Saint Lucia is a beautiful, small island with a dramatic countryside, peaks and valleys, covered in a lush green rain forest, edged by wonderful beaches and surrounded by the bright blue Caribbean Sea. The island’s stunning scenery will take your breath away. Although Saint Lucia’s natural world is its most striking feature, a big part of the island’s appeal is its rich cultural heritage. The island is regarded as one of the most welcoming in the Caribbean. Saint Lucians are known for their friendly nature. Saint Lucia has a lot to offer, beaches, vibrant nightlife and world-class restaurants in the north, while the south of the island a delight for those who appreciate the natural world.
Saint Lucia is a tropical island, warm and sunny weather – all year, there is little seasonal change, with a refreshing breeze from the Atlantic Ocean. When is a good time to visit? As soon as you can!

Saint Lucia has a varied ecosystem, home to colourful and interesting flora and fauna, including several endemic bird species like the brightly coloured Saint Lucia Parrot. Nature lovers will enjoy the many opportunities to explore this beautiful island. The dense rainforest has many exciting features and experiences – a volcano, majestic waterfalls and hot sulphur springs. The iconic Piton Mountains, the island’s most famous landmarks, are a UNESCO heritage site. There are a large number of tours on offer, which we can book for you. Saint Lucia offers a huge choice of exciting leisure and sports activities for everyone to enjoy – too many to mention here and the island has a remarkably full calendar of events, sports and cultural, throughout the year.
Saint Lucia is surrounded by the warm, clear water of the Caribbean Sea and is as beautiful underwater as it is on land, exciting underwater features, healthy reefs and a colourful and varied marine life, which thrill snorkellers and divers. The Atlantic Ocean coast is visited by the larger ocean roaming species – and St. Lucia is one best places in the Caribbean to see whales, turtles and dolphins. The diving and snorkelling on St. Lucia are superb. Many of the beaches have water sports available, so there are many opportunities for everyone to enjoy the wonderful ocean.

We are a Caribbean holiday specialist for St. Lucia with a wealth of local knowledge and many years’ experience on the island. We can answer any questions from personal experience and tailor-make a holiday to your requirements and wishes. We are regular visitors to the island and have personally selected the accommodation we offer. We would be delighted to discuss any plans you have for a holiday in this special part of the world. We are the preferred tour operator for many resorts and have the best air fares, prices and offers. We offer a wide choice of services for you to get the very best from your holiday. On small islands, services like accommodation, vehicle hire, excursions, diving etc, get booked very quickly. To avoid disappointment these should be booked in advance. Booking services with us, will save you money and they will be part of an ATOL protected holiday.

Saint Lucia is a Caribbean island with a dramatic landscape and a coastline dotted with delightful small bays and gorgeous soft sand beaches. Saint Lucia offers something for everyone. Saint Lucia has a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere, with no specific tourist areas. Saint Lucia’s population is a combination of people with African, European, Indo-Caribbean and Carib descent. The multi-cultural nature of the island gives it its harmonious Caribbean way of life and Saint Lucia is considered one of the most welcoming islands in the Caribbean. The cultural mix, as always, is reflected in the island cuisine, an exciting choice of West Indian, Creole and French food, prepared by internationally recognised chefs and some local maestros. The local creole restaurants in Rodney Bay are great and amazing value for money. Rodney Bay, where most accommodation is located, has many excellent restaurants and bars.

St. Lucia is a small Caribbean island, part of the Lesser Antilles, 21 miles northeast of Saint Vincent, 40 miles northwest of Barbados and 24 miles south of Martinique. It is just 27 miles long by 14 miles across, around 238 square miles. The population of the island is around 179,000 and Castries, the island’s capital, is home to around 69,000 St. Lucians. English is the official language and most Saint Lucians also speak French based Creole, part of Saint Lucia’s dual British-French heritage.

Saint Lucia was first inhabited by the peaceful Arawak Indians, who were displaced by the fierce Carib Indians. French pirates were some of the first Europeans to settle on the island, notably François le Clerc (known as Jambe de Bois, due to his wooden leg). Saint Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French. Saint Lucia was alternately British and French before finally being ceded to the British in 1814. St. Lucia is now an independent member state of the British Commonwealth. Castries’ harbour was protected by a system of 60 surrounding forts. Along the top of Morne Fortune there are six military sites – Fort Charlotte (Old Morne Fortress), the Apostle’s Battery (1888-1890), The Powder Magazine, Provost’s Redoubt (1792) built as a lookout point and the Combermere barracks. The best preserved is a battery at La Toc Point, completed in 1888, and only finally abandoned in 1905.

