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 beaches.  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're looking forward to exploring below the water's 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 situated a short distance away North-Northwest of central Rodney Bay.

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.

Some key information about 3 of the best places to go snorkeling in this area are listed right below.

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

Sea Spray Day Cruises

For some people, the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you might want to check with Sea Spray Day Cruises. Family owned and operated for nearly 25 years, Sea Spray Cruises offers local knowledge and true passion for the Caribbean Sea. Their fleet consists of 3 catamarans and 1 schooner.

Another option to investigate is Typhoon Tours. Fully ensured and licensed by the National Conservacy, the 28' Typhoon Bowen speedboat will lead you to all of the beautiful destinations St. Lucia has to offer on its exclusive tours. They're found within Rodney Bay.

Still another 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.

A few details with regard to boat trips and day sails that offer snorkeling opportunities are provided in the chart below.

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 someone that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you can check with Scuba Steve's Diving. Daily snorkeling trips leave at 9:00 a.m. and last four to fie hours. They are located in Gros Islet, a short distance away North-Northwest of central Rodney Bay.

Another place worth knowing about 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.

A third company worth contacting is Dive Fair Helen. Make your next snorkeling adventure a comfortable one, but traveling with this tour operator aboard their luxury boat as you go from one snorkeling site to the next. This is also a great option for families who may have people who want to relax and enjoy the ride while other members of their party take to the water. They're found within downtown Castries, easily reached by taxi South West of central Rodney Bay.

Check out the following table for more information regarding 4 firms that offer services of interest to snorkelers.

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

For more information concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" read this 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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