Val des Pitons
P.O. Box 251
Soufriere, Saint Lucia West Indies
T: +1 758 456 8000
F: +1 758 459 7667
Reservations: 800 235 4300 (USA), International: +1 758 456 8000 sb.info@viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

    Scuba & Watersports in St Lucia

    Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort has gained international recognition for its spectacular location and excellent diving conditions, drawing scuba and water sports enthusiasts from around the world.

    The PADI Dive Centre at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is just feet away from the crystal waters of Anse des Pitons and the protected underwater park and National Marine Reserve that stretch along the base of the Petit Piton to the north and the Gros Piton to the south.

    With an abundance and diversity of marine life, divers from beginners to advanced will find plenty to fill their log books – from easy reef dives to challenging drift dives and drop-offs.


    Non-Motorized

    The following equipment is available free of charge from your Water Sports Pavillion, near the Jetty:

    Kayak (single and two seater)
    Paddle Boats (two and four seater)
    Paddle Boards
    Wind Surfing
    Hobie Cat

    Our expert staff is available to provide you with individual training classes for sailing and wind-surfing ($25 per session). To sign-up, please contact one of the Water Sports attendants.

    Special Offer:

    A 2 Hour Kayak trip to Coral Garden Reef – at the base of Gros Piton, this reef offers above and below water an amazing landscape. This reef starts off in the shallows and won't go too deep as the majority of the reef is as deep as 50ft, with a few sandy patches. Unsual sargassum trigger fish can be spotted in the deeper area. Time for snorkeling included.

    Leaves Sugar Beach at 13:00 and returns at 15:00. Cost is $25 per person (excluding service charge), minimum 2 persons. Please register with one of the Water Sports attendants.

    Motorized

    A plethora of motorized water sports activities are available to choose from:

    Water/Mono-ski - 10min -$35.00
    Wake-board - 10min -$35.00
    Kneeboard - 10min $35.00
    Banana Boat (min. 4) - 10min - $15/$20 per seat (child/adult)
    Mega-wind - 10min - $20 a seat
    Tubing  10min - $20 per tube

    Price excludes 10% service charge.

    Scuba Diving - Dive Sites

    Saint Lucia is a paradise for divers.  The island forms the tip of an underwater volcano where both beginner and experienced divers can rejoice in a stunning variety of coral, sponges and sea fauna.  There are too many dive sites to list. However, our professional dive team has put together an exhaustive list of dives sites that should keep you busy for a while!

    Trou Diable
    Creole for “Devil’s Hole”, Trou Diable is a fascinating location. One of the largest plateau dive areas, it is also known as one of the healthiest reefs you’ll ever dive on. Barrel Sponges and well-developed coral heads with schools of Chromis and Grants in profusion.

    Pinnacles
    Also Known as the Keyhole Pinnacles, which is located outside the bay of Soufriere. The dive site has four spectacular peaks that rise from depths to within a few feet from the surface. Trumpet fish, filefish, blennies, and other fish make this their home. Seahorses are sometimes found on this dive.

    Superman’s Flight
    Located at the base of the Petit Piton, this dive site is well known for its underwater beauty and also currents. Part of Superman II was filmed there and that’s why it got its name. Huge barrel sponges and lovely soft orange sponges make this a tremendous dive. When the current is present this is a              perfect site for drift diving.

    The Staircase
    Named because of its formation, this dive is a great and beautiful site. Another untouched site which makes it an ideal home for a diverse aquatic life. Turtle of different sizes are also found on this site. The coral life is very healthy and fascinating.

    Piton Wall
    Situated in the Jalousie Bay, this dive site has a wonderful wall that drops down to hundreds of feet below. Home to much aquatic life of different sizes. Seahorses are also known to be seen on this dive.

    Piton Wall II
    The continuation of Piton Wall going into Superman’s Flight.  Because this reef is untouched by divers it makes the site very beautiful with aquatic life and corals.

