Plage de Malendure (Snorkel with Sea Turtles in Guadeloupe!)

Malendure Beach in Guadeloupe
Malendure Beach of Bouillante on Guadeloupe island. Guadeloupe has 650,000 annual visitors.

Snorkel with turtles at Plage de Malendure!

Plage de Malendure Quick Tips

  • Sand & water color: Black volcanic sand, Blue water
  • Other names:  Malendure beach
  • Best for: Observing sea turtles
  • Known for: Snorkeling with sea turtles!
  • Facilities: 
  • Swimming conditions:
  • Lifeguard: none
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking:

Where is Malendure beach located?

Malendure Beach is located in Basse-Terre, on the west coast of the island of Guadeloupe

Address: Malendure 97125, Bouillante 97125, Guadeloupe


What you can Expect at Plage de Malendure

  • Snorkeling with green sea turtles (very common here)
  • Black sand beach
  • Not the most beautiful beach, but the sea turtles make up for that.

Lot of awesome water activities to do –

Check out the most popular tours below

Snorkeling at Plage de Malendure

While the sea bed, which is mainly made up of seagrass, is not very mind blowing, it is the perfect place to swim with turtles and green turtles in particular. 

Tip – Make sure if you snorkel you have a waterproof phone case (I have this waterproof housing from amazon that works ridiculously well) and a good dry bag for your electronics. This is my favorite dry bag. I never travel without it. Go pro also works wonders!

If you want to be able to take over/under water pics you will need an additional dome housing. I have this one from amazon that connects perfectly to my axis go waterproof phone case and is expensive, but works amazing.

Turtle swimming in the water on the Malendure Beach in Guadeloupe.
Green sea turtle swimming in the water on the Malendure Beach in Guadeloupe.

Pros and Cons


  • Perfect for observing sea turtles
  • Black volcanic sand


  • Beach is not as spectacular as many of the other beaches on the island.

Conclusion: Is Plage de Malendure worth visiting?

I would say yes, this beach is absolutely worth visiting if you are interested in snorkeling with sea turtles.

Things to do near Malendure Beach

  1. Visit Plage Caraïbe beach
  2. Parc des Mamelles
  3. Plage de Petite Anse

What to Bring to the Beach

Travel towel – So much easier to pack these quick dry microfiber travel towels than go without or be forced to buy one once there. We always travel with at least two of them.

Dry Bag There are some lessons you just don’t want to learn the hard way. Ruining your phone, camera, or other valuables at the beach is a very expensive lesson to learn. This dry bag is amazing and works for any and all water activities.

Reef-safe sunscreen – The sun here can be very strong. Make sure to wear a reef safe sunscreen or a rashguard.

Rash guard or long sleeve swim top – I wear the one from Skims and I love not having to worry about getting burned when I am out in the sun ALL DAY. Free people also has some amazing rash guards you can shop here. 

Backpack or waterbottle sling – I am obsessed with my Beis travel backpack. I never travel without it. It is seriously the perfect size. Not too big, not too small. If you don’t want to bring a full backpack this waterbottle sling is my absolute favorite. It fits a waterbottle, iPhone 14 pro max, plus some extra space for bars or snacks or your wallet.

Packable snacks – I always travel with these That’s it bars from Amazon. OMG, they are sooo good and only have a few minimal ingredients.


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