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Thursday, January 23, 2020

A Local's Travel Guide to St. Lucia!

My name is Levi Leonce. I’m from a small island in the Caribbean called St. Lucia and it is simply beautiful! I’ve lived on this picturesque island for almost my entire life. Currently, I’m in the U.S. pursuing my bachelor’s degree and have spent several weeks as an intern for Sub Sea Systems. As a guest writer for this week’s blog, I’d like to share with you my travel guide to St. Lucia.

Fourteen degrees north and sixty degrees west, you'll find our little paradise. With only 238 square miles of land, the island is home to a little more than 180 thousand people. It is found in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean, and it is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway with your friends, family or significant other. Tourism is the main economic industry on the island and travelers can be bombarded with things to do. However, I will give you some advice on the must do’s and the don’ts when exploring St. Lucia.

First off, if you’re planning a vacation to our island, I recommend you come during the summer months between June and August because this is when tourism seasons starts to die down and you get smaller, more personalized, down-to-earth experiences. It’s almost always warm and sunny in St. Lucia, even during the quieter seasons, with a few sessions of rain every now and then.

I recommend packing light, thin clothing, and feel free to bring all your bright colors! Also, you probably will want to bring all of your swimsuits. Be sure to leave some space in your suitcase for any local clothing you may purchase and bring back with you.

Fun fact, St. Lucia is home to the world’s only drive-in volcano! The volcano has been dormant for thousands of years and has been transformed into a beautiful and relaxing attraction for both locals and visitors alike. Located in Soufriere, on the southern part of the island, the volcano is home to various hot springs and a sulfur mud bath that does wonders for the skin. (It is actually my personal favorite place to be on the island.) I would recommend this to everyone who visits, simply because you can never go wrong with a nice, rejuvenating sulfur bath.

I also recommend you take part in tours and excursions, specifically Sea TREK, snorkeling, ATV riding and ziplining through the rainforest.  For the more adventurous, take a hike up our twin pitons or through the rainforest.

If you’re a diver or you just want to snorkel I recommend you get in contact with my dad, Anthony Leonce, phone number 1-758-484-3346. He owns a local dive company and will get you to the best snorkel and dive sites on the island, and the best prices, too! If, however, you want to snorkel on your own, you can always head up to Pigeon Island Beach to snorkel in a safe, protected area. Pigeon Island Beach is located on the north side of the island and houses a national park, a few restaurants and several hotels. The beach is also home to Sea Adventures, Inc., a tourism operation that takes you on amazing Sea TREK experiences, among other exciting things.  There is something for everyone to do, and it never gets overly crowded; you always have your own personal space to relax. In addition, there is 24-hour security. It is the safest beach on the island– and my personal favorite.

Obviously, after a nice day at the beach, you will need to get some good food to eat. My favorite place to go is a small sushi restaurant called Rituals Sushi in the Rodney Bay Marina on the north side of the island. I recommend this spot for all sushi and seafood lovers. Their restaurant is right next to a marina, so you get to enjoy the ambiance of the ocean while you enjoy your food. Also, be sure to get your fair share of local street restaurants and cuisines. Higher-end restaurants may not reflect the true taste of the island.

If nightlife is what you want, attend our famous Friday night street parties, where you get to mingle and party with the locals. We also have a fish festival that happens every Friday night at two locations on the island, and that always makes for a good night out. Or, visit the Baywalk Shopping Mall and the Rodney Bay area, where you will find the local casino and all the local bars and grills.

Unlike other countries, during the weekdays St. Lucia does not have a very active nightlife, most businesses close at five and most stores close at about eight. The latest store closes at roughly around ten, and restaurants and bars shut down at about midnight. However on weekends, stores extend their hours, and restaurants, clubs, bars and grills usually stay open till two in the morning! Since tourism is our number one economic industry, gratuities have slowly integrated into our culture. It’s becoming a norm in the service industry, and there is no cap on how much one can tip; your contribution is based on the quality of service you feel you have received.

