November 4, 2023 -
 November 14, 2023

St. Lucia

Piton Paradise

 

Where we are diving

Diving in St. Lucia is like diving through a kaleidoscope of color. The clear blue waters allow you to immerse yourself in a rainbow of coral, sponges, and marine life. Because of the 60-100 ft visibility, you’ll be able to get an up-close look at sea creatures most people only see in the movies. Keep your eyes wide open for squid, pufferfish, seahorses, and moray eels just to name a few. You may even be able to spot a few shipwrecks along the way.

Whether you’re a seasoned dive pro or a beginner, you’ll be able to experience a whole new world in St. Lucia’s reefs. The reef starts just 15 yards beyond the shore and dives down to 140 feet deep. But don’t worry, all the colorful coral and marine life can be spotted in as little as 20 feet deep. Rated “top five” shore dives in the Caribbean, St. Lucia is also a dream for photographers. The walls and pinnacles create an underwater canyon that runs for miles. Perfect for those wide-angle shots and panoramic views.

Situated in the heart of St. Lucia’s world-renowned Soufriere Marine Management Marine Park, Scuba St. Lucia is the island’s longest established dive center. This five-star operation delivers world-class service that can’t be beat. As one of the Caribbean’s top diving destinations, Scuba St. Lucia focuses on having fun and ecological awareness.

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Trip Leaders

Don Peterson, Instructor Certifier

Don is a level 10 diver. He has been diving since 1964 and teaching safe scuba since 1966. He’s a world-traveling diver with extensive experience and a former scuba shop owner. Don loves the people he teaches, getting to share with them his love of the sea, and making sure they enjoy safe diving!

“Every dive I get to make in the ocean is a gift from God! I invite everyone to join me for our November diventure to St. Lucia where half the fun is getting there!”

Top 5 reasons you should travel to St. Lucia with us!

1. A one-of-a-kind resort. The estate encompasses 600 lush tropical acres bordering two soft sand beaches and is anchored by the twin Pitons. The open rooms along the side of the mountain, provide true open-air accommodations. You’ll be spending a week “glamping” in a true tropical paradise. There is live music every night. The resort and dive staff are incredible and have been there for many years.

2. Delicious cuisine. Whether you fancy fine tropical Caribbean Cuisine, exotic Creole flavors, or simple grilled fare, you will find it available and more. Their culinary options also include an Indian menu titled Apsara, a wholly vegan restaurant called Emerald’s, and a Jungle Grill for daytime laid-back dining.

3. You’ll never get bored. Along with scuba diving, you’ll have access to mini-sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, mudbaths, tennis courts, hiking trails and offshore excursions.

4. Diving. Some of the most scenic and ecologically rich locations the Caribbean has to offer – including an easily accessible coral-rich dive and snorkeling site right offshore

5. Dramatic scenery. From the palm-lined sandy beaches in the north to the silvery volcanic sands further south, no one can argue with Saint Lucia’s natural scenic beauty. The volcanic cones of the Pitons rise above the lush green rainforest foliage which hides gushing waterfalls, exotic flowers and colorful butterflies and birds. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Resort Details

 

Where we are staying

“Tranquility, Romance, and Adventure at Anse Chastanet.” Whether you’re looking for a relaxing stay or want to be where the action is, Anse Chastanet has you covered. The estate covers 600 lush tropical acres bordering two sandy beaches with pristine coral reefs just offshore. The picturesque views of the UNESCO-designated landmark mountains, the twin Pitons, are one of the many reasons you’ll love Anse Chastanet.

Tucked behind the coconut trees that line the beach, dozens of deluxe rooms curve up the hillside. To make the most of the panoramic views and the refreshing tradewinds, the open-air rooms come with wraparound flower-draped balconies. You also have an option of extra-large deluxe and premium suites. In one suite, the balcony is built around a full-grown red gommier tree; in another, a flamboyant tree drapes its red blossoms around the balcony. Some have their 4th wall open entirely to the vistas yet are completely private. Perfect for a romantic honeymoon getaway.

Ready to relax and soak up some sun? Layout on the beach under the coconut palm trees, get pampered at the resort’s spa, or sip on a cocktail at the beachside bar and restaurant. Ready for some more action? Take a guided hike through the estate or visit the French Colonial plantation of Anse Mamin.

Learn more about the accommodations from the Anse Chastanet resort page.

