Villa Grand Piton

Land Activities

Land Activities

Lots of outdoor activities in St Lucia don’t involve the sea or the beach

Enjoy St Lucia's incredible land activities

Please note that prices quoted were gathered in January 2020 from websites and may not be accurate for your visit. Drive times are approximate. Italics designate descriptions from websites or other reviewers’ comments.

Unless otherwise noted, all phone numbers require the St Lucia area code of 758 if you are calling from outside St Lucia.

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gardens and walks

The vegetation in St Lucia is stunning – from the bananas with their huge glossy-green leaves, to the fiery-red flowers of the flamboyant tree, to brilliant bougainvillea – everywhere you go, you’ll be surrounded by the natural beauty of tropical plants.

And the scenery isn’t bad, either! Mountains, valleys, oceans, rivers, villages, far-away islands – all easy to see almost anywhere you go. We’ve gathered some of the most-popular spots for you to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature. These are all “easy” places to go. You can stroll or walk or take an easy hike – no strenuous hiking or climbing required! We’ve saved the “challenging” hikes and climbs for another section.

Maranatha Prayer Garden

Drive time from the villa: About 10 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. About a mile north of Soufriere along the main highway. Park at the Beacon Restaurant and walk back down the hill.

Have lunch at the Beacon then walk a little of it off by strolling through the Maranatha Prayer gardens. Lot of plants and birds to delight your eyes. Hike up to the top to see a different views of the Pitons compared to the ones from the villa. Relaxing. Loretta took the picture of the flowers on this page at Maranatha Prayer garden.

Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens   459-7155

Drive time from the villa: 15-20 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. Just outside the south-east edge of Soufriere (past Cool Breeze)

In existence since 1983, when Mrs Joan Devaux (nee Du Boulay) took over management of the Soufriere Estate from her father, the late Mr. André du Boulay. Mrs Joan Devaux planted the gardens that are enjoyed today by thousands of visitors. Flowering bushes and shrubs of every type and colour were planted around and beneath the existing trees.
Hibiscus, Ixora, Heliconia, Anthurium and the magnificent Balisier with their exotic blossoms and equally exotic names, now brighten the gardens. Due to the tropical climate there is no “best” season to see the gardens and they can be enjoyed all year round.
From a recent review: “The gardens are lovely, filled with tropical plants from all over the world, with signs explaining the traits and uses of both common ones (like cocoa) and rarer items (like datura). At the back of the garden are the mineral baths (only one basin was full while we were there, the others were being cleaned) and, beyond them, the waterfall. While not very tall, it was lovely, with the volcanic water leaving behind minerals that colored the rock walls. We enjoyed our visit, and it was nice to find a cool, peaceful spot to spend an hour or two.”

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; Sundays and public holidays: 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.
Prices (covers gardens and waterfall): Adults: US$7 / EC$17.50. Children: Half Price (St Lucians usually define children as ages 12 and under)

Tet Paul Nature Trail   457-1122

Drive time from the villa: About 20 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. A little south of Soufriere off the main highway headed back to the airport. Watch for the signs just south of Ladera/Dasheene, turn off, then follow the road and signs for about 5 minutes and you’ll dead-end into their parking area.

Walk around a mountain on the Tet Paul Nature Trail.
The Tet Paul Nature Trail hike (not a strenuous hike, mostly a walk) can take about 45 minutes to complete. This St Lucian attraction is guided by friendly and knowledgeable locals who can answer your questions and provide insights about the points of interest you will see along your way. It consists of a fairly easy hike but is not recommended for those with disabilities because it does consist of a “wee bit” of a climb. You will get to see some of the best views of the Pitons on the island. The guide will also give a very informative tour of the local plants.
The hike is great for families and groups and presents many great photo-ops. Don’t forget to take your camera – and be sure to get a “selfie” with a Piton in the background!
There’s something for everyone on the Tet Paul hike! Culture, history, exotic horticulture, and spectacular landscapes can be found on this St Lucia tour. You’ll see amazing scenery – the views from the Tet Paul Nature Trail have been described as absolutely heavenly. From the majestic Pitons to the far away islands of Martinique and St Vincent, you can see it all from the points along the trail.
Tet Paul Nature Trail does not have a website of their own, but there is one out there that looks like it belongs to them. It’s owned by a local tour company and will give you the impression you need to hire their services. Rest assured, you don’t have to hire them.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Cost: $10 US per person

Pigeon Island   452-5005

Drive time from the villa: About 90 minutes, but traffic near Castries and Rodney Bay can really impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Just north of Rodney Bay, all the way at the north of the island.

Visit historic ruins at Pigeon Island National Park
Pigeon Island National Landmark is heralded as one of the most important monuments of Saint Lucia’s history. It is a vivid representation of the cultural and historical monuments of international, civil, military and marine cross currents, characteristic of West Indian historical change. A living museum within a natural setting, Pigeon Island is being nurtured through careful protection and intelligent development to serve the intellectual, cultural and recreational needs of all who visit this historic site. The picturesque, 44-acre island reserve, off the North West, was originally surrounded by water but was joined to the mainland by a man-made causeway in 1972. Recognizing the need to secure this site where the balance of late eighteenth century naval power was decided, the Government of Saint Lucia designated Pigeon Island as a National Park in 1979 and as a National Landmark in 1992. It is open to visitation 365 days a year.
Pigeon Island National Landmark has a number of heritage attractions and amenities which include:
• Ruins of military buildings used during the battles between the French and the British for the island of Saint Lucia.
• An Interpretation Centre describing the rich history of the island.
• Two beautiful beaches.
• A restaurant featuring local cuisine.
• A pub and restaurant with a historical theme.
• A lookout point at the top of the Fort which gives a panoramic view of the Northwest coastline.

Cost: Adults (ages 13 and up) - $8US. Children 5 years to 12 years old - $3US. Children under 5 years old are free. Beach Chair rentals are $3US.

high adventure

Do you crave heights? Love to climb mountains? Thrill to ziplining? Or want a hike that gives you a good workout and rewards you with cool waterfalls for your efforts? We’ve got all of that in St Lucia, with most of it near the villa.

 

If we've noted the activity as "Forestry Department", you can contact the St Lucian' Forestry department at 468-5635 or 468-5645 for information. They have more detailed contact information here.
Please note that many of the phone numbers on the Tripadvisor reviews are for tour companies that offer transportation and guides, and the links to the websites may also be to tour companies.

Gros Piton hike/climb

Drive time from the villa: About 25 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. Fond Gen’s Libre, south of Soufriere

Climb a mountain
For high adventure, why not decide to climb Gros Piton? The Gros Piton is sanctioned by the government of St Lucia; it offers safe hiking and an astonishing view. The ascent can be a bit steep in some parts, but the hike is not too difficult for most travelers. The town of Fond Gens Libre is where you will find the interpretive center and where you will obtain a guide to help you make the trip. The cost of a guide is $50US per person, and, yes, you must have a guide. It is both the law and a safety issue, not to mention environmental protection and supporting local jobs.
Go early (a 7 am start is not too early!) and bring lots of water (recommended at least 1.5 liters per person), and any snacks you might want (power bars, granola bars, fruit, etc.). It is a long hike and gets very hot if you go later in the day.

