Saint Lucia Scuba Diving at its Best
Saint Lucia is a lush mountainous island boasting the Caribbean Sea on the west coast and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. Known as the Helen of the West, this island paradise has a dramatic topography; twin pitons, walk in volcano and numerous waterfalls scattered across the island. Underwater, the beauty is just as spectacular with a number of well known dive spots listed.
DIVE SITES IN THE NORTH
This site is the most northerly site on the island, located in front of the LeSport Hotel. This site is also good for snorkeling. Scorpion Fish, Puffer Fish, schools of Grunts, Rays and different variety of eels can be seen here. Beach entry is possible at this site. The site starts shallow, 20 feet and gradually gets deeper, 40 – 60 feet at the point.
There is a nice secluded sandy beach making this an ideal beginners dive. Further out, diving from the boat, max depth is around 40ft/12m and there are lots of trenches and shelves. This is home to Flying Gurnard, Lobster and large Trumpet Fish.
This rock is sometime called Bird Shit Rock as it is covered with sea gull’s droppings. Eagle Rays, barracudas, Parrot fish, lobsters and many other tropical fish are seen at this site.
This dive is located at the base of Pigeon Island. The dive starts in about 15ft/5M over sand and coral and progresses over reef and huge boulders to its maximum depth of 60ft/18M. Eagle Rays, Moray Eels, Lobsters and Great Barracuda are all seen regularly on this dive.
This site is marked by a navigational aid that flashes a white light, this makes it east to find for night dives. This site is full of life; schools of Jacks, Snappers, Grunts, King Fish, Sergeant Majors and Brown Chromes. Lobster, Eels, Trumpet Fish, the list goes on and on. Average depth here is 25 – 45 feet.
La Roche (The Rock)
Also known as Barrel ‘O’ Beef), is a small island about a quarter of a mile outside Rodney Bay Marina. Maximum depth is around 50ft/15m. This dive has underwater trenches and valleys where you will often see Triggerfish, lots of Lobsters and Great Barracuda.
Located on the Northern side of the mouth of the Castries Harbour, it is the site of a world war II vessel and what appears to be the wing of an airplane. It is the home to lobsters, and many other tropical fish and marine life. The story goes that the vessel was torpedoed off the coast of Martinique and tried to make it to Castries Harbour. The wreck lies in an average of 35 – 45 feet.
MARINE RESERVE DIVE SITES IN THE SOUTH
Anse La Raye Wall
Known as one of the finest wall and drift dives in St Lucia, Anse La Raye can be found below a shallow wall. Interesting formations at the slope which consists of huge boulders stimulate the eye and imagination. Its best dived at around 50 to 60 feet.
Anse Cochon (North)
Starting in as little as 5ft/1.5M of water and progressing to around 60ft/18M, this reef has a wide range of scenery. There are patches of coral, large fields of boulders and sandy areas. This is a great snorkeling site and we regularly see Turtles, Trumpet fish, Moray Eels, Octopus, Squid and much more.
Les Leen ‘M’ wreck
The Lesleen M, a 165-foot freighter, was sunk by the Department of Fisheries in 1986 to provide an artificial reef. It is covered with hard and soft corals, sponges and hydroids, and provides an ideal habitat for many juvenile fishes such as Queen and French angel fish. Turtles and barracudas also frequent this wreck. It lies upright in 60 ft of water in the bay of Anse Cochon on the west coast, just south of Marigot Bay. Divers can tour the ship in its entirety. Its conveniently located in the bay right in front the resort. Ask about our kayak dives to the wreck.
Anse Cochon (South)
Anse Cochon means Bay of Pigs although we haven’t seen any underwater yet! Max depth 40ft/12M Very varied topography including reef, boulders, walls, pinnacles, all on one dive. This breeding ground is full of juvenile marine life and home to many Flounder.
This pretty dive has coral shaped like the fingers of a hand with valleys and trenches in between. There is also a small tunnel leading into a chimney. Max depth is around 36ft/11M. Home to Seahorses, Frogfish, Turtles and the “usual” tropical fish. This dive site is 30 second boat ride from Island Divers dive shop.
Daini Koyomaru Wreck
Wreck of a Japanese dredger sunk in 1996 as an artificial reef. The 244ft/75M long wreck landed on its side, mostly intact. Max depth is 108ft/33M making this dive suitable for Advanced Divers only. It is home to large French Angelfish, Jacks, Barracuda and a huge Puffer.
This horseshoe shaped reef has a small wall and then flat coral reef with a maximum depth of around 50ft/15M. You will find lots of Crabs, Lobsters, Spotted Drums and sometimes Stingrays hiding in the sandy bottom.
Named for its crescent shape not because this is where Turtles hang out (although they sometimes do). Depths range from 40ft/12M to around 140ft/43M. Lots of Pillar Corals and Barrel Sponges in the shallows and plenty of varied marine life make this an interesting “critter spotting” dive
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.
At the point of Anse Chastanet, a plateau named Fairy Land slopes gently from 40-60ft. Since strong currents here keep the corals and sponges clean and the viewing is excellent and, this site is ideal for underwater photography
Creole name for ‘Devil’s Hole’. A very easy going dive with flat coral reef at around 40ft/12M, however the maximum depth is over 100ft/30M. Features of the dive are Finger Coral, Brain Coral, Barrel Sponges, the usual tropical fish and on a lucky day maybe as many as three turtles.
Also referred as “The Big House”, this is a great dive with abundant fish and coral. It starts at about 40 feet on a terrace and moves out to the lip of a steep slope turn into a wall, with the lip at about 50 feet. The dive progresses along the wall and ends by returning up the wall; over the lip and into the shallow in the same area that Fairyland dive often ends. This is a great dive with abundant fish and coral.
Four spectacular volcanic peaks rise up from the depths to within a few feet of the surface. The peaks are encrusted with Black and Orange Gorgonians and are home to Trumpet and Filefishes as well as larger species such as Grouper, Jack and Snapper. Seahorses are also seen here.
Named after a scene from the movie Superman II. Entry to the water is at the base of Petit Piton towering 2619ft/805M above you. This sloping wall dive has a depth of around 1500ft/461M. You will see massive fluorescent sponges, large Gorgonians and many species of colourful tropical fish. A “must do” Soufriere dive.
Located at the base of the Gros Piton, the Coral Gardens offer breathtaking scenery above and below the water, where five finger coral runs from a depth of 15-50ft.
Located at the base of Petit Piton this dramatic wall drops from the surface down many hundreds of feet. It is covered with Sea Whips, Gorgonians, delicate soft corals and lots of Feather Duster Worms. This is a colourful dive with lots of different things to see.