NEW YORK, NY – Exceptional scuba diving can be found throughout the Caribbean, but for a truly one-of-a-kind undersea adventure, Martinique’s Diamond Rock is tough to match. This uninhabited, hardscrabble islet located off Martinique’s southern coast features a cavern that extends directly beneath it from one end to the next. This affords divers the unique opportunity to dive under an island, beginning on one side and emerging on the complete opposite end.
The cavern beneath Diamond Rock has a triangular shape and is marked by strong currents that reserve this adventure for the most skilled divers. Within the cavern, divers will find prolific quantities and varieties of corals, sea fans, and other marine life. Some have even found remnants of Diamond Rock’s former British tenants.
The British fortified Diamond Rock during the Napoleonic Wars, converting the land into a man-of-war dubbed HMS Diamond Rock in 1804. While the British were drawn to the strategic advantages presented by the land atop Diamond Rock, it’s the exciting scuba experience below that will appeal to visitors today.
“Diamond Rock is the undiscovered jewel of scuba diving in the Caribbean,” said Muriel Wiltord, director Americas for the Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA. “It’s certainly among the most uncommon dives anywhere, and even better for pioneering scuba enthusiasts, it’s virtually unknown in the US. Now, with the addition of new airlift via American Eagle, Martinique’s undersea wonders, are more accessible to dive travelers.”
American Eagle recently announced the addition of a second daily flight to Martinique from its hub in San Juan, offering improved connectivity to flights from the US. The schedule for the new second flight is as follows:
AA Eagle Flight #4896 departs San Juan at 1:50 pm, arriving in Fort-de-France at 3:45 pm
AA Eagle Flight #4897 departs Fort-de-France at 4:15 pm, arriving in San Juan at 6:09 pm
The new American Eagle service, which ran initially through August 24, 2010, commences again November 18 and will extend indefinitely. Pre-existing American Eagle daily flights, which arrive in Martinique at 9:20 pm and depart back to San Juan at 7:35 am, continue as usual.
ABOUT MARTINIQUE ( www.martinique.org )
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 any one of its many names, Martinique remains one of the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world. Named “Best Gourmet Island of the Year” in 2008 and 2009 by Caribbean World Magazine, Martinique is an overseas region of France that stirs the passions with distinctive culinary delights, awe-inspiring natural beauty, a rich cultural history, warm smiles, and so much more.
Napoleon’s bride, Empress Josephine, was born and raised here. Majestic Mt. Pelée and The Pompeii of the Caribbean, St. Pierre, is found here. The finest French products, from Chanel fashions to Limoges porcelain, are readily available here. La Route des Rhums, a tour of the world’s finest rum distilleries based on France’s famed Route des Vins, is offered here. A special place, to be sure, with so much to offer – Martinique c’est magnifique!
For more information, contact the Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA, 825 Third Ave, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10022 – Tel: 212 838 6887 – Fax: 212 838 7855 – Email: email@example.com – Web: www.martinique.org .