Saint Lucia enjoys a tropical climate, warm and sunny almost every day, cooled by the breeze from the ocean, keeping humidity down, and keeping you fresh and comfortable. Whatever kind of holiday you prefer, you can do it in comfort and enjoy it to the full. Saint Lucia’s daytime temperatures ranging from 258C to 358C. The dry season is between December and May, whilst the rainy season is from June to November. As St. Lucia is a tropical island, the temperature does not vary a great deal between winter and summer. Average annual rainfall ranges from 51 inches on the coast to 150 inches in the mountain rainforests. Rain comes in short, but heavy downpours, after which it is bright and sunny again.

Saint Lucia’s countryside is more mountainous than most Caribbean islands, with the highest point being Mount Gimie, at 950 metres (3,120 feet). Saint Lucia is one of the few places in the world that has a drive-in volcano. The iconic Piton Mountains, a UNESCO heritage site, are covered in a lush green rain forest, an exciting natural world with majestic waterfalls, hot springs and tropical birds, flowers and creatures, including several endemic bird species like the brightly coloured Saint Lucia Parrot. Nature lovers will enjoy the many opportunities to explore this beautiful island. There are numerous established nature trails, plus many guided tours, on foot, by jeep or a fantastic “cable car” ride through the rain forest canopy. The dense rainforest has many exciting features and experiences like the volcano, waterfalls and hot sulphur springs. There are a large number of tours on offer, which we can book for you.

St Lucia is in the Caribbean Sea, and its volcanic birth has created spectacular natural features, above and below the ocean surface. The east coast of this exciting island faces the Atlantic Ocean and the west faces the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean Sea is famous for its warm, clear water and its abundance of colourful marine species. The Atlantic is the territory of the larger pelagics, like dolphins, sharks and whales. St. Lucia is rated as one of the best dive destinations in the Caribbean due to the variety of dives as well as the diversity of marine life. Divers and snorkellers can enjoy colourful coral reefs, sheer walls, pinnacles and wrecks. St Lucia is recognised for having the highest density of reefs in the Caribbean.
Turtle, Whale and Dolphin Watching
Saint Lucia is great for turtle, dolphin and whale watching. There are 33 species of whales in the world and over 20 live in or visit Saint Lucia’s waters.

Saint Lucia offers a huge choice of exciting activities for everyone to enjoy – we can recommend the zip wire through the rain forest canopy. There are a lot of sports to enjoy: golf, football, cricket, tennis, volleyball, cycling, horse riding and many more. Saint Lucia has some wonderful, white sand beaches, with lots of water sports and many land based activities for the whole family to enjoy. Saint Lucia is particularly good for families and groups of divers and non-divers. The relaxed and safe atmosphere enable you to enjoy the perfect weather and the fun in peace.

 

We have visited and personally selected the accommodation we offer on St. Lucia on our website. Most accommodation is in the Rodney Bay area of the island, but we have taken care to select good quality, well-priced accommodation further down the west coast, closer to the best dive sites, and closer to the rain forest, for those who wish to enjoy the diving, snorkelling and the rain forest. Our holidays are designed for “independently minded” people and we offer small resorts and hotels with character and personal service. The accommodation ranges from hotel rooms of various standards to apartments of various size. There is a range of board options available at hotels and resorts, while apartments and studios give you the freedom to self-cater, if you wish. Usually there will be restaurants nearby, should self-catering lose its appeal. Some of our accommodation is on small resorts with amenities like swimming pools, dive centres and a restaurant (or two) on site. These are small resorts, nothing like the large European holiday resorts.

For many people our islands are “undiscovered” places – exciting new holiday destinations. We are a Caribbean holiday specialist and regular visitors to the island. Having recently enjoyed much of what Saint Lucia can offer we can answer your questions from personal experience. We love talking about the island and would be delighted to discuss your holiday plans. We offer a wide range of services to ensure you get the very best from your holiday. We are the preferred tour operator for many resorts and have the best air fares, prices and offers.

