Petite Terre, the iguanas island

A day at  Petite-Terre ...

Little land is a national nature reserve. It is a protected area. Petite-Terre consists of two uninhabited islands, Terre de Haut and Terre de Bas.
Only 200 people at a time can be present on the largest island. Many birds on the island, some rare, and the beaches are nesting sites for sea turtles. The other small island is closed to visitors.

We were lucky that day there was only one boat of tourists, (ours),  40 people.
We started with "Awak" of St. François. LAll very well organized, a nice day! 60 euros per person, including meals

Marina Saint-François

Marina Saint-François

Morning departure from the Marina of Saint-François

Arrivée à Petite-Terre

After 40 minutes by boat (quite rough crossing) we arrive at Petite Terre

Plage Petite-Terre

To land ... the choice: either by motorboat or swimming .... there is no dock.
Where the boat anchors, there are about 1,5O meter of water ... 27 °.

Awak

 

Petite-Terre

Wild appearance of the island

Petite-Terre

 

Plage cocotiers Petite-Terre

The beach and coconuts...

Cocotiers Petite-Terre

 

Le phare de Petite-Terre

Walk to the lighthouse, the best place to see many iguanas

Le phare de Petite-Terre

Iguane Petite-Terre

An iguana in a tree, very quiet in the sun

Partie sauvage Petite-Terre

 

Partie sauvage Petite-Terre

 

Partie sauvage Petite-Terre

Petite -Terre, 99O hectares, ....  between  9 000 and 10 000 iguanas

Côte rocheuse Petite-Terre

La partie rocheuse de l'île...

Côte rocheuse Petite-Terre

Côte rocheuse Petite-Terre

 

Petite-Terre vue d'ensemble

 

Cocotiers sur la plage de Petite-Terre

Back to the beach...

Chapiteau Awak Petite-Terre

The cook is in the kitchen :)

Chapiteau Awak

Its time to eat...

Barbecue Petite-Terre

Au dessert, bananes flambées

Plage cocotiers Petite-Terre


In the afternoon we went diving and snorkeling

Plage Petite-Terre

You can see many colorful fish , turtles, barracudas and even sharks?  We regretted not having waterproof camera !
There is a place called " the aquarium " that really deserves its name , it was like being in a giant aquarium, it's really beautiful.

Départ de Petite-Terre

The day ends

Petite-Terre

Bye bye Petite-Terre

Petite-Terre et le phare

 

Dauphins au large de Petite-Terre

On the return , we saw dolphins. Our driver cut the engine , and we could see the dolphins some minutes , magical moment !

Saint-François

Back to saint-François

Saint-François

 

Coup de coeur Petite-Terre

We will return !