Snorkeling in St. Lucia

Colorful Reefs Teeming with Life

You won't have to go far to immerse yourself in the wonders of St. 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

St. Lucia Information

Snorkeling in St. 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 St. Lucia Tips

You'll see plenty of colorful corals, sea fans and tropical fish on the reefs of St. 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 St. 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 St. 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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Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort

ST. LUCIA - 7 nights Firefly Studio accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, kayaking tour, one mountain hiking tour, 1 snorkeling tour and choice of one additional excursion including sunset cruise, ziplining and ariel tram, sailing trip to mineral baths, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 4/16/17-12/14/17
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Packages

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Anse Chastanet

SOUFRIERE, ST. LUCIA - 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, use of non-motorized watersports including snorkel gear, windsurfers, sunfish sailboats, stand up paddleboards, kayaks, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 10/31/17..
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Anse Chastanet

SOUFRIERE, ST. LUCIA - 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 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, $500 anniversary return certificate, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 10/31/17.
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From $3,936 per person double occupancy

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bodyholiday Saint Lucia

ST. LUCIA - 7 night gardenview accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including beverages and wine served with lunch and dinner, one 50 minute treatment per day, WiFi, activities including yoga, cardio, meditation, pilates, Tai Chi, land activities and motorized and non motorized watersport, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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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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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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Ti Kaye Resort & Spa

ANSE COCHON - Nestled on the cliffside in one of the best snorkeling and shore diving bays in St.Lucia, Anse Cochon cove. In 2012 it was one of the top resorts in St. Lucia for romance and with only 33 rooms (14 adjoining, 19 private and 11 of those with private plunge pools), is one of the ultimate place to relax in luxury cottages with beautiful views and sunsets across the Caribbean sea, amazing personable staff, unbelievable spa treatments in our Kai Koko Spa.
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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 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

St. 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 St. 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, St. 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

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 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 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 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. St. Lucia is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

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).