The Reserve of
Petite Terre

Petite-Terre Nature Reserve

Situated just off the coast of Grande-Terre, the idyllic islets of Petite-Terre form an enchanting atoll, administratively linked to the commune of Désirade. These uninhabited gems are strictly reserved for authorized caretakers, ensuring their pristine beauty remains untouched.

Comprising two picturesque islets, Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas, sharing a tranquil lagoon, Petite-Terre was designated a nature reserve in 1998. While Terre-de-haut remains inaccessible to visitors, it serves as a sanctuary for rare and endemic bird species, including the Little Tern.

Within the lagoon's crystal-clear waters, an underwater paradise awaits, teeming with turtles, vibrant fish, and stunning coral formations - a snorkeler's paradise.

Nature thrives on Terre-de-Bas as well, offering glimpses of iguanas, hermit crabs, and majestic agaves. Delve into the area's rich history and fauna at the lighthouse on Terre-de-bas, where informative panels await on the first floor.

Due to limited daily capacity, advance planning is strongly recommended to secure your spot in this slice of paradise. Whether you prefer a leisurely exploration or an adventurous outing, various options are available, with most departures conveniently located in Saint-François.



What to see in Petite-Terre?

The Petite-Terre archipelago boasts an extraordinary array of flora and fauna, both on land and beneath the waves. Keep an eye out for the iconic iguanas, leisurely basking in the warm sun.

Slip on your flippers and prepare to be enchanted by the serene beauty of the underwater world, where graceful turtles and colorful tropical fish glide effortlessly. Take in the breathtaking vistas of the crystal-clear lagoon, where the turquoise waters gently blend with the powdery white sands along the shoreline.




What to do in the Petite-Terre ?

Embark on scenic strolls along sandy shores and rocky trails, soaking in the natural splendor of the islets. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the mesmerizing underwater world through snorkeling - an essential activity for discovering the stunning seabed.

For those seeking adventure, paddling through the tranquil lagoon offers an unforgettable perspective of the atoll's beauty.

Make sure to include a visit to the lighthouse in your itinerary for panoramic views of the islets and lagoon, adding an extra layer of excitement to your day in paradise.




How to get to Petite-Terre ?

Departing from Saint-François, you'll embark on a voyage lasting approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Paradoxe Croisières, for instance, offers day trips to explore this enchanting destination. Upon arrival, you can enjoy swimming, leisurely walks to the lighthouse, and moments of relaxation.

Lunch is served in the shade of the coconut grove, providing a delightful break amidst the day's activities. Time seems to fly in such a picturesque setting, and bidding farewell is often bittersweet, as visitors reluctantly return to the boat. To alleviate any feelings of melancholy, keep a keen eye on the horizon, as dolphins frequently accompany the homeward journey.

Discover Paradoxe Croisières



Several speedboats offer excursions to Petite-Terre. If you seek to maximize your time on the island, these boats are ideal for you. The crossing takes just 40 minutes, and they typically accommodate between 10 and 14 people.

Lunch is included as part of the excursion, and the captains of these boats are known for their generosity in sharing anecdotes and providing explanations about the islets.

Petite Terre by speed-boat



An organized day trip is also an option. Departing from Saint-François, the Awak offers excursions to Petite-Terre aboard its glass-bottomed vessel.

From the boat, you can observe coral and fish. Snorkeling equipment and kayaks are also provided. At midday, a barbecue is held on the beach, followed by a guided tour to aid digestion. Return to Saint-François marina is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Discover the Awak



Would you like to sail on your own and rent a boat? That's also an option! Boat rental companies are available to help you organize your day. However, be aware that planning an outing with a deep-draft vessel is risky.

In any case, anchoring is prohibited in the reserve. You'll need to reserve a buoy with the Titè association. Try to plan ahead as much as possible, as there are only 9 buoys available for reservation.

Reserve your buoy


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