· Scuba for free
See that beach above and in the video? Yea, that's where we did our diveright from the shore at the BodyHoliday LeSPORT. For certified divers staying at this all-inclusive resort at the northern tip of the island, shore diving is part of the all-inclusive perks, as are free drinks, meals, staff tipping, most other water sports, and daily spa treatments. Therefore, if you want to pop in for an hour-and-fifteen-minute dive down to 40', just make arrangements with the hotel's scuba centre and leave your cash and credit cards in your room. For non-certified divers, it's all good as the all-inclusive aspect extends to you as well. The "Discover Scuba Diving" course and open water dive is part of your stay, no certification needed or giventry it to at least say you did it.
· Scuba easy
Since Saint Lucia is a volcanic island, you'll notice that the scenery is as lush underwater as it is on land. Thankfully the waters are blessed with many natural reefs, and a nice amount can be reached via the quick and painless shore dives. No need to plan half your day away for a boat dive a mile out; Saint Lucia is pretty friendly to these in-and-out dives. Not a diver? The water is so freaking clear that snorkelers can enjoy much of same underwater scenery and hang out with schools of fish without having to strap on an air tank and take certification classes.
· Scuba safe
Safety always needs to come first when you're strapping on something called a "self-contained underwater breathing apparatus." For real. So always ask questions and be open to learning, even after eleven years of diving and you might think you're a pro. Our dive masters for the day were BodyHoliday LeSPORT's Melissa and James, who taught us not onebut twonew safety tips that no other instructor or dive leader had ever bothered to clue us into. They also happened to be the most positive and attractive dive leaders we've ever had, so you knowwe did pay attention more closely too. They also offer PADI scuba certification at the resort, and you'll get to spend plenty of time with Melissa and James if you opt for that.
So what we did see underwater anyway? Oh you know, fish and coral and stuff. Forgive us; we're still in the relaxed-as-rubber, blissful stage that comes post-dive. But reallywe waved at some lobster, agitated several arrow crabs, flirted with flounder, peered at a couple eels and let a sea anemone make a brief home of the palm of our hand. Accompanying us on our tour of the reef were the occasional trunk fish and trumpet fish, and although it sounds sad, we're pretty sure we ate their buddies for dinner afterward.
Disclosure: Jaunted is traveling to St. Lucia as a guest of Jetblue and the St. Lucia Tourism Board
· The BodyHoliday LeSPORT [Official site]
· Saint Lucia's Skies Just Got A Little Jetbluer, And We Were On Board [Jaunted]
· Live From Jetblue's Inaugural Flight To Saint Lucia [Jaunted]
· Saint Lucia coverage [Jaunted]
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