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

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Joe Mihm, Texas, USA
Report Number 1977
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Florida Keys, Aruba, Belize, Cayman Islands, Texas Flower Gardens,
Turks & Caicos, Roatan, Utila, Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
84   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Diving was severely restricted. You have to have a DM on every dive. Our DM
limmited our dives to 40 to fifty minutes. Shore dives the same
restrictions as boat dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Rinse tank was a small plastic tub with less then five gallons of water in
it. There was no camera prep area or dry area for cameras. There were
several people taking pictures in our group, the tub has 5 small camera and
my housed camera in it. We needed another tub. The response was "we'll
take care of it". It never happened.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
1 stars    
Good- It was a beautiful resort. Great beach with cabannas and bar service,
nice bar and a couple of places to eat. The view from our room was
breathtaking! Best view of the Pitons from the resort.
I took a walking tour of the plantation and it was great! Our guide was
extremely knowledgeable.
Bad- No AC. Our room was comfortable due to location...we always had a
Steps....a couple of hundred up to my room from the restaurant level and a
couple of hundred down to the beach from the restaurant level.
The steps going to the beach were hand made and it seemed that no two were
the same. I pretty much left a sweat trail everywhere I went.
The service in the bar and restaurants was a little off. We asked for
things in the restaurant and never recieved them. The answer to every
question was yes but getting action on anything was a different matter. I
think the servie was better if you were not on the meal plan.
Fishing.... On the Anse Chastenet web site they claim to be in a marine
park. To me that means not netting, trapping or any other type of fishing.
The beach at the resort is not in the park. Fishermen show up every evening
and use a tree on the beach to anchor their net. We saw several active fish
traps at dive sites that were inside the alleged marine park. We paid a fee
to dive in the marine park and got a little token for it. I wonder where
the rest of the money went. A park boat came and checked our boat a couple
of times but he drove right by the fishermen. Marine park my butt!
Bottom line....I'd probably go was diving.
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