Saint Lucia’s underwater seascapes are just as gorgeous as those found above the water on this tropical island. Divers enjoy pinnacles covered with sponges, corals and gorgonians that make these underwater formations as colorful as a rainbow. Sheer walls, shipwrecks and coral reefs also offer divers interesting environments to explore.
Two shallow shipwrecks sunk to make artificial reefs are often reported as favorite sites among dive masters in the area.
Owing to the protected nature and relatively shallow depth of the dive sites in St. Lucia, this tropical island is perfect for those just learning how to dive or trying out their skills for the first time. Of course, the island’s walls, pinnacles and shipwrecks offer different and equally as exciting experiences for advanced divers.
Divers can expect warm tropical waters which range from 79-85°F (26-29°C) and variable visibility which can be anything from 6-60m.
Because the north is subject to stronger currents, larger species including rays are seen in this area throughout the year more often than in the south.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Saint Lucia hosts two airports. George FL Charles Airport (SLU) is near Castries and Hewanorra International (UVF) is close to Vieux Fort. These airports welcome a variety of flights from other Caribbean Islands, North and South America as well as Europe.
It is also possible to arrive in St. Lucia by cruise ship or ferry from surrounding Caribbean islands.
Once on the island, rental car, taxi and local bus will help you to move from one point to another. Dive sites around St. Lucia can be accessed by boat or shore, although many divers report shore dives to be more lively.