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Dive Review of Sandals Regency in
St. Lucia/Castries

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Penhearow, ON, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 5694
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Boracay, Philippines; Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
and St. Lucia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow DM, depth 60' max & ended at 1,000psi or when the first person
reaches that limit.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No designated camera area.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
All Sandles Resorts offer free diving as part of their hotel package. You
do not need to bring any scuba gear as all 'top-notch' gear is provided
free with the exception of a dive suit (rented). You register on-site and
turn up at 8:15AM (double tank dive) or 1:30PM (single tank dive). With the
double tank dive refreshments/ sandwiches are provided in between dives. An
afternoon dive tryout is mandated regardless of experience.  At 8:20AM you
are transported by an air conditioned van to Castries harbor to the boat
(15 min). The dive boat was large and powerful, with a washroom facility,
tanks & weights on boat. The dive operation is organized well, a
professional outfit, with many suitably qualified instructors and Dive
Masters. I took my PADI specialty in Navigation and EFR there. Other divers
from another Sandals resort -Hicacos join you. 

The staff were excellent, however, one area for improvement would be in
general helpfulness. Although the staff are friendly and when asked are
willing to help it was not spontaneous as I would have liked to have seen.
As an example, an offer of a helping hand when carrying gear to the boat,
gearing up and exiting the water - all a little spotty. The dive brief at
times was a little too brief although safety was consistently highlighted
(stay close to DM, depth and air limits). Surprisingly, the buddy system
was a little lax at times unless strong currents prevailed. 

In general, I enjoyed a total of 14-dives with Sandles. The dive sites were
numerous ranging from 10 min to 1 hour from Castries harbor. The scenery is
breathtaking especially diving around the famous Pitons.

Highlights included: The Pitons (77'); the Lesleen M. Wreck (65');
Superman's flight (67' which is at the base of the Pitons - beware strong
current!) and numerous exciting and dramatic rock formations. Saw: Turtles
(2), lobsters, moray eels, octopus, barracuda, Jackfish, shrimps, crabs.
Would I dive with Sandals again - absolutely!

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