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St Lucia

The small island of St Lucia in the Caribbean is no more than 617 square kilometres in size and belongs to a group of islands known as the Windward Islands. The island is volcanic and considerably higher and more mountainous than most other islands in the Caribbean. The highest point is 950 metres above sea level. However, it is the two most famous landmarks "The Pitons" (Gros & petit Piton) that are most popular. Both peaks are over 700 metres high and the highest peak can be hiked to at almost 800 metres. The peaks are so famous that they are even on the flag of St Lucia. They have also given their name to the local beer. The peaks are volcanic and there are hot springs and even sulphur comes out in gaseous form here. A very popular excursion destination of course and guides can be booked through the hotels.

The Pitons has a rich fauna and here on the island there are five species of birds endemic to St Lucia and a small anole lizard which is also endemic. This means that it is only found here and nowhere else in the world. The mountain peaks here in St Lucia are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The weather is classically tropical and Caribbean. This means consistently high temperatures all year round and it can rain all year round. Most rain normally falls during June to November but December to January can also be quite rainy. The driest and most popular months are February to May when it normally hardly rains at all. Temperatures are generally between 26-28°C all year round but can peak up to 31°C and sometimes drop to 23°C at night.

Activities and diving

The island is extremely popular with sailors and for outdoor activities. Canoeing is popular around the island and it is also possible to go fishing by kayak. It is also possible to go on a romantic sunset paddle. Scuba diving is also available. The reefs are rich in life and you can see crustaceans, bristle worms, tube worms, anemones, gorgonians, various corals, sponges, snappers, barracudas, turtles, emperor fish, butterfly fish, blennies, octopus and much more. There are also a couple of wrecks sunk as artificial reefs to help marine life. The wrecks are in good condition and lots of coral has started to grow on them. Many species of fish congregate in and around the wrecks. The wrecks can be penetrated.

Like most places in the Caribbean, the diving is normally best between 12-20 meters deep, The diving is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced divers. Many people combine trips here to St Lucia with sailing in the Caribbean or to have a relaxing holiday with various land activities. If you want to combine your Caribbean sailing holiday with diving at St Lucia, we can help arrange it.

Travel information St Lucia

  • Time zone: -4 GMT
  • Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar ($)
  • Language: English and to some extent Saint Lucian Creole French (called locally) Patwa
  • Water: Tap water and ice made from tap water are available to drink but bottled water is available to buy.
  • Visa: Not required for travellers from EU countries.
  • Health: Contact your nearest vaccination clinic for advice.
  • Hyperbaric chamber: There is a pressure chamber located at Tapion Hospital. Treatment in the chamber is an expensive affair so make sure you have insurance to cover this. 
  • Country code: +1
  • Electricity: Standard 230 volt and English trepin electrical sockets (type G) .

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