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 want to experience what's down below 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 place 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 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.

Summary information concerning 3 of the most popular places where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed in the chart 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

Some people believe the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you're hoping to snorkel 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 located within Rodney Bay.

Still another option is Wave Riders. Wave Riders offers two different tours, the Martinique Splendor and the Martinique Shop Hop. Both bring passengers from St. Lucia to Martinique for sightseeing and/or shopping.

Check the table below for details on day sails and boat trips that provide snorkeling opportunities.

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're looking for a place offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you should check out Eastern Caribbean Diving. Explore the underwater world with a team that is professional and courteous when you choose this dive center that is PADI International Resort Association Member to help you get your snorkeling adventure started. They are found in La Brelotte Bay, a short distance away West-Southwest of central Rodney Bay.

Another company that offers snorkeling related services is Saluna Watersports. Saluna Water Sports offers all interested parties a variety of different water activities in a fun environment with the help of experienced professionals on the coasts of St. Lucia.

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 located within Gros Islet, a short distance away North-Northwest of central Rodney Bay.

The chart below enables you to get information concerning 4 firms that provide services related to snorkeling.

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 tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read our extensive 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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