If you are looking for a place to stay during your visit to St. Lucia, you have a number of options. For someone looking for a high-end, 5-star hotel, I recommend Jade Mountain Resort. You can find out all you need to know about them at  On the other hand, if you’re looking for a place that is budget-friendly but still offers great quality service and a high-end experience, consider Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa or the all-inclusive Windjammer Landings Villa Beach Resort. Both are wonderful resorts that provide excellent service and will give you the best experience for your dollar.

If you’re staying at a hotel, I highly recommend you use the hotel’s taxi services to get around the country. Be aware that occasionally, local taxi drivers will overcharge because of the incorrect stereotype that all tourists are rich! If you really know your way around the country and want to blend in with the locals, you can take the public buses, or you can rent a vehicle. Unfortunately, we have no Uber or Lyft services on the island...yet.

We don’t have tight restrictions on domestic or wild animals in St. Lucia, so you will probably see animals, like cows or goats, just roaming around the forested areas! We have wild dogs and cats as well. Iguanas are native to the island, however, there are not many left, so we protect them. The national bird is a parrot species called the Amazona Versicolour; it is endangered and therefore also protected.

The people of St. Lucia are very friendly and open to interaction. It’s customary to greet people when you meet them. Don’t be alarmed when everyone greets you every time we see you!
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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Our (Exciting) Year in Numbers!

2019 was a VERY big year for Sub Sea Systems, loaded with fun and innovation! From exciting new products to world firsts, participating in a massive coastal cleanup, amazing new team members and a couple of weddings…our SSS family has had a very busy year.

We always recap our year by sharing a cute and clever infographic. This year, we’ve had so much “new and exciting” going on that we've decided to take a unique approach with sharing our year. We hope you enjoy the video below!

As we say goodbye to 2019 and TREK into a new decade, we wish you great success and many new opportunities. Our team has a lot on the books for the year and we look forward to sharing these exciting happenings! Stay tuned!

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Get to know Sea TREK’s Anthony Leonce!

This week, we’re excited to share a special interview conducted by our guest blogger, Sea TREK Guide and Sub Sea Systems intern, Levi Leonce. We asked Levi to interview his father, Anthony Leonce, the head of Sea TREK in St. Lucia and the manager of Sea Adventures, Inc.

Anthony has been a member of the Sea TREK family for close to 7 years and his operation has won several awards. He is a well-respected member of the Sea TREK community and we’re excited for you to get to know him a little better.

LEVI: When did you first start working with Sea TREK? 
ANTHONY: I first started working with Sea Trek in 2013 and have been with them ever since.

LEVI: What did you do for work, prior to working with SeaTREK?
ANTHONY: Before working with Sea Trek I managed the dive center for the Sandals hotel in St. Lucia

LEVI: What do you love the most about St. Lucia?
ANTHONY: I would probably say the people and terrain.

LEVI: What is your typical day like?
ANTHONY: I wake up at 3:30am and worship. Then, I teach an exercise class at 5:00am. I drop my son to school at 8:00am and report to work doing dives till 4:00pm and then I proceed to teach another exercise and karate class from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

LEVI: Tell us about your family
ANTHONY: I have two sons; one 20yrs and another 14yrs. My mother and father are still alive, and I have 5 brothers and 8 sisters.

LEVI: What do you do for fun?
ANTHONY: I love sparring, diving, playing cricket and board games with friends.

LEVI: What is your favorite sea animal?
ANTHONY: Aquarium fishes.

LEVI: What are you most proud of?
ANTHONY: It would definitely be SEEING my son grow into a young man.

LEVI: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
ANTHONY: It would be to honor God, work hard and find a life to give to.

LEVI: What would your co-workers be surprised to learn about you?
ANTHONY: I lay hands and pray with the sick.

We’ve really enjoyed having Levi at SSS headquarters the past few weeks. Bright, kind, and willing to jump into any project, from helping assemble helmets to reviewing marketing materials, and writing this article! We appreciate  Levi and Anthony and the contributions both have made to our company and the Sea TREK program.

Levi Leonce

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