St. Lucia is a volcanic island with stunning scenery above and below the water. The majestic twin Pitons, our world famous landmarks, rise to over 2619ft/805M, dominating the southern end of the island by the Soufriere diving/snorkeling sites. Underwater we have white sand, volcanic pinnacles, sheer walls, shipwrecks and pristine coral reefs with a multitude of colorful fish and marine life.
The 15 diving/snorkeling sites below are all in the Marine Reserve which extends about 12 miles from Anse La Raye to Soufriere. We have sites suitable for all levels from absolute beginner to avid dive nut. Depths range from 5ft/1.5M to around 140ft/43M and sea temperatures range from 79 – 85 F/26 – 29 C. Visibility varies from 20ft/6M to over 200ft/60M depending on the site and weather conditions
For those who prefer to snorkel, many of the sites below have beautiful shallow reefs with an abundance of fish and aquatic life easily visible from the surface. Unlike many popular dive destinations, St. Lucia is very concerned with conservation and the Soufriere Marine Management Agency protects the reefs which means that they are still very beautiful for snorkeling and diving. Saint Lucia has some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the Caribbean and they are never crowded with divers. Come and take a look, we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Named after a shipwreck which killed a party of Nuns and is today commemorated by a Cross which has been erected on the point above the dive site. Shaped like a figure “9”, maximum depth is around 70ft/21M. There are lots of large Barrel Sponges, Brain Coral and occasionally Stingrays.
This dive site was named after the village of Anse La Raye (bay of rays). Depth is from 60 – 110ft/18 – 34M. This dive features a beautiful sloping wall that is alive with a multitude of different fish life and many different types of coral. Rays are often seen on this pretty dive.
Wreck of a Japanese dredger sunk in 1996 as an artificial reef. The 244ft/75M long wreck lays on its side, mostly intact in 108ft/33M of water making this dive suitable for Advanced Divers only and ideal for Enriched Air (Nitrox). It is home to large French Angelfish, Jacks, Barracuda and a huge Puffer.
Wreck of a cargo vessel sunk as an artificial reef in 1986. Sits upright on a sandy bottom at a max depth of 65ft/20M. The 167ft/51M long wreck offers open access to the surface and is inhabited by many types of marine life including Lobster, Moray Eels and reef fish. Stunningly colourful and pretty dive.
Pretty dive with coral shaped like the fingers of a hand with valleys and trenches between and a small tunnel leading into a chimney. Max depth is 36ft/11M. Home to Seahorses, Frogfish, Turtles and the “usual” tropical fish. Typical dive time is 1 hour. This is a “must do” Marine Park dive.
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. We usually do this as a second dive with a dive time of around 1 hour.
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. Usual dive profile is 1 hour.
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, Trumpetfish, Moray Eels, Octopus, Squid and much more.
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.
Located at the base of the 2438ft/750M Gros Piton which towers above you. Depth on this site ranges from 15ft/5M to 90ft/27M. Visually stunning scenery both above and below the water. Plenty of five-finger corals and lots of juvenile reef fish make this a favourite diving and snorkeling site.
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. A nice second dive for around 1 hour.
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.
This area is on a major headland and is sometimes subject to strong currents which keep the coral and sponges very clean so that their vibrant colours are visible. The depth ranges from 40ft/12M – 200ft/61M. Turtles are often seen on this dive and are usually quite friendly.
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.
Situated right in front of the world famous Anse Chastanet Resort, this is a particularly nice site for snorkeling and for first time divers. There is a shallow reef starting in around 15ft/5M and progressing to around 60ft/18M. This is home to many species of marine life including large Trumpet Fish and Turtles.