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

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Susan Waldorf, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 5000
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Puerto Rico, Belize, St. Croix, Florida, Hawaii, Turks and Caicos, Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Did not test the guidelines - seemed reasonable and standard - not
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 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
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Solo female diver 55 YO - stayed at the Hummingbird Resort outside of
Soufriere and took water taxis to Anse Chastanet to snorkel and dive. Loved
the Hummingbird, the staff, the restaurant. Right on the beach; snorkel
from the pier along the cliff - very nice - best I found on St. Lucia. Go
to Anse Chastanet (via water is faster, easier and quicker) for Scuba St.
Lucia. Nice boats, organized team, lovely staff, good facilities and
equipment. Not cheap - situated on the beach with a pricey resort but the
beach restaurant is quite nice for a relaxing lunch between dives. I hadn't
dived in 3 years so I wanted easy diving to start. I did 2 shore dives -
the wall starts just off the beach. Not bad - no current, nice mix of small
critters and pretty sponges. Out for 45 minutes, 70' max depth. They
assigned me a buddy so it was the dive master, my buddy (also a
professional dive master) and me - not bad for getting comfortable
underwater again. 2nd dive (afternoon) to Fairy Land was too much work to
be fun - very strong current whipped me by all the things I wanted to
explore at 2-3 knots - just staying off the coral and rocks became my main
objective - not much pleasure there. I think it is the curve of the wall
that causes this as my previous drift dives in Cozumel and Puerto Rico were
much more leisurely (like diving from a lounge chair). Dive #3 - Shore dive
to wall - happy to visit with a flounder the size of a potato chip, banded
shrimp, clouds of blue chromis, a baracuda, a porcupine fish, arrow crabs,
lobsters and eels. Very fun. Snorkeled alone offshore near the pier
(opposite end of Anse Chastanet) to search for turtles (yep - 4 big green
turtles) and was delighted to find swaying garden eels, flying greviles and
darling baby squids. I recommend Scuba St. Lucia - they seemed genuinely
concerned that I have good experience and I did. 
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