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

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by S P Smith, WA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 6476
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
many places in Caribbean, South Pacific, Asia, mid-Pacific
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divemaster suggested time and depth parameters, but all divers had
computers, and dived as they preferred.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
see below
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Anse Chastenet is the most luxurious resort we have encountered, way more
than we needed. That said, it was a wonderful experience, excellent food,
great service, and a physical layout second to none, and the workout we got
climbing the 116 stone steps from the beach to the lobby, and then an
equivalent uphill hike to our room, kept us from gaining weight from the
great cuisine.

Scuba St. Lucia went out of their way to accomodate our 8-person group. We
had our own (private) boat, divemaster, and two-man boat crew for the whole
week. My wife's bag was delayed for a day on arrival (AMR left it in
Miami), leaving her with nothing but a mask and computer for day 1. Scuba
St Lucia provided her with a complete kit until her hers arrived the next
day, at no charge. Nitrox charge was US$70 per pax for the week.

I had no idea that I would ever see corals and sponges this big, or reefs
this lush, in the Caribbean. Places like the Caymans and Bonaire pale by
comparison. Virtually every dive site had incredible quantities of huge
barrel sponges, large numbers of black coral trees, vase sponges larger and
bluer than we have seen before, and we had to keep reminding ourselves that
we were not somewhere in the Asia-Pacific, other than noting that here, the
spiral anemones were full of many varieties of shrimp, rather than

My skepticism was put to rest on the first day, and the rest of the dive
sites kept getting better and better. Reefs look absolutely untouched, so
much so that I am somewhat reluctant to publish this report, for fear of
increasing the diver load on these spectacular reefs. The fish life is not
as prolific as Malaysia/Indonesia, but lots of critters are there to reward
sharp eyes.
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