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Scuba diving in Saint Lucia

Featuring a large marine park full of colorful reefs, shipwrecks and coral-covered pinnacles, St. Lucia’s underwater world is like nowhere else in the Caribbean. A multitude of marine life awaits.
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Diving in Saint Lucia

Quick facts

Saint Lucia’s underwater seascapes are similar to and just as gorgeous as those found above the water on this tropical island. Divers enjoy pinnacles covered with sponges, corals and gorgonians that make these underwater formations as colorful as a rainbow. Sheer walls, shipwrecks and coral reefs also offer divers interesting environments to explore.

Most of the diving around St. Lucia takes place in the Soufriere Marine Reserve to the island’s south. Here divers will find colorful coral reefs and a variety of tropical fish. Popular dives include Anse Chastanet, Fairy Land and Coral Gardens. Two shallow shipwrecks sunk to make artificial reefs, namely the Lesleen M and Daini Koyomaru, are often reported as favorite sites among dive masters in the area. Keep in mind that a daily fee is required to enter and dive in the Marine Reserve.

There are also a handful of dive sites off the northwest coast of Saint Lucia. These sites tend to be less crowded but offer the same types of tropical fish seen in the reserve. Because the north is subject to stronger currents, larger species including rays are seen in this area more often than in the south.

Owing to the protected nature and relatively shallow depth of the dive sites in St. Lucia, this tropical island is perfect for those just learning how to dive or trying out their skills for the first time. Of course, the island’s walls, pinnacles and shipwrecks offer different and equally as exciting experiences for advanced divers. Dive sites around St. Lucia can be accessed by boat or shore, although many divers report shore dives to be more lively. Divers can expect warm tropical waters which range from 79-85°F (26-29°C) and variable visibility which can be anything from 20 feet (6 meters) to 200 feet (60 meters).

Between the natural beauty of the island and its biodiversity under the water, nature-lovers won’t want to leave this Caribbean paradise.

When to go

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USD 194Per night
Pricing on request
USD 57Per dive

What to see

St. Lucia offers a wide variety of marine life that is easily accessible to every level of diver with most of the sites within Open Water limits.

Divers will be happy to note that it is possible to see everything from macro to pelagic species in the warm tropical waters. Sea turtles, barracuda, sting rays, and eagle rays are often seen as well as a variety of tropical fish. Flying Gurnard, frogfish and spotted drums are some of the more unusual species on offer. On the smaller side of things, sea horses and feather duster worms are sure to keep macro-lovers entertained.

Your log books will be full and happy after a dive in St. Lucia.


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