Our picks for things to do
Saint Lucia has much to offer in the months of July & August, so here are a few tips from the Tropical Traveller team, who recommend some of their favourite things to do on the island this summer.
Diving is my new challenge, and after so many years living on an island it’s probably time! My son came home recently and spent a wonderful day exploring the reefs and sealife with Marcel & Dawn from Dive Saint Lucia, and his enthusiasm was infectious. The entire team are passionate about showing the undersea side of Saint Lucia to novices and dive masters alike, and their photographer Henley Spiers captures the beauty and colour of unusual sea creatures and iridescent fish like nobody I know. So wish me luck as I take the plunge – I’ll report back to TT next issue! Mae, Publisher This year I'm joining a Carnival J'Ouvert band for the very first time, so look out for me on the road at the crack of dawn on July 20 with a merry crew called the Mudsters! The traditional daybreak welcome of carnival has become more popular over the years, and nowadays a number of bands hit the streets about 4am to dance, drink and fling handfuls of fragrant mud at each other before the main event of the day takes place. Carnival season in Saint Lucia is packed with activities, so it's a great time to enjoy local music and a colourful spectacle like no other.
Dee, TT Editor Buckle up and take a buggy ride! It's a great way to see the island and the little green jeeps are brilliant fun to drive. Taking the winding roads from Castries south to Soufriere, you go through banana plantations and farming villages where you stop off to taste the best fresh-picked tropical fruits, before heading to the sulphur springs for a glimpse at the world's only drive-in volcano, a dip in a refreshing waterfall and a delicious lunch at a former estate. Check your tour desk for more information on Island Buggies northern excursion too.
Dalan, Graphic Designer Sushi with a view is just about my favourite so I'm a big fan of Rituals Sushi at Rodney Bay Marina for lunch or dinner with friends. The yachts are a relaxing backdrop and the sushi is always great - beautifully presented and flavourful with excellent quality ingredients. Some of our group must-haves are the tuna and kingfish sashimi which are meltingly fresh, and the kick of heat from Spicy Tuna and Las Vegas Rolls. Add a few gyoza dumplings and a bowl of seaweed salad and just about everyone's happy! Book ahead if possible because Rituals Sushi is popular, especially at the weekend.
Nikki, Sales Exec