Carbet Falls (Chutes du Carbet)

Carbet Falls, Guadeloupe
Carbet Falls / gωen, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 18.0726 N 63.1189 W
No:362        (list of all attractions)
Address:North America, Caribbean, Guadeloupe, Capesterre-Belle-Eau commune, eastern slope of La Grande Soufrière volcano
Name in French:Les chutes du Carbet, La sault du Carbet
Height:> 245 m
Tallest drop:> 115 m

In the lush rainforest of Guadeloupe, on the slopes of Soufrière volcano has formed the most spectacular waterfall in Lesser Antilles - Carbet Falls.

First white man to see these falls was... Christopher Columbus. In November 4, 1493 he and his team headed towards the newly discovered island, heading towards the incredibly tall waterfall in the jungle covered mountains of this island. Initially he used the Carib name of this island - Caroucaera, but later renamed to Santa María de Guadalupe.

Carbet Falls in Guadeloupe
Carbet Falls, two tallest steps / Nicolas Vilars, / CC BY-SA 1.0

Waterfall has three major steps. Upper step starts at the elevation of some 900 m. This cascade is the tallest - some 115 m tall (many sources mention that it is more than 125 m tall).

Second drop is 110 m tall. Next to the drop the rock is unstable, part of it collapsed in 2004. Due to this the access to the upper drop is closed for now. Near the base of second drop can be found some hot springs.

Lower cascade is 20 m tall and has the greatest water volume of all waterfalls in Guadeloupe.

Second step of Carbet Falls, Guadeloupe
Second step of Carbet Falls / Guillaume Cattiaux, / CC BY-SA 2.0

This waterfall is one of most popular tourist attractions on the island.


See Carbet Falls on the map of Guadeloupe!

Landmarks of Guadeloupe

Rainforest in Guadeloupe
Rainforest in Guadeloupe / Guillaume Cattiaux, / CC BY-SA 2.0

These islands are rich with natural landmarks. One can walk here through primeval Caribbean rainforest, reach the summit of the tallest mountain in Lesser Antilles, enjoy several impressive waterfalls and interesting petroglyphs.

Waterfalls and rapids

Yumbilla Falls, Peru
Yumbilla Falls in Peru / Paulo Tomaz, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

Some of the most fascinating and awe inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls, or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.

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