    Sugar Beach Reef
    Within “walking” distance from the beach, this is our home reef. With easy access from the dive shop to the water, this dive is appropriate for beginners and newly certified divers.

    Jalousie
    Lots of schooling fish of various sizes and color. Located at the base of the Gros Piton this site is about five minutes dive from the dive shop. A vast range of different corals and sponges can be seen as well.

    Coral Garden
    This reef starts off in the shallows and won't go too deep as the majority of the reef is as deep as 50ft, with a few sandy patches. Unsual sargassum trigger fish can be spotted in the deeper area.

    Anse La Raye Wall
    A dramatic wall falls from the surface, covered in Sea Whips, Gorgonians and soft coral. Delicate soft corals and large Feather Dusters can be found on this site.

    Lesleen M Wreck
    A 165ft steel freighter that was sunk in 1986 for the purpose of diving. It is covered with deep sea fans and sponges with a variety of reef fish. School of fish can be found in and around the wreck, as well as Moray Eels, Frogfish, Lobsters and much more.

    Anse Cochon
    A steep slope with large boulders covered in Sponges and Gorgonians. In the shallower parts of the reef, Seahorses, Scorpion Fish and Cleaner Shrimps are found in abundance.

    Grande Caille
    Creole for “Large Reef” or “Big House”, Grande Caille is known as a very dramatic site. Deep water Gorgonians, Sea Whips, Huge Brain Corals and Barrel Sponges in pristine condition can be seen here.

    Turtle Reef
    A crescent-shaped reef that drops quickly from a plateau to a sandy turtle grass bottom. Located in the bay of Anse Chastanet, it starts off in the shallows at about 15ft of water with large boulders, continuing to the main reef at about 40ft where it then drops off to over 150ft . Spectacular Pillar Corals and huge Barrel Sponges can be seen. You are very likely to see Hawksbill and Green Turtles as it is adjacent to turtle grass beds.

    Anse Chastanet Reef
    A plateau between 5 and 25ft that drops down to over 145ft. The reef is covered in gorgonians, soft coral and sponges. Since it’s a marine reserve, the reef is covered with a variety of marine life such as Moray Eels, Parrotfish, Blennies, Crabs and big schools of Needle Fish. For photographers, this is the chance to use your  macro lens.

    Fairyland
    This tremendous dive site is the continuation of the Anse Chastanet Reef. Starting off at about 40ft, the reef then slopes down to beyond. A very large plateau area is covered with beautiful soft corals and huge barrel sponges. Big schools of Horse Eye Jacks and Creole Wrasse make this reef their home. You can also see hawksbill turtles in different sizes. To the end is one of the most colourful walls around. When a current is present, this dive is ideal for drift diving.

    Snuba

    Snuba is a form of surface-supplied diving in which an underwater breathing system, developed by Snuba International, is used. The word Snuba is a portmanteau of "snorkel" and "scuba". The swimmer uses swim fins, a diving mask, weights, and diving regulator as in scuba diving. The air, however, instead of coming from tanks strapped to the diver's back, comes through a long hose from tanks on pontoon rafts on the surface. Snuba often serves as a form of introductory diving, in the presence of a professional, insured guide, and following a half-hour lesson (but not requiring scuba certification). If you enjoy Snuba, you should definitely upgrade to our Introduction to Scuba.

    $95 per person.

    Snorkeling

    Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities since ancient times, with the first references dating back to Aristotle in his "Parts of the Animals" (referring to divers using "instruments for respiration" resembling the elephant's trunk). Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, is no different due to the cordoned off marine preservation area located at the foot of Petit Piton, off our beach. Fins, masks and snorkel can be signed out at the Water Sports Cabana.

    We also offer Snorkeling excursions to various dive sites. Fees apply. Please register at the Water Sports Cabana.

    Special Offer:

    Night snorkeling off Sugar Beach’s National Marine Reserve. US$25 per person (excluding service charges), minimum of 4 person required – private snorkeling possible.