There are weekly events and street parties like Anse la Raye Fish Fry ñ every Friday, the Dennery Fish Fiesta – every Saturday on the beach and the Gros Islet Friday Night Jump-Up ñ a very busy event which fills the streets of Rodney Bay each week. You will hear the sounds of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Zouk and Salsa around the island. There are a lot of events celebrating island culture, throughout the year. Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts festival ; Carnival in June and July – a month long celebration ; every August Saint Lucia celebrates over 300 years of producing some of the worldís best chocolate ; Jounen Kweyol in October is a month of activities honouring Creole culture. Evidence of the multi-cultural heritage? Saint Lucians drive on the left, have a passion for cricket, rum, calypso, soca and reggae.

Saint Luciaís natural world is a varied ecosystem, home to colourful and interesting flora and fauna. It has wonderful features like hot springs and waterfalls, like the Diamond Waterfall, the most colourful waterfall in the Caribbean. In addition to many interesting reptiles like the tree frogs and iguanas, there are 167 species of birds, of which 7 are Lesser Antillean endemics, like the rare, brightly coloured Saint Lucia Parrot, or “Jacquot”. There are numerous sites for bird watchers – and a surprisingly large number of tours on offer, which we can book for you. Nature enthusiasts will love the many opportunities to explore this beautiful islandís natural world. There are many established nature trails, like the Tet Paul Nature Trail and Des Cartier Trail, plus guided tours, on foot and in various vehicles, including a fantastic “cable car” ride through the rain forest canopy. The rain forest has many exciting experiences like waterfalls and hot springs. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could zip-line though the rainforest canopy. Youíll forget any fear of heights – this is great fun, we can highly recommend it. You can visit the Caribbeanís only drive in volcano, indulge in a mud bath at the sulphur springs, Segway along a nature trail, climb the Pitons, mountain bike through old sugar plantations. So much to see and do.

Pigeon Island and other historical sites gives visitors a look into Saint Luciaís colonial heritage. Pigeon Island has been a pirate hideout and houses Fort Rodney, an old British military base and the site of many of Saint Luciaís festivals. There are lots of parks and nature reserves, which you can visit, by various modes of transport or take a guided tour. Places like the Fond Latisab Creole Park, Millet Bird Sanctuary, Mamiku Gardens, Diamond Botanical Gardens, various waterfalls and several sugar plantations and rum distilleries.

Saint Lucia offers a huge choice of exciting activities for everyone to enjoy – too many to mention them all! Many give you an exciting experience while enjoying the wonderful natural world. Zip wiring through the rain forest is great fun. Visitors can bike through the rainforest and cane plantations, hike/climb the Pitons, get close to the heart of the volcano, take a mud bath in the hot springs, ride through the forest canopy on a gondola and much more. You can also enjoy, horse riding, jeep safaris, quad biking, paint balling or a helicopter tour. Saint Lucia also offers the more traditional sports like tennis, cycling and golf and some of the best deep-sea fishing in the world. The Atlantic Ocean side of the island is perfect for kite surfers and windsurfers. There really is a lot of fun things to do on saint Lucia. For sailing enthusiasts, the annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) race begins in the Canary Islands. Around 300 yachts compete in the worldís largest transoceanic sailing event, racing across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia.

The island ís western coast faces the Caribbean Sea which means warm, calm, clear water. Saint Lucia has some stunning beaches in beautiful small bays. Most of these superb beaches have a variety of water sports to enjoy. Saint Lucia has a variety water borne activities, something for all visitors to enjoy, like kitesurfing, windsurfing, jet skis, paddle boarding etc. The conditions are comfortable for swimmers and ideal for divers and snorkellers. The ocean around the island has a rich, thriving natural world and the Caribbean Sea is famous for the colourful coral reefs and diversity of marine species. The diving and snorkelling on St. Lucia are superb, exciting enough for even the most experienced divers and snorkellers. The Atlantic coasts are often visited by larger, ocean roaming creatures like sharks, dolphins and whales. Divers and snorkellers will see nearly every kind of colourful coral and a huge variety of marine creatures. SNUBA and Sea Trekking are two novel ways to explore the marine world, giving everyone a chance experience the beauty Saint Lucia has to offer under the sea.

The Atlantic coast is visited by larger, ocean roaming creatures. Saint Lucia is a great pace for whale, turtle and dolphin watching. There are 33 species of whales in the world and over 20 live in or visit Saint Luciaís waters. Many different dolphin species swim in the ocean around the island. You can spot humpback and pilot whales as well as spinners, spotted and bottleneck dolphins. Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on Grand Anse beach from March to August.