At 2619 Feet, Gros Piot is both taller and far less technically challenging than its sister piton. To get to the hike, head to village of Fond Gens Libre (it's toward the southeast side of the Piton and between the towns of Soufriere and Choiseul). Once here you’ll be seeking the interpretive center. You’ll have to pay the entrance fee and will be set up with a guide for the hike as well. Note: guides are ready to go as early as 6:30/7 am and don’t require a reservation.
In total the hike is 3.2 miles with 2200 vertical feet. It starts off innocent enough with minimal elevation through mango trees. It’s also quite sunny during the first quarter of the hike, but after that the hike will be under the shade of the canopy until you reach the peak. At about the halfway point of the hike up (from a timing perspective) you run across a stunning lookout of Petit Piton. This marks the end of the “easy” portion of the hike. In fact, our guide told us that many people decide to turn around here. Fear not, while the remaining hike is quite strenuous, it’s doable if you’re in shape and have ever hiked before. This section is significantly more vertical with rocks, boulders and steep stairs in which you’ll be navigating all the way to the peak.
Once at the top there are two viewpoints. The first looks over the southern part of the island. The other, which is another 10 minutes across the top of the mountain gives you eye-level views of Petit Piton with the Caribbean Sea as its background. Both are well worth the short but strenuous hike you've just completed. In total the hike will take anywhere from 2.5 to 4 hrs depending on how fit you are and how quickly you're able to tackle the hike.
Expert tip: Bring a bottle or two of Piton Beer with you on the hike. There’s nothing better than drinking a Piton on the top of a Piton. Trust me.

Also – don’t drink alcohol heavily the night before. You’ll start out dehydrated and it will only get worse as you climb.
For even more of a challenge, start the climb from Anse L’Ivrogne beach.

Petit Piton climb

Drive time from the villa: About 25 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1.

Gros Piton too tame for you? Then try Petit Piton
Despite being shorter than Gros Piton, climbing Petit Piton is much more difficult, being a true climb and not just a challenging hike. The climb up Petit Piton is not an official activity sanctioned by the St Lucia government. As such, the trail is not as well-developed as the one on Gros Piton, and there’s no dedicated facility at the start of the trail. It also means you’ll have to find a guide and negotiate a price on your own.
The website links to a full description of someone that climbed Petit Piton a few years ago. This climb is apparently quite challenging! One recent reviewer said ”… a near-vertical scramble over rocks and roots with some ropes to help rather than a trail. If you're not in shape--DO NOT ATTEMPT. You need both leg and upper body strength to pull you up to the top. Definitely the hardest climb I've ever done. Even for an experienced climber, I suspect this will be a good challenge.
Our night caretaker, John, has guided people up Petit Piton. We suggest you talk to him about this if you are interested. Although he may not be able to be your guide, he most likely knows someone that can help you.

Enbas Saut waterfall trail   457-1427

Drive time from the villa: 40-60 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 2, although Junior’s standard pricing may not be valid given the road conditions to get there. Directly east of Soufriere, about a 6-mile drive from the villa. You’ll need a sturdy four-wheel drive vehicle to get here, such as a Jeep.

Hike through the rainforest on the Enbas Saut Waterfall Trail.
The Enbas Saut Waterfall trail (“Below the Falls” in French) is within St. Lucia’s Central Rainforest Reserve, six miles East of Soufriere at the foot of the highest mountain peak (Mount Gimie). The drive from Soufriere through the farming community of Fond St. Jacques to the Reserve takes approximately 25 minutes. The Enbas Saut Falls Trail is 4km long. The hilly terrain of Piton Canarie, Piton Troumasse and Mount Gimie stand predominant not too far from the trail. Enbas Saut is most famous for its two cascading waterfalls and pools at the head of the Troumasse river.
We highly recommend that you talk to Junior or Doxie if you want to go on this hike and have them help you get set up for this. Junior has taken some of our guests before, and he knows how to get there, when to go, how to get a guide and how much to pay them. Not many people go on this hike, so unlike the Gros Piton climb, it’s not organized well.

Mt Gimie climb

Drive time from the villa: 40-60 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 2, although Junior’s standard pricing may not be valid given the road conditions to get there. Directly east of Soufriere, about a 6-mile drive from the villa. You’ll need a sturdy four-wheel drive vehicle to get here, such as a Jeep.

Climb the highest mountain in St Lucia
Note – the website link sends you to a complete write-up of an experience climbing Mt Gimie. The phone number is for the government’s Forestry Department and they should be able to direct you to a guide to take you up the mountain. The phone number listed on the Tripadvisor site is for a tour company that offers transportation and a guide. We do not know if the tour company is in compliance with the government’s regulations for providing a guide up the mountain.
From a recent review: This is a highly strenuous hike and you do need to use all four appendages for about 80% of the hike which previous reviews failed to mention. We hiked with 3 of us and our villa gardener as well as a guide. From start to finish it took us about 6 and a half hours. My husband and I are avid hikers...we've hiked in St Kitts, Colorado, California, Arizona, etc and this hike by far was the most challenging. This was a hike that I definitely had to mentally and physically overcome the challenges. Benefit was definitely the fact that you experience the rainforest and all its beauty it has to offer. Downfall was when we got to the top there was so much cloud coverage, you couldn't even see the island. We went the first week of May and it rained for about half of the hike...mostly on the way back to the car which made it extra slick. Challenging but I definitely think it's worth it.

Des Cartiers rainforest trail

Drive time from the villa: About an hour
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Located almost exactly in the middle of the island practically due east from Soufriere. But you’ll have to go south to Laborie and then back up north through Saltibus, so it’s a lot longer drive than it looks!

A not-too-difficult hike through the heart of a rainforest
The Des Cartiers Rain Forest Trail is a 2.5 mile (4km) loop trail that takes between 1-2 hours to hike. If you stop frequently to see what is around you, the Des Cartier walk can easily take 2 hours.
Located about 1,800-feet above sea level, this hike goes through moist tropical and montane forest. The area receives as much as 150-200 inches of rain annually. Come prepared. If you're lucky you might spot the St Lucia parrot, but even if you don't, it's a breathtaking hike. Admission includes the services of a guide. It's possible to link this trail with the Edmund Rainforest Trail above Soufrière.
Note that the phone number listed on the Tripadvisor site is for a tour company that offers transportation and a guide. You don’t need that. Contact the Forestry Department (468-5635 or 468-5645) and they should be able to give you any information you might need. There is reportedly an interpretive center at the trailhead where you pay the admission fee.
For reservations: +1758-454-5589 / +1758-715-0350 / +1758-722-7583 Marvin Edward / +1758-716-1252 Hazel Eliotte
Cost per person: EC $27 (US $10)

Edmund rainforest trail   450-2231

Drive time from the villa: 40-60 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 2, although Junior’s standard pricing may not be valid given the road conditions to get there. Directly east of Soufriere, about a 6-mile drive from the villa. You’ll need a sturdy four-wheel drive vehicle to get here, such as a Jeep.

The Mount Edmund Forest Reserve is located in the heart of the high uplands of the island, near the Enbas Saut Waterfalls trail., You can see but more often hear the Saint Lucia Parrot, as well as many other birds. Time: 3 ½ to 4 hours each way. Length: 7 miles/10km. Difficulty: 3/5.
It takes around 3 and a half hours in the company of a guide from the Forest and Lands Department to take you through the heart of the island into the forest reserve on the Western side of the island and to experience some of nature pristine opportunities.
The Edmund Reserve's main trail goes through the Quilesse Forest Reserve and ends at the Des Cartiers Rain Forest Trail. It is not a difficult trek despite the length, it is however quite a sight, Green lush valleys and fantastic waterfalls punctuated by towering amphitheaters of tall trees.
450-2231 or 450-2078 8:30-4 pm M-F for information and reservations

Treetop Adventure Park   452-0808

Drive time from the villa: About 90 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Near Dennery, near the east side of the island. Although it’s a little north-east of the villa, there are no roads through the interior. You will either go south to Vieux Fort and up along the east side, or drive up to north of Marigot Bay and then cut across the interior.

