Rivière Caillou waterfall hike in Pointe-Noire


A walk between forest and river

A fun walk through magnificent vegetation!

Today, I'd like to invite you to Pointe-Noire in the Basse-Terre region, for a walk between forest and river. This fun walk takes you over 6 river crossings in a setting of magnificent vegetation. At the end, your efforts are rewarded with a refreshing swim at the foot of charming little waterfalls.

Let's discover the Caillou River!

Second waterfall on the Rivière Caillou

Getting ready

This easy 3km round trip hike is accessible to all. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the first waterfall. The trail is well signposted on the whole, and the return journey takes the same route. If it's raining, don't set off on a river walk.

As with any trek in the great outdoors, make sure you bring sun cream, a hat and a K-way, plenty of water, and a good pair of gloves.

Appropriate footwear to prevent slipping on wet rocks.

To the start

In Pointe-Noire, from the N2, take rue Baudot (D39). After the small bridge, turn right onto chemin de l'îlet and continue to the end of the cul-de-sac. You can park your car there, taking care not to disturb local residents.

The walk starts behind the houses at the far end of the cul-de-sac. Go past the

houses and walk along them to reach the river a few metres further on.

Follow the route

  1. To start the tourIn the first section, you'll cross the river once, and follow the track into the forest on the opposite bank. The river crossings then follow each other. They are easy and clearly marked with arrows.
  2. After crossing the river 5 timesAt this point, you will come to a huge vertical rock, with a tree with tentacular roots to its left. At this point, be careful not to cross the river or follow the track, which climbs steeply on the opposite bank. Go around the boulder and keep moving forward without straying far from the water.
  3. A few more efforts to climb up the pebbles and you'll discover a first waterfall with a pleasant pool. A few metres further up is a second waterfall, just as good for a swim. You can relax in the privacy of this spot and take in the surrounding nature and incredible vegetation.
Hiking in the riviere caillou waterfall at pointe noire

For the more sporty

As you continue up the river, you'll discover other waterfalls hidden upstream... Great discoveries in store!

There are many waterfall walks in Basse-Terre, but I strongly recommend this lovely one. It's not very popular, it's easy, and it's a great way to recharge your batteries in the heart of the Guadeloupean forest.


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