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St Lucia is in the Caribbean Sea, south of Martinique, north of St. Vincent and west of Barbados. The islandís volcanic birth has created spectacular natural features, above and below the ocean surface. St. Lucia is a beautiful island, its dramatic landscape is covered in a lush, green rain forest in which visitors will find waterfalls, lakes and habitats for a fantastic diversity of flora and fauna. The twin Pitons, the islandís iconic mountains, rise to over 805 metres and the wall below the waterline drops to over 500 metres. The breathtaking natural beauty of the island continues below the surface. The east coast of this exciting island faces the Atlantic Ocean and the west faces the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean Sea is famous for its warm, clear water and its abundance of colourful marine species, 156 different species of fish were logged on one reef alone! Currents from the open ocean enrich the waters with nutrients which support a healthy marine life. The Atlantic is the territory of the larger pelagics, like dolphins, sharks and whales. St. Lucia is rated as one of the best dive destinations in the Caribbean due to the variety of dives as well as the diversity of marine life.

The dramatic natural world of this island continues below the surface of the ocean, colourful coral reefs, sheer walls, rock formations, pinnacles, arches, trenches and wrecks. Spectacular volcanic peaks, encrusted with coloured corals and sponges, rise dramatically from the depths to within a few feet of the surface. Reefs slope from 3m to 12m then drop to over 500m. The variety of astonishing features provide a multitude of habitats for a magnificent diversity of marine life. Divers and snorkellers can enjoy shallow reef dives, wrecks and deeper wall dives. Many are award winning sites such as The Key Hole Pinnacles, voted one of 10 best dive sites by Caribbean Travel & Life. St Lucia is recognised for having what the highest density of reefs in the Caribbean. Coral spawning, around the end of August, can now be accurately predicted – a superb night dive. Photographers love the variety of features and marine life. The shallow water allows lots of natural light and the absence of serious currents makes the process a lot easier. There are many photographic specialists on island and some run photographic courses.

Coral reefs “wake up” at night, Octopus, squid, huge channel clinging crabs, conger eels, golden tail moray eels, electric rays, large basket stars and bioluminescent organisms ñ and ìthe thingî ! Rare, shy and extremely fast, this purple coloured, segmented worm, harmless to divers, possibly up to 5m in length, is yet to be officially identified. It is nocturnal and images are few and far between. A night time special event, coral spawning, around the end of August, can now be accurately predicted. This is a superb night dive.

Wrecks are often at depths beyond many divers, but St. Lucia has a couple that almost every diver can enjoy. The sunken freighter, Lesleen M, is an artificial reef in the Anse la Raye area. The 50 metres long freighter is covered with hard and soft corals, sponges and hydroids, an ideal habitat for turtles, octopus, neon-blue clawed spider crabs and many species of juvenile fish. The wreck is upright, 9 metres to the deck and 20 metres at its deepest point. Divers can explore the hold and engine room. An exciting experience, especially for beginners, to dive a wreck in shallow water. The other wrecks on Saint Lucia are in deeper water, with strong currents, only for experienced divers.

What you can expect to see

Whale sharks and humpback whales have been seen passing by the island – so keep an eye on the deep blue. Frogfish, seahorses, turtles, angelfish, golden-spotted eels, octopus, moray eels, parrotfish, spotted drums, flying gurnard, peacock flounder, scorpion-fish, queen angel fish, barracuda, horse-eye-jacks, Bermuda-chubs, Creole-wrasse, southern-stingrays and occasionally nurse-sharks. Mahogany snappers and schoolmasters have made a welcome recovery and you might spot a rare sunfish. Spectacular pillar coral, large gorgonians, massive barrel sponges, black coral fans, deep-water lace coral and layers of porcelain like plate coral, stacked one on top of the other. Thereís lots more ñ just not enough room to mention them all here.

Turtle, Whale and Dolphin Watching

Saint Lucia is great for turtle, dolphin and whale watching. There are 33 species of whales in the world and over 20 live in or visit Saint Luciaís waters. You can never guarantee sightings, but humpback, pilot and sperm whales and pods of dolphins are often seen. Some boats are equipped with hydrophones, for you to hear the creatures communicating. You can watch Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on Grand Anse beach, from March to August.

