Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in St. Lucia

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in St. Lucia

Scuba diving information in St. Lucia

Saint Lucia offers incomparable sightseeing for divers who are drawn to the tremendous variety that nature has to offer: huge gorgonians, black coral trees, gigantic barrel sponges, purple vase sponges and lace coral. Angelfish, golden spotted eels, seahorses, stingrays, nurse sharks, turtles and many varieties of schooling fish are as plentiful as they are colorful and varied. Snorkeling and scuba diving also allow you to observe various exotic species like peacock fish, needle fish, frog fish, batfish. Dive along 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 Gross Piton; the wreck of the Lesleen M, Anse La Raye and Anse Cochon. Anse Chastanet is known as one of the most dramatic places for diving on the island and is now a protected marine park. Many divers consider the waters of Anse Chastanet, with its distinguishing features like caves and some of the most diverse marine life in the Caribbean, to contain some of the best diving spots in the region. Keyhole Pinnacles consists of 4 seamounts rising from incredible depths to within a few feet of the surface. For the experienced only, off the southern part of the island, the Waiwinette freighter lies 27 meters below. The currents here make this dive extremely challenging. Many hotels offer scuba diving facilities and snorkeling equipment. There are also a number of independent dive centers offering short boat dives, night dives, and a variety of scuba courses.

Geography and climate

Saint Lucia is a British Commonwealth island country. It lies between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 620 km². Saint Lucia is also one of the few islands in the world that boasts a drive-in volcano. It has a hot, tropical climate tempered by trade winds throughout most of the year with temperatures ranging from 21°C to 32°C. The driest period is from December to May and there is increased rainfall during the hurricane season, from June to November.

Entry requirements

To enter St Lucia, a valid passport is required by all nationals. Visa not required for some visitors. You will need the passport, funds to cover your stay and return ticket to get the visa.

Health and safety

Dengue Fever is endemic to Latin America and the Caribbean and can occur throughout the year. Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is endemic to St Lucia; the general precaution is to avoid wading or swimming in fresh water. It is recommended to vaccinate against Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age arriving from an infected area. Violent crime is a problem within local communities, and can sometimes affect tourists. Crimes include muggings, and thefts from hotels, yachts or holiday homes.

Time zone

UTC -4

Communications

There are many pay phones throughout the island. Phone cards may be purchased at many retail locations. Check with your wireless carrier to see if your phone is compatible with the network on St. Lucia, Cable and Wireless. If it is not, you can easily rent a cellular phone. High speed and wireless Internet is available throughout the island and can be accessed in shopping malls or through any phone line.

Power and Electricity

240V/50Hz (United Kingdom plug)

Other Informations

Use of camouflage bags is illegal in Saint Lucia if you're not military personnel. If you show up at the airport with one, it will be confiscated.

Scuba Diving locations in St. Lucia

Which are the best scuba diving locations in St. Lucia? Below, you will find a list of all locations of St. Lucia, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in St. Lucia

Which locations in St. Lucia have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from St. Lucia and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in St. Lucia

Which marine species can I observe in St. Lucia? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in St. Lucia

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in St. Lucia? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in St. Lucia.

Scuba Diving centers in St. Lucia

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in St. Lucia? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in St. Lucia. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

There are no diving centers available

Liveaboards in St. Lucia

Which liveaboard can I dive with in St. Lucia? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in St. Lucia. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in St. Lucia

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in St. Lucia? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in St. Lucia. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

There are no accommodation available