Special submarines with glass windows take tourists to view the wrecks and the colourful fish that swim around them.

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HMS Diamond Rock, 4km (2.5 miles) off Diamant, is a rock which was designated a man-of-war by the British during the Napoleonic wars and rates a 12-gun salute from passing British warships.

Inspired by Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Cathedral of St-Louis is a late 17th-century cathedral with a Roman-style bell tower.

Peaking above the Fort-de-France skyline, the Gothic revival structure is a stand out sight in the capital and its bright, atmospheric interior is also the final resting place of many of the island’s former governors.

Visit the wrecks of the ships which were in the harbour on the day Montagne Pelée erupted – all but one of them went down in the disaster.

Pay a visit to the Musée Départemental, which tells the story of the island through a series of artefacts.

Housed in a colonial building and focussing predominantly on Arawak and Carib Indian prehistory, the museum offers an interesting insight into island life before Christopher Columbus landed in the early 16th century.In the south of the island is Pointe du Bout, Martinique's major resort area.Sainte-Anne, Le Diamant and Les Anses d'Arlets have some of the island's best bathing beaches.Old stone stairways and the ruined theatre still exist, while its notable historic buildings like the old customs house are being rebuilt and restored. Whether you want to water-ski, explore the bays in a sailboat, scuba-dive, snorkel, or try your hand at spearfishing, many coastal resorts offer all.Take part in the Aqua Festival, a sailing event held each year around the Bay of Robert, or watch the yachting regatta held every June in Le Marin.Le Carbet is where Columbus landed on his fourth voyage in 1502.