Nestled below the Pitons, twin peaks rising over 2,600 feet above the azure waters of the Caribbean, St. Lucia is an oasis of tropical calm. The island's capital, Castries, is a town of charming, pastel-colored colonial buildings, home to some 60,000. Yet despite its peaceful setting, St. Lucia has a turbulent and colorful history. Fierce Carib warriors overran the peaceful Arawaks in the 9th century. The first European settler, Francois Le Clerc, was a French buccaneer. Le Clerc's countrymen followed in his wake, establishing the town of Soufriere in 1746. Sugar was the lure, sugar was king. Within four decades some 50 plantations flourished on the island. Thus St. Lucia became part of the Caribbean's 18th-century trade triangle of sugar, slavery, and rum. Today this beautiful island welcomes visitors drawn to its exotic tropical landscape, superb beaches, crystalline waters, and colorful marine life.
The majestic twin peaks of the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, seem to rise straight from the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Each mount, created from hardened lava, towers over 2,000 feet in the air.
Sulphur Springs Drive-In Volcano
The island boasts the world's only drive-in volcano. Enjoy a short tour of the crater and see the bubbling pools letting off puffs of odorous steam.
Diamond Botanical Gardens
Explore the nature trails and step into a world where waterfalls gush from the mouth of a volcano, hot mineral springs fill the baths with age-old medicinal waters and flora and fauna abounds.
Established in 1746, Soufriere is the island's oldest town, and the reputed birthplace of Napoleon's Empress Josephine. Be sure to visit the marketplace with its colorful murals and gingerbread trim.
This 40-acre islet is a beautiful nature park reflecting a thousand years of history. Visit the Museum and Interpretive Center, housed in an elegantly restored 1808 British officers' mess building.
This lush yachtsman's haven has been seen in films including "Dr. Doolittle" and "Fire Power." You'll want to see why author James Michener called it "the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean."
Enjoy the sweeping views from this 17-century strategic outpost. Visit the Iniskilling Monument, erected in 1932 to honor the Regiment who captured the Morne for the British in 1796.
Whale and dolphin watching, ziplining, horseback riding, the aerial tram and 4WD fun are trademarks of St. Lucia.
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Scenic Byways of St. Lucia
2.5 hours | St. Lucia | SLU-130
Explore St. Lucia's scenic and cultural wonders during this leisurely tour. After boarding your coach, you'll travel through the 370-year-old city of Castries, past noted landmarks such as the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Derek Walcott Square. Soon, you'll leave the bustling capital city behind and journey south towards the 279-foot-tall Morne Fortune. Sit back and relax as the road weaves its way along the dramatic ridgeline that boasts panoramic views of banana plantations and the lush mountains. After experiencing the island's natural beauty, you'll stop at the Bagshaws Art Studio for a look at manmade treasures. Watch as skilled craftsmen silkscreen a variety of products then visit the showroom to shop for that perfect souvenir. With presents in hand, you'll rejoin your coach and continue on to Pigeon Island for a photo stop of the spectacular coastline and the neighboring island of Martinique.
Come on board the Trolley Tour and see the sights from the open air, blue-and-yellow painted, locomotive-like vehicle. Chug through the capital of St. Lucia and stop for a little beach time on this fun filled tour suited to the whole family. Begin by traveling through the bustling streets of the capital. You will pass government buildings, a local craft market, and colorful streets and alleys on the way to the cathedral. Stop at the impressive Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception for the opportunity to photograph the largest church of its kind in the Caribbean. Your friendly guide will impart the city's history and lore as you make your way past varied architecture and friendly locals on the way to the beach. At the beach you will get a complimentary fruit or rum punch while enjoying a photo stop at this picture perfect white sand beach. Put your feet in the water while feeling the refreshing breeze of the Caribbean Sea. All too soon, it is time to re-board and make your way back to the port.
