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

Scuba St. Lucia/Anse Chastenet, Apr, 2005,

by Robert, CO, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 1663.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Keys, Indonesia, Galapagos, Tahiti, Cayman, Cozumel, Dominica, Puerto Rico, Zihuatenejo, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limitis enforced for those w/out a computer. Generally 65 feet on first dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank available for UWP equipment at the dive shack. Freshwater tanks available on MV Bertha and Ina for UWP provided they know you want to use them in advance. Both boats could set up a table for cameras and should in my opinion.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments No air conditioning provided at the Anse Chastenet and literally 200-300 stairs to climb. One or two nights it was VERY hot. Guests sleep with mosquito netting and citroenella mosquito coils going, reminding me of my youth. Bugs were not a problem, surprisingly. These were the only downsides to the Anse Chastenet resort. Recently a new German executive chef has arrived and makes wonderful pasta dishes as you watch. The food here is truly incredible and apparently a major upgrade over older reports made to Undercurrent. Food is plentiful and of very high quality. THe staff is incredibly friendly and they go out of their way to be of service and to be helpful. You can eat at the beach restaurant on most evenings (more informal) or European style at the sit-down restaurant some 200 stairs up at the reception level. Breakfast is good and includes a nice buffet which is just a bit too repetitive after 7 days. Architecture and artwork are incredible making this resort a very romantic place.
The diving was excellent - our package included an orientation and 2 - 3 boat dives per day. Supposedly there is unlimited shore diving, but because of the stairs it's a hassle. You also can't just go out with your buddy - dives require arrangement in advance and must include a divemaster. The night dives were fantastic and I was able to catch a glimpse of St. Lucia's notorious "The Thing" creature behind the rocks for a real thrill. The diving is similar to Dominica - steep wall dives, large barrel sponges - and the most numerous brain corals I have seen in the Caribbean. Also super-abundances of Sergeant Majors (who were spawning), squirrel fish and trumpet fish abound seemingly like no place else. I noticed huge numbers of small fish which reminded me a bit of fish balls I've seen in Galapagos and Indonesia. Many divers commented that fish were rebounding in numbers here at the resort in the past ten years or so which is now a protected marine sanctuary.
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