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Dive Review of Sandals in
St. Lucia

Sandals: "Sandals in St Lucia", Jan, 2018,

by Bernard Dubois, NH, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 10113.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments [We organized this trip of 2 weeks for my wife and I on a very short notice as we were planning to go to Maui with our diving equipment already there. We choose Sandals for the convenience of everything being organized. We took some spare diving equipment but with no real hope of doing diving as we had bad experiences with previous resorts. We tried it and they were very friendly. This is no diving for expert, but this is average diving on the Caribbean scale. The equipment was in good shape and well maintained. For a resort diving, this is 4 out of 5.
St Lucia is fished out, but the coral is coming back. The only time I saw some interesting life was during a night dive.
The Resort it self (La Toc) is luxurious, the food is fine, plenty of drinks, but it can be noisy. Do not get a room next to the largest swimming pool/reception area.
Everything is included but not the night dive at $100/person. They do certification at the resort, but it is not free.
We choose to fly from Manchester NH to support the local Airport. Not a good idea. Try Boston non-stop instead.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving 8 different countries and three continents
Closest Airport 1 hour drive Getting There Could be lengthy from Boston

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100-300 Ft/ 30-91 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions They did not like us to go over 100 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The organization is very smooth, very friendly and quite professional. The boats are 46' and designed for 22 divers. We never saw the boat full.
They divide the divers in two groups: the certified and the advanced. The first group is limited to 60' and the advanced to 90'. They have some flexibility.
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