Explore the beauty of St. Lucia from the comfort of your motorcoach on a lovely three-hour adventure that begins in the port city of Castries. Drive through the colorful streets passing the uniquely decorated cathedral, the lively craft market, and Derek Walcott Square, named for the St. Lucian author who won the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature. Continuing on, travel through the island's lush countryside to its north side, through small communities to Cul De Sac and Roseau Valley, with its picturesque views of banana plantations and tropical landscapes, stopping for photos along the way. Next, take in views of the quaint village of Marigot, a typical West Indian town with original French and English colonial architecture. Finally, conclude with refreshments and a visit to cinematic Marigot Bay, which author James Michener called "the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean." Return to port with a camera filled with memories.
There's so much to see on this beautiful island, where do you begin? This approximately 3.5-hour tour is a perfect introduction to all the colorful and intriguing sights St. Lucia has to offer. Designed for those who prefer to see the sights with little or no walking, this leisurely excursion also offers plenty of photo opportunities. Board your motorcoach and travel through Castries. Your first photo stop is St. Marks, an authentic colonial mansion. Take in the spectacular harbor views while you enjoy traditional St. Lucian snacks. Your second stop is at Morne Fortune, a 17th-century outpost. Then, enjoy shopping at Caribelle Batik, where many of the island's batik creations are made. You'll continue on a drive through the lush and verdant countryside passing many small communities. Next, you'll travel to The Distillery, and finally, you'll make the picturesque trip back to Castries.
Color and exotic beauty abound when you spend a pleasant day exploring the natural splendors of St. Lucia. A picturesque drive brings you to the privately owned Stoney Hill Estate, with the most stunning views in all of St. Lucia. Of particular note are the home's elegant orchid garden, walking trails and tranquil gazebos. On completion of your garden exploration, you'll be treated to some local juice and homemade cakes. Then, a short, scenic drive will take you to the Pigeon Island National Park. Relax and explore or follow the path around the island's perimeter, which includes the ruins of Fort Rodney and Signal Peak, where you can rest and enjoy the spectacular view! Your next stop will be a beautiful stretch of beach on the outside of the park. You'll have approximately 90 minutes to enjoy the beach before your motorcoach ride back to the pier.
Experience the island's African, French, and English roots, known as creole. The fun begins with a sightseeing tour through the winding streets of Castries and on to the island's picturesque northern region. First stop is St. Marks, a grand 19th century home situated atop Morne Fortune, a steep hill overlooking Castries harbor. Outside, the sprawling veranda boasts panoramic views; inside is an interior that reflects European and African influences. After a sampling of traditional dry snacks and rum punch, you'll continue on to Howelton Estate/Caribelle Batik for a look at artisans' hand print fabrics by the 2,500-year-old Indonesian wax-and-dye process known as batik. Then, it's on to Fond Latisab Creole Park for a lesson in making cassava bread, an island staple, and a lively performance by a shak-shak band. Once you've completed your journey of sight, scent and taste, you'll board the coach and return to your ship.
Join us on a colorful vintage Lucian Open bus, fitted with a stereo sound system, big open windows, comfortable seating and your friendly guide and driver. Whisk away to enjoy a fun filled experience like no other... visit a white and sugar brown beaches, whilst enjoying complimentary drinks and snacks. Take the entire family along and be our Lucian best friend for the day.
Local Connections: The Tale of the St. Lucia Banana
3 hours | St. Lucia | SLU-225
Experience from tree crop to tasty treat on this amazing journey through this sleepy community. The diverse approach to banana farming and the use of several traditional methods to sustain the resident of community is an unimaginable story.
Discover the beauty and nature of St. Lucia with an adventure that begins with a leisurely sightseeing tour around the Island's West coast and ends with an invigorating volcanic bath (and an outdoor shower). Your scenic drive from the pier takes you through two traditional fishing villages and skirts the fringes of the rainforest. Marvel at the spectacular twin peaks of the Pitons as you descend into Soufriere and on to Sulphur Springs, site of the Caribbean's only drive-in volcano, which has been dormant since its last eruption in the early 1700's. Here you will visit the Mud Baths known for its wonderful mineral baths oozing with rich mud, which throughout the ages has been renowned for its therapeutic and curative properties. Empress Josephine regularly used the dramatic caldera of Soufriere for bathing. You will have the opportunity to take a wonderful natural mud bath in a hot mineral pool at the bottom of the springs. Luxuriate in the mineral filled mud and sulphuric air, which is said to have the ability to treat everything from skin ailments to arthritis and asthma. A knowledgeable guide will explain to you how to take advantage of this fabulous natural resource. Dark colored swimwear is recommended as the sulphur may cause discoloration. After your volcanic treat, you will head off for a cool drink at Morne Coubaril Estate. On your return to the port, you will stop briefly at Marigot Bay, a world-famous location. Here, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the natural bay steeped in history and the site of many well-known films.
