Snorkeling Around Rodney Bay

Snorkeling in Rodney Bay is not something you hear a lot about, but it is definitely an activity you should consider participating in, even if it does take a little bit of planning to pull off in such a way that makes the experience a worthy one.

St. Lucia's water conditions as a whole are great for snorkeling.  The water temperatures rarely dip lower than 77 degrees, so a wet suit is not necessary to protect you from the cold, and visibility is crisp, clear, and can reach up to 100 feet below the surface.  Additionally, the waters tend to be calm enough in this area to make snorkeling a more than pleasurable experience.

The problem with Rodney Bay is that there are no notable sites to see from the area's .  Sure, you may encounter a sting ray hiding in the sand, or a few juvenile fish in a crop of rocks, but the best spots for snorkeling in all of St. Lucia are offshore and accessible only by boat.

There are a few ways you can make sure to see these sites.  Most local dive centers allow snorkelers to ride along during their dive excursions and some even offer trips specifically for snorkelers.  There are also tour guides that have trips that either include snorkeling or focus on it, and most of the time if you charter a captained sail boat, they are more than happy to stop for some snorkeling and often even have gear on board for you to use.  The Coral Gardens and Roseman's Trench are the two most accessible sites from Rodney Bay by boat, but you can always discuss other options with your guide.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to explore what's below the surface you might enjoy 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 a short distance away North-Northwest of central Rodney Bay.

Rodney Bay is another option. 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 site 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.

Details concerning 3 of the most popular locations where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed here:

Snorkeling Sites Near Rodney Bay
Site Location Island
Rodney Bay 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Rodney Bay Saint Lucia
Reduit Beach None, 1.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Rodney Bay
Pigeon Island National Landmark Pigeon Island, 1.8 mi. Northwest of Central Rodney Bay Pigeon Island

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you can check with Sea Spray Day Cruises. The available tours include a Tout Bagay Day Tour, Pirate's Day Adventure, a Botanical Gardens Zip excursion, and Sunset Cruise. The vessels at Sea Spray Day Cruises may also be reserved for private events.

Another option worth investigating is Typhoon Tours. The tours available include half or full day excursions, sunset cruises, and snorkeling expeditions. Captain Typhoon will lead you to beloved locations such as the natural Tunnel of Love, Bat Cave, Souffriere, and the Twin Pitons, to name a few. They're found within Rodney Bay.

A third good option is Wave Riders. Offering the only power catamaran tours on St. Lucia, Wave Riders will take you out on the water to spend your day sailing in a luxury setting as you see the island from the sea.

Look through this table to learn more about boat operators that provide snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Rodney Bay
Name Phone Location
Endless Summer Cruises (758) 450-8651 0.3 mi. North of Central Rodney Bay
Saluna Watersports Boat Tours (758) 727-0009 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Rodney Bay
Sea Spray Day Cruises (758) 458-0123 0.3 mi. North of Central Rodney Bay
Typhoon Tours (758) 284-7575 0.3 mi. North of Central Rodney Bay
Wave Riders (758) 452-0808 0.4 mi. North of Central Rodney Bay

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to check with 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. They are situated in La Brelotte Bay, a short distance away West-Southwest of central Rodney Bay.

A second place worth knowing about is Saluna Watersports. Water sports are always a great way to spend your vacation time, and Saluna makes renting equipment fast and easy. Along with their {% link_to 1710393 using 'boat tours' %} and {% link_to 5056412 using 'water taxi services' %}, Saluna will get you out on the water in no time, with incredibly fun activities like water skiing, wake boarding, banana boats and tubing. Don't worry if you have never done a certain sport before either; they have instructors available to teach you the basics of whatever sport you want to learn and will help you until you feel comfortable going solo.

A third place to consider is Scuba Steve's Diving. Specializing in guided tours that the whole family can enjoy, this watersports center and tour guide operator wants their guests to experience the best of the island with them at your service. They're found within Gros Islet, a short distance away North-Northwest of central Rodney Bay.

Check the table below for more information concerning 4 firms that provide snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Rodney Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Dive Fair Helen Snorkeling Tour Operator (758) 451-7716 Downtown Castries, 5.1 mi. South West of Central Rodney Bay
Eastern Caribbean Diving Snorkeling Tour Operator (758) 453-3483 La Brelotte Bay, 1.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Rodney Bay
Saluna Watersports Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (758) 727-0009 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Rodney Bay
Scuba Steve's Diving Snorkeling Tour Operator (758) 450-9433 Gros Islet, 0.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Rodney Bay

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

There may be some effort involved in ensuring you see the best snorkeling sites that Rodney Bay has access to, but if you've ever participated in the sport you'll know it is worth the work.  

 

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