Snorkeling Around Soufrière

Soufriere stands out among the snorkeling destinations on St. Lucia because of the famous Piton Peaks.  While the mountains tower over the island, they also extend to beneath the sea, creating a mesmerizing underwater landscape that is hard to duplicate.  

Another notable fact about snorkeling in Soufrière is that it is one of the only town's on the island where snorkeling from the is worth your time.  This means you have the option of renting your gear and sticking close to the shore, or choosing to participate in a boat-led snorkeling tour that will take you to some sites that are not so readily accessed.

There are several beaches along Soufrière's coast that allows snorkelers to see sites that are influenced at least in part by the Pitons.  These include Anse de Pitons, which is the only beach on the island situated directly between the two peaks.  You should also definitely head to Anse Chastanet Snorkeling which is just slightly north of town and considered to have the best snorkeling from the shore on the entire island. As an added bonus the clear, warm waters lead to stunning dark-sand beaches, so your companions who want to hang out in the sand will be perfectly happy doing so.  

If you've had your fill of these more localized snorkeling sites, it is time to go out a bit further.  There are two dive centers in town that offer daily trips to the Soufrière reefs for their divers, and snorkelers are welcome to tag along.  You can also find several tour companies in the area that have boat trips specified towards the popular deep water snorkeling sites, and most sail boat charters make stops for their guests who want to participate in the sport. 

Snorkeling Sites

If you want to explore what's down below you should consider a visit to Anse Chastanet. Considered to be one of the top snorkeling sites on the island, the reef here ranges from depths of five to 25 feet for snorkelers, then plateaus and continues as low as 140 feet for divers. In addition to the healthy reef, sponges, and sea fans, there are 150 or more different species of sea creatures including creole wrasse, sea horses, sergeant majors, eels, blue tangs, peacock flounders, turtles, octopus, needlefish, and much more. This snorkeling site is situated a short distance away West-Northwest of central Soufrière.

Trau au Diable is another option. Just off the black sand beach is an underwater world that can only be described as intriguing. Thanks to clear waters, snorkelers will be able to encounter a diverse underwater world that includes healthy reef, large barrel sponges, coral heads, grunts, and chromis.

A third place to consider is Jalouise. Perhaps the most popular snorkeling site on the whole of the island, its unique location creates a dramatic underwater landscape that forms a crescent and is home to several varieties of coral and dozens of schools of fish.

Some basic details about 3 of the best locations to experience snorkeling in this area are listed here:

Snorkeling Sites Near Soufrière
Site Location Island
Trau au Diable 1.3 mi. West of Central Soufrière Saint Lucia
Anse Chastanet 1.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Soufrière Saint Lucia
Jalouise None, 2.1 mi. South of Central Soufrière

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe 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 Mystic Man Tours. Featured tours include whale and dolphin watching off the shore of Soufriere, sunset cruising near the Pitons, snorkeling in local coral reefs, and deep sea fishing. You may also embark on a private sailing journey or customize your own adventure package.

Another option to consider is Benny's Boat Tours. The available tours include a Pitons Trail tour, Soufriere Sea Tour, sunset cruises, dinner transfers, island hopping, and private boat tours. They also provide transportation to the local fish fry night. They're found in the heart of Soufrière.

Some key facts concerning boat trips and day sails that offer snorkeling opportunities are provided in the following table.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Soufrière
Name Phone Location
Benny's Boat Tours (758) 519-7416 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Soufriere
Mystic Man Tours (758) 459-7783 Downtown Soufriere

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a place that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you can check with Scuba St. Lucia. In addition to snorkeling instruction at the Anse Chastanet Reef, they also offer guided snorkeling tours to many of the island's other popular snorkeling sites. They are situated a short distance away West-Northwest of central Soufrière.

A second company that offers snorkeling related services is Discover Soufriere. Helping you to plan all of your adventures and explorations of the island, this tour guide even makes an effort to get their guests out to do some snorkeling.

The chart below summarizes some details about two places that provide snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Soufrière
Name Phone Location
Discover Soufriere (758) 489-7077 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Soufriere
Scuba St. Lucia (758) 459-7755 1.5 mi. West-Northwest of Central Soufrière

For more information concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" check out our extensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

Soufrière may very well be the best town on St. Lucia to visit if your vacation will revolve around snorkeling.  Not only can you pick a beach and get to it, you can also very easily (and inexpensively) plan to head into deeper waters for even greater possibilities.  


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