St Lucia is in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. Here's the map.
St Lucia is at the tip of an underwater volcano where hot-water vents provide ideal conditions for the exotic creatures usually found in the remote parts of the Caribbean. There is stunning variety of coral, sponge and marine life in its many reef walls, wonderful rock formations, pinnacles, arches and trenches. Frogfish and seahorses are almost common, but you are more likely to see large gorgonians, black coral trees, massive barrel sponges, turtles, nurse sharks, , angelfish, and golden-spotted eels, to name just a few.
- Anse Chastanet: for some of the best diving in St Lucia, 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.
- Anse La Raye: great wall and drift dive.
- 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. Strong currents have kept the corals and sponges clean so this site is ideal for underwater photography.
- The Key Hole Pinnacles: four coral and gorgonian-encrusted seamounts that rise tantalizingly up from the ocean depths.
- 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.
- Superman’s Flight: Named after a scene filmed on St Lucia for the movie Superman II, this is a drift dive on a gentle wall that drops to 1600ft. Strong currents mean good visibility.
- 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.
A point to watch is that it is becoming common to offer diving as part of an all inclusive package, which is fine if you have just qualified, but not so good if you are an experienced diver and would like more challenging dives. The dive centres seem to go with the lowest common denominator, so you may find yourself diving the easy coral garden, as opposed to the challenging wall dive you wanted.
|Language:||English widely used|
|Currency:||East Caribbean $|
|Time:||GMT - 4|
|Natural hazards:||Hurricanes (July to October) and volcanic activity|
|Diving season:||12 months|
|Water temperature:||Jan to March - 26C/78F|
|June to October – 28C/82F|
|Hyperbaric chambers:||Closest: Martinique & Barbados|