Diamond Rock, Martinique © Apmarles
The scenic resort area Diamond Rock is a small, uninhabited island known for the strategic role it once played in the Napoleonic Wars, when a British garrison fortified it for control over the channel, using the caves to shelter troops. Today it offers some of the best scuba diving in Martinique. Great dive sites include the triangular cavern beneath Diamond Rock itself but, as the currents can be treacherous, this is not a dive for beginners. The area also has some beautiful beaches, including Grande Anse du Diamant, where visitors will find a number of good restaurants and a shopping centre.