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Ouanalao Dive St Barth

Beach of Grand Cul de Sac
97133 St-Barthelemy
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 see dolphins.
» 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, pinnacle
» 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

St-Barth Plongée

Quai de la République
BP-46 - Gustavia
97095 Saint-Barthélémy
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 ray’s 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 the surface!
Saint-Barth Plongée
This is our theater,
Welcome to the show!

Hotel Christopher

Pointe Milou
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.

Sunset Hotel

Gustavia, P.O. Box 661
97133 Saint Barthélémy
French West Indies
Tel. +590-590-27-77-21
Fax. +590-590-27-81-59
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

St. 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 dive spot.

Climate 70 - 90F 21 - 32C Depending on season
Water Temp Average 80F 26C Visibility up to 100 ft. 30 m

Getting There

By Air

From Europe

Several 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:
-Air France
-Caribbean Airlines
-Jet Blue

The “Pôle Caraïbe” Raizet Airport in Guadeloupe also serves St Barth via flights on the following airlines:
-Air France
-Air Caraïbe

From 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:
-American Airlines
-Jet Blue
-US Airways
-Delta Airlines
-Spirit Airlines
-United Airlines
-Sun Country Airlines
-Air Canada
-Air Transat

Flying into the Pôle Caraïbe Raizet Airport in Guadeloupe:
-American Airlines
-Delta Airlines
-Air Canada
-Air Transat

From South America

Flying into the Princess Juliana Airport in St Maarten
-Jet Blue
-Copa Airlines

From Surrounding Islands

Flying into the Princess Juliana Airport in St Maarten
-American Airlines
-Caribbean Airlines
-Copa Airlines
-Jet Blue
-Insel Air
-Windward Express Airways
-Tradewind Aviation

From Puerto Rico and St Thomas:
-Tradewind Aviation

Entry Requirements

All citizens of the European Union must have a valid passport .

All 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)

All 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, and kayaking.

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)
Capital: Gustavia
Population: 7,000

Getting Around
There are two taxi stations on the island, one at the airport and one in Gustavia on the public dock.

Rental Cars
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.

Mail Service
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 and holidays.

UPS, Federal Express and DHL all have agents on the Island.

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 Exchange Rates.

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 specifies.

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 trunk.

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. 0800-99-0087.

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 (tel. 590/27-87-27).




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