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

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Robert, CO, USA
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Report Number 1663
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Keys, Indonesia, Galapagos, Tahiti, Cayman, Cozumel, Dominica, Puerto Rico,
Zihuatenejo, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limitis enforced for those w/out a computer.  Generally 65 feet on
first dives.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Rinse tank available for UWP equipment at the dive shack.  Freshwater tanks
available on MV Bertha and Ina for UWP provided they know you want to use
them in advance.  Both boats could set up a table for cameras and should in
my opinion.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
No air conditioning provided at the Anse Chastenet and literally 200-300 
stairs to climb. One or two nights it was VERY hot. Guests sleep with
mosquito netting and citroenella mosquito coils going, reminding me of my
youth.  Bugs were not a problem, surprisingly.  These were the only
downsides to the Anse Chastenet resort.  Recently a new German executive
chef has arrived and makes wonderful pasta dishes as you watch.  The food
here is truly incredible and apparently a major upgrade over older reports
made to Undercurrent.  Food is plentiful and of very high quality. THe
staff is incredibly friendly and they go out of their way to be of service
and to be helpful. You can eat at the beach restaurant on most evenings
(more informal) or European style at the sit-down restaurant some 200
stairs up at the reception level.  Breakfast is good and includes a nice
buffet which is just a bit too repetitive after 7 days.  Architecture and
artwork are incredible making this resort a very romantic place.
The diving was excellent - our package included an orientation and 2 - 3
boat dives per day.  Supposedly there is unlimited shore diving, but 
because of the stairs it's a hassle. You also can't just go out with your
buddy - dives require arrangement in advance and must include a divemaster.
 The night dives were fantastic and I was able to catch a glimpse of St.
Lucia's notorious "The Thing" creature behind the rocks for a
real thrill. The diving is similar to Dominica - steep wall dives, large
barrel sponges - and the most numerous brain corals I have seen in the
Caribbean.  Also super-abundances of Sergeant Majors (who were spawning),
squirrel fish and trumpet fish abound seemingly like no place else.  I
noticed huge numbers of small fish which reminded me a bit of fish balls
I've seen in Galapagos and Indonesia.  Many divers commented that fish were
rebounding in numbers here at the resort in the past ten years or so which
is now a protected marine sanctuary.  
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