Dive St Barth
Beach of Grand Cul de Sac
French West Indies
Tel. (+59) 06 90 63 74 34
Located on Grand Cul de Sac beach, the diving center
Ouanalao Dive proposes you 3 daily diving excursions
: at 9 a.m, 11 a.m and 2.30 pm, including discovery
dives for all diving skill levels, and PADI, ANMP-CEDIP
and FFESSM certifications. Other activities offered
are snorkeling excursions and private outings upon requests.
The gift shop operates a rental service for snorkels,
fins, masks, and kayaks.
Plongée Caraibes - Catamaran
BP 1028 St Jean
97012 St Barthélémy cedex
Ph. + 590 27 55 94 and Cell +590 690 54 66 14
We have the largest dive boat on St. Barts - a very
comfortable 45 feet catamaran named BLUE CAT' which
was specifically constructed for diving and snorkeling
activities. We dive every day at 900 a.m - 1100 a.m.
- 230 p.m. Sea turtles, rays, eels, tarpon fishes, angel
fishes , lobsters, friendly barracudas, and baby nurse
sharks are very common. The coral is colourful and everything
in the water is friendly. In the winter there are whales
that you can hear singing. In the summer you will occasionally
» Number of Dive Boats: 1
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat: 10
» Gear Provided: Mask, fins snorkel, BCD, Reg,
wetsuit, weights, tanks
» Rental Gear Available: No
» Nitrox Available: No
» Type of Diving Available: Wreck, wall, reef,
» Total Dive Sites: 22
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites: 5
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites: 30
» Certification Agencies: PADI, CMAS, FFESSM
» Courses Offered: PADI up to divemaster, CMAS
up to 3 stars
Quai de la République
BP-46 - Gustavia
Tél. 05 90 27 54 44
Spirit of St-Barth Plongee Birdy Dive.
Sea fans waving with the tide like streaming hair, myriads
of kaleidoscopic fish hovering before the entry to a
cave, a leopard rays slow dance contrasting with
the silky white sand beneath it, the motionless station
of a nurse shark sheltering close to a wreck, the vibrant,
translucent colors of cuttlefish in quiet waters, a
school of jacks passing through submerged lava arches
A green turtle gently paddling in the Caribbean
blue, yellow grunts softly brushing against fragile
sponges and anemones, blue-headed rainbow wrasses crossing
before bouquets of red coral
Make no mistake, in St. Barths the real sights lie beneath
This is our theater,
Welcome to the show!
97133 St Barthélémy FWI
TEL: +(590) 590 276 363
fAX: +(590) 590 279 292
Spacious and comfortable rooms all overlooking the ocean
and equipped at the level of your demand. Private patios
and terraces in each room. The Hotel is surrounded by
a flourishing garden with various essences. Neo-colonial
decoration with island wood furniture.
Gustavia, P.O. Box 661
97133 Saint Barthélémy
French West Indies
Front of scuba facilities -10 rooms hotel with panoramic
view of Gustavia harbor and Sunset- short harbor-side
walk brings you to Gustavia restaurants and boutiques.
About St. Barth
Barthelemy (also called St. Barts or St. Barths)
is an island of only 8 square miles and approximately
7,000 residents. Steep and dramatic (highest point is
938 ft, Morne du Vitet) in the middle, the hills create
valleys, which in turn create the numerous coves and
22 beautiful beaches. There are no casinos on the island,
nightlife is mostly limited to some hangouts in Gustavia
(e.g. Bar de l'Oubli and Le Select). Excellent restaurants
are plentiful, mostly French, Creole and Italian.
An air of affluence permeates St. Barths and the high
season brings an influx of the wealthy and powerful
trying to get away from it all...although some people
just have to be "seen" here. Despite all that,
St. Barths maintains a casual and happy atmosphere where
you can be as relaxed or active...as "seen"
or "unseen" as you wish. Please, do remember
that St.Barts is not cheap, but with some planning ahead
of time, you can make St. Barths more reasonable and
a vacation to remember.
The diving here is among the best in the Caribbean.
