Many people planning a trip to the Caribbean find themselves wondering which locations are best for underwater observation. Time and time again, St. Lucia is mentioned as having some of the best waters for snorkeling. St. Lucia is an experience that is unparalleled in the world with three main spots that are great for snorkelers. Enjoy our article on the Best Snorkeling in St. Lucia.
St. Lucia is a great example of an ideal location for an avid snorkeler. It also provides a huge number of options for the novice to the experienced. Anyone planning a trip to the Caribbean that includes snorkeling into their activities should without hesitation include St. Lucia on their trip agenda.ANSE DE PITONS
The most popular location for snorkeling in St. Lucia is Anse de Pitons located at the base of the Pitons. Being at the base of these two natural mountains creates a very dramatic crescent shape that brings awe and wonder to all that see it. The underwater sections of the mountains are popular with those snorkeling in St. Lucia because a vast array of aquatic animals make it their home. It is a great location to see a variety of corals and fish. This is a fairly deep snorkel location because it is directly at the base of the Petit Piton.ANSE CHASTANET BEACH
Another fantastic snorkeling location is Anse Chastanet Beach. While this location is becoming more well known with time, it is still less popular than the Anse de Pitons. A section of the Anse Chastanet Beach has been roped off to prevent boats from disturbing the aquatic life. This allows snorkelers to have a wonderful shallow water experience with some of the best underwater sights available in the entire world. The roped off area is now a nature preserve that has gained the title Fairy Land because of the wondrous sights. Because the nature preserve at Anse Chastanet Beach is right off of the beach in the shallowest waters available for snorkeling in St. Lucia, it provides a unique environment that is great for underwater photography. The wonderful and diverse fish life in this area is breathtaking and the waters are full of interesting and colorful coral that will surprise new and veteran snorkelers alike.VIRGIN COVE
The third well known snorkeling area in St. Lucia is the Virgin Cove. The Virgin Cove is not as popular as Anse de Pitons or filled with nearly as much interesting aquatic life as Anse Chastanet Beach but it does offer something quite unique. This cove has a snorkeling area that is only fifteen feet deep which offers a diverse view of ocean life without being too much of a challenge for even the most basic beginner. This is a great area to learn how to snorkel without missing out on the experience that St. Lucia has to offer for all snorkelers.ANSE COCHON
There are many less well known snorkeling areas for visitors but one of the favored locations among locals is Anse Cochon. There is a nearby resort at Anse Cochon but most tourists end up at one of the other three locations and overlook this area. Locals will testify that Anse Cochon actually offers some of the most beautiful snorkeling on the entire island. This area offers a densely populated section of the ocean that gives a lot of experience in a smaller area. This is ideal for anyone that is given a limited amount of time to go snorkeling while visiting the island.REDUIT BEACH
Finally, every visitor to St. Lucia should check out Reduit Beach on the northwest coast. The biggest drawback to this area is that it is hugely popular with boaters and surfers, so a snorkeler must be diligent about safety in this area. That said, this area offers a similar underwater experience to the three most popular sites but works very well for those that are traveling with a group that is more interested in the beaches than snorkeling.
When traveling to St. Lucia be prepared to pay in either dollars or euros but receive Eastern Caribbean currency in return. The United States has established a fixed monetary rate agreement with this region but Europe does not. All of the beach areas have plenty of restaurants and amenities available nearby, so planning meals ahead is not vitally important. It is also highly recommended that when participating in water activities that all tourists get traveler's insurance. Most of the medical care providers in the Caribbean require payment up front and this insurance will cover that cost should an injury or illness occur.
By Roy Jamason
Updated April 5, 2015