DIVE SITES IN SAINT LUCIA

Saint Lucia is just as beautiful underwater as she is on land. Caribbean waters are welcoming year-round with temperatures ranging from 26-29°C (79-85°) and visibility varying from 6 to 60 meters (20 to 200 feet). Many dive sites are suitable for novices while others will be appreciated by those more experienced. There are 22 world-class dive sites in our waters. Most are located in the Soufriere Marine Reserve, others off the northwest coast. Here are some in the south that we at TT like to explore.

Fairyland

Yes, the name says it all! It’s derived from the mass of corals and sponges that form a colourful and kaleidoscopic stage setting for the underwater performance; actors often include turtles. The wall is a great spot for drift diving. Depth: 12-60m.

Coral Gardens

Again, the clue is in the name! The site is located at the base of Gros Piton and is a favourite spot for diving and snorkeling with plenty of juvenile reef fish. Depth: 5-20m.

Anse Chastanet

So-called because it’s in front of Anse Chastanet Resort, its proximity making it an ideal shore dive. Also good for snorkeling and night dives. Being a shallow reef with over 150 fish species, it lures photographers. Depth: 5-18m.

Superman’s Flight

This site is at the base of Petit Piton, where scenes were filmed for the movie Superman II. And drift divers can imagine they are like Superman as the current flowing along the wall gently carries them past coral reefs and schools of fish. Suitable for all levels, this is one of TT’s favourite underwater spots.

Turtle Reef

Yes, you are likely to see turtles — hawksbill and green varieties — in this crescent-shaped reef. Plenty of corals and sponges in the shallows (12m); advanced divers will enjoy the deeper areas.

Keyhole Pinnacles

If you can’t get enough of the Pitons, you’ll  feel comforted at this dive site where four volcanic peaks rise up from the depths to almost break the surface. Decorated with black and orange gorgonian sea fans, the peaks attract trumpet and filefish as well as larger species like grouper and moray eels.

Lesleen M Wreck

In 1986 this freighter was deliberately sunk to create an artificial reef. Decades on, it’s now a thriving colony with a nursery of angelfish. The interior of the wreck is accessible so there are great opportunities for photos: soldierfish in the engine room, lobsters in the hold . . .