World-class zip lining
Trained guides take you on the ride of your life on a course designed for maximum thrills and exposure to the best views of the rainforest. Name ‘Best Zip Line in the Caribbean’ by ShoreTrips, our course has 12 lines, including the island’s longest, highest and fastest, as well as five net bridges which allow plenty of time to take in the unique panoramic views and observer the magnificent flora and fauna indigenous to the forest.
We’ve done this zip line course. If you are looking for the fastest, longest and highest course on the island, this is it!
Minimum height: 50 inches
Minimum age: 8 years
Maximum weight: 250 pounds
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $85US for adults (12 years and older), $75US (ages 8 – 11). Prices exclusive of tax and transportation.

Rainforest Adventure   458-5151

Drive time from the villa: About 90 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Near Babonneau, northeast of Castries in the northern part of the island.

Adrena-Line Canopy Tour – Mama’s Boys Need not Apply!
The Adrenaline zip line tour is not for the faint of heart. The exciting zip line tour starts innocuously enough with a short walk through a peaceful part of the tropical rainforest, but that’s as pastoral as it gets.
You get hitched up to a series of cables and zip from platform to platform high up in the tree canopy. If your adrenaline isn’t flowing then, a brisk hike to the next set of platforms will juice things up a bit before you zip safely and with a thrill to the base camp.

We suggest you call for more information. Their website is tailored towards cruise ship passengers and guests of hotels in the north and does not provide much detailed information on physical requirements or pricing details.
Winter Hours (November 1 – April 30): Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Summer Hours (May 1 – October 31): Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: $72US. Prices exclusive of parking fees and transportation and possibly tax.

Morne Coubaril   712-5808 or 726-5248

Drive time from the villa: About 15 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. A few minutes south of Soufriere on the main highway to/from the airport

Ziplining at Morne Coubaril Estate
An upbeat and fun activity than can be enjoyed by honeymooners, families and of course adventure explores! It combines the adrenaline rush of zipping under the sheer Petit Piton, with elevated views of the historic town of Soufriere and the Caribbean Sea.
They have 8 zip lines. This is a good choice if you are new to zip lining or don’t mind a course that isn’t the fastest, highest and biggest. It’s also nearby – the most extreme course on the island is about 90 minutes away (each way).
Minimum age: 8 years Maxiumum Weight: 260 pounds Hours: The first zipline booking is available starting at 8:30 with the last starting at 3:30 Cost: $75US for adults, $37.50US for children (8 – 12). Prices include tax. You can add on a buffet lunch for $15 US per person.

Saint Lucia Helicopters   453-6950 or 452-1553

Drive time from the villa: 60-70 minutes, although traffic can impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. At the small airport in Castries (Georges F. L. Charles)

Few places anywhere offer the spectacular scenery that is St Lucia. And there is no better way to take it all in than by helicopter. Your pilot’s informative and lively commentary rounds out the experience which you won’t soon forget.
They offer a tour of the north and of the south, and one that includes both. We believe the tours take off from the small airport in Castries.
Prices are from $120US to $231US per person depending on the tour.
Minimum four passengers; maximum six passengers.

 

volcanos, baths and waterfalls

Enjoy water but prefer it in smaller doses than the great blue oceans? Then you may enjoy the visiting one of the numerous waterfalls in St Lucia.

The volcano is world-famous (don’t worry, it’s not active) and also has unique black mud-baths that are reputed to be great for your skin.

Are you achy from climbing Gros Piton mountain? Soak in the mineral springs to relax.

Diamond Mineral Baths and Spa   459-7155

Drive time from the villa: 15-20 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. Just outside the south-east edge of Soufriere (past Cool Breeze)

The mineral baths were originally built in 1784 for the French troops of King Louis XVI, so they could benefit from the therapeutic waters.
The two original baths were restored with a water temperature that may require you to add cooler water to bring to a comfortable temperature range
(translation – the water temperature at the hot springs is designed to be hot, not warm!). Additionally, there are three pools feed from the overflow from the original tanks. These pools are situated in the open and the temperature of the water is pleasantly warm. The tepid water is clear and used by local bathers as well as visitors to the Island. Bathing in the waters is highly recommended for people who suffered from chronic rheumatism, sore joints and muscles.
Pay a small additional fee at the entrance for the baths and then soak for an hour – you can soak in private rooms or outdoors. We recommend getting there early before the tour buses get there.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; Sundays and public holidays: 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.
Prices: Private baths: US$7 / EC$17.50. Public baths: US$6 / EC$15.00

Drive-in volcano and mud baths

Drive time from the villa: About 20 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. Slightly south of Soufriere.

The well-known Sulphur Springs Park in Soufriere, Saint Lucia is the hottest and most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles. The Sulphur Springs Park is approximately 45 hectares and is billed as the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano. A walk through the crater takes you past pools and hot springs bubbling and belching with sulphur-laden steam. Just outside the Springs, you can bathe in the warm sulphuric pools, reputed for its soothing effects. The Sulphur Springs forms part of the story of the creation of the entire Caribbean basin.
Geothermal systems such as Soufriere Sulphur Springs Park form when rainwater seeps into the ground where it is heated by hot rock. The hot water becomes buoyant and rises back to the surface along cracks. In some places the water is heated so much that it rises as steam. The heat source for the Sulphur Springs Park geothermal system is probably the cooling magma body responsible for the young volcanism of the Soufrière Volcanic Centre.

Our take on the volcano – it’s OK, but don’t beat yourself up if you miss it. The mud baths are rather fun, though. But be sure to wear something that is dark or you don’t mind throwing out – we ruined a couple of light-colored T-shirts because the mud is black and doesn’t come out well with washing.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Closed on the first Friday of September every year
FOREIGN VISITORS PRICING:
Black Water Pool (hot springs) - Adult US$10 / Child US$5
Tour Experience (volcano) - Adult US$9 / Child US$5
Combo (Tour and Pool) - Adult US$15 / Child US$7
*Children are aged (3 - 11 years)

New Jerusalem Mineral Baths   518-9802 or 518-6033

Drive time from the villa: About 20 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. Less than a mile outside the south-east edge of Soufriere on the road towards Fond St. Jacques

Treat yourself to a body massage that helps to soothe aching muscles.
There is absolutely no level of difficulty to this hidden treasure, aside from a short ten-minute walk from the main road entryway back to the baths. The baths are natural pools of mineral rich water that serve to rejuvenate the skin and to relax anyone who soaks in them for a while. There are two warm baths that are equipped with seating areas and three different temperatures of water flowing from bamboo faucets from above. The pressure creates a nice warm body massage on aching muscles. This is not a crowded, nor a touristy location, so you will enjoy relative privacy and solitude.
Sometimes referred to as Jerusalem Falls even though it’s not actually a waterfall.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Park your car on the road by the sign, and hike 10-15 minutes to the site. Pay when you get to the baths. Entrance fee was $4US per person in January of 2019.

Piton Falls and Baths

Drive time from the villa: About 20 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. On the way to Sugar Beach.

From a recent Tripadvisor forum post: Favorite warm water mineral bath is Piton Falls, on Jalousie Rd (road to Sugar Beach). We try to do this one almost daily late afternoon (typically have it all ourselves) soaking and sitting right under the falls has a great rejuvenating affect after hiking. $3.00us or 7.50 ec per person. Not a black water fall, so doesn't stain suits.

Sapphire Falls and Jungle Spa 716-8396

Drive time from the villa: About 15 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. Just off the main highway south of Soufriere, on the road to the drive-in volcano.

