A guide to great ex­cur­sions

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - TABLE OF CONTENTS -

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.

VOY­AGES OF DIS­COV­ERY

DAY­TIME & SUN­SET CRUISES

Visit Soufriere by sea, ex­plore the attractions, have lunch and spend an hour snor­kel­ing on the voy­age back to Rod­ney Bay. Or char­ter your own sun­set cruise. . .

End­less Sum­mer Cata­ma­rans – (450 8651) stlu­cia­boat­tours.com Mango Tango Cata­ma­rans – (452 8644) sea­spray­cruises.com Black Magic Pi­rate Ship – (452 8644) sea­spray­cruises.com Car­ni­val Sail­ing – (452 5586) car­ni­val­sail­ing.com Jus’Sail Sun­set Char­ter – (458 0069 / 287 1071) jus­sail.com

POWER­BOATS & SPORT­FISH­ING

Spend a great day at sea and take a chance at land­ing the “big one”, be it Mar­lin, Sword­fish or Do­rado.

Cap­tain Mike’s Power Boats – (452 4845) (452 7044) capt­mikes.com Hack­shaw’s Power Boats – (453 0553) hack­shaws.com Ex­o­dus Boat Char­ters – (485 3966) ex­o­dusstlu­cia.com Mys­tic Man Ocean Ad­ven­tures (Soufriere) – (459 7783) mys­tic­man­tours.com ECO Dive St Lu­cia Char­ters (Soufriere) – (713 6047) eco­di­vestlu­cia.com

WHALE & DOL­PHIN WATCH­ING

An un­for­get­table ad­ven­ture for the en­tire fam­ily! The win­ter months bring mas­sive hump­back whales mi­grat­ing to lo­cal wa­ters, while sperm and pi­lot whales and play­ful dol­phins can be sighted all year long.

Cap­tain Mike’s Power Boats – (452 4845) (452 7044) capt­mikes.com Hack­shaw’s Boat Char­ters – (453 0553) hack­shaws.com Ex­o­dus Boat Char­ters – (485 3966) ex­o­dusstlu­cia.com Mys­tic Man Ocean Ad­ven­tures – (459 7783) mys­tic­man­tours.com

SAIL­ING and YACHT CHAR­TERS

Sail the crys­tal Caribbean sea and ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty and ex­cite­ment of Saint Lu­cia’s coast­line. You might wish to voy­age even fur­ther . . .

Jus’Sail Laid Back Caribbean Sail­ing – (458 0069 / 287 1071) jus­sail.com FreeSpirit 43ft Sun­seeker – (519 6860) freespirit-char­ters.com DSL-Yacht­ing – (452 8531) dsl-yacht­ing.com

ZI­PLIN­ING

ATV TOURS (455 3245) atvstlu­cia.com Splash through rivers into a 1000-acre plan­ta­tion ex­plor­ing rain­for­est, beaches and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the thrill of all-ter­rain- ve­hi­cles, stop­ping for fresh lo­cal juice along the way.

AD­VEN­TURES ON LAND

Tree­Top Ad­ven­ture Park (458 0908 or 724 7256) ad­ven­ture­tourstlu­cia.com Soar through the rain­for­est canopy in a flash of lush green­ness. Zi­plin­ing on the long­est lines and high­est ob­sta­cle course on the is­land!

RAIN FOR­EST AD­VEN­TURES (458 5151) rain­forestad­ven­ture.com Try com­bin­ing a canopy ride by gon­dola with zi­plin­ing, or the ex­hil­a­rat­ing but less stren­u­ous Adren­a­line course. Adrenaluna of­fers a night­time flight through the canopy, and early morn­ing bird-watch­ing might re­sult in a rare sight­ing of the St Lu­cia Par­rot.

ST LU­CIA SEG­WAY TOURS (452 8300 or 724 8300) stlu­ci­aseg­way.com Ex­pe­ri­ence the new fun, safe and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly Seg­way X2, Lu­cianStyle! Glide the scenic na­ture trail up beau­ti­ful Mount Pi­mard and en­joy breathtaking views. First it’s a les­son and prac­tice time on our “Seg­way Ad­ven­ture Track” and then it’s a long gen­tle glide up the ex­ten­sive na­ture trail cre­ated on an old US WWII mil­i­tary base.

OFF-ROAD BIK­ING

Bike St Lu­cia (457 1400) bikestlu­cia.com Saint Lu­cia’s 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 Tree­top Ad­ven­tures (458 0908) ad­ven­ture­tourstlu­cia.com Rain­for­est Wa­ter­fall Cy­cling com­bines a plan­ta­tion tour with gen­tle bik­ing trails.

HORSE­BACK RID­ING Ride along the beach and swim with the horses for an un­be­liev­able ad­ven­ture! Check out any one of the is­land’s sta­bles: Trim’s Na­tional Rid­ing Academy (450 8273) trim­srid­ingstlu­cia.com In­ter­na­tional Pony Club (452 8139) in­ter­na­tion­alpony­club.net North Point Rid­ing (488 2013) north­pointrid­ing.com Is­land Rid­ers (584 7555) stlu­ci­a­horserides.blogspot.com Hol­i­day Rid­ing Sta­bles (714 7433) horse-rid­ing.net Hoof­prints – Roseau Val­ley (520 5102) find on Face­book Sa­vanne Sta­bles - Vieux Fort (714 8486) find on Face­book

WILD WA­TER­SPORTS

Check out Cas-en-Bas beach for kitesurf­ing lessons and an amaz­ing flat-wa­ter area for rid­ers of all lev­els.

