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Beneath the waves, Saint Lucia is an aquatic wonderland filled with mystery and dazzling underwater wildlife. For both novices and PADI qualified dive masters alike, the island has many wonderful diving sites boasting spectacular coral formations, fascinating shipwrecks and reefs teeming with tropical sea life.
22 World-class Dive Sites in Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia boasts a number of stunning dive sites that catapult divers into a tranquil world filled with secret nooks waiting to be explored. With some of the most captivating deep-sea wildlife in the Caribbean, you can experience an underwater carnival as you swim with schools of brilliantly colored exotic fish.
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List of the best dive locations in Saint Lucia
See the list below. Click each location for details
1. Saline Point
This site is the most northerly site on the island, located in front of the LeSport Hotel. This site is also good for snorkeling. Scorpion fish, pufferfish, and schools of grunts, rays and eels can be seen here. Beach entry is possible at this site. The site starts shallow at 20 feet and gradually gets deeper, running 40 to 60 feet.
2. Smugglers’ Cove
There is a nice secluded sandy beach at Smugglers Cove, making this an ideal beginners dive. Further out, diving from the boat, max depth is around 40 ft/12m, and there are lots of trenches and shelves. This dive site is home to flying gurnard, lobster and large trumpetfish.
3. Bird’s Rock
This rock is popular with the island’s seagull population. eagle rays, huge barracudas, parrotfish, lobsters and many other tropical fish are seen at this site.
4. Pigeon Island
This dive is located at the base of Pigeon Island. The dive starts at about 15 ft/5m over sand and coral. Then it progresses over reefs and huge boulders to its maximum depth of 60 ft/18m. Eagle rays, moray eels, lobsters and great barracuda are all seen regularly on this dive.
5. Berger Rock
This site is marked by a navigational aid that flashes a white light, making it easy to find for night dives. This site is full of life; aquatic life includes schools of jacks, snappers, Grunts, King Fish, sergeant majors, brown chromes, lobster, eels, trumpetfish, and the list goes on and on. Average depth here is 25 to 45 feet.
6. La Roche (The Rock)
Also known as “Barrel Beef,” La Roche is a small island about a quarter of a mile outside Rodney Bay Marina. Maximum depth is around 50ft/15m. This dive has underwater trenches and valleys where you will often see triggerfish, lobsters and great barracuda.
7. Bone Yard
Located on the northern side of the mouth of the Castries Harbor, Bone Yard is the site of a World War II vessel and what appears to be the wing of an airplane. It is the home to lobsters, and many other tropical fish and marine life. The story goes that the vessel was torpedoed off the coast of Martinique and tried to make it to Castries Harbor. The wreck lies in an average of 35 to 45 feet of water.
8. Anse La Raye Wall
This dive site was named after the village of Anse La Raye (Bay of Rays). Depth is from 60 to 110 ft/18 to 34m. This dive features a beautiful sloping wall that is alive with a multitude of different fish life and many different types of coral. Rays are often seen on this stunning dive.
9. Virgin’s Cove
Named after a shipwreck where a party of nuns perished, today Virgin’s Cove is commemorated by a cross, which has been erected at the point above the dive site. Maximum depth is around 70 ft/21m. There are lots of large barrel sponges, brain coral and occasionally stingrays.
10. Anse Cochon (N)
Starting in as little as 5 ft/1.5m of water and progressing to around 60 ft/18m, this reef is scenically stunning. There are patches of coral, large fields of boulders and sandy areas. This is a great snorkeling site, and divers regularly see turtles, trumpetfish, moray eels, octopus, squid and much more.
11. Anse Cochon (S)
Anse Cochon means “Bay of Pigs,” although no pigs have been spotted underwater yet! Max depth 40 ft/12m. The varied topography includes reef, boulders, walls, pinnacles, all on one dive! This breeding ground is full of juvenile marine life and home to many flounder. The usual dive profile is 1 hour.
12. Rosemond’s Trench
This attractive dive has coral shaped like fingers of a small hand with valleys and trenches in between. There is also a small tunnel leading into a chimney. Max depth is around 36 ft/11m. Home to seahorses, frogfish, turtles and many species of tropical fish.