Under-the-sea splendors await on this three-hour, Animal Planet Recommended adventure. Departing from your ship, you'll board your snorkeling vessel and cruise the island's coastline with views of many bays and villages. You'll have ample photo opportunities, and your crew will point out highlights. Once at the snorkel site, you'll receive a safety orientation as well as a snorkeling lesson. Then, dive in! There will be plenty of time to explore the park's reefs with a friend or follow your guide for a leisurely snorkel among the coral gardens. You'll get to see a variety of hard and soft corals and colorful sponges, as well as meet the trumpetfish, stoplight parrotfish, sergeant majors, and schooling chromis that make their home in this protected marine environment. Your marine adventure concludes as you cruise back to your ship, relaxed and refreshed.
A trip to St. Lucia isn't complete without seeing the island's most notable landmark: the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This four hour tour lets you see them in a most spectacular way, aboard the deck of a catamaran. From your ship, you'll board your watercraft on the way to Soufriere, the oldest town in St. Lucia, and Piton Bay. Soon, you'll see the picture-perfect twin peaks that seem to rise straight from the Caribbean waters. Continue to sail between the Petit and Gros volcanic landforms, each stretching over 2,000 feet in the air. You'll continue your cruise along the island's verdant coast, stopping at the remote dark-sand beach of one of the bays for a refreshing swim, then cruise into Marigot Bay, a lush, tranquil haven that's been used in many Hollywood films, including the original "Dr. Doolittle". Return to port with the wind in your hair and a camera filled with memories.
Stroll along the island's oldest Botanical Garden, and be refreshed in the warm therapeutic mineral baths built in 1700's by one of the famous French General. Your knowledgeable guide will highlight all of the island's historical, natural and cultural uniqueness as you travel along. Make your entrance into the Soufriere Estate with its long tree lined drive and the tropical beauty of this historical plantation. Begin by exploring the therapeutic Diamond Mineral Baths, Botanical Gardens and Waterfall. Get off your feet and lift your senses in the warm, refreshing baths with medicinal properties as those of Aix les Bans in France and Aix la Chapelle in Germany. Step into and take in the ambiance of the Old Sugar Mill with its massive waterwheel that was built in 1765 originally used to crush the sugar cane and later served as the first supply of hydro-electricity to the town of Soufriere. Enjoy a tasty creole lunch, relax for a while before you board your bus for a laid-back drive to your vessel.
Get off the beaten path on an exciting 4WD safari that makes the most of St. Lucia's magnificent natural resources. St. Lucia's dramatic topography and lush tropical forests provide the perfect setting for this five-hour off-road adventure. Board your vehicle and set off caravan style to one of St. Lucia's lush valleys, passing banana plantations and stopping at Morne Fortune, the "Hill of Good Luck." Then, it's time to leave civilization behind as your journey takes you down rural roads and trails. See St. Lucia's tallest peak, Mt. Gimie, in the distance. Next, you'll arrive at the site of La Tille Falls. Here, you'll enjoy two hours to explore the lush, tropical setting and to swim in the refreshing waters. Reboard your vehicle and pause for a photo stop along the way at the town of Dennery on your return to port.
Experience the thrill of one of the Caribbean's most exciting active adventures on an exhilarating four-hour adventure. A short drive brings you to Tree Top Adventure Park, where you'll receive a brief orientation and safety instruction and be outfitted with a harness system, helmets and gloves. Then, take off as your specially trained guides take you on the ride of your life. Set off on a course of pulleys and cables that allow you to zip safely through a beautiful section of St. Lucia's tropical rainforest. You'll fly through the canopy on 12 zip lines, including the island's longest (up to 800 feet) and highest (up to 150 feet) above the forest's floor, with plenty of time to catch your breath and take in the unique panoramic views. After your exhilarating tour, you'll return to base camp for some refreshments before heading back to your ship.
