petite Terre.
We took a guided tour on a beautiful sailing catamaran with Uhaïna Croisières and particularly enjoyed the conservation speech from the guide before we set foot on the island.
Exploring the natural beauty
Even before you disembark on Petite Terre, you’ll already be captivated by its untouched natural wonders. You’ll be in awe as you approach the island and its stunning white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush green vegetation. It’s no wonder the area is often described as a slice of paradise.
One of the highlights of a day trip to Petite Terre is the opportunity to explore the vibrant underwater world. We had a great time snorkelling and spotted turtles next to the shore and even spotted pelagic fish, including a massive barracuda, a nurse shark, and large tarpons and trevallies when we explored deeper.
Responsible travel tip: Did you know that your sunscreen could harm the fragile ecosystem of the coral reef? It’s essential to be mindful of what you’re applying to your skin when snorkelling or swimming near the reef. The best way to protect your skin from the sun is to cover up with long sleeves and pants. If you must use sunscreen, choose a mineral-based one to avoid harmful substances (see the full list here). Mineral ingredients are less harmful to the environment and provide excellent protection. Apply the sunscreen at least 20 minutes before entering the water to ensure maximum effectiveness.
Petite Terre is also home to interesting wildlife on land. As you stroll along the island’s trails, keep an eye out for the native iguanas known as “iguane des Petites Antilles.” These reptiles, with their vivid green colouration, are unfortunately endangered and rare. If you speak French and have the opportunity to follow a guide around the island, you’ll learn a bit more about the eco-system and the native species.
Beach bliss and relaxation
If you’re looking to simply unwind and enjoy the sun, Petite Terre offers pristine beaches that are perfect for lounging. Picture yourself lying on soft, powdery sand, listening to the gentle lapping of waves, and feeling the warm Caribbean sun on your skin.
Where is Petite Terre in Guadeloupe?
Petite Terre is located about 10 kilometres southeast of Guadeloupe’s main island, Grande Terre.