Iles de la Petite Terre
are two uninhabited green islands, protected by reef. The whole
area is a national park with no fishing or taking of conch or
anything else from land or sea. They are very low, though cliffs
at the eastern ends are about 40 feet high. You see the
lighthouse (108 feet) before you see the islands. A calm,
protected anchorage lies between the islands with clear water of
turquoise, azure, and aquamarine. It is somewhat reminiscent of
the Tobago Cays. Snorkeling is excellent, with brightly colored
reef fish, turtles, sting rays, and eagle rays. I have even seen
a 6-foot shark here.
A path leads
from the palm-backed beach on Terre de Bas to the lighthouse.
From here you can explore the hilly eastern end of Terre de Bas.
There are some magnificent tidal pools below the cliffs. You can
follow the mile of beach to the western point of Terre de Bas.
While ashore, you will probably see iguanas, which are abundant
on both islands, and maybe oyster catchers. You may not go
ashore in Terre de Haut, because it is a protected nesting area.
However there is one small beach on its north coast near the
mooring that you can land on to rest if you are swimming from
your boat or from the other island. A couple of large sailing
catamaran day charter boats make regular runs here from St.
François. By late afternoon you often have it to yourself and it
is a great place to wake up in the morning.
since July 05
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