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

Scuba St. Lucia/Anse Chastanet: "Romantic Getaway, Adequate Diving", Jan, 2016,

by Jeanne Reeder, MO, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 8817 has 3 Helpful votes.

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. Lucia

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 45 minute dives, buddy diving, and keeping dive master in sight
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 2 stars
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Beginners 5 stars
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Comments 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.

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