St Lucia, an emerald green island with iconic twin peaks called the Pitons, is part of the Lesser Antilles in the Eastern Caribbean. Approximately 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, it sits north-northeast of St. Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. The Atlantic Ocean runs along the eastern shore while the warm, clear water of the Caribbean Sea lines the western shore, which is where most of the diving happens.  

The topside beauty of St. Lucia is nothing short of breathtaking. Its mountainous topography and lush flora are more reminiscent of an island in the South Pacific than what is typically found in the Caribbean. However, its strong cultural flair, melodic local accents and bright, colorful houses leave no doubt whatsoever that you are in the heart of the Caribbean.

Beautiful rainforests, dramatic waterfalls and volcanic beaches are all part of St. Lucia’s natural charm and offer endless topside activities including trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, volcanic mud baths and hot springs just to name a few. But the most impressive sight has to be the pyramid-shaped twin peaks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits at the very south of the island and rises up 2,000 feet right from the sea.

From a diving perspective, St. Lucia is still relatively unknown to the global diving community but, in this diver’s humble opinion, it’s a total hidden gem. You can’t help but be impressed right from your first breath—an abundance of fish and reef life, a healthy and colorful reef system, and varied underwater topography all add up to a world-class diving experience and amazing photo opportunities. Among the highlights are pinnacles bursting with life; a stunning, coral encrusted wreck; dramatic walls; amazing drift dives; and quiet bays with sloping reefs. From giant barracudas to schooling fish to an abundance of varied macro life, there is something for every diver to enjoy away from the crowds. Continue Reading.