Saint Lucia is 27 miles long by 14 miles across with over 25 sites suitable for divers and snorkellers of all levels. Most dive sites are close to the sheltered west coast in the Caribbean Sea. Reefs are generally close to shore, in places just 10 metres out, and depths range from 6m to 45m of warm, clear water. There is little or no current at most sites on this sheltered coast, but there are a few areas where divers can enjoy a “drift dive” ñ for example Superman’s Flight at the base of the Petit Piton, used in the filming of Superman II. This easy, exciting diving is wonderful experience for all divers, snorkellers and photographers – day or night. Saint Lucia has a few shore-entry sites, but most diving is by boat. Divers and snorkellers can enjoy many of the sites together. The journey doesnít take long, generally between 10 and 30 minutes. There are also a handful of dive sites off the northwest coast of Saint Lucia. These sites tend to be less crowded but offer the same types of tropical fish seen in the reserve. Because the north is subject to stronger currents, larger species including rays are seen in this area more often than in the south. However, these sites are more susceptible to the weather. We offer a good selection of accommodation and dive centres all along the west coast. You are never far from the ocean, a dive centre or a dive site.

Snorkellers will enjoy the easy conditions, warm clear water and the lack of currents along the west coast. There are many beautiful shallow reefs, close to shore, with a wonderful variety of colourful tropical creatures, clearly visible from the surface. Some of the best diving and snorkelling in the Caribbean is between Marigot Bay and the Anse Chastanet reef in 2m to 8 m of water. There are many guided snorkel trips, from shore and from the dive boats.

Dive boats are well equipped for the very short ride to the dive sites. Custom dive boats take small groups of divers and snorkellers, usually around 6 to 8 people, to the sites, 2 or 3 times per day, except Sunday. At most sites there will be just you and a few (new) friends – very relaxed and comfortable. As these are small groups, availability is limited. Any diving you wish to do should be booked before your arrival on island.

The Caribbean Sea means warm, clear water, ranging from 26∞C to 29∞C. Most divers will be fine in a 3 mm shortie. Visibility ranges from 24-45 metres. The weather and ocean conditions are comfortable and constant throughout the year. You can dive St. Lucia all year. On the south and west coasts there is little or no current. On the north and east coasts there may be a little more current due to the open ocean. As you would expect on a tropical island in the Caribbean, the weather is almost always warm and sunny. The air temperature ranges from 26∞C to 33∞C, and a nice sea breeze keeps you cool and fresh. The rainy season is October to December, with short tropical downpours, then warm and sunny again. There is a hyperbaric chamber at the Tapion Hospital in the capital Castries

Marine Park

To protect the underwater world the Marine Management Area Marine Park, which includes the Soufriere Marine Reserve to the south west, was founded in 1981, to protect the environment for future generations. Their work extends out of the ocean and includes minimising impervious surfaces, keeping shorelines green and stable and preventing runoff into the ocean.

Saint Lucia is particularly good for families and groups of divers and non-divers. The relaxed and safe atmosphere enable you to enjoy the perfect weather in peace. The reef is close to shore, so if you are snorkelling (or diving) you are not away for long. Snorkelling in warm, shallow water is a great way to introduce children to the wonderful underwater world. Saint Lucia has some wonderfully large, white sand beaches, with lots of water sports and many land based activities for the whole family to enjoy.

SNUBA is a great way to explore the marine world. A combination of scuba diving and snorkelling, SNUBA gives everyone a chance experience the beauty Saint Lucia has to offer under the sea. You do not need any snorkelling or diving experience and people with only basic swimming skills are able to enjoy this activity.

Sea-Trekking

Guests are equipped with a Sea Trek helmet which sits comfortably on your shoulders. You breathe freely as air is pumped into the helmet. There are no masks, no mouthpieces, no hassle. Your head stays dry throughout your underwater adventure.

We are an ATOL bonded, diving holiday specialist for Saint Lucia. We work closely with the dive centres on Saint Lucia who have everything divers and snorkellers might need. They offer boat diving, guided dives, night dives, equipment for sale or hire and instruction courses for all levels, including complete beginners and youngsters. The Caribbean is a great place to take a referral or refresher course.

We tailor-make holiday itineraries, which can include all your diving requirements, to ensure you get the best from your diving holiday. We know how the diving works and have prices lower than you would pay on island. Tell us what youíd like, and we will book your diving with our dive operator partner, at your accommodation, or nearby.

On a small island services like diving, instruction courses, excursions, vehicle hire etc., get booked up quickly. It is important to reserve any services you may want for your holiday, before you arrive on Saint Lucia. Booking with us saves you money and ensures those services are available to you when you arrive on island, avoiding any disappointment. Those services then become part of your ATOL protected holiday itinerary.

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