Monday, February 8, 2016

Jacques Cousteau Underwater Park

In predictable Thistle fashion, we arrived at the Pigeon Island anchorage around noon and were promptly hailed by our buddy boat who we hadn't seen in a week.  After settling into our cockpit and sharing information about the town and anchorage, they soon headed to Deshaies while we went snorkeling with the turtles.

The two islands, Pigeon Island and Petit Ilet, are part of the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Park, and any kind of fishing is prohibited. Consequently the anchorage, surrounding rocks, and islands are full of marine life. We swam with turtles, squid, parrotfish, boxfish, and tangs, all against a backdrop of colorful corals, seafans, and sponges.

It was a beautiful place and we regretted having to leave the next day, but as always, weather dictates our sailing and a South blow was coming. We wanted to be in historic English Harbour for that.

Click here for more information on the park.
http://www.atlantisformation-guadeloupe.com/en/m/Discover-the-Cousteau-Marine-Park-its-wildlife-and-outstanding-marine-life_a8.html
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