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

Scuba St. Lucia/Anse Chastanet, Nov, 2007,

by Jeanne & Bill Downey, PA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 3731.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments From the moment we arrived at the airport and handed bottled water, until we boarded our cabs back to the airport, we were totally pampered and spoiled. If anyone in our group had a complaint, they kept it to themselves; mostly people said “we want to come back.” We lucked out weather-wise, with moderate temperatures and occasional showers, but nothing to hamper our activities.

At Anse Chastanet you can laze around on the beach all day, having drinks delivered to your umbrella, or you can be busy all day long. There are many complimentary activities, such as the plantation tour, which we highly recommend. Several of the group tried out the biking trails, which are also great for hiking. Windsurfing and sailing are also complimentary. There are also many tours available at additional cost. Then there’s the spa—many massages were enjoyed, along with freshly manicured toes and fingernails. Of course most of us went to dive, and we did plenty of that. Because planes leave late in the day, we were able to dive six days on a week long package, two boat dives each day, plus shore diving. The diving is average to better than average for the Caribbean. Some of the diving got a bit monotonous, but then I would see something unusual, like jackknife fish, “The Thing”, tiny juvenile trunk fish, seahorses, and the black brotula. We saw several turtles. The wreck of the Lesleem M was pretty cool as everyone explored on their own. Two shore night dives were included in our package, and these were very good—I counted at least 30 lobsters of various kinds on the first, along with numerous crabs, scorpion fish, eels, an octopus, tons of shrimp, and sleeping fish.

There were 15 divers on our boat, with plenty of room. There were two guides and all dives except the wreck and night shore dives were easy drift dives. Dives lasted 50-60 minutes with a couple lasting 65 minutes. Some of us did an additional daytime shore dive, also guided, where we saw a seahorse and a flying gurnard. Since St. Lucia is a volcanic island, the underwater terrain consisted of large volcanic rocks with some coral growing on it. The sponges, some as large as 5 feet, and soft corals looked healthy and vibrant, while much of the coral looked bleached and dead.

Accommodations varied from the standard room with screened slat windows to two-bedroom suites, to the beach rooms, to the almost top-of-the-hill, no wall rooms. The new Jade Mountain, each room with its own endless pool, was so popular we couldn’t even do a tour. Shuttles were available for those not inclined to hike up and down the many steps. We picked a week at Anse Chastanet that had few mosquitoes and cooled down enough at night so AC was not missed. Although the rooms do not have telephones or televisions, there is a high speed internet connection in the main bar back by the small library.

Breakfast was available buffet style or off the menu upstairs or beach level. Lunch was buffet style or off the menu at the beach restaurant, and dinner was available in any of three restaurants, with choices of world, Indian/Caribbean, or simpler grilled menus. The food was good to excellent, and there were some killer desserts.

Anse Chastanet can be very expensive; the best deal is getting a package with a group. It's a great place for nondiving spouses and people that want to do things besides dive all the time. Even though we got a bit bored with some of the diving, we had a wonderful time. We heard the age limit for children was being raised to fifteen so double-check before taking children. One couple in our group rode the helicopter from Jade Mountain to the airport and loved it.

Anse Chastanet advertises itself as a five star hotel. Although it’s a beautiful place and AC would be tough to institute in many of the room lay-outs, air-conditioning is sorely missed if it’s hot and muggy, which in my opinion keeps it from being a true five star resort. But with the excellent food, decent diving, numerous activities, and pampering by the entire staff, it gets darn close.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caribbean, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cocos Island, Galapagos, Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Bikini, Caymans, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 84-84°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-80 Ft/ 21-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits recommended, but allowed to go deeper. No decompression. Time limit.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Small water bin on boat. Large rinse tank at dive shop.
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