13. Lesleen M Wreck
Shipwrecks are a magnet for most divers, and this location doesn’t disappoint. Divers can find this 165-ft freighter in Anse Cochon Bay, where it was sunk in 1986. Divers can swim past coral fans and schools of French angelfish to perch in the hold and engine room. The dive ranges from 40 to 60 feet and is accessible to all levels of divers. The 167 ft/51m long wreck offers open access to the surface and is inhabited by many types of marine life including lobster, moray eels and reef fish. This shipwreck makes for a stunningly colorful dive.
14. Daini Koyomaru Wreck
This dive consists of the wreck of a Japanese dredger sunk in 1996, which now has become an artificial reef. The 244 ft/75 m long wreck lays on its side, mostly intact in 108 ft/33m of water, making this dive suitable for advanced divers only and ideal for enriched air (Nitrox). It is home to large French angelfish, jacks, barracuda and at least one huge pufferfish.
15. Turtle Reef
If you want to go diving in Saint Lucia for an up-close experience with sea turtles, then Turtle Reef should be your first diving spot. You are likely to see hawksbill and green turtles at this location because the reef is located next to the turtle grass beds. This dive site features a crescent-shaped reef that starts at 40 feet and drops to 150 feet. It is suitable for all levels, with more advanced divers exploring the deeper areas. There are lots of pillar corals and barrel sponges in the shallows and plenty of varied marine life make this an interesting critter-spotting dive.
16. Anse Chastanet
Situated right in front of the world-famous Anse Chastanet Resort, this is a great site for snorkeling and for first-time divers. There is a shallow reef starting in around 15 ft/5m and progressing to around 60 ft/18m. Home to many species of marine life including large trumpetfish and turtles.
You can’t go scuba diving in Saint Lucia without visiting Fairyland. This dive spot gets its name from the variety of corals and sponges that create a colorful backdrop for all who visit. Divers can explore this plateau, which has a gentle slope that drops from 40 to 60 feet. This area is on a major headland and is sometimes subject to strong currents that keep the coral and sponges very clean, so that their vibrant colors are visible. The depth ranges from 40 ft/12m to 200 ft/61m. Turtles are often seen on this dive and are usually friendly.
18. Grand Caille
Also referred to as “The Big House,” this a great dive with abundant fish and coral. It starts at about 40 feet on a terrace and moves out to the lip of a steep slope turn into a wall, with the lip at about 50 feet. The dive progresses along the wall and ends by returning up the wall; over the lip and into the shallow in the same area that Fairyland dive often ends. This is a great dive with abundant fish and coral.
19. Keyhole Pinnacles
Four spectacular volcanic peaks rise up from the depths to within a few feet of the surface. The peaks are encrusted with black and orange Gorgonians and are home to trumpet and filefishes, as well as larger species such as grouper, jack and moray eels.
20. Superman’s Flight
There are two reasons this dive site boasts the name of Superman’s flight. First, the cliffs above the Petit Piton where the site is located were used to film Superman II. The second reason lies in the currents. Drift divers can slowly travel past rows of coral and schools of fish as the current pushes them across the reef, just like Superman flying across the sky. The current isn’t too aggressive, though, making this spot dive-friendly for all levels. Entry to the water is at the base of Petit Piton towering 2619 ft/805m above you. This sloping wall dive has a depth of around 1500 ft/461m. You will see massive fluorescent sponges, large gorgonians and many species of colorful tropical fish. This is a “must-do” Soufriere dive.
21. Coral Gardens
Located at the base of the 2438 ft/750m Gros Piton, which towers above you. The depth on this site ranges from 15 ft/5m to 90 ft/27m. Visually stunning scenery is present both above and below the water. Plenty of five-finger corals and lots of juvenile reef fish make this a favorite diving and snorkeling site.
22. Piton Wall
At the base of the Petit Piton, one of the volcanic plugs that overlook Saint Lucia, there is a sharp cliff and dramatic wall the plunges hundreds of feet below the surface. Divers of all experience levels can access the wall by boat and explore a variety of animals and critters that swim around this formation. It is covered with sea whips, gorgonians, delicate soft corals and lots of feather duster worms. This is a dive site where the view above the water is just as impressive as the view below.
At the end of the day, put up your flippers and open a bottle of Piton, the island’s local beer, to share your stories from the dive sites. Your friends won’t believe what you saw and what the reefs looked like unless they were there with you!