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

January, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Reeder, MO, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 9 Helpful votes)
"Romantic Getaway, Adequate Diving"
Report Number 8817 has 3 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Sudan, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines, Palau, Fiji,
Solomon Islands, Raja Ampat, Turkey, Saba, St. Kitts, BVI, Bonaire, Cayman
Brac, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Statia, Nevis
Closest Airport
Hewanorra, St. Lucia
Getting There
Easy schedule on Delta: St.
Louis > Atlanta > St.

Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
81   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
45 minute dives, buddy diving, and keeping dive master in sight      
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
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St. Lucia diving was slightly above average for the Caribbean.    Good
visibility was lower than in many places, 30-60, but it was enough to
enjoy the variety of coral formations and the heavy coverage of healthy
hard corals, sponges, barrel sponges and many groupings of waving 6 sea
plumes.  Red algae was not too detracting.

There were not a lot of fish, and certainly a lack of large ones.    But I
could always depend upon seeing trumpetfish, spotted moray eels of all
sizes, and a high number of Caribbean spiny lobsters, most often jammed
together in a crevice facing outward.  This lobster clustering behavior
perhaps serves to ward off attackers, such as the triggerfish (or
lobster-divers?)   Several good-eating sized crabs were in barrel sponges,
others in more traditional hiding spots.

If I can see one amazing thing on a dive, then that makes my dive.  At
the sloping wall of the Pitons, there were two nice surprises: a ½
baby trunkfish bobbing in a crevice, and an 8 lined yellowish brown
seahorse curled around a branch in a deep wide crevice.   On a few other
sites, it was large spotted scorpionfish that caught my attention.  A white
and brown longlure frogfish at the Pinnacles added interest to the four
great seamounts rising to within a few feet of the surface.

All divers must do a shore dive for a checkout dive, showing competency in
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