Saint Lucia is internationally known for its excellent beaches, snorkeling and dive sites. For years divers have enjoyed the breath-taking colorful variety of sponges, coral and marine life found in its waters. Artificial reefs have been created using a few sunken ships, which have become home to a variety of species.
Choosing the best diving and snorkeling here is not easy; there are so many choices and types of diving ranging from easy to hard. Most of the best dive sites are located on the west side of St Lucia including the Soufriere Marine Management Area. With the dazzling varieties of Caribbean marine life, you are sure to a dive location that you will enjoy.
Anse Chastanet reef: is home to more than one hundred forty species of fish. This dive location has a marine plateau that slops from a depth of 20 feet to more than 135 feet deep. You will find species such as peacock flounders,needle fish and octopus. As you dive deeper, you will see sea horses, moray eels, parrot fish and lobsters. Anse Chastanet is very popular among visiting beach-goers, videographers and photographers.
Coral Gardens: is located at Gros Piton; this site offers breathtaking beauty above and below the water; five finger coral can be viewed at depths of fifteen to fifty feet. With a visibility of 82 feet, you can see schooling snappers, Squirrel-fish, Soldier-fish, Sea urchins and Harlequin shrimp.
Anse La Raye: is known for being one of the best wall and drift dives on the island. Anse La Raye can be found below a shallow wall at a dept of forty to eighty feet. Interesting formations found include huge boulders at the slope. Also, this location is known for the abundance of tropical fish.
Barrel of Beef : is a site with coral covered rocky formations located just south of Pigeon Island and across from Rodney Bay. This is a popular site used by divers when weather prevents longer trips to southern dive sites of the island.
Fairy Land: is a magical colorful dive site . This site is located at Anse Chastenet; here you will find beautiful slopes gently going form forty to sixty feet. This site is known for its strong currents; however the currents help the clarity of the water. With the colorful varieties of fish, corals and sponges, this is a popular location for beach-goers and photographers.
The Key Hole Pinnacles: Is know as one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean. it is made of four rock spires on a steep slope. The pinnacles stop ten to 20 feet before reaching the surface. The slope below the pinnacles drops off rapidly to a depth of more than 130 feet. The orange and black coral is home to grouper, jacks and snapper. Sometimes seahorses will be seen in the area.
Lesleen M Shipwreck: This is a sunken 165 foot freighter sitting upright in 60 feet of water. This ship was sunk by the Department of Fisheries in 1986 to provide a refuge for fish. This attraction is near Anse Cochon on the west coast, close to Marigot Bay.
Piton Wall: is next to Petit Piton. This site wall drops down many hundred feet. Here you will find Gorgonians, Sea Whips and coral. This is a very colorful dive with much to see.
Superman’s Flight: this site received its name, because it was used in a scene for the movie Superman II. This dive site has a gentle wall that drops to 1,600 feet. Like other dive sites near by, strong currents keeps the water clear for underwater exploration or photography. In this location you may see turtles stone-fish or the golden spotted eels.
Wawinet Wreck: This is one of the better wreck sites in St. Lucia. This ship was sunk in the 1980’s as a refuge for fish. The ship is home to many species including soldier fish. The ship is intact, but the area has strong currents; this dive is for experienced divers only. This site in the southeast past of the island, in the same general area as Vieux Fort Beach.