Welcome to the island of Marie Galante, located in the south of Guadeloupe and composed of the communes of Grand Bourg, Saint-Louis and Capesterre-de-Marie-Galante. It is in surface area (158 km2), the largest of the three islands that surround Guadeloupe (La Desirade and Les Saintes). This island that can be reached by sea transport or by an aerodrome, has kept all its charm of yesteryear. Life is peaceful there, the environment and landscapes are preserved with the “hundred mills” and pools that once served as a water point for consumption and everyday activities. In terms of activities there are many things to do in the island with its hiking, the beautiful white sand beaches and homes that are the only to titrate a rum to 59 degrees in Guadeloupe. You will necessarily find your happiness between nautical, pedestrian and cultural activities. In terms of services, the island is a home to artisans with shops, restaurants with beautiful settings and various atmospheres. You will find banks, stations, gas stations in each municipality. The island is quite large, so it is better to rent a car on your arrival in the town of Grand Bourg.
Access by boat
To access the island of Marie-Galante, you have two main accesses from Guadeloupe by sea transport. From the Bergevin Marine Guard located in Pointe-à-Pitre and the ferry terminal of Saint-François, you will have 45 minutes to 1 hour crossing.
We left from Pointe-à-Pitre. For schedules and reservations, check the website of the company “Express des îles”. Other companies exist but we were satisfied with this one. The crossing may be hectic on the way out, people that may become sea sick should be aware.
When you arrive in Grand-Bourg, it is better to rent a car because the island is big. (Plan ahead). Many local or more familiar companies (Hertz) exist on the island.
Gueule Grand Gouffre
An atypical and unmissable place on the island of Marie-Galante, the Grand Gouffre Maw, will offer you a magnificent geological peculiarity that has been eroded by waves over the time.
This site is located in the North-East of the island. You can also observe in the distance in good weather, the coasts of Grande-Terre and the island of Désirade.
To access the site of the Grand Gouffre Maw, from Grand Bourg, go towards the North of the island either by the municipality of Saint-Louis or Capesterre-de-Marie-Galante. Coastal roads lead to this site. Pay attention to the signs when approaching the site to find the road at the end of the car park.
Park at the end of the path near the wooden gate. You will have no problem finding a place.
Pass the barrier and turn to your right to discover this magnificent chasm.
For the most adventurous, go backwards. You can follow the second preview trail that leaves to the left of the picnic table.
Put on good shoes, you can move on this path. You will find at the end a first panorama between the vegetation.
Continue your path on the left to see a new partnership and follow a path that goes down more and more.
This trail takes you to a cove, mixing the crash of the waves on the rock and the color of the foam and turquoise waters. A real show.
Here is the end of the trail. Here you are in the cove locked between the cliffs and its recumbent vegetation.
Ø Traffic on the island of Marie-Galante: it is easier to rent a car because the island is quite large. You will enjoy driving on this island between landscapes and very fluid traffic, you will have no time constraints, a real pleasure.
Ø Free visit:
– Interest: 3 out of 5, the site has to be visited on the island of Marie-Galante. The visit only takes about ten minutes, after that you can catch a small path by the sea to discover after ten minutes of walking a rocky cove that has its charm.
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