Relatively few divers visit each year leaving it largely
untouched and unknown. The branch corals are recovered
from the last hurricanes, and the massive corals are
in full bloom, with multicolored coral fish everywhere.
Each bay has a reef to be explored, each islet has its
walls and caves. The most spectacular dives are around
Pain de Sucre, an islet way off Gustavia harbour, or
around a small cape, l'Ane Rouge, off Colombier bay,
or around Coco islet. Just off Gustavia harbour, a fishing
boat that sunk a few years ago, Le Kayali, is a nice
Climate 70 - 90F 21 - 32C Depending on season
Water Temp Average 80F 26C Visibility up to 100 ft.
airlines can bring you as close to Saint Barth as Princess
Juliana International Airport on the Dutch side of St
Martin, the closest airport that can handle jumbo jets:
Pôle Caraïbe Raizet Airport in
Guadeloupe also serves St Barth via flights on the following
USA and Canada
To get to St Barthélemy, the following airlines
fly from the United States and Canada to Princess Juliana
Airport in St. Martin:
-Sun Country Airlines
into the Pôle Caraïbe Raizet Airport in Guadeloupe:
Flying into the Princess Juliana Airport in St Maarten
Flying into the Princess Juliana Airport in St Maarten
-Windward Express Airways
Puerto Rico and St Thomas:
citizens of the European Union must have a valid passport
foreigners who are required to have the Schengen visa
for Europe, must also get the visa extension for French
Overseas Departments and Overseas Territories. It will
be requested upon arrival along with other necessary
documents (return ticket, proof of lodging, etc)
American and Canadian citizens arriving in Saint Barth
must have a valid passport, as well a round-trip ticket
or proof of continuation of travel. A visa is not necessary
if the intended stay on the island is inferior to, or
equal to, 30 days.However, the passport must be valid
and not expire for at least three months from the date
of entry to the territory of St Barthélemy.
Shopping - St. Barths is a duty free port and most of
the shopping is done in Gustavia and St. Jean. Local
arts and crafts, designer French and Italian clothing,
jewelry, watches and perfumes top the shopping list
- all duty free.
Dining - You could visit St. Barths again and again,
and never run out of new restaurants or dishes to try.
American to Italian, French to Mexican, Asian to Creole...
well, you get the picture, it's all here.
Nightlife - Looking for outrageous nightlife, party
til morning? Sorry, that's not St. Barths. Some of the
restaurants and hotels offer entertainment and there
are several notable nighspots in Gustavia.
Hiking - There are a number of trails that allow you
to discover St. Barths, including several beaches that
can be reached only on foot. Climb to the top of Mount
Vitet, 938 feet (286 meters) high and experience a breathtaking
view of the countryside and surounding waters.
Horseback Riding - Another great way to relax and have
fun. Ride the trails and along the beach with the wind
in your hair.
Water Sports - Besides diving, there is great snorkeling
off the beaches, windsurfing, surfing, jet skiing, sailing,
Fishing - Big game abounds offshore. Marlin, wahoo,
blackfin and yellowfin tuna and sailfish top the charts.
Fitness - There are several gyms in St. Barths, plus
some of the hotels offer fitness rooms.
Helpful Traveler Information
Location: Lesser Antilles,17 56 N, 62 45 W
Size: 13.1 Sq. miles (21 Sq. km)
There are two taxi stations on the island, one at the
airport and one in Gustavia on the public dock.
While the island is very small, a car is always nice
to have. There are a number of rental agencies available
offering a veriety of cars, compact SUV's and even scooters.
You must have a valid driver's license.
There are only two gas stations on the island, and both
are closed on Sunday. The one near the airport is open
Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 2
to 5 p.m. The one in Lorient is open from 7:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m., except on Thursday and Saturday afternoons.
There is an all-night automatic credit card gas pump
at the airport station.
St. Barths has a year round tropical climate. Comfortable,
casual clothes are the order of the day. Formal dress,
coats or ties are never required. Swimsuits should never
be worn in town.
Voltage is 220 AC, 60 cycles. American-made appliances
often require French plug converters and transformers.
