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

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Mark & Lynn Thorne, NC, USA
Report Number 1848
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
through out the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Strict time under water based on conservative dive tables but this did
eventually relax as the week went on.  Rediculously strict medical history
prohibitted several people from diving.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
The Good:  Absolutely beautiful surroundings and hotel.  Food was gourmet
and varied daily.  The hotel staff were extremely accomodating and customer

The Bad:  St. Lucia Scuba appears to be run by overzealous control freaks. 
We found a variety of unnecessarily strict rules and/or guidelines that
were reluctantly enforced by dive masters.  Dive crew were as customer
friendly as their "masters" would allow them to be.  

Advice to the wise:  
1.  If you answer "yes" to any of the medical questions, be
prepared to have the dive operator restrict you from diving.  The only way
they would consider allowing you to dive was with a letter from DAN.  (This
effected several people in our group.)
2.  Call ahead and talk to the dive operator about their dive restrictions.
 We heard a rumor that the fanatics we dealt with may be leaving;
therefore, you may find a more affable environment.
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