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Dive Review of Scuba St. Lucia/Jade Mountain in
St. Lucia

July, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Gray, DE, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5642
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
NJ, DE, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Cozumel, Galapagos, Bonaire, North Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
86   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
45 minutes maximum dive time, ascend when you reach 700 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Onshore rinse tank had paints chips in the water the entire week. There was
no rinse tank on the boat but the trips we're very short. Crew would hand
cameras to divers in the water.
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  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
2 stars    
I dove in St. Lucia following a week of diving in Bonaire. Although I
thoroughly missed the diving freedom one experiences in Bonaire, diving in
St. lucia was still enjoyable.

When you dive with Scuba St. Lucia, your first dive is a shore dive
accompanied by a dive master. They will ask you to clear your mask and
recover your regulator and once you demonstrate these skills, you finish
your dive around the Anse Chastanet Reef, which was an enjoyable dive.

I found all of my dive sites to be very similar. Anse Chastanet Reef, Fairy
Land, The Pinnacles and Turtle Reef all had many crinoids, arrowhead crabs
and basket sponges. A bit less common, but still prevalent were various
small shrimp, soldier fish, eels, deep sea gorgonians, large feather
dusters, sea fans and various small tropical fish. We did find one

The visibility was a little disappointing due to mostly overcast skies (it
rained a lot) , but the water at St. Lucia does seem to be different than
that of other caribbean islands. I think it has to do with the volcanic
rock making the water look slightly grey in color. My best dive was on the
pinnacles in the afternoon when the sun opened up and the viz was
outstanding. We could easily see all three pinnacles from a far and the sea
life surrounding them was abundant. This was a dive to remember.

The staff at Scuba St. Lucia was very professional. They are
service-oriented and have quite a few members on their staff. They operate
quickly and try hard to please people like myself who failed to sign-up
ahead a time for an 8 am dive. When I arrived at 7:30 am, I was told that
the dive was cancelled due to lack of interest. When I showed how
disappointed I was that I got out of bed and ran down the mountain for
nothing, they decided to take the boat out just for me. That rocked! I made
sure I signed up in advance for the rest of my dives instead of just
assuming the boat would always be leaving the resort. 

The next day, my computer battery died just as the boat was getting ready
to leave. The captain ran ashore and grabbed me a depth/air gauge and
quickly swapped it with my computer without any fuss. These we're nice

This trip was the second week of our honeymoon (1st week Bonaire) and we
we're scheduled to stay 4 nights at Anse Chastanet and 3 nights at Jade
Mountain which is a step up the soci-economic ladder. When we arrived, we
we're informed that we would be upgraded to Jade Mountain for the entire
week. This resort is very expensive but man, it was fantastic. The view of
the mountains never got tiring and the room itself was of very high
quality. We spent 3 nights in a sky sanctuary (no infinity pool) and 4
nights in a star sanctuary. The service here was so good, it was hard to
get used to and the food at the Jade Mountain Club was the best I ever had
anywhere. The views from the top of the resort we're the most beautiful
ever and as most people say, pictures just cannot do it justice.

We did the jungle biking, 3 hour sailboat cruise and volcano trip. The
first 2 we're ok but the volcano trip was below average. We saw the
bubbling mud, smelled the sulfur and viewed remnants of the crater. As we
we're leaving to go to the hot springs visit, we we're approached by local
vendors who we're selling very cheap looking jewelry. They we're a little
pushy but not too bad. The hot springs we're a waste of time. I thought we
would be sitting in a natural spring, maybe with some mud involved. We
ended up sitting in a hot tub with ceramic tile all around. I guess it was
kind of neat that the hot water was heated naturally underground, but I
would have rather been doing something else at the resort.

I would not return to St. Lucia just for the diving but the trip was a very
special one due to the island's beauty, the resort, service and it being
our honeymoon. Was it worth the amount of money we paid? Sometimes I'm
still trying to decide, but overall, I have no regrets.
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