We did 7 dives in St Lucia, over 4 days. Diving was all inclusive so a huge saving. The boat is modern and all the kit in great condition, and the whole thing well run and managed. Sea temperatures were 26 but quickly cooled at depth, so a 3 mm shorty needed, but no gloves allowed, to protect the coral.
The first dive was on a wreck, and having lost some 50% of their coral the Government are trying to reverse this with a number of shallow wrecks, and they seem to be well populated and at 25m max depth, easily reached. The dive was split between expert, intermediate and beginners, for some reason BSAC divers are seen as expert, but after all the excellent training we have had we were not fazed in any sense, even when the boat was pitching 5ft and, on one occasion, the current was so strong they could only get us back on the boat by a rope.
We saw sea snake, lobsters, a sea horse (pic below but you will need expert eyes to see it!) masses of fish and flora, all in pristine conditions. We did a drift dive past the Pitons, a famous volcanic twin mountain, and this was a wall dive and one of the big ticket dives.
Each day was a great boat trip, the morning dives being the more serious one, the afternoon for learners and snorkelers. We were out by 9.00 and back by 12.30, the morning dive being two tank. The tank are aluminium so a weighting challenge there, + the shorty + all measurements are in imperial not metric, so we had to take a while to work out what we needed! Overall I ended up with about 6kg so a bit lighter than the UK.
One final unexpected bonus, England played the West Indies in St Lucia so we went to see the 20:20 cricket match and that was quite an experience! All in all a fabulous holiday. Enjoy the video.