These tiny islands to the south of Basse-Terre are many people’s highlight of Guadeloupe, as they allow visitors to enjoy a slice of the old Caribbean, far from the development and urban sprawl that has affected much of the region. These tiny charmers are a real secret – many day-trippers come over from Basse-Terre, but very few people spend any real time here exploring these gems. Don’t miss your chance.
Lying 10km off Guadeloupe is Terre-de-Haut, the largest of the eight small islands that make up Les Saintes. The island's only village is Bourg des Saintes, which has plenty of great restaurants and excellent places to stay, including LoBleu Hotel and Les Petits Saints. There's no shortage of splendid beaches, including Plage de Pompierre, Anse Crawen and Anse Rodrigue. Diving is outstanding; one recommended dive shop is Pisquettes Diving.
There are multiples daily ferries to Terre-de-Haut from Trois-Rivières (on Basse-Terre) and Pointe-à-Pitre, and less frequently from St-François (on Grande-Terre).