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St. Lucia

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.

St. Lucia Information

Diving in St. Lucia

The island of St. 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” (St 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 St 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

For travel ending prior to December 31, 2006 an official birth certificate (with raised seal) PLUS a valid Drivers License may be used to enter St. Lucia. Beginning December 31, 2006 the U.S. Department of State requires that travelers to and from the Caribbean have a valid passport. No Visas are required for U.S. and Canadian citizens. Check the entry/exit requirements here.

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entering the Caribbean if you’re coming from the U.S., Britain, or Canada. Before traveling check with the CDC here.

Culture and Customs

Since the first European discover of St. 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 St. Lucia. Though the British hold political control of the island, there are many other cultural influences in St. 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 St. Lucia here.

Electricity, Telephone 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.

St. Lucia has a modern, fully and reliable digital telecommunication system. The country code for St. Lucia is 758. International Direct Dialing is available from your hotel rooms.

Email and internet access is available at internet cafes throughout the island.

Water Quality

The water is of good quality and safe to drink, however if you are accustomed to drinking bottled water or have a sensitive system, it may be best to drink bottled water, which is available for purchase at restaurants, bars, hotels or at local grocery stores.

Language & Currency

English is the official language, but islanders often speak a French-Creole patois similar to that heard on Martinique.

The official monetary unit is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). You can see the current exchange rate here. However nearly all hotels, restaurants, and shops accept US dollars.

Time

St. Lucia is on Atlantic Standard Time, 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the United States. St. Lucia does not observe daylight saving time, so when the United States changes to daylight saving time, clocks in Dominica and the U.S. East Coast will be on the same time.

History, Art, and Culture

St 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 St Lucia in 1499. Then the British came and in 1667 the French arrived. St 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. St. 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 St. Lucia here.

Location and Size

A mountainous island of 238 sq. miles, St. Lucia is located in the Windward Islands, about 25 miles north of St. Vincent and 25 miles south of Martinique. St. Lucia, "the Helen of the West Indies", boasts numerous beautiful sandy beaches along the coast with lush vaulting forests in the interior. A subtropical climate, with an average high of 87 F and a low of 77 F, ensures year round sunshine with some extra rain during the rainy season from June to October.

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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    • Aruba
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    • Bahamas
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    • Bonaire
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    • Curacao
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    • Saba
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    • St. Eustatius
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    • St. Kitts & Nevis
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    • St. Lucia
    • CDA-SLU|St. Lucia|http://www.caradonna.com/Scuba-Diving-Vacations/StLucia.aspx
    • St. Vincent & The Grenadines
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    • Tobago
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    • Turks and Caicos
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  • MEXICO
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    • Cozumel
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    • Riviera Maya
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  • CENTRAL-AMERICA
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    • Belize
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  • PACIFIC
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    • Australia
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    • Fiji
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    • Micronesia
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    • Solomons
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    • Tahiti
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    • Tonga
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    • Vanuatu
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  • EXOTIC
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    • Indonesia
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    • Malaysia
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    • Maldives
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    • Papua New Guinea
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    • Philippines
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    • Red Sea
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    • Thailand
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  • ADVENTURE
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    • Great White Expeditions
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    • Photography Expeditions
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    • Sardine Run
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