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Dive Review of Sandals/Sandals Regency in
St. Lucia

Sandals/Sandals Regency, Dec, 2004,

by Stephen Moore, Ontario, Canada . Report 1516.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Hawaii, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Belize, Mayan Riviera, U.S.V.I.s
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Maximum depth on the dives we were on was 70 feet. Maximum for the resort is 90 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No camera tables nor rinse tanks but there was a freshwater shower, crew was helpful handling equipment and dive leaders made sure photographers saw the little critters.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments TWO DIVES A DAY IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE PACKAGE AND THE CREW WOULD NOT ACCEPT TIPS.

This is a very conservative dive operation which uses almost new 46 foot Newtons. If you haven't dived in a while they will insist on a putting you on a single shallow dive to check you out. The dive decks were wide. The maximum number of divers was 16 but usually 8 to 12. The boat was not croweded. It had a head, oxygen and usually 4 to 6 crew. There was fresh water, sandwiches and pastries. There is a 10 minute mini van ride from the resort to the dive boat. They have excellens scubapro gear but were attentive to rinsing the gear we brought from home.

There were almost no large fish but very large schools of small fish. I saw my first seahorse. I saw several scorpionfish, a flying gurnard, and oddles of bristleworms. the number, variety and colours of the sponges made almost every dive very colourfull. Many of the dives were slow drift dives.

The dives at the Pitons and Anse Chastanet were very colourful with lots of fish.

We took the 1 day trip to Martinique and dove Diamond Rock. The two dives were not well planned and currents were a problem. There was more to see in St. Lucia but the vis was great. The visit to Fort de France was interesting.

The Sandals resort was a lot of fun especially on New Year's Eve. They had 19 food tables around the pool (which was huge) serving fresh grilled lobster, scallops, fresh fish and shrimp plus amazing desserts. The food was good but not consistently outstanding. However, we always had one dish the we thoroughly enjoyed. We loved the resort which is gorgeous. The staff was amazing and we really enjoyed the resort. You have access to the facilities at the other two Sandals (the Grand and Halcyon). The Grand is north of the Regency, has its own dive boats which leave from the resort (another 15 minutes added to the 35 minute boat ride to the Pitons). There are motorized watersports at this beach as it has calmer waters. However, I thought the Regency was much more picturesque.

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The diving was better than expected but very conservative with no large fish. I think we will go back next Christmas.
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