Kitesurf­ing St Lu­cia (714 9589) kitesurf­in­gstlu­cia.com Aqua­holics (726 0600) aqual­holic­sstlu­cia.com

PARA­SAIL­ING

FLY­BOARD­ING

SEA KAYAK­ING

The Reef in Vieux Fort (454 3418) is also a kite- and wind­surfer’s par­adise, where a near con­tin­ual breeze cre­ates the per­fect lo­ca­tion. Pro­vides a tran­quil glide some 300 feet above the sea’s sur­face, tinged with just a bit of a rush. Rex St. Lu­cian Re­sort (452 8351). The lat­est adren­a­line rush on the is­land. Fly like Iron­man with jets on your feet! Sea Spray Cruises (452 8644).

KITESURF­ING AND WIND­SURF­ING

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

HER­ITAGE and CUL­TURE

(458-1454) her­itage­toursstlu­cia.org Out-of-the-or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ences based on the cul­tural and his­

tor­i­cal her­itage of St. Lu­cia. Choose from half day, full day or overnight tours or have them cus­tom­ize an ex­pe­ri­ence for you!

PI­GEON IS­LAND NA­TIONAL LAND­MARK (468 5649) slu­na­trust.org 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.

LA TOC BAT­TERY (452 7921) 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.

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

DI­A­MOND FALLS AND MIN­ERAL BATHS (459 7155) di­a­mond­stlu­cia.com 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.

NAT­U­RAL WON­DERS

MAMIKU GAR­DENS, PRASLIN (455 3729) En­joy the trop­i­cal flora of Saint Lu­cia at the is­land's largest gar­dens, where you can also hike, swim in the river and en­joy some lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity at Mamiku's restau­rant.

ST LU­CIA FORESTRY DEPART­MENT (468 5646) stlu­cia.org Whether it’s a hike into the lush rain­for­est or a spe­cial­ized bird-watch­ing 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. For in­dige­nous trees, check out Pi­ton Flora, and for a great chance to spy the St. Lu­cian Par­rot, go to the Mil­let bird sanc­tu­ary. TORAILLE WA­TER­FALL (459 7527) soufriere­foun­da­tion.org 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 wa­ter-mas­sage in the world!

TET PAUL NA­TURE TRAIL (459 7200) soufriere­foun­da­tion.org Nes­tled on six acres of lush, ver­dant land in the farm­ing com­mu­nity of Chateau Be­lair, the trail is lo­cated in the Pi­ton Man­age­ment Area, Saint Lu­cia’s World Her­itage Site. The hike is rated easy to mod­er­ate and is roughly 45 min­utes long.

GROS PI­TON HIKE (486 1561) grospi­ton.com 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 wa­ter- mas­sage in the world!

UP AND AWAY!

BIRDS’ EYE VIEW St. Lu­cia He­li­copters – (453 6952) stlu­ci­a­he­li­copters.com 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.

IS­LAND HOP­PING Sun­link Tours (452 8929) stlu­cia­reps.com A brief jaunt by plane to Mar­tinique cap­i­tal Fort de France pro­vides a de­light­ful ex­pe­ri­ence of French-Caribbean cul­ture. Or, try a quick flight to the bliss­ful par­adise of Union Is­land in the Gre­nadines for a day of snor­kel­ing, div­ing and sail­ing.

SCUBA SITES

ANSE CHAS­TANET REEF Can be en­tered from the beach with fab­u­lous co­ral and abun­dant sea life at a mere 25 feet. As the slope falls off to depths of 140 feet, this site be­comes one of the most stun­ning in the Caribbean.

ANSE LA RAYE A drift dive that falls be­low a shal­low wall to re­veal fas­ci­nat­ing for­ma­tions.

CO­RAL GAR­DENS Lo­cated at the base of Gros Pi­ton where fin­ger co­ral dis­plays form an un­der­wa­ter gar­den. FAIRY LAND Vividly rich in color as the swift cur­rents of the area keep the wa­ters crys­tal clear to mag­nify the bril­liance of co­ral and sponges.

KEY HOLE PIN­NA­CLES Voted one of the ten “best dive sites” by Caribbean Travel & Life. Key Hole Pin­na­cles showcases four gor­gonian-en­crusted seamounts, St. Lu­cia’s un­der­wa­ter an­swer to the Pi­tons above.

SHIP­WRECK LESLEEN M A 165-foot freighter lies up­right in 60 feet of wa­ter where divers may ex­plore the ship while en­joy­ing ju­ve­nile fish among the co­ral and fans.

SU­PER­MAN’S FLIGHT Con­tin­ues along the wall at the base of Pe­tite Pi­ton, where it falls off to 1600 feet in depth. Divers drift along the cur­rent em­u­lat­ing the su­per hero’s flight be­tween the Pi­tons in “Su­per­man II”.

Dive shops in ad­di­tion to those at ma­jor re­sorts: Scuba St. Lu­cia – Anse Chas­tanet (457 1400) Scuba Steve’s – Rod­ney Bay (450 9433) Is­land Divers – Anse Co­chon (456 8110) Dive Fair He­len – Marigot Bay (451 7716)

IS­LAND SPORTS

GOLF St. Lu­cia Golf Club (450 8523) stlu­ci­agolf.com Golf along the beau­ti­ful ter­rain of St. Lu­cia with sea views and moun­tain vis­tas from the 18 hole course at Cap Es­tate.

TEN­NIS St. Lu­cia Rac­quet Club (450 0551) Avail­able at many ma­jor re­sorts or con­tact the within Smug­glers Cove for avail­able court times or up­com­ing tour­na­ments.

SQUASH St. Lu­cia Yacht Club (452 8350) stlu­ci­ay­acht­club.com The is­land’s only in­ter­na­tional stan­dard squash courts are lo­cated at the club­house on Re­duit Beach. Call after 3pm daily ex­cept Mon­day to book court time.

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