Relieve stress by indulging yourself in the amazing spa treatments, a relaxing mineral bath, and an invigorating and warm waterfall shower.
Your stay will be hosted by the very friendly Jahrod Alcindor, which is the brainchild of the whole experience. He will also be your tour guide through a scenic, low-to-medium difficulty trek towards the beautiful waterfall. The hike usually takes somewhere between 15 and 45 minutes, and, in spite of a few areas with significant grades, it’s achievable even by the elderly.
Along the way, the knowledgeable Jahrod will teach you everything there is to know about this tropical paradise, from the various types of plants and their medical uses, to the geology and history behind the sulfur springs. At the end of the hike, you will arrive at the secluded and crystalline waterfall where you will be in for a very tranquil time.
Nature lovers are sure to appreciate this naturally beautiful spot which includes a mud bath, handmade mineral spring pool, the waterfall itself, a minimalist changing room, and a bathroom. You can also enjoy full body clay masks which makes any skin feel amazing, as well as other types of massage and jungle spa treatments.

They are open by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead of time. Apparently, they only allow one group in at a time, making this a private experience for you. Hence, the cost is higher than you would pay at other places. Prices seem to range between $25US per person and $45US per person, excluding spa services. It also seems they will cook a traditional coal-pot meal for you (price unknown).
Wear old/dark swimwear (same advice as for the volcano mud-baths). The black mud stains everything and is hard-to-impossible to get out.
Be sure to call John or Jahrod at the number listed (or ask Junior or Doxie to help you) and work out the timing and the pricing, and when and where to meet them. They don’t seem to have posted prices anywhere that I can find, so be sure you are very clear on the cost before you make a commitment.

Diamond Water Falls 459-7155

Drive time from the villa: 15-20 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. Just outside the south-east edge of Soufriere (past Cool Breeze)

The Diamond Waterfall is arguably the most colorful waterfall in the Caribbean – less than a mile east of Soufriere town center. What makes this waterfall stand out is that its waters were laced with minerals as its stream emanated from rainwater mixed with volcanism giving the falls a rather colorful appearance that seemed to change often.
At the Botanical Garden a well-maintained path winds its way from the mineral baths through ferns and banana plants to a spot where the Diamond River drops into a picturesque waterfall.
This beautiful waterfall is approximately 17 meters in height and is a mixture of rainwater and volcanism fed by the Sulphur Springs. The flow of water varies at different times of year but is always spectacular.
The water is laced with minerals, sulphur, copper sulphate, magnesium, iron, manganese and calcium, all contributing to the kaleidoscope of colors that adorn the rock face behind the falls. The rock face continues to change color depending on the mineral content at any given point in time.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; Sundays and public holidays: 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.
Prices (covers gardens and waterfall): Adults: US$7 / EC$17.50. Children: Half Price (St Lucians usually define children as ages 12 and under).

Piton Falls and Baths

Drive time from the villa: About 20 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. On the way to Sugar Beach.

From a recent Tripadvisor forum post: Favorite warm water mineral bath is Piton Falls, on Jalousie Rd (road to Sugar Beach). We try to do this one almost daily late afternoon (typically have it all ourselves) soaking and sitting right under the falls has a great rejuvenating affect after hiking. $3.00us or 7.50 ec per person. Not a black water fall, so doesn't stain suits.

Sapphire Falls and Jungle Spa   716-8396

Drive time from the villa: About 15 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. Just off the main highway south of Soufriere, on the road to the drive-in volcano.

Relieve stress by indulging yourself in the amazing spa treatments, a relaxing mineral bath, and an invigorating and warm waterfall shower.
Your stay will be hosted by the very friendly Jahrod Alcindor, which is the brainchild of the whole experience. He will also be your tour guide through a scenic, low-to-medium difficulty trek towards the beautiful waterfall. The hike usually takes somewhere between 15 and 45 minutes, and, in spite of a few areas with significant grades, it’s achievable even by the elderly.
Along the way, the knowledgeable Jahrod will teach you everything there is to know about this tropical paradise, from the various types of plants and their medical uses, to the geology and history behind the sulfur springs. At the end of the hike, you will arrive at the secluded and crystalline waterfall where you will be in for a very tranquil time.
Nature lovers are sure to appreciate this naturally beautiful spot which includes a mud bath, handmade mineral spring pool, the waterfall itself, a minimalist changing room, and a bathroom. You can also enjoy full body clay masks which makes any skin feel amazing, as well as other types of massage and jungle spa treatments.

They are open by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead of time. Apparently, they only allow one group in at a time, making this a private experience for you. Hence, the cost is higher than you would pay at other places. Prices seem to range between $25US per person and $45US per person, excluding spa services. It also seems they will cook a traditional coal-pot meal for you (price unknown).
Wear old/dark swimwear (same advice as for the volcano mud-baths). The black mud stains everything and is hard-to-impossible to get out.
Be sure to call John or Jahrod at the number listed (or ask Junior or Doxie to help you) and work out the timing and the pricing, and when and where to meet them. They don’t seem to have posted prices anywhere that I can find, so be sure you are very clear on the cost before you make a commitment.

Superman Falls (Tanzanite Falls) 725-7800 or 725-1800

Drive time from the villa: About 15 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. Just off the main highway south of Soufriere, on the road to the drive-in volcano.

Also known as Tanzanite Falls, these falls were nicknamed “Superman Falls” following the 1980 filming of the Hollywood blockbuster film “Superman 2”, starring the renowned late Christopher Reeves. The waterfall was also featured in the film “Romancing the Stone” starring popular actors such as Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito and Mary Ellen Trainor.
Superman Waterfall offers tours featuring the site’s hidden treasures, including a 45-minute moderate hike through an 18th century sugar estate with breathtaking views and an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna culminating at the spectacular waterfall, with its enticing cascading mineral-filled water. There is a plunge pool, which includes the experience of enjoying one of Saint Lucia’s popular attractions, a mud bath. The uniqueness of this waterfall is its varying temperatures of warm to cold, and changes in the color of the fall’s surface rocks. The tour includes stops at breathtaking heights with amazing viewing points from the east, offering views of Mount Gimmie, the highest point on the island, standing some 3119 feet above sea level, as well as viewing points from the west and north, all experienced in a natural ambience and background songs from enchanting birds.

This waterfall is only accessed by reservation and notice of pre-arrangement. We haven’t found posted prices for the tour, so we suggest you call and establish pricing and what the price covers before committing, and when and where to meet them. Ask Junior or Doxie to help you if you need help.

Enbas Saut Waterfall Trail 457-1427

Drive time from the villa: 40-60 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 2, although Junior’s standard pricing may not be valid given the road conditions to get there. Directly east of Soufriere, about a 6-mile drive from the villa. You’ll need a sturdy four-wheel drive vehicle to get here, such as a Jeep.

Hike through the rainforest on the Enbas Saut Waterfall Trail.
The Enbas Saut Waterfall trail (“Below the Falls” in French) is within St. Lucia’s Central Rainforest Reserve, six miles East of Soufriere at the foot of the highest mountain peak (Mount Gimie). The drive from Soufriere through the farming community of Fond St. Jacques to the Reserve takes approximately 25 minutes. The Enbas Saut Falls Trail is 4km long. The hilly terrain of Piton Canarie, Piton Troumasse and Mount Gimie stand predominant not too far from the trail. Enbas Saut is most famous for its two cascading waterfalls and pools at the head of the Troumasse river.
We highly recommend that you talk to Junior or Doxie if you want to go on this hike and have them help you get set up for this. Junior has taken some of our guests before, and he knows how to get there, when to go, how to get a guide and how much to pay them. Not many people go on this hike, so unlike the Gros Piton climb, it’s not organized well.

