This was our first visit to St Lucia so we were not sure what to expect. We contacted Steve via email and received prompt replies. Initially I requested to dive the Northern dive sites but Steve advised that this is not possible during March due to the seas being rough which also causes reduced visibility. When we went across to Pigeon Island we went up to Fort Rodney where you can see where the Northern Dive sites are it did indeed look very rough so good call.
So we booked two days diving heading down to the Marine reserve. First day Steve collected us with our gear from the hotel with our gear, after that the boat dropped us off at the inlet in to the marina next to the Happy day Bar as this was next to our hotel. Very convenient.
Check in process was easy, paperwork done then hop on to the boat which is at the private pier at the dive shop. Again very convenient.
We were on a different boat each day with the same guides but a different skipper. Both boats were in first class condition and both skippers were very good. The 40 minute ride down the coast is great as you get to see a lot of bits of the island you would not otherwise see. First day we called in to one of the bays to pick up a couple of divers who were staying there, and the next day the same with the addition of calling in to the pier next to the cruise ship terminal.
The dive guides were great, once they saw we were good in the water and on air (we both have several hundred dives) they were able to focus on the less experienced divers in the group which is better all round.
We did 4 different sites Keyhole Pinnacles, Turtle Reef, Fairylands and Superman's Flight. All dives were enjoyable but Superman's Flight was a fantastic drift right at the foot of the Pitons, great scenery above and below the water.
Dives are to a max depth of 18m which is fine as most marine life is seen in the top 18m of water anyway. Dive times were about 45-50 minutes with about 45-50 minute surface interval. Between dives you get fruit juice, a snack and some fruit which was great as you do not get back to Rodney Bay until just after lunch.
After the first day we were dropped off at the dock near our hotel and the guides took our gear and rinsed it, stored it at the dive centre and loaded it the next morning so when the boat picked us up at the dock all our gear was already on the boat, great. At the end of the second day we again got dropped at the dock near our hotel but we took our gear with us as the hotel was only about 50m away.
All in all we were happy with our couple of days diving. Booking process was easy, the dive centre is good and clean, the boats are in great condition and have two powerful outboards (the one we went on the second day can get up to 40 knots). Boat skippers and guides were first class and made both days very enjoyable.
If we get the chance to get back to St Lucia I would be happy to dive with them again.
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