Trip Details

 

Price

Ground only

Superior

  • Double Diver: $5,040
  • Double Non-Diver: $4,630
  • Single Diver: $6,730
  • Single Non-Diver: $6,310

Beach Deluxe

  • Double Diver: $5,690
  • Double Non-Diver: $5,280
  • Single Diver: $8,030
  • Single Non-Diver: $7,610

Hill Deluxe

  • Double Diver: $5,890
  • Double Non-Diver: $5,480
  • Single Diver: $8,430
  • Single Non-Diver: $8,010

Premium

  • Double Diver: $6,540
  • Double Non-Diver: $6,130
  • Single Diver: $9,730
  • Single Non-Diver: $9,310

Piton Pool Suite

  • Double Diver: $7,540
  • Double Non-Diver: $7,130
  • Single Diver: $11,730
  • Single Non-Diver: $11,310

Jade Mountain Sky Jacuzzi Suite

  • Double Diver: $7,990
  • Double Non-Diver: $7580
  • Single Diver: $12,630
  • Single Non-Diver: $12,210

What’s included

  • 10 nights accommodations
  • All-inclusive
  • Jazzy Cruise
  • Nitrox
  • 18 boat dives
  • Unlimited shore diving
  • Jade Mountain reception
  • Cocktail farewell party

What’s not included

Recommended equipment

  • SMB and reel
  • Hydros BCD
  • Gobe 800 wide light

Recommended courses

  • Night Diving
  • Boat Diving
  • Nitrox

Deposit and payments

  • 1st deposit: $1,000 due at signup
  • 2nd deposit: $1,250 March 31, 2023
  • 3rd deposit: $1,500 June 23, 2023
  • Full Balance: September 15, 2023
  • Pre-trip meeting: October 8, 2023

Other info

  • Room upgrades available
  • Prices are based upon double occupancy
  • All payments are non-refundable
  • Prices are subject to change due to events outside of our control

What prior travelers say

“Anse Chastanet was an amazing place to stay! The accommodations and scenery are beautiful, but the staff is what makes this place so amazing! The staff is always smiling and helpful! The dive shop, Scuba St. Lucia, is also amazing! From the people that work at the desk to the dive guides and boat captains!”

-Rachel Ellerbruch

Know Before You Go

Currency – St. Lucia has its own currency, the Eastern Caribbean dollar, but that doesn’t mean you need to convert an obscene amount of cash before you arrive. Most places accept U.S. dollars, though you might be given change in Eastern Caribbean dollars. Tip: Always carry some cash because the option to pay by card isn’t always available.

Language – The language most commonly spoken in village and rural areas is Kwéyo`l,a creole language that is a mixture of French and African languages. English is the language of instruction in the schools and the language used in business, governmental institutions, and most formal settings.

Water/Food – The main water supply in St. Lucia is chlorinated and considered safe to drink, but may taste a little strange if you are not used to the chlorine. Ice served in drinks is usually made from tap water and is also considered safe to drink. Bottled mineral water is available from Hotels and Shopping Malls and is inexpensive if you prefer not to drink tap water.

St Lucian food is a combination of Creole with French and West Indian influences. Fresh seafood is abundant and often caught locally and many of the upmarket restaurants serve locally produced vegetables and fruits. Other popular Caribbean dishes are lobster, stewed fish and plantains and Callaloo, a spinach-like soup made from the leaves of the dasheen plant.

Electricity – Anse Chastanet has both 220 V and 110 V outlets so no need for adapters. If for some reason adapters are needed, extra adapters are available at the front desk.

Etiquette & Customs  – The dress code at the resort in the evenings is smart casual. Gentlemen usually wear collared shirts and bermuda shorts  in the evenings. Light cotton or linen clothing is the most comfortable. At lunch, we request dry clothing in the beach restaurant and a light cover up.

Taxes – The government imposes an 8% occupancy tax on hotel rooms, and there’s a $26 departure tax for both airports. Children 11 and under don’t pay departure tax.

Tipping – St. Lucia doesn’t share quite the same tipping culture as the U.S. Most restaurants and bars will add 10 percent for service to the bill — anything additional is up to you. That said, St. Lucia is an island that relies heavily on tourism, so feel free to tip to your heart’s content if you feel you’ve received exceptional service from your taxi driver, tour guide, or bartender.

Weather and Climate – St. Lucia has a tropical climate. August and September are the hottest two months with temperatures reaching 95 – 100F. Trade winds provide cooling breezes most of the year. St. Lucia enjoys an average of 7 – 11 hours of sunshine daily all year round. The sun in St Lucia can be very strong and it is very easy to become sunburnt. A sun hat and sunscreen (Coral Safe) is recommended at all times.  Rainy season is between June and November. Humidity is particularly high during July, August and September (the hottest months) as the Trade Winds ease off. St. Lucia is located in the hurricane belt. Generally, the strongest storms coincide with the rainy season, which runs from June to November. Trip insurance is highly recommended.

 

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