Toraille Waterfall and Gardens 459-7527

Drive time from the villa: About 20 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. Less than a mile outside the south-east edge of Soufriere on the road towards Fond St. Jacques

Enjoy a breathtaking waterfall gushing 50 feet over a cliff side and cascading into a pool at the center of a charmingly landscaped garden.
A nature trail with quaint bridges and walkways leads you through the lush greens and dazzling colors of this tropical paradise. You can take a refreshing bath under the waterfall, and on days when the force of the water is not too strong, you can enjoy an invigorating back and shoulder massage under the falls. Changing rooms are nearby, as well as a seating area for picnics. Toraille Falls is one of the easier waterfalls to visit given that there is proper signage leading to the site as well as a fairly roomy car park. After getting through the entrance hut and paying the entrance fee, you can walk the short distance for a dip in the man-modified plunge pool or kill more time walking around the small botanical garden on the property.
The main complaint on Tripadvisor is that this waterfall is very popular and very busy. We suggest you call the phone number and ask them for advice on the best time to go. Price appears to be very reasonable at around $3US per person.

Sault Falls, Dennery Falls or Errard Falls

Drive time from the villa: About 90 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Near Dennery, near the east side of the island. Although it’s a little north-east of the villa, there are no roads through the interior. You will either go south to Vieux Fort and up along the east side, or drive up to north of Marigot Bay and then cut across the interior.

This is a fairly isolated waterfall. There are two ways to see it – with a hiking tour through Adventure Tours (the same company with the best ziplining on the island), or by yourself.
The blue website link takes you to the Adventure Tours website for their “Rainforest Hike Adventure”. It’s $42 per person for the guided tour. Although they say it is only available on Fridays for hotels from the south, it’s possible they might take you a different day if you provide our own transportation to the starting point of the hike. Please call them and ask about this if you are interested.
You can also go by yourself. Drive to Treetop Adventure Park as if you are going ziplining, then follow the directions from World of Waterfalls (the green website link above – be sure to click the “directions” part of the way down the page).

Saltibus Falls

Drive time from the villa: TBD
Driver Zone and Location: TBD

Saltibus Falls are on the west coast of St. Lucia on the River Doree, near the village of Choiseul. Reaching the two cascading falls involves a 1-1/2-hour hike along a rainforest trail. The falls flow into pools where visitors are permitted to bathe.
The Saltibus Waterfall hike is located in the hill top community of Saltibus, Choiseul. It is a series of waterfalls, four in total with an average height of 25 feet and the largest around 40. If you walk from central Saltibus it takes about 20 minutes to get to the trail. From this trail you must hike through a beautiful forest for about 30-40 minutes. The walk is easy if the trail is dry, it is not recommended to do this hike shortly after a heavy rain. The trail will be dangerous and the water muddy. At the end of the trail there is a short section where it is very steep and you must climb down to get to the waterfall.
Wear Chaco’s or other suitable hiking shoes. Take the public bus to the top of Saltibus, then turn left and walk along the road until it turns into a trail. Stay straight and you can’t miss the massive waterfalls. All the locals can tell you how to get there. Be careful on the rocks as they are very wet and slippery. Bring insect repellant as there are mosquitoes. The water is very cold because it comes from the ground so be prepared!

La Tille Waterfall

Drive time from the villa: About 75 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Just about due east of Soufriere, about 5-6 miles north of Hewanorra airport in Vieux Fort a little way in from the east coast highway.

Off the beaten track and rarely visited, La Tille is one of the better waterfalls on the island, with a high-volume cascade falling into a large pool surrounded by greenery. But a visit here is about more than just the falls; the Rasta guardians of the site constantly work on the flower-filled grounds and a relaxed, natural vibe abounds. There is a nature trail and rope swing, and vegetarian meals are offered.
The waterfall is mid-sized, cascading about 20 feet into a cool pool that flows downstream to several other pools throughout the lush garden. After strolling through the gardens, guests of the garden and waterfall are welcome to take a dip in one of several pools that are filled by the waterfall.

things with wheels; horses; helicopters; trams

How about riding something for your adventure? Put your helmet on and let’s go! ATV rides through the rainforest, mountain biking, horseback riding, or take a tour through the hills on a Segway.

 

Biking through Anse Mamin Plantation Ruins 459-7755

Drive time from the villa: A little over 5 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. Anse Mamin beach. A 10-minute walk through and past Anse Chastanet beach.

Mountain bike through ruins at Anse Mamin
At Anse Mamin, there are trails back into the forest through an old plantation, and trail bikes to rent. Bike St Lucia rents mostly to Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resort guests, but they have a few spaces each day for others. They also offer the opportunity to hike the trails. We recommend you contact them before your trip to check for availability if you want to ensure you get to go biking. Stop at the ScubaStLucia hut on Anse Chastanet beach to make arrangements to rent bikes (or directions for hiking it, if you prefer).

Mountain biking at Treetop Adventure Park   452-0808

Drive time from the villa: About 90 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Near Dennery, near the east side of the island. Although it’s a little north-east of the villa “as the crow flies”, there are no roads through the interior. You will either go south to Vieux Fort and up along the east side, or drive up to north of Marigot Bay and then cut across the interior.

Ride through the rainforest to a spectacular waterfall!
If you want to experience the real St. Lucia, this is the tour for you. Cycle through our unique forest trails and witness up-close the beauty of the rainforest with its lush vegetation and interesting wildlife. Our main attraction, the Dennery Waterfall, is arguably the most spectacular on the island. A dip in the pool at the base of the waterfall leaves you feeling refreshed and invigorated.
You will have a new appreciation for the beauty of the island on the drive back up the coast. Bring your camera because the photo opportunities are endless.
This St. Lucia bike tour includes guide, park entrance fees, unlimited juice, and bottled water

The tour is offered on Fridays and Saturdays for "guests of hotels". Although they indicate they only accept guests from hotels in the south on Fridays, if you are providing your own transportation and want to go on Saturday, we suggest you call and request an exception.
Minimum height: 50 inches
Minimum age: 8 years old
Duration: 4 hours
Activity level: Moderate
Maximum weight: 250 pounds or 50” waist
Footwear: Closed-toe shoes or trainers (no flip-flops)
Hours: Not indicated
Cost: $50US for adults (12 years and older), $42US (ages 8 – 11). Prices exclusive of tax and transportation.

IrieLucia ATVs 1-800-401-9804 (toll-free); Local 459-7783

Drive time from the villa: About 40 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 2, although Junior’s standard pricing may not be valid given the road conditions to get here. Near Choisel, off the main road.

Ride ATV’s through the rainforest near Choisel
An exciting ATV tour that takes you on a trail through many unseen parts of the south of the island of St. Lucia. Our tour guide will take you on a journey through a network of exciting riding trails that begin in the mountains south of Soufriere, in the community of Balca, Saltibus. The 2-1/2 hour tour starts off on a working farm and continues onto an old plantation and the Devils Bridge. The ride also takes you through lush green valleys, and 2 beautiful secluded black sand beaches where you are free to swim, relax and have refreshments.
It explores many of the “off the beaten trails” not normally seen by visitors to St. Lucia. Besides the Pitons, Botanical Gardens and other famous sites in Soufriere, there are many other unexplored areas that offer amazing views and let you experience an authentic St. Lucian experience. The tour is also very interactive as you will not only get to sample different types of fruits grown on the estate, but your guide will brief you on the rich cultural history of the area and how it has molded St. Lucia into the island it is today.

If you have children under 16 years old, they can ride behind an adult. Each ATV can handle up to two people at a combined weight of 400 pounds. The tour costs US$120 per bike and is available Monday – Saturday. Both morning and afternoon slots are available.
This is the same tour offered by Mystic Man tours. You do not need to book through Mystic Man, but you may want to compare pricing.

Segway Tour of Rodney Bay Hills 724-8200

Drive time from the villa: About 90 minutes, although traffic in the north can significantly impact this
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Lucian Style’s offices are in Rodney Bay close to the Baywalk Shopping Mall.

