The Soufriere-Scott’s Head Marine Reserve (SSMR) is located on the south-western tip of the island. It encompasses the villages of Scott’s Head and Soufrière. It is the most picturesque bay on the island, both below and above the water.
The region is dominated by the Scott’s Head or Cachacrou Peninsula; separating the calmer Caribbean Sea from the wilder Atlantic Ocean. During the island’s turbulent past the headland was home to a battalion of Scots Guards, who used to fire warning cannon when fleets from Martinique approached.
The bay is an extinct volcanic crater plummeting to indeterminate depths as a lava chute.