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

St. Luca Scuba/Anse Chastenet, Jun, 2005,

by Mark & Lynn Thorne, NC, USA . Report 1848.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving through out the Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Strict time under water based on conservative dive tables but this did eventually relax as the week went on. Rediculously strict medical history prohibitted several people from diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Adequate

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 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments The Good: Absolutely beautiful surroundings and hotel. Food was gourmet and varied daily. The hotel staff were extremely accomodating and customer friendly.

The Bad: St. Lucia Scuba appears to be run by overzealous control freaks. We found a variety of unnecessarily strict rules and/or guidelines that were reluctantly enforced by dive masters. Dive crew were as customer friendly as their "masters" would allow them to be.

Advice to the wise:
1. If you answer "yes" to any of the medical questions, be prepared to have the dive operator restrict you from diving. The only way they would consider allowing you to dive was with a letter from DAN. (This effected several people in our group.)
2. Call ahead and talk to the dive operator about their dive restrictions. We heard a rumor that the fanatics we dealt with may be leaving; therefore, you may find a more affable environment.
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