Tour the hills near Rodney Bay on a Segway
Come “glide” the island side. Experience the new fun, safe and environmentally friendly Segway X2, LucianStyle! Glide our scenic nature trail up beautiful Mount Pimard and enjoy breath taking views of St. Lucia’s dramatic West Coast. First it’s lessons and practice time on our “Segway Practice Track” and then it’s a long gentle glide up our extensive groomed nature trail system while our informative guides talk about everything from the beautiful flowers and butterflies to the battles between the English and French for our fair Helen of the West.
First stop is “Pebble Beach” where local fishermen are often seen hunting for dinner and many rock skipping contests have been waged. Next it’s up, up, up the mountain side with many photo spots and educational stops along the way such as the now sealed bunkers that once served as tunnels, storage and lookouts for the American Military during World War 2. Once at our highest viewing point, Morne Pimant, guests are served local juices and fruits and invited to participate in a short walk up the volcanic masterpiece and experience “StoneFace Fish Pond”, fish food and cameras strongly recommended.
As we begin our descent toward the beach we take a detour and enjoy “Belle View Point” for panoramic views of Pigeon Island, Reduit Beach, The Rodney Bay Marina and the Caribbean Sea that books will soon be written about. Lastly you will enjoy a relaxing glide along the beach passing the ever accommodating “LucianStyle Beach Hut” and feeling the sea breeze cool your soul.

We’ve done this a couple of times (the kids took off like rockets, Loretta took a little longer to get the hang of it!) It’s a great way to get to try a Segway, and the tour is interesting – you are going through the hills near Rodney Bay, not through the town.

Horseback Riding – Morne Chouval Stables at Morne Coubaril Estate 717-5800 or 730-5975

Drive time from the villa: About 15 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. A few minutes south of Soufriere on the main highway to/from the airport

Horseback riding at Morne Chouval at Morne Coubaril Estate
Come and lose yourself in the simple beauty of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean and create a unique holiday horseback riding memory. Experience the lush forest of Soufriere in St. Lucia mounted on your local lucian horse where you'll ride your horse up hilltops to panoramic views of Petit Piton, Soufriere town and the Qualibou Volcano. You''ll also feel like you've traveled back through time on Morne Coubaril's 18th century cocoa estate as you ride past the authentic traditional village settings and view the processes for producing sugar, cocoa and coconut products. This is a truly unique horseback riding experience available only at Morne Chouval in St. Lucia.
Our close location to the popular Sulpher Springs means that we are able to offer you a ride into volcano experience! Check out our Volcano Ride where you travel by horseback along the estate trails, through the mango orchard and on to your journey to view the breathtaking Qualibou Volcano and Sulpher Springs.
If you've been dreaming about a chance to swim with you horse then check out our Beach Ride where you travel by horseback into the village of Soufriere and then along a shady hillside trail showing views of the villages, Soufriere Bay and the famous Piton. At the beach you'll have a chance to swim with your horse right under the Majestic Petit Piton on Malgretoute Bay.

Note that the TripAdvisor link goes to Morne Coubaril – the horseback riding is mixed in with the rest of the Morne Coubaril Estate activities.
They have several different tours available, from $75 to $130US. The $130US tour includes ziplining.
Weight limit: 220 lbs
Hours: every day 8 AM to 4 PM

Atlantic Riding Stables 285-1090 or 454-8660

Drive time from the villa: About 70 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Micoud, on the south-east coast of St Lucia. You will have to drive down to Vieux Fort, then north on the east coast of St Lucia.

A memorable experience with beautiful horses and breathtaking scenery
We at Atlantic Shores Riding Stables will guarantee a horseback riding excursion that will leave you completely thrilled and wanting more. Our goal is to make sure you experience the most exhilarating horse ride in the Caribbean. Our popular beach tour takes you through acres of privately owned, countryside lands where you will enjoy the freedom of cantering your beautiful, creole horse along the rugged Atlantic coastline.
Atlantic Shores Riding Stables promises an unforgettable horseback adventure for beginners and experienced riders. If you are looking for a serene atmosphere to enjoy a private horseback tour with your family or loved one then please give us a call. We are affordably priced and we are confident our guests will love every minute spent with us in the saddle.

They have numerous tours starting at $65 US for an adults and $55 US for children 4 to 13 years old
Weight limit: 240 lbs
Reservation line is open from 7 AM to 9 PM EST every day
Their “Beach Ride” departs at 10 AM and 3 PM

Saint Lucia Helicopters 453-6950 or 452-1553

Drive time from the villa: 60-70 minutes, although traffic can impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. At the small airport in Castries (Georges F. L. Charles)

Few places anywhere offer the spectacular scenery that is St Lucia. And there is no better way to take it all in than by helicopter. Your pilot’s informative and lively commentary rounds out the experience which you won’t soon forget.
They offer a tour of the north and of the south, and one that includes both. We believe the tours take off from the small airport in Castries.
Prices are from $120US to $231US per person depending on the tour.
Minimum four passengers; maximum six passengers.

Aerial Tram through the rainforest 458-5151

Drive time from the villa: About 90 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Near Babonneau, northeast of Castries in the northern part of the island.

Ride a gondola high through the rainforest
The Aerial Tram tour at Rainforest Adventures St. Lucia transports guests up and away from the heat and bustle of the lowlands to an ecological park located in the heights of St. Lucia’s forest reserve. Sixteen open-air gondolas ascend noiselessly through the rainforest, offering guests a magical view of nature in its majesty – towering gommiers, impressive chatanniers, and the remarkable phenomenon of the strangler ficus, alighted upon by playful hummingbirds and banana quits. An experienced Nature Interpreter will point out giant ferns and magnificent heliconia and identify the calls and the plumage of the birdlife that makes the Caribbean Oceanic forest their home. The descent affords a bird’s eye view of the rainforests St. Lucia offers and a spectacular panoramic vista of the north of the island. With much to see and listen for, this attraction in St. Lucia is a celebration of color and life, and a restorative retreat guaranteed to refresh the senses.
Tour includes: 1) Aerial tram ride 2) Fern Nature trail 3) One (1) Nature Interpreter per group of eight (8) guests
Tour Duration: 2.5 hours

 

creatures

Bird-watching, rare and endangered species, dolphins, whales and horses!

Horseback Riding – Morne Chouval Stables at Morne Coubaril Estate 717-5800 or 730-5975

Drive time from the villa: About 15 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. A few minutes south of Soufriere on the main highway to/from the airport

Horseback riding at Morne Chouval at Morne Coubaril Estate
Come and lose yourself in the simple beauty of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean and create a unique holiday horseback riding memory. Experience the lush forest of Soufriere in St. Lucia mounted on your local lucian horse where you'll ride your horse up hilltops to panoramic views of Petit Piton, Soufriere town and the Qualibou Volcano. You''ll also feel like you've traveled back through time on Morne Coubaril's 18th century cocoa estate as you ride past the authentic traditional village settings and view the processes for producing sugar, cocoa and coconut products. This is a truly unique horseback riding experience available only at Morne Chouval in St. Lucia.
Our close location to the popular Sulpher Springs means that we are able to offer you a ride into volcano experience! Check out our Volcano Ride where you travel by horseback along the estate trails, through the mango orchard and on to your journey to view the breathtaking Qualibou Volcano and Sulpher Springs.
If you've been dreaming about a chance to swim with you horse then check out our Beach Ride where you travel by horseback into the village of Soufriere and then along a shady hillside trail showing views of the villages, Soufriere Bay and the famous Piton. At the beach you'll have a chance to swim with your horse right under the Majestic Petit Piton on Malgretoute Bay.

