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Dive Review of Scuba St. Lucia/Anse Chastanet in
St. Lucia/Soufriere

Scuba St. Lucia/Anse Chastanet, Apr, 2006,

by Mike Judd, OR, USA . Report 2456.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Belize, Thailand, Maldives, Palau, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were mostly 50-60 feet, although those with computers could go deeper within sight. Had to follow guide. Time limits 40-50 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Hotel was great. Many buildings with 3 - 5 units on different levels, built into the hillside. One wall open to beautiful flowers and birds (and a few mosquitos). Good views even from the cheaper units (higher prices had even better views up the hill). The signature "Piton" peaks actually look as good in person as in the photos. Staff uniformly helpful and pleasant. Food was a bit fancy for my taste, but my girl-friend loved it. Much of the island itself, especially in the less developed south portion, meets the "tropical paradise" description.
Overall, the diving was good but not great. Most of the sites are similar, steep slope down from the shore. Few canyons, channels, etc. Good variety of coral, and the best selection of colors, types and sizes of sponges I've seen in one place. Lots of small fish, all less than two feet - they have a marine conservation area in place now, but should have done it a long time ago. Everyone had to stay with the dive-master. Most of the dives were 60' or less, which was OK as there didn't appear to be anything different deeper. At a lot of the sites there was a light current, which allowed easy drifting but no trouble to stop if you wanted to check something out. Divemasters and boat crew were friendly and fun. They were helpful if you asked them, but didn't volunteer much. On most days they schedule only two dives, one tank in morning and one in afternnon afternoon, which makes it hard to get off and see other things on the island if you have the two dives a day package. Scuba shop is convenient on the beach at the resort, with hangers and lockers for equipment - hop on the boat right there. Not exciting diving, but pleasant and relaxed.
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