Snorkeling in St. Lucia

Colorful Reefs Teeming with Life

You won't have to go far to immerse yourself in the wonders of Saint Lucia's underwater world. Just yards from scenic beaches, coral reefs rise close to the surface and are clearly visible in clear Caribbean waters. Warm, calm waters invite extended explorations that will uncover a wealth of marine life. Turtles and majestic eagle rays glide past reefs decorated in multi-hued sea fans and swarming with tropical fish. Shy eels and scuttling crabs hide in crevices, and stealthy hunters camouflage themselves to resemble sponges or pieces of the reef as they await a passing meal. It's another world down there, but one that is yours to discover.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, experiences including watersports, yoga, spas and soft to rugged adventures
  • Best season to visit: Year round
  • Weather: Steady trade winds account for relatively minor differences in seasonal air temperatures, which range from the 70s into the mid 80s. Rain showers are less common from December to May

Saint Lucia Information

Snorkeling in Saint Lucia Overview

Snorkel sites are located on the calmer western shore of the island, and most are close to shore. A number of premier sites can be reached with a short swim from the beach, while others are best visited by boat. A number of companies offer snorkeling excursions. Below the surface, snorkelers will find volcanic rock slopes covered in dense coatings of corals and sea fans. These growths provide shelter for a wide range of marine life.

Snorkeling in Saint Lucia Tips

You'll see plenty of colorful corals, sea fans and tropical fish on the reefs of Saint Lucia, but some of the real treasures will require a closer look. Peek into crevices and you may find lobster, small moray eels or an octopus staring back. If you are swimming over the sand, look for the bizarre flying gurnard, which looks more like a bird than a fish when it spreads its pectoral fins.

Best Places for Snorkeling in Saint Lucia

At Anse Chastanet Beach, it's just a short swim from shore to one of the most colorful coral reefs in the central Caribbean. A boat ride to the Coral Gardens is just the start of the adventure, as more than 150 varieties of fish and marine life await. When exploring the reefs at Anse Cochon, keep an eye open for passing eagle rays, and check under ledges where docile nurse sharks rest.

What to Pack for Snorkeling in Saint Lucia

If you have your own snorkel gear, bring it. If not, a number of hotels, tour boats and beach concessions provide equipment. To prevent sunburn, wear a form-fitting water shirt to keep harmful rays from your exposed back. Use a mesh bag to keep your gear organized on boat trips, and include a small waterproof carry case for electronics and valuables.

Specials

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Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

GROS INLET - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 night Ocean View accommodations, breakfast daily, 1 day Snorkelling including equipment (2 stops), Soufriere Island Delight Tour, Whale Watching/Dolphin Spotting, complimentary 30-minute body exfoliation at the The Spa at Windjammer Landing, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 12/20/18 (additional dates through 6/30/19 available at varying rates). Add $729 per person for 7-nights all-inclusive package including daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, all beverages including alcohol by the glass, motorized and non-motorized watersports. PLUS up to 2 children stay and eat free on same meal plan as 2 paying adults. Stay minimum of 7-nights and receive 35 hours fo daytime babysitting. Honeymooners and anniversary guests staying a minimum of 7-nights will receive a resort credit of $100 to spend towards foos and beverage, spa treatments or tours.
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From $1,686 per person double occupancy

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Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa

RODNEY BAY - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 night gardenview accommodations, 1 day Snorkeling including equipment (2 stops), Soufriere Island Delight - Discover the island winding through banana plantations and rich tropical vegetation. Drive through 2 traditional fishing villages, along west coast and into Soufriere, view the majestic pitons. Duration: 5 hours, Whale Watching/Dolphin Spotting - Spot Sperm, Dwarf, Pilot and Hump Back Whales. Experience a spectacular show by the dolphins or listen for their incredible songs on the hydrophone equipped boat. Duration: 4 hours, welcome beverage, breakfast daily, free WiFi, roundtrip, bottled water upon arrival, complimentary shuttle between Bay Gardens properties, complimentary non-motorized watersports, six 1-hour passes per room per stay to Splash Island Waterpark, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 12/19/18.
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From $1,161 per person double occupancy

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Packages

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Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

GROS INLET - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 night Ocean View accommodations, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Snorkel Tours, Island Tours, Whale Watching Tours, Zip Line Adventure, Offroading Adventure and Hiking Tour of the Grand Piton.
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From $1,460 per person double occupancy

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Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa

RODNEY BAY - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 night gardenview accommodations, welcome beverage, breakfast daily, free WiFi, roundtrip, bottled water upon arrival, complimentary shuttle between Bay Gardens properties, complimentary non-motorized watersports, six 1-hour passes per room per stay to Splash Island Waterpark, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Cultural Island Tours, Snorkeling Tour, Whale Watching Tours, Hiking Tours, Offroading Tours and Ziplining Tours.
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From $1,317 per person double occupancy

