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Dive Review of Dive Fair Helen/Coconut Bay Resort & Spa in
St. Lucia

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Messmer, NY, USA
Report Number 3936
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, St. Martin, Curacao, Aruba, Mayan Riviera, Roatan, Great Lakes
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive master set time and adhered to strickly.  Depth limit was recomended
but one could exceed if they chose to do so.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
Coconut Bay hotel was nice and the food was quite good.  Employees were
exceeedingly friendly and helpful.  Unfortunately, if you intend to dive
this is not the hotel to stay at.  Coconut Bay resort is on southeast end
of island and all the dive operations are a considerable distance away.  If
we did not have 4 persons, from our hotel, for the cab, dive operator would
not send one. When sent each person, 4 or more, had to pay $20 for the cab
fare to the dive shop.  The ride took 45 minutes over the winding roads.

The diving was OK but there was not much in the way of big fish.  The dive
masters and boat personell were friendly and helpful, but always kept dives
short.  Typically 45 minutes on first dive and any dive that was below 60
ft. and usually included the 3 minute safety stop.  This was adhered to
strictly.  Boat carried both divers and snorkelers.  Boat would drop off
divers, and then proceed to another location with snorkelers.  The boat
would then return and pick up divers, and go back and pick up snorkelers. 
This probably explains the restriction of 45 minutes on the dive. 
Typically 45 to 50 minute surface interval were maintained.  Second dives
were usually shallower and may have lasted 50 to 55 minutes.  Most dives
were drift dives, however, except at Superman's flight, the current was

Lunch was provided aboard the boat and was good, as well as water and fruit

Best dives in my book were Anse Cochon south because of the great number of
fish, which explains why it is sometimes called the nursery and Petit Piton
which is a wall that extends down to 70 or 80 ft. at the first shelf and to
2400 ft. above sea level.  
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