To It's Underwater Seascapes
Dive Pinnacles Covered By Coral, Sponges And Gorgonians
The twin volcanic spires of the Piton Mountains, surrounded by miles of unspoiled rainforest, make St. Lucia a nature-lover’s paradise. However, it’s the underwater seascapes that draw scuba divers here. Similar to the above water landscape, you can dive pinnacles covered by coral, sponges and gorgonians in an array of different colors. You’ll also find coral reefs, sheer walls and shipwrecks that are full of marine life. Drift through Soufriere Marine Park and marvel at the beauty and diversity of the protected area. The natural charm of Saint Lucia provides the perfect backdrop for adventure and exploration.
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Visibility – Visibility varies from 6 metres/20 feet to more than 60 metres/200 feet depending on the site and weather conditions.
Water Temperature – The water is around 26°C/79°F in winter and 28°C/84°F in summer.
Weather – St. Lucia enjoys trade winds that provide cooling breezes most of the year with average daytime temperature about 27°C/80°F in winter and 30°C/88°F in summer. Rainy season is between June and September, which coincides with the Caribbean’s hurricane season. Diving is great all year.
Featured Creatures – French Angelfish, chromis, frogfish and Sergeant Majors are key fish to spot. Look for colorful longsnout seahorses on most dives. Hawksbill and green turtles can be found swimming leisurely along many reefs. Huge barrel sponges and colorful tube sponges dot the reefs.
Recommended Training – The PADI Drift Diver course is recommended for the drift dives along walls and pinnacles. The PADI Wreck Diver course is a good idea for visiting the two purpose-sunk wrecks. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course will help you get the best shots.
Language – English is the official language, but islanders commonly use Patios or French-Creole.
Currency – Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC). Credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports – International flights arrive at Hewanorra International Airport at Vieux Fort and domestic flights go into George F. L. Charles Inter Island Airport in Castries.
Electricity and Internet – 220 volts, 50 Hz. Internet is available in hotels and internet cafes.
Topside Attractions – Hike up the mountains and explore the Edmund Forest Reserve. Visit the Sulphur Springs to see a large area of hot springs and steam vents. Stroll through some of the gardens and tour a cocoa plantation. Take the Castries Heritage Walking Tour through the city of Castries.
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