The once a year phenomenon that’s a can’t miss for divers to St Lucia
Predicted: August 25 – 27, 2024 and August 15-17, 2025
Once a year, a miraculous event occurs in the underwater world – coral spawning, a natural spectacle of grand proportions. At Anse Chastanet Resort, St Lucia, a select group of guests have the unique opportunity to witness this rare phenomenon, as it unfolds in the waters just off the Anse Chastanet beach.
Coral spawning is a synchronized event where corals release countless egg and sperm cells, creating a mesmerizing underwater display. These cells, floating upwards, resemble a massive blizzard of white and pink, transforming the sea into a surreal, colorful spectacle. This event typically happens once a year, turning parts of the ocean into hues of yellow and pink.
Anse Chastanet’s dedicated scuba diving team, with their profound understanding of this natural occurrence, accurately predicts the timing of the coral spawning each year. They expertly guide both novice and experienced divers and snorkelers to observe this remarkable phenomenon up close, providing a truly unforgettable experience.
First documented in the 1980s at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, coral spawning is not just a stunning display but is also crucial for the survival of coral reefs and, by extension, our global ecosystems. Coral reefs, though often out of sight, play a pivotal role in our world’s marine biodiversity and food chains. This annual mass reproduction event is vital for the replenishment and health of coral reefs, which are home to an estimated 25% of all marine life and serve as critical nurseries for many fish species.
Furthermore, coral reefs are vital for human life too. They protect coastlines from storms and erosion, provide jobs for local communities, and offer opportunities for recreation. They are also a source of food and new medicines. Approximately half a billion people rely on reefs for food, income, and protection. Thus, witnessing coral spawning is not only a chance to see one of nature’s most spectacular events but also to gain insight into an essential process that supports both marine and human life.
At Anse Chastanet, guests can immerse themselves in this incredible natural event, gaining a deeper appreciation for the wonders of our marine environment and the intricate processes that sustain it.
To stay with us during Coral Spawning, book our 7 Night Dive Deal Package. Special night dives will be offered on Coral Spawning nights. Night dives are charged at USD $64 plus a coral spawning surcharge of US 30 applies per dive, subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT for each night dive, payable locally.
Dive Deal Rates for 2024
TRAVEL JUNE 1 – OCT 31, 2024
US 2,999 per person/diver/dbl occ/US 2495 per person/non-diver/dbl occ
US 2719 per person/diver/triple occ/US 2215 per person/non-diver/triple occ
US 4629 single diver/US 4125 single non-diver
The Dive Deal package includes:
7 nts run of house accommodation, airport transfers, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all tax/service, welcome drink and culinary amenity on arrival, 12 beach or boat dives incl of tank, weights, belt, mask, snorkel, fins ( other equipment at a charge if needed, marine park fee to be paid locally ) comp non motorized watersports. Special night dives will be offered on Coral Spawning nights. Night dives are charged at USD $64 plus a coral spawning surcharge of US 30 applies per dive, subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT for each night dive, payable locally.
A marine park fee of US 15 is to be paid locally. The package is available to certified divers. Please bring your c cards with you. As you are aware certain medical conditions prevent you from diving. If you have any concerns, please address them prior to travel with your diving physician or contact our scuba shop at SCUBA@ANSECHASTANET.COM – we recommend that you study our pre -arrival scuba information which can be found HERE.