Final DiveFebruary 8 in Saint Lucia ⋅ 🌧 10 °C
Friday morning hit harder than the rest (that 23:30 bed-time yo) and once again I was rushing into the breakfast buffet piling food on a plate to take away whilst the staff there laughed along with me: “Late again?” “Always!” For the first time in the entire trip the dive-bus was actually on time though, and as the guide leader called our room numbers S. and I shovelled food into our mouths as fast as we could - immediately, our guide stopped us. “Guys! No rush! I didn’t realise you were still eating, take ten!” Honestly, the vibe here is so calm, so mellow, and although I know it’s a holiday resort and that’s the experience they’re selling, but I genuinely feel like it’s a way of life here. Everyone thanks you for being patient instead of apologising for being late, they are always laughing, joking, and no matter how busy it gets they exude a collected calmness that really makes you think “why do we take life so seriously back home?”
Anyway, onto the mini-bus, onto the boat, and into the water. The Pitons dive was, by far, my favourite dive. Although the wreck-dives on the first day had been an experience, I was a little underwhelmed, and didn’t really feel the sublime awe I was hoping for. The Pitons dive however was filled with sea-life, and the waters were clear, something which we hadn’t quite got on this holiday yet. There were strong currents, which I personally enjoyed because I got to cruise along the way. S. got a little panicked and reached out to grab by hand, fearing we would be separated deep at sea (too cute). The second dive was closer to the resort, and it was also fairly lively with schools of fish that surrounded us all - it was très, très cool.
And just like that, the dive were all over. We took the rest of the day at the hotel to completely relax, and S. patiently dealt with a few emotional tears about not wanting to go back to London. I perked up when he reminded me of the evening’s dinner plans: we were going to Gordon’s at the Sandals Grande and I was very very excited - we had heard good things about this particular restaurant, and it had been hard to get reservations. My oh my were all my hopes confirmed. It was by far the best meal of the entire stay, as well as the most gorgeous location (an open pier overlooking sea with a perfect breeze happily tickling us throughout the evening). If I went back I would definitely book there twice (at least!).
I was very pleasantly energised after food, a cocktail and two glasses of wine, so when we stumbled into a chocolate party I had no issue bee-lining for the table and stuffing my face with the last five whit-chocolate covered strawberries. Ahhhh they were so delicious, and to this day I feel like chocolate and strawberries are the most genius combination ever: strawberries? health! chocolate? health! Winner-winner all around.Read more