St Lucia, Caribbean
St Lucia offers scuba diving holidays with some of the best shore diving in the Caribbean and a choice of luxury and multi sport options with stunning landscapes and beautiful beaches. Located towards the centre of the Windward Islands chain at the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea, the tear drop-shaped island is some 27 miles long. The south of the island is domininated by the majestic Piton twin volcanic peaks. Here you can stay in a local, boutique style or superb, top quality luxury hotels with diving on your doorstep.
The marine reserve at Anse Chastanet offers some of the best shore diving in the Caribbean and is located midway along the sheltered west coast. This is part of the government protected reserve, the Soufriere Marine Management Area and the twin peaks, the petit and Gros Pitons to the south. Varied dives are available from shallow coral spurs and sandy gullies to sudden, dramatic breaks down sheer walls. The reef starts just beyond the water's edge at Anse Chastenet, with a remarkable ecosystem offering an amazing profusion of unusual tropical marine life in 20 to 140 feet of calm, clear water. The reef is home to more than 150 different species of fish. In the shallow areas keep your eyes open for peacock flounders, octopus, needle fish and turtles. Or drop down a little deeper over dense coral growth to see puffers, moray eels, parrot fish, lobsters and even sea horses. The wreck of the Lesleen M is covered with sea fans and thousands of soldier fish. There is also excellent night diving.
Culture & Activities
St Lucia is famed for it’s picturesque peaks, the Pitons. It is also worth taking a tour of the interior of the island with beautiful views, rainforest walks, waterfalls and the sulphurous pools of the active volcano to explore. St Lucia has established itself as one of the caribbean's top holiday destinations particularly popular for family, beach and special occasion holidays. If you have an anniversary, wedding or honeymoon, St Luica is hard to beat for scenery and quality of the hotel service. Excursions to the capital for it's local, colourful market will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours north. We recommend a stop on the way there or back topretty Marigot Bay, for lunch on the harbour side or taking a boat excursion one way.
Best Time: November to June
Average Air temps: 30°C
Average Water temps: 26-28°C (78-82°F)
Visibility: 5-100m (Jan-June)
Top Dive Sites: Anse Chastenet, Anse Le Raye, Fairy Land, Coral Gardens (at the base of Gros Piton), Superman's flight, a drift dive in the shadow of the Petit Piton, Jalousie under the Gros Piton, Piton Wall, the wreck of the "Lesleen M", Anse La Raye and Anse Cochon, Turtle Reef, the Pinnacles.
Great Reasons to Dive in St Lucia