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

Scuba St. Lucia/Anse Chastenet, Mar, 2012,

by S P Smith, WA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 6476.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving many places in Caribbean, South Pacific, Asia, mid-Pacific
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divemaster suggested time and depth parameters, but all divers had computers, and dived as they preferred.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments see below

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Anse Chastenet is the most luxurious resort we have encountered, way more than we needed. That said, it was a wonderful experience, excellent food, great service, and a physical layout second to none, and the workout we got climbing the 116 stone steps from the beach to the lobby, and then an equivalent uphill hike to our room, kept us from gaining weight from the great cuisine.

Scuba St. Lucia went out of their way to accomodate our 8-person group. We had our own (private) boat, divemaster, and two-man boat crew for the whole week. My wife's bag was delayed for a day on arrival (AMR left it in Miami), leaving her with nothing but a mask and computer for day 1. Scuba St Lucia provided her with a complete kit until her hers arrived the next day, at no charge. Nitrox charge was US$70 per pax for the week.

I had no idea that I would ever see corals and sponges this big, or reefs this lush, in the Caribbean. Places like the Caymans and Bonaire pale by comparison. Virtually every dive site had incredible quantities of huge barrel sponges, large numbers of black coral trees, vase sponges larger and bluer than we have seen before, and we had to keep reminding ourselves that we were not somewhere in the Asia-Pacific, other than noting that here, the spiral anemones were full of many varieties of shrimp, rather than anemonefish!

My skepticism was put to rest on the first day, and the rest of the dive sites kept getting better and better. Reefs look absolutely untouched, so much so that I am somewhat reluctant to publish this report, for fear of increasing the diver load on these spectacular reefs. The fish life is not as prolific as Malaysia/Indonesia, but lots of critters are there to reward sharp eyes.
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