Martinique...a paradise for all!
Martinique is an island in the Caribbean, in the heart of the Lesser Antilles
The Caribbean island with French flair, The Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) by anyone of its many names Martinique remains one of the most allur in ganden chanting destinations in the world.
I was named “Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining” in 2009 by Caribbean Travel Life, and “Best Caribbean Destination” (2010) by About.com.
The bay of Fort-de-France, the capital city, is among the most beautiful bays of the world. Martinique is an overseas region of France that stirs the passions with distinctive culinary delights, awe inspiring natural beauty, rich cultural history, warm smiles and so much more.
Napoleon’s bride, Empress Josephine, was born and raised in Martinique. The Majestic Mt.Pelée volcano and St.Pierre, The Pompeii of the Caribbean are found here.
Martinique also offers dynamic art scene and wide array of local products.
A special place, to be sure, with so much to offer, Martinique c’est magnifique!
Carnival in Martinique
From Rio to Trinidad to New Orleans, the world’s most celebrated pre-Lenten Carnival fetes all pale in comparison to Martinique’s Carnival in one key area length. Each year as revelers in other Carnival hot spots wind down with the close of Shrove Tuesday, the party in Martinique keeps going, reaching a
decadent climax on one of the most solemn days on the Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday.The fitting theme for Martinique’s “bonus” days of revelry “Rejoice Today, Repent Tomorrow.”
Naturally, the action heats up on “Fat Sunday” Known in Martinique as Dimanche Gras, the official first day of Carnival features daytime parades with a wide range of costumed characters performing throughout the streets of Martinique’s cities and towns.
“Mardi Gras Monday” in Martinique brings “Mock Weddings,” burlesque parodies played out in the city streets with men dressed as pregnant brides or floozies and women serving as reluctant bridegrooms.
As Carnival revelers in other parts of the world nurse hangovers with the arrival of Ash Wednesday, the party in Martinique kicks into high gear. The bonus “Day of the She-Devils” (La Fête des Diablesses) marks the climax of the celebration with more than 30,000 “mourners” gathering to mark the end of Carnival and the symbolic death of King Carnival, known as Vaval.
As dusk falls, Vaval’s funeral flames light up the sky. The party, an arousing explosion of pulsating rhythms, exotic dance, mirth and rum, peaks as Vaval is consigned to the fire. Only when the flames die down does a calm settle over the masses. With the burial of Vaval, the crowds chant, “Vaval, pas kité nous,” which translates to “Carnival, don’t leave us.”
Officially, Martinique’s Carnival ends at the close of Ash Wednesday. However, in the island’s inimitable celebratory spirit, Carnival is revived three weeks later with a second bonus day of revelry known as Mi-Carême, or mid-Lent. Vaval remains buried, but cities and towns across Martinique spring to life again with colorful costumes, rum and parades combining again to engender non-stop revelry amid a Carnival-like atmosphere – a mini-Mardi Gras in the land where the party never stops.
A well orchestrated home
A serious coaching, trainings and explorations guided by skilled instructors, a recompression chamber nearby... Martinique diving has to many advantages you offer.
Martinique and without context the ideal destination for the family. Between a hike in the tropical forest on the slopes of a volcano and a day of lazing on a beach of white sand, Martinique diving fully designs as relaxing and leisure activity.
For the demanding enthusiast to the curious novice, each found Palm in his foot. Sites are close to the coast, often sheltered, conducive to the first discoveries - baptism or apnea - in a clear and hot water of learning conditions ideal for children from the age of 8 who will find in most clubs, facilities adapted to their morphology as well as pedagogues and patient monitors.
In order to facilitate the practice of the activity, several Martinique dive centres gathered to form the association " Martinique Diving Destination » the idea is to facilitate better the discovery of underwater Martinique by allowing people to dive in different centres through a Privilege Card usable in all centres of the association.
The main diving areas is separate in 2 major areas, the North and the South.
- North, with central St.Pierre.
- The centre with Fort de France.
- The South, with three islets, Anses d'arlet, diamond, Ste Luce and Sainte-Anne
Do you need to choose the region or you will spend your next holidays, and we will have the pleasure of planning your dive.
We work with the operators of the association, in order to standardize your package, depending on the location of your accommodation.
We work with several lodging in Martinique in order to meet the needs of our different audiences and their expectations. We have selected some particularly for their position against the reefs and diving center’s nearby.
Groupe size : minimum / maximum : depends on the chosen hotel
REQUIREMENT FOR DIVING
Minimum : All level
Recommended for all client.
NOT INCLUDING :
No air transportation is included in the above proposed rates.
Rates of flights :
The tariff of international flights, and for domestic transport from major Canadian cities starting point.
For information and availability:
- (450) 813-6695
For a private service, please contact our specialty department.
VOYAGES AQUANAUTES : See the contact form on the site.