Dive Travel / St. Lucia
the cruise ship arrivals at Castries and tourism dollars that flow in to St. Lucia. The island's greatest resource is her geography-cool and damp rain forests, rich, diverse waters and a dramatic volcanic landscape punctuated by cone-shaped Petit and Gros Pitons.
With its massive sea fans, Anse Chastanet Reef, a marine park near Soufriere, is a favorite shore diving spot and a snorkeler's playground. The shallow reefs around the town of Soufriere are ideal for drift diving. Sunk for divers in 1986, the 165-foot Lesleen can be found in 65 feet of water at the Anse Cochon site.
Temperatures vary between 70 degrees and 90 degrees, depending on the season. The rainy season is June to November.
Water temperatures range from 77 degrees in winter to 83 degrees in summer.
Varies anywhere from 25 to 150 feet, depending on the site.
Eastern Caribbean dollar, which is linked to the U.S. dollar at the rate of US$1 to approximately EC$2.70. U.S. dollars are widely accepted.
Atlantic Standard; St. Lucia does not observe daylight saving time.
English, though many St. Lucians speak a French-based patois.
220 volts, 50 cycles AC (a few hotels are 110 volts, 60 cycles). Most sockets take 3-pin square plugs (UK standard), but some take 2-pin round plugs or flat American plugs, which are more rare. Adapters are generally available at the hotels.
U.S. citizens need a passport, plus you must have a return or ongoing airline ticket.