St. Barths has one Post Office with two branches. The
main Post Office, on rue du Centenaire in Gustavia,
opens daily 8 AM to 3 PM, and closes on Wednesday and
Saturday afternoons. The branch in Lorient is open from
7 to 11 AM weekdays and from 8 to 10 AM on Saturday.
The branch at the St. Jean Commercial Center, near the
airport, opens daily from 8 AM to 2 PM, as well as Wednesday
and Saturday morning 8-11 AM. Both are closed on Sunday
UPS, Federal Express and DHL all have agents on the
Banks--The two main banks are both
in Gustavia. The Banque Francaise Commerciale, rue du
General-de-Gaulle (tel. 590/27-62-62), is open Monday
through Friday from 8am to 12:30pm and 2 to 4:30pm;
it's closed Wednesday afternoon. The Banque Nationale
de Paris, rue du Bord-de-Mer (tel. 590/27-63-70), is
open Monday through Friday from 8am to noon and 2 to
3:30pm; closes at noon on Wednesday.
Currency--In 2002, St. Barts, as a political part of
mainland France, abandoned its historic French franc
and joined the Euro umbrella. Get current Currency
Emergencies--Dial tel. 16 for police or medical emergencies,
tel. 18 for fire emergencies.
Hospital--St. Barts is not the greatest place to find
yourself in a medical emergency. Except for vacationing
doctors escaping their own practices in other parts
of the world, it has only seven resident doctors and
about a dozen on-call specialists. The island's only
hospital, with the only emergency facilities, is the
Hopital de Bruyn, rue Jean-Bart (tel. 590/27-60-35),
about a 1/4 mile (.4km) north of Gustavia. Serious medical
cases are often flown out to St. Maarten, Martinique,
Miami, or wherever the accident victim or his/her family
Language--The official language is French, but English
is widely spoken.
Pharmacies--The Pharmacie de Saint-Barth is on quai
de la Republique, Gustavia (tel. 590/27-61-82). Its
only competitor is the Pharmacie de l'Aeroport, adjacent
to the airport (tel. 590/27-66-61). Both are open Monday
through Saturday from 8am to 8pm; on Sunday, one or
the other remains open for at least part of the day.
Safety--Although crime is rare here, it would be wise
to protect your valuables. Don't leave them unguarded
on the beach or in parked cars, even if locked in the
Taxes--There's an airport departure tax of 4.55 Euro
($4.05), but no hotel tax.
Telephone--St. Barts is linked to the Guadeloupe telephone
system. To call St. Barts from the United States, dial
011 (the international access code), then 590 (the country
code for Guadeloupe), then 590 again (the area code
for St. Barths), and finally the 6-digit local number.
To make a call to anywhere in St. Barts from within
St. Barts, dial only the 6-digit local number, and ignore
the prefix 590. To reach an AT&T operator from anywhere
on the island, dial tel. 0800-99-00-11. To reach MCI,
dial tel. 0800-99-00-19, and to reach Sprint, dial tel.
Time--When standard time is in effect in the United
States and Canada, St. Barts is 1 hour ahead of the
U.S. east coast. Thus, when it's 7pm on St. Barts, it's
6pm in New York. When daylight saving time is in effect
in the United States (April through October), clocks
in New York and St. Barts show the same time.
Tipping--Hotels usually add a service charge of 10%
to 15%; always ask if this is included in the price
you're quoted. Restaurants typically add a service charge,
too. Taxi drivers expect a tip of 10% of the fare.
Water--The water on St. Barts is generally safe to drink.
For information before you go, contact the French Government
Tourist Office (tel. 202/659-7779. There are offices
at 444 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022 (tel. 212/838-7800);
9454 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 715, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(tel. 310/271-6665); or 676 N. Michigan Ave., Suite
3360, Chicago, IL 60611 (tel. 312/751-7800).
On the island, go to the Office du Tourisme, in the
commercial heart of Gustavia, adjacent to La Capitanerie
(the Port Authority Headquarters), quai du Général-de-Gaulle