Explore the breath-taking natural beauty, sights and sounds of St. Lucia during this memorable Jeep excursion, rainforest trek and a refreshing swim in the Caribbean Sea.
Castries Market, City Square, Morne Fortune Viewpoint, and Castries Harbour
Depart the pier aboard an open-air Jeep for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Castries Waterworks Reserve. En route, pass by the bustling, colourful Castries Market, historic Roman Catholic Churche and City Square, recently renamed the Derek Walcott Square in honour of the island's second Nobel Laureate. From here, take a short drive up Morne Fortune to the Morne Viewpoint for a spectacular panoramic view of Castries Harbour.
Chassin, La Sourcier Mountain, Castries Waterworks Reserve and Rainforest Walk
Next, re-board your coach and proceed to Chassin, located in Babonnau at the foot of La Sourcier Mountain. Upon arrival, depart your Jeep for a guided nature walk in the Castries Waterworks Reserve, the oldest protected rainforest in St. Lucia. Along the way, your guide points out towering gommiers, impressive chatanniers and strangler ficus trees, alighted upon by hummingbirds and bananaquits. In addition, see and hear the plumage and calls of the birdlife that inhabit the Caribbean Oceanic forests, and stroll through the Hummingbird Gardens for a close-up view of these playful birds. Following a comfort and refreshment stop, browse the Amazona Gift Shop before re-boarding your Jeep for a drive through the picturesque St. Lucian countryside.
Countryside Drive, Marquis Estate, Gros Islet, Pigeon Island Causeway, and Swimming
Pass through small villages for an insight into the rural local lifestyle, then head to the Marquis Estate, one of the first and largest banana plantations in St. Lucia, where, local apricot trees cast their shade over the road. After a photo stop here, re-board your Jeep for a drive toward the northern coast of the island. Pass through the small town of Gros Islet with its historic Catholic Church, then continue on to the Pigeon Island Causeway, an idyllic beach at Rodney Bay. Upon arrival, take a refreshing swim in the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. Complimentary bottled water, sodas and rum punch are served throughout this exciting excursion. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your Jeep and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of off-road driving over bumpy and uneven natural surfaces and inclines, and a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone and natural surfaces, with a few steep steps to negotiate to get on/off the Jeep and 200 steps during the rainforest walk. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck/back problems, guests with heart/respiratory conditions, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair; guests must be able to get in/out of the Jeep without assistance. Guests must follow the safety instructions of their guides at all times, and, for safety reasons, must remain seated with their seatbelts fastened once the vehicle is in motion; the seatbelts are lap belts. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent, a bathing suit and towel from the ship. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. The maximum age to participate on this tour is 70 years old. Guests must weigh less than 270 pounds (about 122 kilograms) to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary.