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

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Judd, OR, USA
Report Number 2456
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Belize, Thailand, Maldives, Palau, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
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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