Note that the TripAdvisor link goes to Morne Coubaril – the horseback riding is mixed in with the rest of the Morne Coubaril Estate activities.
They have several different tours available, from $75 to $130US. The $130US tour includes ziplining.
Weight limit: 220 lbs
Hours: every day 8 AM to 4 PM

Atlantic Riding Stables 285-1090 or 454-8660

Drive time from the villa: About 70 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Micoud, on the south-east coast of St Lucia. You will have to drive down to Vieux Fort, then north on the east coast of St Lucia.

A memorable experience with beautiful horses and breathtaking scenery
We at Atlantic Shores Riding Stables will guarantee a horseback riding excursion that will leave you completely thrilled and wanting more. Our goal is to make sure you experience the most exhilarating horse ride in the Caribbean. Our popular beach tour takes you through acres of privately owned, countryside lands where you will enjoy the freedom of cantering your beautiful, creole horse along the rugged Atlantic coastline.
Atlantic Shores Riding Stables promises an unforgettable horseback adventure for beginners and experienced riders. If you are looking for a serene atmosphere to enjoy a private horseback tour with your family or loved one then please give us a call. We are affordably priced and we are confident our guests will love every minute spent with us in the saddle.

They have numerous tours starting at $65 US for an adults and $55 US for children 4 to 13 years old
Weight limit: 240 lbs
Reservation line is open from 7 AM to 9 PM EST every day
Their “Beach Ride” departs at 10 AM and 3 PM

Mystic Man Dolphin and Whale Watching Tours 1 (800) 401-9804; Local 459-7783

Drive time from the villa: Less than 10 minutes, although leave more time than that if you are driving yourself, as parking can be difficult.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. In Soufriere near the dock.

Soufrière boasts the best areas for Whale and Dolphin Watching. The deep waters are also favorable for deep-sea fishing and Mystic Man Tours offers some of the most competitive Sport Fishing Packages in St. Lucia. For a close-up look at the island’s coral reefs and marine life, Mystic Man has Snorkeling Excursions and Glassbottom Boat Tours in the protected Soufrière Marine Management Areas.
The boats depart and dock by the police station, although they may be able to pick you up at Anse Chastanet if you prefer – ask them about it. Check out their website for details on their tours and services. Since many of the tours only operate a few times a week, we recommend you contact them early before they fill up. We like the Sunset Cruise (Tuesdays and Fridays) that leaves at 4 pm and returns around 6:30 pm. Hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, with champagne at sunset, while sailing around the inner bay of the Pitons, make this a memorable evening.
Their whale and dolphin-spotting tour is another enjoyable choice. Loretta took the picture of the dolphins on this website while on the trip with them one day. The Mystic Man boat captains work closely with other vessels from the north of the island to provide passengers with a 90% chance of Dolphin and an 80% chance of Whale sightings.

Birdwatching – Millet Bird sanctuary 468-5635 or 468-5645 (General Forestry Unit)

Drive time from the villa: 60-70 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 2, although Junior’s standard pricing my not apply given the route required. Just north and east of the villa, but the route requires driving north to Roseau (near the rum distillery and almost all the way to Marigot Bay), then heading back south and east.

One reviewer shared: EC$25 per person. Good car park and toilet facilities. Start off early, bring trainers, mosquito spray and bananas to replenish your energy after the walk.
Get there by 8 AM to have the best chance of spotting most of the birds. This tour needs to be pre-booked.
For reservations, call (8:30 am – 3 pm): 451-1691 or 519-0787 (Charmain Augustin); 716-1430 (Pamela Alfred); 718-3278 (Canice Peterson)
Please note that many of the phone numbers on the Tripadvisor reviews are for tour companies that offer transportation and guides, and the links to the websites may also be to tour companies.

Maria islands tour with the St Lucia Natural Trust 452-5005 or 454-5014

Drive time from the villa: About 50-60 minutes.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Near the airport in Vieux Fort.

The Maria Islands were declared a Nature Reserve in 1982 by the Government of Saint Lucia in recognition of their special function as a wildlife habitat and their unique flora and fauna. There are over eighty (80) plant species found on Maria Islands. The island is home to five endemic reptile species such as the world’s rarest snake – the Kouwés snake (Saint Lucia Racer), The Saint Lucia whiptail (Zandou), The Worm Snake (non poisonous), The Pygmy and Rock geckos as well as several species of cacti and undisturbed tropical plants on the vertical cliff.
The knowledgeable guide escorts visitors to Maria Major by a local fishing boat, which pulls ashore on one of the most spectacular white sand beaches. The exciting walk showcases the unique and breathtaking views of the town of Vieux Fort the Pitons and the entire Pointe Sable area. The waters around islands are surrounded by coral reefs, making them great for snorkeling.

Contact Dawnelle Eddison at info@slunatrust.org for general questions about the St Lucia national Trust.
The islands may be closed May through August due to nesting of migratory birds. Contact the St Lucia Natural trust for availability on your dates.
Tours are done by appointment only. Call 454-5014 for an appointment.

education and history

Get a little education while you spend your vacation in paradise.  Go through plantation ruins nearby at Anse Mamin, or head up to the north to climb Signal Peak on Pigeon Island and learn about the history of St Lucia (and why they speak a local dialect that’s a mix of French and English).

Learn how they make chocolate, how life was for St Lucians two hundred years ago, or hear about the life of Derek Walcott,  one of two Nobel laureates that came from St Lucia.

 

Biking through Anse Mamin Plantation Ruins 459-7755

Drive time from the villa: A little over 5 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. Anse Mamin beach. A 10-minute walk through and past Anse Chastanet beach.

Mountain bike through ruins at Anse Mamin
At Anse Mamin, there are trails back into the forest through an old plantation, and trail bikes to rent. Bike St Lucia rents mostly to Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resort guests, but they have a few spaces each day for others. They also offer the opportunity to hike the trails. We recommend you contact them before your trip to check for availability if you want to ensure you get to go biking. Stop at the ScubaStLucia hut on Anse Chastanet beach to make arrangements to rent bikes (or directions for hiking it, if you prefer).

Morne Coubaril Plantation Tour 712-5808 or 726-5248

Drive time from the villa: About 15 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. A few minutes south of Soufriere on the main highway to/from the airport

Morne Coubaril Estate tour – history, coconut and cocoa processing
You are guided through a small village of replica stick huts similar to those used two centuries ago by local villagers. The gardens around offer close-up views of the more popular local flora.
You pass the Monplaisir family’s grand estate house next and this offers great photo opportunities before you enjoy another live demonstration. You are explained the process of de-husking a coconut and drying the copra in our oven before having a taste of coconut water and jelly.
After enjoying the bay view from the point (do not forget to bring spare batteries for your camera), you have the opportunity to taste a ripe cocoa bean at the cocoa house before witnessing the process of fermentation, bean drying and the cocoa dance used to polish the dried beans. The tour climaxes with our mule-driven sugar cane mill and the more-ish taste of fresh cane juice.

