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Dive area / region : St Lucia - See the map Scuba Diving in St Lucia

Best diving season : January  •  February  •  March  •  April  •  May  •  June  •  July  •  August  •  September  •  October  •  November  •  December
Recommended number of days to stay : 5 to 7 days
Number of dive sites : 16 to 20 Dive Sites
Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 26C-… : Shorty or Thin Wetsuit
Average visibility : 30 meters plus
Average dives depth : 20 Meters
Type of currents : Strong currents - drift diving
Months when these currents are present : All year
General surface conditions : Very variable conditions
Wreck types : Old wooden ship  •  Recent world ships  •  Artificial wrecks
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Type of marine life : Anemone  •  Barracuda  •  Corals  •  Jacks  •  Lobster  •  Moray Eels  •  Plants  •  Rays  •  Reef Fish  •  Seahorses  •  Shark - Grey nurse  •  Softcoral  •  Sponge  •  Star fish  •  Tuna  •  Turtles
Presence of caves / caverns : No


Nested between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean St Lucia is a very beautiful island. St. Lucia is a volcanic island with stunning scenery above the water. The majestic twin Pitons, our world famous landmark, rise to over 2619ft/805M, dominating the island and the Soufriere diving/snorkeling sites. The volcanic origin of St Lucia means that some beaches have black sand, although golden sand is found in the north. The island is covered by lush rainforest and protected in a nature reserve. Still here turtles come and lay their eggs.

St Lucia is a diving paradise. The island is at the tip of an underwater volcano where both beginner and experienced divers alike will enjoy the stunning variety of coral, sponge and marine life.
Artificial reefs have developed around a number of sunken ships which have become home to huge gorgonians, black coral trees, gigantic barrel sponges, purple vase sponges and black lace corals.

Diving trips will reveal turtles, nurse sharks, seahorses, angel fish, and golden spotted eels, to name but a few, among the dazzling cross section of Caribbean marine life. There are several spectacular diving sites just off St Lucia, ranging from easy to challenging:

*On the point of Anse Chastenet, a plateau slopes gently from 40 - 60 feet. The reefs fall away to a depth of 140 feet in a unique coral chain, meandering out from the Bay. Anse Chastanetis one of the most dramatic spots for diving is the stunning Anse Chastanet reef in the southwest of the island. The shallows, with depths to 25ft can be entered directly from the beach. The reefs falls away from 20-140 ft in a unique coral wall that continues from Anse Chastaner Bay around the headland of Grand Caille and in towards the harbor of Soufriere, providing some of the best diving in St Lucia.

*Superman’s Flight: Names for a scene on St Lucia for the movie Superman II, this site is a drift dive on a gentle wall that drops to 1600ft. Good visibility created by strong currents permits crystal clear viewing for underwater exploration. Divers can enter the water here at the base of Petit Piton.

*The Thing: According to those who have seen it “The Thing” is said to be St Lucia’s own “Loch Ness Monster on Vacation” Seen regularly (but only at night) one may catch a glimpse of this mysterious creature at Anse Chastanet.

*Anse La Raye: known as one of the finest wall and drift dives in St Lucia, Anse La Raye can be found below a shallow wall. Interesting formations at the slope which consists of huge bolders, stimulate the eye and imagination.

*Coral Gardens: Located at the base of the Gros Piton, the Coral Gardens offer breathtaking scenery above and below the water, where five finger coral runds from a depth of 15-50ft.

*Fairy Land: At the point of Anse Chastanet, a plateau named Fairy Land slopes gently from 40-60ft. Since strong currents here keep the corals and sponges clean and the viewing is excellent and, this site is ideal for underwater photography.

*The Key Hole Pinnacles: often mentioned one of the 10 Best Dive Sitesin the World, The Pinnacles are described as "four coral and gorgonian-encrusted seamounts that rise tantalizingly up from the ocean depths".

A number of shipwrecks provide adventure and exploration for divers. For the experienced only, off the southern part of the island, the Waiwinette freighter lies 90 feet below. The currents here make this dive extremely challenging, whereas further up the coast off Castries, there is a pleasant wreck dive in 20 feet of water for those less experienced.

*Lesleen M Shipwreck: The Lesleen M, a 165-foot freighter, was sunk by the Department of Fisheries in 1986 to provide an artificial reef. It lies upright in 60 ft of water near Anse Cochon on the west coast, just south of Marigot Bay. Divers can tour the ship in its entirety.

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