This site is rich in coral and marine life. The shallow areas displays brightly colored fire coral, while in the deeper end there are in descent purple vase sponges, barrel sponges, and soft coral. There is a lot of fish on this dive - look out particularly for jacks, Bermuda chubs and spotted-drums. The Anse La Raye wall is an excellent example of the colorful reefs of St. Lucia and a good site for underwater photography. It is best dived at around 50 to 60 feet.
This semicircular reef/wall is a richly diverse coral reef structure displaying both hard and soft corals. This reef starts off in 15 ft. with large colorful boulders which fringes the coastline and gravitates to patches of coral and eventually more defined structures of reef. The perfect setting for divers and snorkelers of all levels. Schools of snappers, grunts and Atlantic spade fish as well as turtles and barracudas are frequent residents of this reef especially at the 60' - 70' level.
Anse Cochon North & South Reef
There are only three dive sites on the west coast within the marine reserve areas that are ideal environments for resort and trainee open water diving. Two of these sites are in Anse Cochon (North and South reefs) and the other is the Anse Chastanet reef in Soufriere. The Anse Cochon - North and South Reefs are beach dives with coral and encrusted boulders that start in 5 ft. of water. The northern reef gradually descends to 40ft. where it merges with the Virgin Cove reef, where as the South Reef remains shallow to a maximum depth of 30 ft. The coral is more prolific on the northern side but both areas are rich in reef fish - spotted drums, goat fish, parrot fish, yellow snappers, grunts, damsel fish, chromis and wrasse.
Lesleen M. Wreck
A 165 foot freighter was sunk in October 1986 by the Department of Fisheries as part of a project to provide artificial reefs. It is covered with hard and soft corals, sponges and hydroids, and provides an ideal habitat for many juvenile fishes such as queen and french angel fish. Turtles and barracudas also frequent this wreck. The sandy bottom fringing the wreck is home to numerous schools of sand eels and divers should look out for our resident frog fishes, sea horses and black bar soldier fish. The wreck sits on an even keel on a sandy bottom and it is possible to penetrate the hold and engine room. The deepest point of the wreck is in 65 ft. of water whilst the highest point is in 40ft. Depth. History - The previous owner of this vessel (affectionately known as "Pappy Mac") sort to change the name of his ship by selecting a letter from the names of his grandchildren resulting in the name "Lesleen". The letter "M" stands for the surname of the family (Mc Quilkin) - Three generations of family members (grandfather, father and son) all involved with the sea and presently deceased all of whom were buried at sea. The owner of Dive Fair Helen was commissioned many years ago to paint the new name on this vessel and was directly involved in the sinking of her. He has traveled on her in her hay days and is privilege to many of her hidden secrets. The Lesleen M is an easy dive, excellent for close-up and macro photography, a good night dive.
Daini Koyomaru Wreck
This Japanese dredger was sunk in the south end of Anse Cochon in September 1996 by the Department of Fisheries. Most of the interior was deliberately left intact, offering an endless source of exploration for advanced divers. The vessel is a 16,000 ton metal structure, 244 feet long and approximately 80 feet high. The maximum depth of this dive is 108 feet. Already the wreck is a habitat for a number of fish species including eels and barracudas, many of which accompanied the vessel on its journey from the southern end of the island. The vessel was sunk in close proximity to an existing reef patch. The fact that the vessel landed on its side meant that a wall dive was created in conjunction with the wreck dive. It has been said that the position of the structure lends an aura of mystery to it. The Daini Koyomuru (Japanese for boat # 2) is quite a mouthful, but the site offers a challenging adventure for the experienced diver.