Snorkeling

Submitted by Neil Armitage on Sat, 07/21/2018 - 13:29


Even the least adventurous amongst you can enjoy the underwater world around the Caribbean islands with a snorkel , goggles and flippers. You don’t have to be a diver or go deep to see a surprising array of sea life and corals. Discover the joy of drifting around in the warm water in calm bays and harbours  spying on the life below or being a bit more active and dropping down to be amongst the fish.

shoal of fish and corals

Snorkeling amongst a shoal of fish and the coral in Saint Lucia.

The crystalline waters that gently lap against the sandy shores of St. Lucia offer the perfect place for scuba diving and snorkeling. Both expert divers and beginners alike will enjoy the warmth and clarity of the water, along with the abundance of marine life.

Snorkeling is the best way for the inexperienced to become acquainted with the superb local marine environment and exploring the wonders of the Caribbean Sea is a perfect addition to your vacation on the island of St. Lucia and one of my favourite pastimes.

This is a video we took of the fish underwater:

Saint Lucia snorkeling advice:

Saint Lucia snorkeling is one of the favorite tourist activities on a Saint Lucia holiday. Whether it's off the boat or right off the beach it's a perfect way to experience the beauty of the underwater world.

1. If you’ve never experienced snorkeling before, don't worry. Equipment and instruction can be found at almost any hotel.

2. Cover your back with a T-shirt and protect the backs of your legs to avoid sunburn.

3. Wear well fitting gear and learn to adjust it properly before you start.

4. Go in groups or at least pairs. 

5. Tell people where you are going.

6. Use a marker flag buoy to let boat users know where you are.

7. Dont interfere with the fish and other creatures, some bite or sting.

If you plan to snorkel off the beach, having your own equipment is a big plus as some snorkeling areas are isolated, far from places where you can rent gear. 

I Can’t dive very deep as my ears won’t let me so the images are all taken within 4 metres of the surface,  and the fish seem used to outsiders invading their realm. I am also no great photographer but the images are just to give you an idea. If I showed you everything there wouldn’t be anything left to see when you come to saint Lucia.

Snorkeling between the pitons, Saint Lucia:

snorkeling between thepitons

Best of all it can be done almost anywhere and for free as all the resorts I know will lend out snorkelling equipment for nothing and it doesn’t require any training beyond a 90 second demonstration.

Remember to snorkel safe, watch for boats ( use flag buoys) , stay in groups and protect yourself from the Sun with a T shirt and wear flippers or water shoes to keep feet safe from sharp rocks and sea urchins.

The underwater world of St. Lucia is a wonder to behold. Snorkeling and scuba diving allow you to observe various aquatic animals like sea horses, frog fish, batfish, and other exotic and delightful creatures. Dramatic coral walls that begin only a few feet from shore drop off steeply into the ocean. 

Snorkelers and divers can swim right up to the animals, though it's recommended that they do not touch the ocean's wildlife. St. Lucia has some of the most scenic underwater settings in the Caribbean, and you can experience it all while vacationing on the island. 

Renowned as one of the best snorkeling sites in the Caribbean, St. Lucia features gorgeous locales for aquatic exploration. The island's natural beauty is further magnified by its underwater world. 

Where are the best places to snorkel?

All you need is a mask and fins and you're ready for your afternoon snorkeling excursion.

I would avoid the Atlantic side of the island, it is not as much fun and the water can be more dangerous. Stick to the carribean sea when snorkeling. 

For the best snorkeling on St. Lucia, head to the waters in front of the Anse Chastanet beach or between the pitons themselves. The Anse Chastanet Reef is the perfect haven for snorkelers because it is buoyed off for snorkeling safety, so no boats are allowed in the area. There is a plateau on the reef that reaches from 5 to 25 feet deep, and at its end, falls away from 20 to 140 feet into a coral wall full of amazing sea life. 

Photographers favour the reef as one of the most picturesque sites in St. Lucia and you can sometimes see divers returning to the surface from the gloom below you.

If you can float and you like to have fun, you'll love Saint Lucia snorkeling.

 

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