Seeing The Sights
Day trips can be taken as part of the Boat Tours, or organised separately as overland adventures if required. The following (and the associated images) are just some examples of what's on offer... And all entry fees are included in the tour price!
As a safe haven for yachts over the centuries, Marigot Bay has been the scene of many dramatic events, including in the 18th century being the scene of a famous sea battle between the French and British. In the 1950s, Walter Boudreau sailed into the bay on his yacht, ‘Dubloon’, and falling in love with Marigot decided to stay and build the first hotel - including the famous Hurricane Hole Bar. During the 60s the Marigot Yacht Haven, as it was known, was THE place to be seen, with film stars and heads of state coming to escape the stress and publicity of their lives - such was Marigot’s reputation that after the first moon landing the astronauts were brought here to relax and unwind. Marigot is no longer a sleepy fishing village and hiding place for pirates on the run, but has been used for background shots in many Hollywood films, such as Dr. Doolittle.
Anse Mamin beach is one of those relatively still unknown locations that just oozes Caribbean style, while offering the potential for total relaxation, or energetic exertion via the bike trails that loop through the old historic plantation that sits in the jungle just behind the beach.
The beach itself has become known by Saluna WaterSport's customers as the 'OCD' Beach, because of the amazing stone formation the beach's security guard builds around the palm trees on the beach - amazing, and makes the beach a really unique location anywhere in the world.
Diamond Botanical Gardens
St. Lucia's Botanical Gardens, also known as the 'Diamond Botanical Gardens' is located in the town of Soufrière, in the south-western region of the island, next to the towering Pitons.
This garden is not like any other, and has a wide variety of tropical plant species and birds, and features the stunning Diamond waterfall, with hot mineral waters that feed directly from the local volcano.
The garden is also known for its natural hot springs and mineral waters, with the water said to have medicinal qualities. They were used by King Louis XVI's troops for their healing properties, and have been restored as private baths and are available for visitor's use. Just remember to take your camera!
For more information see the Diamond Botanical Gardens website.
Soufrière Drive-In Volcano
Sulphur Springs Park & Drive-in Volcano is literally a volcano crater you can drive right into, and walk between the bubbling sulphur springs and hissing pools of steam.
The crater was created some 40,000 years ago and the last volcanic (gas only) activity was in the late 1700s, leaving behind bubbling mud pots bordered by steam vents jetting as high as 50 feet into the air, and which are very impressive.
Near the volcano are some exceptionally therapeutic, warm, mineral-rich mud baths, where you can slap on the mud, before wshing it of to reveal skin silkier than it's ever felt in your life.
Warm Mineral Waterfalls
The Warm Mineral Waterfalls are one of the most popular stops before lunch. Inside are three pools, with the waterfall descending about 35 feet into the first pool, which has a depth of about waist hight. The water is said to have age defying qualities that make everyone look and feel young again. The water is lovely and warm, coming as it does directly from the Sulphur Springs (drive-in volcano).
Soufrière - Lunch
On most day trips lunch is taken at one of Soufrière's lovely beach-side restaurants, where the views out to sea towards the twin peaks of the Pitons are some of the best on the island. The expansive buffet Lunch is included in the price, and is exceedingly well-stocked - many going back for seconds!.
Pigeon Island National Park
Pigeon Island is St Lucia's first national park, and can be reached either from the mainland across a causeway, or by boat. The islet has a romantic past, having been the hide-out of Jambe de Bois, the much-feared peg-leg pirate who preyed on Spanish galleons. It was also from here that Admiral Rodney set sail in 1782 to destroy the French fleet in one of the most decisive sea battles in European history. Pigeon island features two white sandy beaches and numerous old building, some restored, including the Captain's Cellar, a re-creation of an 18th century English pub.
The island is ideal for nature walks and has numerous marked trails which pass the many historical sites, including the remains of the 18th century British fort situated on the further most peak, from which great views can be enjoyed.
Anse La Raye Fish Fry
Every Friday night, crowds gather at the closed off streets in the small seaside town of Anse La Raye for a weekly Fish Fry, enabling you to mingle with the locals as well as other visitors to the island. If you ask Andre nicely he may just organise a visit for you, allowing you to sample the first rate food, such as red snapper cooked with spices, grilled lobsters, stuffed crabs.... There's plenty of loud music and dancing, as well as plenty of local beverages, including Rum and Piton Beer.
Gros Islet Friday Night Jump-Up
Talking of dancing and music, don't forget the Gros Islet Friday party! It's a wild event, and kicks off around 9pm with the entire town out on the streets, moving and grooving to loud Caribbean rhythms. Local street vendors sell barbequed chicken, fish, conch, and lots and lots of beer, rum, and punch.
Just remember to take you dancing shoes as Andre does like to move!