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

Scuba St. Lucia/Anse Chastenet, Jul, 2005,

by Joe Mihm, Texas, USA . Report 1977.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 84 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments 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 breeze.
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 back....it was diving.
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