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

Scuba St. Lucia/Anse Chastanet, Aug, 2009,

by Susan Waldorf, CA, USA ( 1 report). Report 5000.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Puerto Rico, Belize, St. Croix, Florida, Hawaii, Turks and Caicos, Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Did not test the guidelines - seemed reasonable and standard - not heavy-handed
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 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Solo female diver 55 YO - stayed at the Hummingbird Resort outside of Soufriere and took water taxis to Anse Chastanet to snorkel and dive. Loved the Hummingbird, the staff, the restaurant. Right on the beach; snorkel from the pier along the cliff - very nice - best I found on St. Lucia. Go to Anse Chastanet (via water is faster, easier and quicker) for Scuba St. Lucia. Nice boats, organized team, lovely staff, good facilities and equipment. Not cheap - situated on the beach with a pricey resort but the beach restaurant is quite nice for a relaxing lunch between dives. I hadn't dived in 3 years so I wanted easy diving to start. I did 2 shore dives - the wall starts just off the beach. Not bad - no current, nice mix of small critters and pretty sponges. Out for 45 minutes, 70' max depth. They assigned me a buddy so it was the dive master, my buddy (also a professional dive master) and me - not bad for getting comfortable underwater again. 2nd dive (afternoon) to Fairy Land was too much work to be fun - very strong current whipped me by all the things I wanted to explore at 2-3 knots - just staying off the coral and rocks became my main objective - not much pleasure there. I think it is the curve of the wall that causes this as my previous drift dives in Cozumel and Puerto Rico were much more leisurely (like diving from a lounge chair). Dive #3 - Shore dive to wall - happy to visit with a flounder the size of a potato chip, banded shrimp, clouds of blue chromis, a baracuda, a porcupine fish, arrow crabs, lobsters and eels. Very fun. Snorkeled alone offshore near the pier (opposite end of Anse Chastanet) to search for turtles (yep - 4 big green turtles) and was delighted to find swaying garden eels, flying greviles and darling baby squids. I recommend Scuba St. Lucia - they seemed genuinely concerned that I have good experience and I did.
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