Explore the outback of St. Lucia, discover off-the-beaten paths, be overwhelmed with nature, and engage yourself in the beauty of the island on an easy and exciting hiking tour! Board the air-conditioned bus for a relaxing drive along the island's lovely west coast to Soufriere, gateway to the Tet Paul Nature Trail. Then, get your camera poised for a dazzling panorama of earth, sea and sky. From the trail, you can see the majestic Pitons and Jalousie Bay all the way to the far away islands of Martinique and St. Vincent. It may be hard to take your eyes away from such stunning scenery but beauty also sits at your feet: native plants and exotic fruit trees line the trail. The refreshing waters of the Toraille waterfall is the perfect place to cool off after your hike. Complete an incredible day at the Still restaurant on Soufriere Bay for refreshments.
The waters surrounding St. Lucia are home to more than 40 different species of whale and dolphin. Get to know the area's most exciting and friendliest natural wonders on an exciting three hour adventure. Cruise in search of the most common humpback whale as well as sperm and pilot whales, and spinner, striped and common dolphins. This tour takes you on an unprecedented whale- and dolphin-watching voyage aboard a specially designed sightseeing boat perfect for viewing these amazing marine mammals. As you seek these sea creatures, enjoy a relaxing view of the island's coast, while sipping your complimentary beverage. Chances are very good you'll get to see some of these gentle giants, and in calm waters a hydrophone is used in locating whales. While every effort will be made to locate them, actual sightings cannot be guaranteed. You'll conclude the day back at the dock.
St. Lucia's stunning natural beauty is on display on this full-day adventure that begins with a scenic drive to the quaint seaside town of Soufriere as well as some of the island's more popular sites. You'll begin in Castries, stopping at Morne Fortune, the "Hill of Good Luck," a key 17th-century strategic outpost that offers some spectacular vistas of the area. Continuing on your ride, you'll arrive at Soufriere, the oldest town in St. Lucia. As you enter, you can't miss seeing the famous towering twin peaks of the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your first stop is Sulphur Springs, the world's only drive-in volcano, followed by the lush Diamond Botanical Gardens. Tuck into a delicious island lunch, then conclude the day with a drive by of the most beautiful inlet in the Caribbean, Marigot Bay. This stunning haven has been seen in movies including "Dr. Doolittle" and "Fire Power". Return to port with beautiful memories.
Grab your swimsuit and get ready to discover the fascinating, underwater world of SNUBA! SNUBA takes snorkeling to new heights and does not require any certification. SNUBA allows you to breathe through a regulator without wearing the cumbersome tank on your back. The air supply floats on a support raft at the surface. You can enjoy the under-the-sea experience at any depth; SNUBA is designed for your own personal comfort level. There is no need to surface for air or to tussle with bulky equipment, just gear up and dive in. The warm and inviting waters surrounding Pigeon Island offer a variety of tropical fish and marine life. Every dive is a new adventure! Back on land, explore the Pigeon Island National Landmark, heralded as one of the most important monuments of St. Lucia's history. Nature lovers, keep the camera handy, as the island is home to a variety of fauna and bird species. Relax on your scenic drive back to the pier.
Explore the picturesque trails that wind through Mount Pimard, a private 78-acre nature reserve by Segway®. You'll attend a safety briefing and orientation, then follow your friendly instructor caravan style on this unique outdoor experience to marvel at the breathtaking vistas, exotic flora and fauna, and St. Lucia's history. Along the way, you'll stop to discover a hidden hillside gazebo, a shimmering fishpond, ruins of abandoned fortifications and a fruit stop offering seasonal delights. Join your motorcoach and gaze out your window at prominent landmarks and attractions en route to famous Reduit Beach for a little fun in the sun. Known for its expansive shore line and ample amenities, it beckons you to relax on the soft, golden sand, snorkel among vibrant marine life, or take a selfie and share your picture online using the free Wi-Fi. After a blissful day enjoying the natural highlights of St. Lucia, return to port.
