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

Scuba St. Lucia/Anse Chastenet: "An interesting trip", Oct, 2015,

by Everette Strahl, WI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8665.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The trip to St Lucia and Anse Chastenet was interesting. St Lucia is mountainous and the resort is built on the side of the one of the mountains. There were 330 or so steps from our room to the beach. A trip we made at least twice a day. There were also shuttle rides available for those not inclined to enjoy/endure the stair master routine.

Anse Chastenet is a top notch resort. The whole premise is service. The staff was genuinely friendly and gracious. The restaurants and food were quite good, albeit the service was predictably relaxed and slow. Breakfast could easily take 45 to 60 minutes and dinner was never less than 2 hrs and usually more. On a couple of occasions the slowness did get annoying, but I tried to go with the flow and overall enjoy the experience.

The rooms/suites were spacious and open air (no screens, no A/C). The day time temperatures were in the low 90's the night time temps were in the high 70's. And of course the humidity was quite high. We applied bug repellent liberally and regularly. After a couple of days I found myself getting used to the heat and continual sweating.

One would think that sleeping in such conditions would be less than ideal, but I found myself sleeping quite comfortably. A big ceiling fan over the bed and an additional floor fan kept the air moving and so kept the comfort level within reason. The bed was surrounded by mosquito netting and every night the staff would light a citronella ring to ward of mosqutoes. All in all more comfortable than one would expect.

The dive operation was well run. The staff friendly and accommodating. The diving was ok, predictable and interesting enough to enjoy 3 to 4 dives a day. We were lucky enough to see one turtle and one eagle ray on one of our last dives at turtle reef. Beyond that, the fish life was limited to the smaller reef fish and the coral did not look super healthy.

As with many similar dive operations handling a larger number of divers every day, gear can get misplaced and/or left behind. The staff invariably always found the lost or forgotten items.
Websites Scuba St. Lucia   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, all over the Caribbean, Maldives and Philippines
Closest Airport Hewanorra (UHF) Getting There Chicago, Miami to UHF

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No deeper than 60 ft and end dive at 700 psi. All of which, were guidelines rather than strict rules
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters N/A 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 N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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