Rocher du Diamant


Diamond Rock or Rocher du Diamant is a 574-feet high isle located south of Fort-de-France, Martinique. This uninhabited island is about three kilometers from Pointe Diamant where the rock gets its name from. The rock occupies a strategic position at the north end of the St. Lucia Straits. You will love the sight of the reflections that its sides cast at certain hours of the day, which evoke images of a precious stone.


Its claim to fame for the role that it played in the Napoleonic Wars, with its sharp edges, the Rocher du Diamant looks like a large diamond stone in the rough, floating on the sea. Accessible by boat, it is a very interesting site for you to see the abundant wildlife, mainly the yellow-mouth barracudas as well as green tortoise due to its clear depths.

The islet also has the best preserved beach of the island, but the strong sea currents will pull you out, be careful. Diamond Rock is actually a volcanic plug, leftover from a strong volcanic activity that affected the region millions years ago. Like the other islets that circles Martinique, the rock has its own ecological uniqueness. It is sunnier than the main island, drier, and subject to a long seasonal dry period, which is covered with plenty cacti.
Relatively uninviting, Rocher du Diamant is a haven for species that had been believed to be extinct. While there you will also see the Couress grass snake that was once common in Martinique. You can dive in the waters below Diamond Rock to explore the caverns. These deep triangular water grottos are an exciting spot especially for scuba divers. Discover the fertile size of beautiful sea fans and corals, although strong currents make dives to the island a risky venture.

A rock in the middle of the stunning Caribbean Sea where the coast of the isle reflects the wounds of years of wars between English and French, Diamond Rock is a must see.