Snorkeling Around Gros Islet

Don't give up on the possibility of exploring the pristine coral reef systems nearby Gros Islet just because you aren't a trained scuba diver.  All you need is a snorkel, a mask, and maybe some fins, and you will be able to immerse yourself in the peace and tranquility of this island's marine landscape.

It may not be as mentioned as often as some other islands in the Caribbean, but St. Lucia is a great snorkeling destination, but you have to know where to look.  Water conditions in the Gros Islet area are fantastic, with warm temperatures year round, calm surf, and visibility that reaches upwards of 100 feet.  When you visit the small beach of Gros Islet, you'll often see a snorkel or two bobbing out of the water, and you certainly can bring your gear and explore here as well.  The problem is, that the underwater landscape here is lacking anything of true interest.  To really be amazed, you'll need to go a little further out from shore.

A boat is a necessity when it comes to snorkeling in the Gros Islet area.  You don't need to know how to sail to participate in the sport.  Most sailing charters are more than happy to stop and let their guests get in a bit of time in the water, and many even provide a snorkeling kit.  There are also several dive shops and tour operators that offer snorkeling tours on a daily basis.  Some of the top visited sites from Gros Islet include Coral Gardens and the Roseman's Trench, but you can speak with your tour guide if you have other locations in mind.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to explore below the water's surface you might want to visit Reduit Beach. Although you have to be on the lookout for surfers and boaters, this beach is a great site for snorkeling thanks to its diverse array of marine life. This snorkeling site is found within Gros Islet.

Rodney Bay is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. If you have the chance to snorkel in this bay, some of the fish you'll encounter will include parrotfish, squirrelfish, flounder, and blue tang, plus octopus, spiny lobster, and arrow crabs.

A third location to consider is Pigeon Island National Landmark. The rocky shore turns into a rocky underwater world where coral and many types of fish are prevalent and the crystal clear waters make it easy to explore.

Summary information concerning 3 of the best locations where you can experience snorkeling in this area are listed directly below.

Snorkeling Sites Near Gros Islet
Site Location Island
Reduit Beach None, 0.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Gros Islet
Rodney Bay 0.5 mi. South West of Central Gros Islet Saint Lucia
Pigeon Island National Landmark Pigeon Island, 1.1 mi. Northwest of Central Gros Islet Pigeon Island

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you should check out Scuba Steve's Diving. Daily snorkeling trips leave at 9:00 a.m. and last four to fie hours. They are located in southern Gros Islet.

A second company catering to snorkelers is Eastern Caribbean Diving. In addition to participating in snorkeling courses or signing up for an excursion, you can purchase National Geographic Snorkel gear from this shop.

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Be sure to look at the table just below to see 3 companies that offer snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Gros Islet
Name Type Phone Location
Eastern Caribbean Diving Snorkeling Tour Operator (758) 453-3483 La Brelotte Bay, 2.3 mi. South West of Central Gros Islet
Saluna Watersports Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (758) 727-0009 0.4 mi. South West of Central Gros Islet
Scuba Steve's Diving Snorkeling Tour Operator (758) 450-9433 0.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Gros Islet

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read this comprehensive Caribbean snorkeling page.

Because it does take a bit of effort and at least a half day of your time to see some of the best snorkeling sites in Gros Islet, it is recommended that you make a point to book your tour in advance of your trip.  This way you have a scheduled slot of time to make sure you get to see exactly why the underwater world of St. Lucia is so highly praised by those who have been able to enjoy it.  


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