Saint Barth, for many it is the beautiful beaches and its crystal clear waters. But it is possible to discover Saint Barth in a different way. To do this, you must put on equipment and go scuba diving. Indeed, the island’s seabed is rich in a variety of life. From its simplest form, sponges, jellyfish, to its most « dangerous » form, the shark. In reality, the shark is only a dangerous animal in people’s minds, in reality it is a wonderful creature.

There are a few diving clubs in St Barth, but we wanted to introduce you to Bertrand Caizergues’ diving club. Why Bertrand? Because Bertrand, through his actions, contributes humanely to the preservation of the island’s coral reefs. Indeed, he helped Coral Restoration, about which we have recently told you, set up the first table for the regrowth and reproduction of coral in the waters of Saline.

But, Bertrand, is also a passionate, a sailor (four crossings of Corsica, two of the Atlantic) he has more than 10 000 dives to his credit. What a man! And it’s not over yet. In 1995, he organized with the late West Indies Dive the first operation to clean up the bottoms of Saint Barth, the results of the races: 3.5 tonnes of waste brought to the surface, 70 people and 11 boats for this operation, large islets, ti saints, and other islets at the exit of Gustavia. So many diving spots that he knows very well.

A little hindsight. He started diving in 1982 and obtained his instructor diploma in 1992. The following year, he moved to St Barth. It also organized four underwater image festivals in Saint Barth with the support of the Antibes World Underwater Image Festival.

It is therefore in good hands that you will dive in Saint Barth. Diving in Saint Barth is very pleasant and is for recreational divers, it is easy to do underwater tourism. The dive sites are shallow, around 15 to 30 meters for an express wreckage in 1994. It is 30 metres long. There is another one at 15 meters, 75 meters long and sunk in 1989. These two wrecks are home to a large number of poisons.

You travel 10 to 20 minutes by boat and you are in the marine reserve established in 1996. The fish are very close, they feel they are protected and you will see all the fish of the Caribbean coral reef: jacks, parrots, groupers, barracudas, tarpons, angels, green morays, leopard rays and stingrays, green and hawksbill turtles, sleeping sharks and reefs and between January and June, you can hear humpback whales.

At Destination Saint Barth, we love man and his actions to protect the environment, which is why, for this time, we are sharing with you different video sequences. And if you would like to dive in Saint Barth, we will be happy to arrange it for you with Bertrand. In the meantime, enjoy this little clip.

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Monique Turbé grew up in a family of five children. Before becoming a respected hotelier, her father, Guy Turbé, was one of the first contractors on the Island. At the age of 18, Monique Turbé started her first construction, like her father, the “White Sand Beach Cottages, in Flamands. This property attracted prestigious guests, like Jackie Kennedy-Onassis and her son John-John, or Roman Polanski. In 2013, the Villa Mélissa was sold to a Venezuelan couple that fell in love with the property. Monique then decided to buy and renovate a new property that she called like her granddaughter: the “Villa Lenalee”. With this new property, Monique Turbé, created MY VILLA IN ST- BARTH, an exclusive concierge service dedicated to her two private villas. One of Guy Turbé’s last dreams was to see Monique create her own real estate company to look after the villas he had built and carry on the legacy. As an homage to her beloved father, she became the founder, chairman and partner of MY VILLA IN ST BARTH Real Estate, the first real estate agency founded by a St-Barths native and a villas owner.

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