Martinique is a tropical Caribbean island with immaculate sandy beaches and crystal clear waters making diving and snorkeling immensely popular. There are plenty of opportunities atop the water too, with surfing, water skiing and kite boarding on offer. Charter a yacht for a fishing excursion or just a lovely cruise along the sea.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Martinique on dry land, and trekking offers an alternative perspective of the country. The island is volcanic in origin, with many peaks to climb and shorelines to walk along. Along your hike you can take in the country’s endemic wildlife, its famously beautiful hibiscus, frangipani and bougainvillea flowers and great birding opportunities. Getting around is easy with a rental car.

The sea off the coast of Saint-Pierre offers excellent scuba diving sites. Acquasud arranges excursions around Le Diamant to shipwrecks and coral reef. Full training and equipment is provided, although you will need to produce a medical certificate. The company also offers snorkeling trips to similar locations.

The north Atlantic facing coast of Martinique is known for its surfing. The best season for northeastern swells is between November and March. Bliss based in the town of Tartane, can rent you boards and offers lessons. Another way to experience the waves is by kite surfing. Fun Caraibes offer equipment and training.

The coast around Tartane is also popular for waterskiing and jet-skiing. You can arrange trips from Atlantic Jet Wake. Or if you would rather paddle around Martinique, try your hand at kayaking with Caraibe Coast Kayak.

To rent a larger boat, A Fleur d’Eau arranges yacht charters and powerboats, a great ways to explore the Caribbean. If you would rather let someone else be skipper, you can contact Boucaniers Boating for a game fishing excursion.

On the island itself, trekking is a fun way to spend the day. Bureau de la Randonnee provide hiking trips around Martinique and canyoning around the craggy coast. For nature treks and wildlife spotting, Bird Quest Tours provides experienced guides and set itineraries.

Many people enjoy the thrill of quad biking around the rough terrain of the islands interior. E-Discover offers group tours suitable for beginners. For a slower paced adventure, horseback riding around Martinique via Martinique Equitation is also popular.