Tree to bar Experience at Hotel Chocolat (also known as Rabot estate)
459-7969 or 459-7966

Drive time from the villa: About 15 minutes
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. South of Soufriere, almost right across the road from Ladera/Dasheene

Hotel Chocolat’s signature Tree-to-Bar Experience
Unique to the Rabot Estate, and drawing on our expertise as a chocolatier and as a grower, this is an exclusive opportunity for you to discover cocoa like never before, as well as create your own chocolate. The experience starts with a walk through the estate’s cocoa groves selecting ripe cocoa pods to harvest from the tree, and ends with crafting your own chocolate bar. The tour includes all the fascinating stages in-between – from the cocoa seedling nursery, fermenting room and sun-drying station to grinding, mixing and lots of tasting!
Part One: Tree-to-Bean Experience
Available Monday to Friday
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00–10:00
Wednesday and Friday 13:00–14:00
Part Two: Bean-to-Bar Experience
Available Monday to Friday
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10.30–11.30
Wednesday and Friday 14:30–15:30
Price: External guests: $88US. Price includes both parts

CastAway Tour   717-4663

Location: Anse L’Ivrogne beach south of Gros Piton, South of Soufriere, about 25-30 minutes’ drive from the villa

Catch a fish and cook it over a traditional coal pot fire
Zion Lion Farms and Castaway Tour offers a full-day total immersion CastAway Tour, unique in the Caribbean, on St. Lucia’s most beautiful unspoiled beach at Anse L’Ivrogne (pronounced Sévoigne in Kwéyòl), located within The Pitons World Heritage Site on the SW slope of the Gros Piton.
Spend the day hanging out with a St. Lucia local at Zion Lion Farm. Owner Paul Clifford leads visitors through his property's organic garden, then follows the tour with a farm-to-beach outdoor clay-pot cooking session at Carib Beach Bar on Anse L'Ivrogne (also known as Sevoigne). This stretch of beach is a secluded part of the Pitons Management Area, accessible only by boat or on foot, so you'll probably see only fisherfolk and locals. Clifford prepares fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables selected from his garden—sweet potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes—and grills freshly caught tuna, all the while sharing the history and food culture of the island. Ambitious visitors can combine this experience with a hike up Gros Piton from the trailhead right off the beach.

La Maison Creole 459-3434

Drive time from the villa: About 25 minutes.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 1. In La Fargue, Choiseul

La Maison CreoleOfficially opened in October 2007, La Maison Creole is the largest and most authentic artifact museum in St. Lucia. Inside you will see tools, pottery, furniture, craft, a miniature traditionl house, money, musical instruments, toys, and even a boat. all from generations ago. Owner and tour guide, Theresa Paschal, collected many of the artifacts while traveling through Africa. The St. Lucian items come from all over the island but mostly from Choiseul, her home .
Hours: Daily from 9am - 5pm. We suggest calling ahead of time to confirm they are available for your planned visit time.

Balenbouche Estate Tour 455-1244

Drive time from the villa: About 30 minutes.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 2. About halfway between the villa and the airport in Vieux Fort.

The historic Balenbouche Estate is one of St. Lucia's most authentic and beautiful landmarks and heritage sites. The 60 acre former sugar plantation, nature park and retreat center includes the 180 year old plantation house lived in by the owners, who have cared for the property for over 35 years. Visit the antique furnished family home and museum, discover the impressive remains of the 18th century sugar mill, and explore our walking trails and secluded beaches. View our collection of Amerindian, African and colonial artifacts. Relax and celebrate under ancient trees and among tropical flora and fauna. Price: Guided tours $10US. Self-guided tours: $5US.
Hours: 7 days a week from 8 am - 6 pm. You can drop by any time for a self-guided tour (US$ 5). For guided tours, meals, or to book the grounds for an event, please call ahead.

Cape Moule a Chique Lighthouse

Drive time from the villa: About 50 minutes.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Near the airport in Vieux Fort.

The Moule-a-Chique Lighthouse was built in 1912 and is said to be the world’s second highest lighthouse. Its actual height is 740 feet above sea level and is located on the southernmost tip of Saint Lucia. Known for its breathtaking views of the island of Saint Lucia, the locations is frequented by visitors and locals alike. This lighthouse also served as guidance for sailors during World War I and provided assistance in communication during the Grenada revolution.
There does not seem to be an actual tour, and the phone number we’ve provided is for SLAPSA (St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority), and they might not be a lot of help. It looks like you can just drive there and walk around. The views are reportedly panoramic – take your camera (bring a telephoto lens if you have one) and binoculars. Walk up from the base for a lot of exercise, or drive to the top to make it easier on yourself.

Maria islands tour with the St Lucia Natural Trust 452-5005 or 454-5014

Drive time from the villa: About 50-60 minutes.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Near the airport in Vieux Fort.

The Maria Islands were declared a Nature Reserve in 1982 by the Government of Saint Lucia in recognition of their special function as a wildlife habitat and their unique flora and fauna. There are over eighty (80) plant species found on Maria Islands. The island is home to five endemic reptile species such as the world’s rarest snake – the Kouwés snake (Saint Lucia Racer), The Saint Lucia whiptail (Zandou), The Worm Snake (non poisonous), The Pygmy and Rock geckos as well as several species of cacti and undisturbed tropical plants on the vertical cliff.
The knowledgeable guide escorts visitors to Maria Major by a local fishing boat, which pulls ashore on one of the most spectacular white sand beaches. The exciting walk showcases the unique and breathtaking views of the town of Vieux Fort the Pitons and the entire Pointe Sable area. The waters around islands are surrounded by coral reefs, making them great for snorkeling.

Contact Dawnelle Eddison at info@slunatrust.org for general questions about the St Lucia national Trust.
The islands may be closed May through August due to nesting of migratory birds. Contact the St Lucia Natural trust for availability on your dates.
Tours are done by appointment only. Call 454-5014 for an appointment.

Fort Charlotte (Morne Fortune) and Inniskilling monument

Drive time from the villa: About 75 minutes, but traffic near Castries can really impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. In Castries.

Morne Fortuné is the summit of a ridge, which rises to a height of 852 ft from the point La Toc - the southern arm of the Castries Harbour. It was later renamed Fort Charlotte 1794 by the father of Queen Victoria of Great Britain after a battle victory.
Hike around the ruins of Morne Fortune ("good luck hill"), a former military outpost overlooking the harbor it was meant to protect. The site was hardly good luck during the 18th century: Several bloody battles between the French and the British took place here. The remains of St. Lucia’s oldest structures stand here: guard cells and a powder magazine (a building used to store gunpowder and ammunition) built by the French in the 1760s, as well as French and British burial grounds.
On the summit of Morne Fortune, there is a memorial to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who were among the British troops that captured the hill from the French in 1796. This is a great spot for a panoramic view over Castries and its harbor.

We recommend you combine this with lunch at the Pink Plantation, just a short drive away

Derek Walcott Square

Drive time from the villa: About 75 minutes, but traffic near Castries can really impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. In Castries.

St Lucia has two Nobel Prize winners: Sir William Arthur Lewis who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1979; and Sir Derek Walcott who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. This square has monuments to them and is a park in the center of Castries, right next to the church

Pigeon Island 452-5005

Drive time from the villa: About 90 minutes, but traffic near Castries and Rodney Bay can really impact this.
Driver Zone and Location: Zone 3. Just north of Rodney Bay, all the way at the north of the island.

Visit historic ruins at Pigeon Island National Park
Pigeon Island National Landmark is heralded as one of the most important monuments of Saint Lucia’s history. It is a vivid representation of the cultural and historical monuments of international, civil, military and marine cross currents, characteristic of West Indian historical change. A living museum within a natural setting, Pigeon Island is being nurtured through careful protection and intelligent development to serve the intellectual, cultural and recreational needs of all who visit this historic site. The picturesque, 44-acre island reserve, off the North West, was originally surrounded by water but was joined to the mainland by a man-made causeway in 1972. Recognizing the need to secure this site where the balance of late eighteenth century naval power was decided, the Government of Saint Lucia designated Pigeon Island as a National Park in 1979 and as a National Landmark in 1992. It is open to visitation 365 days a year.
Pigeon Island National Landmark has a number of heritage attractions and amenities which include:
• Ruins of military buildings used during the battles between the French and the British for the island of Saint Lucia.
• An Interpretation Centre describing the rich history of the island.
• Two beautiful beaches.
• A restaurant featuring local cuisine.
• A pub and restaurant with a historical theme.
• A lookout point at the top of the Fort which gives a panoramic view of the Northwest coastline.

Cost: Adults (ages 13 and up) - $8US. Children 5 years to 12 years old - $3US. Children under 5 years old are free. Beach Chair rentals are $3US.

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