Your Guide to Diving St. Lucia
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Diving St. Lucia Overview
A volcanic, heavily forested island, lying in the hurricane belt west of Barbados. Diving is fine for beginners and vacationers, with pretty reefs and tiny fish at the north. On the southwestern part of the island is the better diving in the shadow of the Pitons, but it's rigidly controlled and often subject to strong currents. Dive guides normally tow a surface buoy. The year-round high is in the 80s°F (30-31°C) days; night lows are in the 70s°F (22-23°C). Afternoon cloudbursts are common. Great spot for a nondiving vacation, however.
St. Lucia Seasonal Dive Planner
In the Windward Islands, winter air temperatures range between 65°F (18°C) and 85°F (29°C), while summer is between 75°F (24°C)and 95°F (35°C). The dry season is from February to May, and the wet season runs from June to November.
Diving St. Lucia Reader Reports and Feature Articles
Latest Reader Reports from St. Lucia
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Scuba St. Lucia/Anse Chastanet Report
in St. Lucia/Anse Chastanet
"Excellent resort and dive operation that focuses on customer service"
filed Nov 17, 2022 by Kimberly Sass (Experience: Over 1000 dives)
Arrival: Anse Chastanet resort has a separate ‘booth’ located close to the exit doors of the airport. Afte... ... Read more
Scuba St. Lucia/Anse Chastanet Report
in St. Lucia
"Anse Chastanet, again"
filed Sep 11, 2022 by Bobby Munno (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 20 reports, Sr. Contributor )
Our first stay at Anse Chastanet diving with on-site SCUBA St. Lucia four years ago did not go well with an ear infection and a Lionfis... ... Read more
Sandals /Sandals Regency La Toc Report
in St. Lucia/West side by Pitons
"Dive trip during Covid"
filed Dec 2, 2021 by Richard Rigg (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 11 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
I usually do not go to all-inclusive resorts, but this was 2020 (the 1st year of Covid). Sandals St Lucia was open with Covid restrict... ... Read more
Scuba St. Lucia/Anse Chastenet Report
in St. Lucia
"Fun diving in St Lucia"
filed Nov 11, 2021 by howard blitz (Experience: 251-500 dives)
St Lucia is very good diving by Caribbean standards. Water was warm and clear. Reef in most places we dove was in surprisingly good sha... ... Read more
Anse Chastanet/Anse Chastanet] Report
in St. Lucia/Southwest
"Good above and below water"
filed Oct 25, 2021 by Paul Neis (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
[None]... ... Read more
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Diving St. Lucia Articles - Land Based
|Belize, Little Cayman, the Conflict Islands, bedbugs, tiny bunks, and an unknown gem, 2/20|
Available to the Public
|Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia, the Caribbean, it’s not just for diving, 8/17|
|Indonesia, St. Lucia, Vietnam, Hawaii . . ., blah Caribbean and Nam dives, great ones with sharks and seals, 6/09|
|Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia, where dive experience doesn't count, 7/99|
|Blown Up in St. Lucia, Four divers die: bad blood or bad boat?, 1/98|
St. Lucia Sections from Our Travelin'
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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving St. Lucia
The books below are my
favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are
available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just
follow the links. -- BD
Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach
Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear
and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable
prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access
overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily
online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to
look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are
offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but
rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.
Click here to buy it at Amazon.
World Atlas of Coral Reefs
by Mark D. Spalding, Corinna Ravilious,
Edmund P. Green, United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center.
If there is one book that belongs in every traveling diver's library, this is
it. The superb World Atlas of Coral Reefs has everything you want to know
about the reefs from Costa Rica and Cuba to the Coral Sea and Cayman. The information
is specific and up to date. The photos, maps and layout superb. And the price,
for this 424 page, full color, hard bound volume, is a steal at $31.50
The Atlas was released in September by the United Nations World
Conservation Monitoring Center to document and conserve the world's coral reefs.
Clearly written with divers in mind, it's an invaluable resource for global
travelers. Here's what you'll find.
- 94 maps, including global maps of biodiversity and reef
stresses, regional maps showing 3-D bathymetry and high resolution maps showing
reefs, mangroves, population centers, dive centers and protected areas.
- 280 color photographs, showing reefs, wildlife, people and
places, Including 84 photographs taken from space by Shuttle astronauts.
- Text explaining the formation, structure and ecology of
coral reefs; their various uses and abuses at the hands of humans; and the
techniques used in coral reef mapping.
- Detailed texts describing the distribution and status of
coral reefs in every country.
- Data tables listing information on biodiversity, human
use, and protected areas. These include statistics on coral reef area, biodiversity,
fish consumption, and threats.
For example, you can learn about pollution damage to the reefs
at Providenciales and the lack of human impact, as well. Or, where extensive
bleaching took place in Honduras 1998. You'll read that Milne Bay in Papua New
Guineas has the most extensive reef system in that country and where, in Fiji,
the bumphead parrotfish and tridachna clams will not be found, thanks to overfishing.
The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach
The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. Click below to buy them at Amazon:
* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)
A Guide to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean
by Mark Spalding
This book doubles as a guide to the natural history of the coral reefs and a diver's travel guide. In addition to providing information about some of the most popular diving and snorkeling, it also offers practical suggestions to divers who want to protect these sites. Author Mark Spalding, a coral reef scientist who has worked on coral reefs in over thirty countries, delves into the eco-problems with a focus on what each person can do to protect the reefs. The guide section covers 35 dive destinations with key information on the reefs, marine parks, remote places, and unusual species as well as excellent maps and a photographic field guide of the marine flora and fauna.
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