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Dive Review of Scuba St. Lucia in
St. Lucia/Anse Chastenet

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Michael A Thompson, NV, US
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Report Number 5495
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
MA, RI, CA north & south, WA, NV, UT, HA, FL, AZ, TX, Cozumel, Grand
Cayman, Bahamas, Barbados, St. Thomas, St John, St. Lucia, Aruba, Sea of
Cortez, Baja, Roatan, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no gloves, no knife, 60 foot dive for 50 minutes including safety stop. No
diving without a dive master shore or boat. Orientation shore dive required
before boat dive.  
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
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Rinse bucket sometimes on the boat for cameras.  No dedicated table, had to
hold the camera on my lap, during short boat ride.  There was no place on
the boat to keep anything dry.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
3 stars   
1 stars    
Starting with the road to the resort....thought I was going to get whiplash
before we got there.  What a wonderful first impression of the resort. 
This is supposed to be one of the 20 best??? 
We were shown to one of the bungalows and given instructions on how
everything worked except the converters-took us forever to figure out how
it was made to work. We requested two as we brought many battery chargers
for cameras, lights etc.  One of the converters had such a frayed cord that
we did not use it for safety reasons.  There were only two outlets in the
entire room.  Fortunately we had the brilliant idea of bringing power
strips from previous trips. 
After three hours in the room, we figured out the refrigerator was running
but nothing was even close to getting cold.  We notified the front desk;
two hours later nothing had been done.  We went to the front desk again and
said the refrigerator wasn't working.  Fortunately a maintenance man was
there and came back and agreed that the refrigerator wasn't working and it
was traded out while we were at dinner. 
Paint was peeling from the ceiling.  Ceiling fan was not adequate for the
space of the room(there is no air conditioning).  On the third day we
happened to see a maintenance person with a floor fan on our way down to
get more ice and asked how we could get one.  We were told just a minute
I'll get you one and we got one.  No one told us that they were available. 
Made a HUGE difference in being able to sleep at night. 
The next day we went down for our orientation dive and met Callistos, our
dive master(he is one in a million-one of the best dive guides ever).  He
told us the rules... no gloves, no knives.  My wife needs to wear gloves
because of severe eczema on her hands and that she is very careful and
dives with her hands behind her back.  DM called the manager and was given
an ok for gloves.  She offered to take the knife off the regulator and DM
said don't bother.  We had some nice dives on Friday.  Saturday was DM's
day off.  While my wife was coming out of the water, she was verbally
assaulted at high volume for wearing gloves and a knife by the crew.  Tried
to explain she had MGR permission and was told, when they finally heard
her, that no she did not have his permission.  She finally gave up saying
she had permission and simply told them, "Fine, then I won't dive for
the rest of the week".  This stopped them immediately.  When we got
back to shore they apparently called MGR, found out that she did have
We did not go to the Jazz Fest (that is one of the reasons why went to St.
Lucia) because no one told us that transportation to it was an additional
$165.00/person and did not include admission to the Jazz Fest.  St Lucia
was already higher than most of the places we have been and we simply had
not budgeted an extra $330+ for transportation.  We were told by the other
couple who went with us and stayed at Jade Mountain, that the Fest was
so-so in the afternoon and good in the evening. 
We were invited by the other couple to their room @ Jade.  It was lovely. 
But we can spend 2 weeks in Roatan & get better dives, three ceiling
fans, floor fans and air conditioning for the price of 1 week @ Anse
Chastenet not to mention Jade. 
We figured that there might be bugs so we brought our garlic pills,
environmental bug spray and DEET.  Nothing worked.  We had welts the size
of Oreos.  We either dove or were prisoners of our room on the bed under
the mosquito netting or in the shower trying to cool off.  My wife gave up
on looking nice for supper and wore socks with her water shoes and a jacket
just to avoid some of the bugs. 
No one told us that water was the only beverage included in the all
inclusive meal plan.  Ice tea at Lunch was another unanticipated expense. 
We were disappointed in the diving for several reasons.  Very regimented,
especially on Saturday (when our DM had a day off).  You will dive to 60
feet for 45 minutes, and do a 3 minute safety stop at 15'.  There were only
12 dive sites, so we had to repeat some(which is not a bad thing).  We
could not do any diving on our own without a dive master.  It was nice
diving, but really nothing spectacular.  I was led to believe that there
were a lot of seahorses.  There were two and we saw them twice.  Loved the
warm water.  This was also a budget buster as we dove as often as the boat
went out, just to stay away from the bugs and the heat but we were only
scheduled 12 dives, so they were able to nickel and dime us again.
On the last day we went down to the beach, packed the drying dive gear and
were told that a porter would bring it to our room.  We waited for an hour,
but still no dive gear.  So my wife went down, found the gear still down
there and grabbed her bag.  She was told she did not need to hike it up
because a porter would bring it up.  She explained (probably surely by now)
that she had been waiting for over an hour for it to come up and needed it
to finish packing bags as they had to be ready in less than an hour and
hiked her gear up.  Almost to reception a porter was coming down and tried
to take the bag.  She told him not to bother as there was another bag still
down there.  He was back up with my gear in 10 minutes.  
We just felt we were treated poorly by the resort, except by the Food
Service people & Callistos (& dive mgr after the Saturday fiasco). 
They knew our names, greeted us warmly and made us feel welcome. 
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