Discover the top attractions along St. Lucia's eastern coastline on a full-day adventure. Begin in Castries, home to several of St. Lucia's historical sites, such as La Toc Battery, and see beautiful architecture, including the uniquely decorated cathedral and the Central Library. Stop at Morne Fortune, the "Hill of Good Luck," a key 17th-century strategic outpost that offers some spectacular vistas of the area. Continue on to visit the historic Balenbouche Estate. Stop to do a little shopping at the Laborie Arts & Crafts Center. Next, it's on to Sulphur Springs, the world's only drive-in volcano, where pools of muddy water bubble and belch out clouds of odorous steam. Next, you'll arrive at the Morne Coubaril Estate, where you'll see demonstrations of cocoa processing before savoring a delicious lunch buffet. Finally, concludes with a visit to the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean, Marigot Bay. Return to port with wonderful memories.
Sulphur Springs, the Pitons, Scenic Cruise & Lunch
7.25 hours | St. Lucia | SLU-100
Sulphur Springs Drive-In Volcano
Experience the best of St. Lucia by land and sea on a full-day adventure. Begin with a scenic ride aboard your air-conditioned transportation through the capital city of Castries, stopping for photos at Morne Fortune, the "Hill of Good Luck." You'll continue on to Soufriere, the oldest town in St. Lucia, to see Sulphur Springs, the world's only drive-in volcano. Then, it's off to the verdant 19th-century eco-friendly colonial estate of Morne Coubaril for a tour of this working farm and a delicious Creole lunch. Returning to Soufriere, you'll board your catamaran for the "sea" portion of your exciting activity. While aboard, you'll view of the majestic Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stop in a secluded cove for a refreshing swim, then cruise into Marigot Bay, the lush, tranquil haven that's been used in many Hollywood films, including Dr. Doolittle. Return to port.
Looking for a new way to see this island paradise? This four hour excursion allows you to experience St. Lucia's unspoiled countryside from the top of a horse. Board your air-conditioned transportation and drive north to the International Pony Club. When you arrive, your guide will lead you to the stables, where you'll receive safety lessons and be outfitted. Then, you'll saddle up on a well trained horse and hit the trail for a leisurely two hour trek. Your experienced and professional horse wrangler will lead you at a gentle pace through a residential area, then onto a forest trail, and finally, on the soft, golden sands of Cas en Bas beach. And if you'd like to swim with your horse in the ocean, just let the guide know and he will assist you. After your ride, enjoy refreshments before returning to the stables, where you'll board your transportation for the scenic ride back to port.
Experience the island from a whole different point of view. This adventure takes you 2,000 feet high into the mountains aboard an open-air gondola, where you'll get to see one of St. Lucia's lush rainforest canopies up close. Your 3.5-hour adventure begins with a short motorcoach ride to Rain Forest Adventure Park, the base for the Aerial Tram. After an orientation, climb into your eight-person gondola with your guide for a 90-minute journey that takes you up and a way for bird's-eye views of St. Lucia's Caribbean oceanic rainforest, nurtured by gentle rains and rich volcanic soils. You'll climb silently over the treetops, discovering twisting woody vines, dense thickets of flowering foliage, and thick trees, providing food and shelter for wildlife. At the conclusion of the tour there is an optional 20-minute nature walk and time to pick up a rainforest souvenir before returning to the ship.
Enjoy one of St. Lucia's most beautiful rainforests in a most unique way. You'll ride up 2,000 feet into the mountains in an open-air gondola for views of the forest's flora and fauna. Then, experience the thrill of a lifetime as you fly over the forest on a zip line. Departing from your ship, you'll board your transportation for a short but scenic ride to Rain Forest Adventure Park. After a short orientation, safety instruction, and practice "zip," it's time to climb into your gondola with your private guide for a picturesque journey up the mountain. You'll discover knotted and twisting woody vines, dense thickets, cascades of flowers and unique rainforest wildlife. Once you reach the top, you'll take a short hike to your first zip line platform. Then buckle up and get ready to enjoy a ride that would leave even Tarzan breathless.