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The twin peaks of the Pitons dominate the landscape of this lush, exotic island where the dramatic topography extends well below the surface to its submerged volcanic ridges. Large barrel sponges, black coral trees and huge gorgonians decorate the drop-offs. In-between dives, explore the rainforests on mountain bikes, on foot or 4-wheel safaris; venture out into the blue in search of whales or pamper yourself with relaxing spa services.

Saint Lucia Information

Diving in Saint Lucia

The island of Saint Lucia (Loo-sha) is at the tip of an underwater volcano where divers can enjoy the stunning variety of coral, sponge and marine life: huge gorgonians, black coral trees, gigantic barrel sponges, purple vase sponges and lace coral. Many dive sites consist of seamounts rising from incredible depths to within a few feet of the surface. Angelfish, black beauties, golden spotted eels, seahorses, stingrays, nurse sharks, turtles and many varieties of schooling fish are as plentiful as they are colorful and varied. A few submerged shipwrecks and a mysterious serpentine creature known as “The Thing” (Saint Lucia’s very own “Loch Ness Monster on Vacation”) add to the excitement of diving in the waters of St Lucia. Divers from all over the world and every skill level have experienced the exotic beauty and warm crystal waters of Saint Lucia. A great deal of care has been exercised to ensure that the island, as well as the surrounding water remains as pristine as it was a generation ago when it first began attracting divers in search of a paradise less traveled.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens need a valid passport that must be valid 6 months beyond the date of entry into St. Lucia, with available space for entry stamp. No visa is required with proof of onward or return ticket and accommodation confirmation. Check the entry/exit requirements here.A departure tax of $68EC, approx $25.30 should be included in your international airline ticket.

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entering the Caribbean if you're coming from the United States. Before traveling check with the CDC here.

Culture and Customs

Since the first European discover of Saint Lucia, power over the island has passed between many hands, and each of the island’s inhabitants has helped to create a unique culture. Amer-indian culinary styles are just the beginning of the cultural diversity you’ll find in Saint Lucia. Though the British hold political control of the island, there are many other cultural influences in Saint Lucia. Remnants of the French influence are found throughout the island in everything from names to language. You can read more about the people of Saint Lucia here.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

St. Lucia runs on 220 to 230-volt AC (50 cycles), so bring an adapter if you plan to use U.S. appliances. Some hotels are wired for U.S. appliances.

Check with your local provider ot see what plans are available, otherwise you will be subject to roaming charges. The country/area code for Saint Lucia is 758.

Many hotels offer WiFi.

Water Quality

The local tap water is chlorinated and considered safe to drink. Alternatively, bottled water is available for purchase at restaurants, bars, hotels and local grocery stores.

Language & Currency

English is the official language, but islanders often speak a French-Creole patois or Kweyol similar to that heard on Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Grenada and Dominica.

The currency in St. Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, (EC$). You can see the current exchange rate here. However nearly all hotels, restaurants, and shops accept US dollars. Change may be given in EC Dollars. ATMs are available which dispence EC dollars and credit cards are widely accepted.

Time

Saint Lucia is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. St. Lucia is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

History, Art, and Culture

Saint Lucia was first inhabited by the peaceful Arawak Indians, but they were conquered by their old enemies, the fierce Caribs. These early Amerindian cultures called the island "Iouanalao" and "Hewanorra," meaning "Island of the Iguanas." Juan de la Cosa, a lesser-known explorer who had served at one time as Christopher Columbus' navigator was the first European to discover Saint Lucia in 1499. Then the British came and in 1667 the French arrived. Saint Lucia was alternately British and French for the next 150 years, before it was finally ceded to the British in 1814. St Lucia gained internal autonomy in 1967 and full independence, as a member of the British Commonwealth, in 1979.

In spirit, the island is influenced by many cultures. British and French customs linger to this day. Saint Lucians drive on the left and have a passion for cricket, yet the majority of locals speak a French-based patois, attend Catholic churches and live in villages with French names. The Caribbean influence surfaces in the drinks, (rum and locally brewed beer), in the music (calypso, soca, reggae), in the richly flavored Creole cuisine, in the carnivals, festivals and days of national pride, and in the open-air markets. St. Lucia is also widely known for its yearly jazz festival, where performers from around the world come to play and enjoy the best in jazz. Read more about the history of Saint Lucia here.

Location, Size and Population

St. Lucia is a sovereign island country in the Eastern Caribbean that is part of the Lesser Antilles. St. Lucia is a mountainous island of 238 sq. miles, located about 25 miles north of St. Vincent and 25 miles south of Martinique and northwest of Barbados.

The population of St. Lucia is 185,868 (2016).

Dive primer
  • Water Temp: 80°
  • Visibility: 80-100'
  • Wetsuit: 1.5mm to 3mm
Best time to travel
  • Year-round
Favorite dive sites
  • Superman's Flight
  • Coral Gardens
  • Anse La Raye
Topside attractions
  • Rainforest Tours
  • Whale Watching
  • Spa Services
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