print dive site review | contribute site info / photo
Scuba Diving in St Lucia, Caribbean
Dive Site: The Lesleen M
Location: North of the Pitons
Length: 55 metres (180 feet)
Depth: 19 metres (62 feet)
Visibility: 30 metres (98 feet)
The Lesleen M was purposefully sunk in 1985 to create an artificial reef. It is very picturesque so makes an awesome photographic dive. The wreck lies upright with the pilothouse at 13 metres, and the cargo area is open and accessible. There is an excellent swim-through along the walkways where pockets of air form above you. There is a ladder leading to the main cabin decks, which are interconnected. Marine life covers the wreck, which is encrusted in anemones and fire coral. I saw a juvenile frogfish at the bow and groups of angelfish, soldier fish and snappers as well as shoaling jacks, trevalleys and tuna. I have rarely seen this many fish on a dive.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
This wreck is one of the greats for penetration. I saw every inch of the ship inside and out, it’s not too deep so bottom time is about 45-50 minutes. Look for the eels on the passage ways and a suit case in the lower engine room, also at the perimeter of the wreck on the sand there are tons of fish.
St Lucia, and the Lesleen M in particular, was one of my first dives after Ocean Diver qualification and was excellent for relative novice divers. Wreck 'penetration' is very open, with minimal overhead hazards. Because of the warm water and shortie / no wetsuit protection, people need to be a bit careful of cuts and grazes.
Do you have any comments on this dive site?
print dive site review | contribute site info / photo | top
Do you run a dive operation in this area?
Click here to find out more about being listed on this
page in dive site directory.