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Anse Chastanet

SOUFRIERE - AMAZING ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 nights superior accommodations, welcome drink, fruit basket and drink package, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and afternoon tea, scuba diving for certified divers or one scuba beginner resort course including two dives for non-certified divers; jungle biking; boat snorkel trips; guided walks and hikes on ANSE CHASTANET's 600-acre estate; and one Rain Forest Hike. Exchange a day of scuba diving or Jungle Biking for a "Kool Kayaking" coastal adventure, daily resort yoga class with options to add-on specialty yoga activities, use of non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $3,698 per person double occupancy

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Anse Chastanet

SOUFRIERE - TOTAL ROMANCE PACKAGE includes 7 nights superior accommodations, welcome drink, fruit basket and drink package, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and afternoon tea, most alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, bottle of French champagne, tour of Volcano, Sulphur Springs, and Diamond Mineral Baths, escorted walk of the Old French Colonial Plantation, guided boat snorkel trip, a resort scuba diving course for beginners or 2 dives per person for certified divers, a one-hour Swedish Massage per person, half-day Jungle Biking in Anse Mamin Valley, half-day sailing on skippered resort yacht Searenity, and 2 Anse Chastanet T-shirts, daily resort yoga class with options to add-on specialty yoga activities, use of non-motorized watersports, $500 anniversary return certificate, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $4,125 per person double occupancy

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Jade Mountain

SOUFRIERE - AMAZING ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 nights sky accommodations, welcome drink, fruit basket and drink package, scuba diving for certified divers or one scuba beginner, resort course including two dives for non-certified divers; jungle biking; boat snorkel trips; guided walks and hikes on ANSE CHASTANET’s 600-acre estate; and one Rain Forest Hike. Exchange a day of scuba diving or Jungle Biking for a “Kool Kayaking” coastal adventures, use of non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $6,281 per person double occupancy

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Jade Mountain

SOUFRIERE - TOTAL ROMANCE PACKAGE includes 7 nights sky accommodations, welcome drink, fruit basket and drink package, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and afternoon tea, most alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, bottle of French champagne, tour of Volcano, Sulphur Springs, and Diamond Mineral Baths, escorted walk of the Old French Colonial Plantation, guided boat snorkel trip, a resort scuba divin course for beginners or 2 dives per person for certified divers, a one-hour Swedish Massage per person, half-day Jungle Biking in Anse Mamin Valley, half-day sailing on skippered resort yacht Searenity, and 2 Anse Chastanet T-shirts use of non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. $500 anniversary return certificate.
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Resorts

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Anse Chastanet

SOUFRIERE - A spectacular scenic hideaway on a 600-acre tropical estate with two beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, this resort features 49 rooms in a unique hillside/beachside setting, two restaurants/bars, boutiques, art gallery, 42’ day sailing yacht and a full-service spa.
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Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa

RODNEY BAY - The Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa is the flagship property of the Bay Gardens Resorts chain, featuring striking designs inspired by the French Caribbean and Georgian Plantation style, truly giving guests a “Window to Paradise.”
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bodyholiday Saint Lucia

CASTRIES - The bodyholiday Saint Lucia is an amazing St Lucia resort experience. It is a unique combination of one of the world’s most beautiful islands, an all inclusive resort that provides a truly luxurious and personal service, a Wellness Centre that provides a range of treatments that will leave you feeling alive and a range of activities that could keep you busy from dawn until dusk.
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Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

GROS INLET- From the friendly and approachable staff, to the white sand along the Caribbean Sea, to the hillside Villas offering stunning views of the ocean. Windjammer Landing is ideal for your next dive vacation. An independent, one-of-a-kind resort, once you experience the personal touch at Windjammer Landing, you’ll never want to leave.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens need a valid passport that must be valid 6 months beyond the date of entry into Saint 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

Saint Lucia is a land of vibrant greens set in a sapphire sea. Rainforests cover the island's interior, providing vacationers with a variety of eco-adventures that range from sedate birding hikes and relaxing rides on an aerial tram to off-road adventures and soaring zip line flights through forested canopies home to endemic birds such as the Saint Lucia parrot. The lush surroundings also set the stage for a number of unique resort properties that blend luxury and nature, and provide some of the best dining experiences in the Caribbean. The island's rich volcanic soil yields a cornucopia of tropical fruits and vegetables. This bounty is reflected in the savory dishes of traditional Creole cooking, and it has inspired a new wave of organic and fusion cuisines that have earned island chef's top honors in international culinary competitions. In addition to enlivening resort kitchens, Saint Lucia's farms and orchards support a thriving agricultural export sector that includes bananas and chocolate. One of the island's sweetest day trips involves a tour of historic cacao plantations, followed by a chance to create your own chocolate confections. Across the island English influences are obvious, but so too are the cultural contributions of France and Africa. The local version of relaxing is known as “going on the lime” or “liming,” which simply involves stopping by a favorite local pub or rum shop and spending time with friends.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Saint 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 to 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 Saint 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 dispense EC dollars and credit cards are widely accepted.

Time

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

Location, Size and Population

Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the Eastern Caribbean that is part of the Lesser Antilles. Saint 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 Saint Lucia is 185,868 (2016).