The Diving

St. Lucia is one of the best kept secrets for great  Caribbean diving

Photo courtesy of Suellen Girard

Photo courtesy of Suellen Girard

The Anse Chastanet reef starts just 10 yards beyond the water’s edge. The reef’s remarkable ecosystem offers an amazing profusion of unusual tropical marine life, in 20 to 140 feet of calm, clear water. Anse Chastanet reef which is home to more than 150 different species of fish makes for an amazing dive day or night.

In the shallow areas be sure to keep your eyes open for peacock flounders, octopus, needle fish and turtles. Or drop down a little deeper over dense coral growth to see puffers, moray eels, parrot fish, lobsters and even sea horses. A unique dive site for all abilities and especially good for macro photography

The shore dive is a required “first” dive for dive guests. It allows divers to feel ensured that all equipment is functioning properly, that their buoyancy skills are adequate for entering the marine reserve and to provide an orientation to the type of diving for which St Lucia is known. This reef is a favorite of most professional underwater photographers and videographers who visit Anse Chastanet.

The boat dives should also not be missed – dramatic walls beneath the majestic Piton Mountains, Superman’s flight, a drift dive in the shadow of the Petit Piton, Coral Gardens and Jalousie under the Gros Piton, Piton Wall, the wreck of the “Lesleen M”, Anse La Raye and Anse Cochon. Closer to home for the afternoon boat trips but no less spectacular sites, the diver can explore Fairyland, Turtle Reef, Grand Caille, Trou Diable, the Pinnacles and much more…

Night dives are offered at least twice weekly on Anse Chastanet’s Reef, which really “wakes up” at night, with many interesting crustaceans on the move, large basket stars, sleeping parrot fish, octopus and squid, bioluminescence and the “THING”.

Scuba Courses: Scuba St Lucia is an ideal place to learn to dive, with warm clear waters and a shallow, protected reef so close to the Dive Center. The introductory Scuba course is offered most days a week and Open Water Certification courses start every week. A full range of courses; Advanced Open Water, Rescue diver, Dive master, Assistant Instructor, Specialties, are available by arrangement. The pace in St Lucia is always slow and relaxed, but the diving, activities are efficiently organized with the minimum of fuss – the staff are very accommodating and will do their best to help out with “special requests”.

Equipment Rental: The rental facility is fully equipped with the latest scuba gear: Scuba Pro regulators with Octopus, low pressure Inflator, depth and pressure gauge and our BCD’s are from Seaquest/Aqualung and 3mm shorty wetsuits. Also available for rental to certified divers are masks, fins, snorkels and wetsuits

All rental gear is serviced on a regular basis to ensure top quality and safety. The facility is equipped with four large fresh water rinse tanks with disinfectant inside and all gear is washed after each use.

Photo and Video: Scuba St. Lucia offers their clients an underwater Photo and Video center with camera rentals and custom videos. Digital underwater cameras are also available for rental. The staff can assist with all camera and video needs as well as offer a range of courses such as Underwater Videographer and Underwater Photographer.