Anse Chastanet Snorkeling
The MOST popular snorkel dive spot in St Lucia.
Friday 18 November 2016 06:21 GMT
Northwest of Soufriere on St Lucia, the snorkeling off Anse Chastanet beach is known for its coral gardens and diverse marine life. The best reef is off the southern end of the bay, but there is also good snorkeling to be found along the coast to the north of the sandy bay. During Anse Chastanet snorkeling dives, you may encounter peacock flounders, octopus, needlefish, turtles, seahorses, blue tangs, creole wrasse, goldspotted eels, sharptail eels and moray eels among the azure vase sponges and sea fans. Overall, there are over 150 species of fish to be found in the bay off Anse Chastanet. Many of the good snorkeling reefs are no more than 30 feet offshore in waters from 5 to 25 feet deep.
The Anse Chastanet beach area is part of the Soufriere Marine Management Area, which consists of two excellent snorkeling districts (Anse Chastanet and Anse Cochon). This dive site is located a very rolling 1.5 miles west-northwest of Soufriere.
To reach the snorkeling on St Lucia by air, you will need to fly into either George Charles Airport (SLU) on the north end or Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) on the south end of the island. Since the roads on St Lucia can be in poor condition or even washed out depending upon rainfall, you may want to select an airport close to the set of snorkeling dive destinations you prefer on St Lucia. For Anse Chastanet, the closer airport is Hewanorra International Airport. A rental car is recommended to access the north end dive sites, while a rental is not recommended for the south end.
In addition to flying into St Lucia, there is a ferry called L'Express de Iles that interconnects Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique and St Lucia.
Overall, Anse Chastanet is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 10 snorkeling dives in St Lucia.