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Dive Review of Sandals/Sandals Regency in
St. Lucia

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Stephen Moore, Ontario, Canada
Report Number 1516
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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