St Lucia is home to some of the most diverse and colorful underwater life anywhere in the world. The island is actually part of an underwater volcano and the hot water vents create the conditions needed for some of the exotic life forms to thrive here. The warm Caribbean water that surround the island make the island an ideal place for diving. You can find seahorses, massive barrel sponges, angelfish, turtles, eels and of course a shark or two. Here are some of the best places to dive in St Lucia.
Coral Gardens can be found at the food of Gros Piton, Petit and Gros Piton are the two mountains that are famous landmarks on the island. There is great scenery to be found here both on land and in the water. The coral here is stunning…thus the name, Coral Gardens. The coral is healthy and you can find lots of fish swimming around the reefs. Bring an underwater camera and snap some pics of harlequin shrimp, schools of snapper or soldierfish. Have a closer look.
Fairy land really is a magical place to dive, you can find it at the point of Anse Chastenet. There are stronger currents here and that keeps the visibility pretty clear, like Coral Gardens this is another place where you want an underwater camera. There are loads of colorful sponged and coral, making it one of the most beautiful dive spots on the island. You can find squid, horseye jacks and silversides. Be careful you may run into a wandering turtle.
Head to the southwest tip of the island to find one of the most dramatic dive sites. You can access the shallow spots from the beach, they are only about 25 feet deep, but the coral wall will go from the 20 – 140 foot depths. Living among the coral here are more than 150 species of fish. Dive even deeper down and that is where you will find parrot fish, lobster, seahorses, moray eels and puffers. Diving here is where you will see the most diverse samples of wildlife in the waters surrounding the island. Again, you want to have a good underwater camera here to capture the variety of colorful corals and species you see here.
St Lucia is a great place to head to for your next vacation whether you are an avid scuba diver or not. The scenery is beautiful, the food incredible and the hospitality is second to none.
Update *July 2018 : With the recent ban of ordinary everyday sunscreens in Hawaii, our visitors looking to snorkel and scuba dive in St.Lucia are asking us about the regulations regarding use of sunscreens in coral reefs mentioned in this article. Well, as of now, there are no strict laws/rules limiting use of oxybenzone based sunscreens in St.Lucia. However we would strongly suggest you use mineral based, nan nano particle sunscreens to do your part for the protection of our coral reefs. A good reef friendly sunscreen preferred by many of the island’s visitors is Sun Bum Reef Safe – and for other brands you can access a list of reef safe sunscreens here.