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're looking forward to exploring what's below the 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 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 place 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.

The chart just below offers more details concerning 3 of the best locations where you can go snorkeling in this area.

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 best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're ready to snorkel during a boat trip, you can 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 worth investigating 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. They're located in Rodney Bay.

Still another option 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.

You can look through the following table for information concerning day sails and boat trips that offer 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 (758) 518-8236 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 someone offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar 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 situated in Gros Islet, a short distance away North-Northwest of central Rodney Bay.

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.

A third place to consider is Dive Fair Helen. Depending on the day, the conditions, and your preferences, they will usually take their snorkeling tours to Soufriere, Anse Cochon, the Pitons, or Anse Chastanet. They're found within downtown Castries, easily reached by taxi South West of central Rodney Bay.

A few details regarding 3 companies that offer services related to snorkeling are listed here:

Snorkeling Services Near Rodney Bay
Name Phone Location
Dive Fair Helen (758) 451-7716 Downtown Castries, 5.1 mi. South West of Central Rodney Bay
Eastern Caribbean Diving (758) 453-3483 La Brelotte Bay, 1.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Rodney Bay
Scuba Steve's Diving (758) 450-9433 Gros Islet, 0.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Rodney Bay

To learn more about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" read our detailed discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

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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