GREAT ES­CAPES

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - ISLANDHISTORY -

Dis­cover the beauty and ex­cite­ment of St Lu­cia through sight­see­ing, sports and soft ad­ven­ture – there’s a tour for all tastes on our beau­ti­ful is­land.

BOAT TOURS

Ex­plore St. Lu­cia by sea. End­less Sum­mer Cata­ma­rans – (450 8651) stlu­cia­boat­tours.com Mango Tango Cata­ma­rans – (452 8644) sea­spray­cruises.com Black Magic Pi­rate Ship – (452 8644) sea­spray­cruises.com Cap­tain Mike’s Power Boats – (452 4845) capt­mikes.com Hack­shaw’s Power Boats – (453 0553) hack­shaws.com FreeSpirit 43ft Sun­seeker – (519 6860) Jus’Sail Laid Back Sail­ing – (452 8422 / 287 1071) jus­sail.com Ex­o­dus Boat Char­ters - (485 3966) ex­o­dusstlu­cia.com Mys­tic Man Ocean Ad­ven­tures – (459 7783) mys­tic­man­tours.com

AERIAL TOURS

For a unique bird’s eye view, dis­cover St. Lu­cia via he­li­copter, a tour that can only be de­scribed as amaz­ing. North is­land, south is­land or both, th­ese ex­cur­sions are breathtaking and not for the faint-hearted. St. Lu­cia He­li­copters – (453 6952) stlu­ci­a­he­li­copters.com

HER­ITAGE CUL­TURE

Out-of-the-or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ences based on the cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal her­itage of St. Lu­cia. Choose from half day, full day or overnight tours or have them cus­tom­ize an ex­pe­ri­ence for you! (458-1454) her­itage­toursstlu­cia.org ST. LU­CIA NA­TIONAL TRUST Pi­geon Is­land is a 44 acre penin­sula un­der the stew­ard­ship of the Na­tional Trust. In the mid-16th cen­tury it was the home of French pi­rates, and from the 17th to 19th cen­turies the French and Bri­tish mil­i­tary took turns in us­ing it as a naval base, the ru­ins of which are all around the park. Walk­ing trails are well-marked and the ‘is­land’ has some of the north’s most cap­ti­vat­ing sea vis­tas and cozy coves. (468 5649) slu­na­trust.org LA SIKWI SUGAR MILL Pro­vides a com­plete over­view of the sugar in­dus­try inside a mar­velous ex­am­ple of a sugar fac­tory set within an at­trac­tive gar­den, lo­cated close to the fish­ing vil­lage of Anse La Raye. (451 4245)

LA TOC BAT­TERY Another naval his­tory site, re­veal­ing the com­plex tech­nol­ogy of Bri­tish en­gi­neer­ing in the late nine­teenth cen­tury within its se­ries of un­der­ground rooms, am­mu­ni­tion lifts and tun­nels, and in­cred­i­ble views over the north of the is­land all the way to Mar­tinique. (452 7921)

RHYTHM OF RUM Take a ride to Roseau Val­ley where St. Lu­cia Dis­tillers blends the his­tory of rum-mak­ing on the is­land with a lit­tle bac­cha­nal and a sam­pling of the is­land’s award win­ning rums and liqueurs. (456 9110) saintlu­cia­rums.com

NAT­U­RAL WON­DERS

ST LU­CIA FORESTRY DEPART­MENT Whether it’s a hike into the lush rain­for­est or a spe­cial­ized bird­ing tour, the Forestry Depart­ment has com­plete do­main over the ver­dant in­te­rior of the is­land. A guide must ac­com­pany all for­est for­ays. For a short walk, follow Union Na­ture trail, which also fea­tures a mini-zoo per­fect for chil­dren. To see sec­tions of in­dige­nous trees, check out Pi­ton Flora, and for a great chance to spy the St. Lu­cian Par­rot, go to the Mil­let bird sanc­tu­ary. (468 5646) stlu­cia.org

DI­A­MOND FALLS AND MIN­ERAL BATHS In the heart of Soufriere, ex­pe­ri­ence the lush trop­i­cal gar­dens sculpted around a pic­turesque wa­ter­fall, within a his­tor­i­cal plan­ta­tion that in­cludes eigh­teenth cen­tury min­er­als baths, na­ture trails and the Old Mill Restau­rant. (459 7155) di­a­mond­stlu­cia.com

TORAILLE WA­TER­FALL Lo­cated close to Fond St Jac­ques, a short walk along a path edged with trop­i­cal blos­soms leads to the wa­ter­fall, where bathing in the pool be­low of­fers the most nat­u­ral wa­ter­mas­sage in the world! (459 7527) soufriere­foun­da­tion.org ATV TOURS Splash through rivers into a 1000-acre plan­ta­tion ex­plor­ing rain­for­est, beaches and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the thrill of all-ter­rain­ve­hi­cles, stop­ping for fresh lo­cal juice along the way. (455 3245) atvstlu­cia.com

OFF-ROAD BIK­ING Bike St Lu­cia is com­plete bik­ing cen­ter with a be­gin­ner’s cir­cu­lar trail and an ex­pert’s only moun­tain climb, all nes­tled within the pleas­ant set­ting of Anse Mamin (457 1400) bikestlu­cia.com Rain­for­est Wa­ter­fall Cy­cling com­bines a plan­ta­tion tour with gen­tle bik­ing trails. (458 0908) ad­ven­ture­tourstlu­cia.com

SEA KAYAK­ING Jun­gle Reef Ad­ven­tures at Anse Chas­tanet of­fers ex­pert in­struc­tion in this awe­some yet gru­el­ing sport. (457 1400) jun­glereefad­ven­tures.com

IS­LAND AD­VEN­TURES

LAID BACK SAIL­ING Jus’Sail of­fers the very best of fresh St. Lu­cian pro­duce and qual­ity drinks on­board their hand-built wooden Car­ri­a­cou sloop. For small groups and pri­vate char­ters, Jus’Sail of­fers fully cus­tom­iz­a­ble tours from 2-hour out­ings all the way to full day ex­cur­sions. (452 8522) jus­sail.com

ST. LU­CIA HER­ITAGE TOURS

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