Our daily excursions took us exploring in Basse Terre. The Botanical Garden is located just outside Deshaies in the northern tip of the island. The gardens were suggested to us by our first landlady Francine, and they were as delightful as she described. A winding path took us through a goldfish pond, fountains, and beautiful landscapes. Each of the trees and plants were identified by species and country of origin. The kids loved reading the country names. This place is specifically designed for kids with a playground featuring swinging vines and climbing equipment plus a petting zoo. I was a little unnerved by the free range chickens wandering around the picnic area - I have a thing about birds.
The Glass Bottom boat in the Jacques Cousteau Water Reserve was located at the Maldure beach, which is a dark sand beach and very touristy. Second only to St. Anne in regards to buildings, and tourist shops and services. The boat was super and all the kids loved being down below watching the fish swim around us. At Pigeon island we stopped for a snorkel and swim. Xavier went with Peter to snorkel around the rocks. Odin couldn't wait to jump off the boat and swim around. He even went off the slide at the back of the boat - no lifejacket or adult needed - an adventurous 3 year old indeed.