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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.

Diving
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.

 

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Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Wreck Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

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Best Time: November to June

Average Air temps: 30°C

Average Water temps: 26-28°C (78-82°F)

Visibility: 5-100m (Jan-June)
Up to 200m (July - December)

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

  • Anse Chastenet Protected Marine Reserve
  • Ideal for learn to dive
  • Shallow coral spurs easily acessible for shore diving
  • Lesleen M wreck
  • Superb luxury resorts
  • Multi sport hotel options
  • Beautiful landscape with great eco & activiy excursion programmes

 

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.