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Scuba Diving in St Lucia, Caribbean


Water temperature:

26°C (79°F) in December to 29°C (84°F) in July

Suit:

3mm wetsuit or shortie

Visibility:

20 - 35 metres (65 - 115 feet)

Type of diving:

Reefs, walls, pinnacles, wrecks

Marine life:

Nurse sharks, turtles, seahorses, angelfish, eels, snappers, fusiliers, sponges

When to go:

Any time of year

How to get there:

From the UK - BA operate flights from London Gatwick that depart on Wednesday and Sunday. There are daily flight connections to Tobago and other Caribbean countries once on St Lucia


The Pitons St Lucia - Courtesy of Dan Begent

St Lucia is a very beautiful island that rises between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean to nearly a thousand metres above sea level. The island is 238 square miles and the tip of a volcano, topped by two distinctive cones named the Pitons. The volcanic origin of St Lucia means that some of its beaches have black sand, although golden sand is found in the north. The island is covered by lush rainforest, much of which is a nature reserve, botanical gardens and coastal mangroves, all rich in life. There are banana and cocoa plantations and from March to August turtles lay their eggs on the beaches.

St Lucia is very popular with tourists, particularly couples. The weather is tropical with regular heavy showers, but these are short lived. The airport is located in the south of the island, a fair drive from the majority of the hotels in the north. There are French and British influences due to their occupation of the island in the past.

Diving in St Lucia is available for all levels and makes a good choice for parties with non-divers. There is a marine reserve with pretty reefs that are ideal for beginners with a variety of coral and sponges, including gorgonians, black tree coral, barrel sponges, vase sponges and black lace coral. For the more advanced diver there are some strong currents and wreck diving on the Waiwinette Freighter and the Lesleen M. St Lucia dive Centers liaise with each other to make sure that no two Centers are diving at the same site at any one time. All dive sites are within reach via a short boat trip.


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