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

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Tripp Jones MD, South Carolina, USA
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Report Number 2532
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
[All over Caribean, Truk, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives guided.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
[Our group, Wateree Dive Center of Columbia, SC, went on our "Mystery
trip" and did not know destination until about a week prior to trip.
Clues were given out over 3 months and this was a lot of fun. St. Lucia is
beautiful; one of the prettiest places we have been. The resort is about an
hour from the airport, and some of the roads, so they pass over peaks and
gorges, can be breathtaking. The entire Anse Chastanet setup, from airport
pickup to return, was done extremely well. The airport checkin was
unbelievably efficient (Delta). The food and service were excellent,
probably the best we have encountered in the Caribean. Be prepared for the
steps, however; this will be a stress test,(if you haven't already had
one)since the boats are about 120 steps or so from the restaurants on a
fairly steep hillside. The rooms are above that, so be sure you can
physically stand stress. There is no air conditioning and no phone, TV, or
Internet. Take plenty of reading material. Electricity is 220 volts, so a
converter is needed. Frogs can be loud at night. Mosquitoes and "no
seeums" can be a problem. This place is gorgeous, and security is
evident, but not intrusive. Optional treks, biking, etc for nondivers is
also available.

The diving is all guided, and I can't gripe too much about that. The dive
operation was extremely helpful, with many workers asking how we could be
helped moreso. The boats are quite good, comfortable and front loading from
the beach. Nitrox is available and not too expensive as others . The
visibility was fair, since there is a lot of rain and the runoff from the
mountains will always have some effect to decrease visibility. Most dives
were drift dives and our 24 divers were grouped in 3 sets of 8 so we
weren't bumping into each other. There were a lot of critters and the macro
is superb. We saw a few turtles, but no pelagics and no large fish. The
coral is healthy for the most part, other than a rare area of bleaching.
The wreck is nice (Lesleen M) and a small octopus was seen. There are
lobsters, crabs, spotted, golden and chain morays also in relative

We did 2 boat dives in the AM, and could do afternoon shore dive, although
had to have this guided with a divemaster, and sometimes they were hard to
find. Night dives (2) were nice with very nice variety of critters. 

Overall, this was a great trip. You have to trust your dive shop to come
through to have a great trip and Wateree Dive Center did so. This is not a
place I'd go every year, but about every 3-4 years. I have no complaints
and I would return.
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