Pigeon Island Nature Tour with Marigot Bay Kayaking
Pigeon Island & Marigot Bay Kayaking Excursion
Kayaking the sheltered waters at Marigot Bay is a perfect introduction for the inexperienced paddler. Enjoy the serenity of nature on this adventurous St. Lucia excursion.
Relax and take in the sights as you travel approximately 45 minutes to Pigeon Island. Once you arrive, you will be given approximately one hour to hike, swim, discover breathtaking scenery, or just relax on the beach. Pigeon Island is a 40-acre islet connected by a causeway to St. Lucia's west coast. It is a beautiful nature park that reflects a thousand years of history. There are marked trails with a number of historical sites, like the remains of an 18th-century British fort, as well as Fort Rodney, where the Admiral for which it is named spied on the French ships from its strategic viewpoint. The island also has two secluded beaches and is the major venue of St. Lucia's annual Jazz Festival.
Once you have finished exploring Pigeon Island, you will be transported to Marigot Bay by ferry. Take a short walk from the ferry dock to the outfitting center, where you will be introduced to the kayaking guide and briefed on the safety equipment and paddling techniques. Once you have been outfitted and have stored your belongings, you will be guided to the beach and assigned a kayak.
Marigot Bay is picturesque, with mangroves and tropical plants bordering the coastline. While kayaking, you will see hotels, bars, restaurants, and even a mega yacht harbor. The calm, confined waters of Marigot Bay is the perfect setting for all paddlers to relax and enjoy the views.
Once you have returned to shore, you will have a few minutes to gather your belongings, change clothes, freshen up, and take in one last glimpse of paradise. You will then travel approximately one hour back to your cruise ship terminal.
Please Note: This tour uses expedition touring kayaks and sit-on-top units, all with rudders and storage hatches. This tour comprises a training component especially for the use of the decked units.
Reviewer: Stephen Hynes
A great day from start to finish! We were picked up at the port and taken to Marigot Bay. We were ferried to an island resort and outfitted with life vests, dry sack, backpacks were stored in a locker and we were introduced to Carmen Diaz our instructor and guide. After an orientation to kayaking, we practiced in the bay before setting out to open waters. Our guide was with us every stroke of the way. The scenery was magnificent. Out on the open water, staying near the coastline, we saw pirate coves and beautiful rock formations. Carmen Diaz entertained us with singing loca songs. We stopped for a fresh fruit refreshment from a man on the beach. Then, we headed to the river for a pleasant time looking at the flora and fauna, birds, crabs, etc. Heading back on the open water was a thrill as the waves had kicked up and we were heading into the wind. Not too hard to kayak but thrilling just the same. We really enjoyed this excursion and would definitely recommend it.
Reviewer: Tim Campbell
Kayaking was so serene and scenery was awesome! Pigeon island was super relaxing with great amenities
Kayaking portion was very well organized and we had a great time. We had enough time to explore the Bay on our own. One hike on Pigeon Island up to the Fort Lookout is fairly steep, but worth the trip.
Reviewer: Loved first cruise
Sea kayaking was great, kayak guide was great, especially for first time kayakers in our group (like me). Hiking up steepest trails was definitely worth the views. Highly recommend sneakers for climbing (vs. sandals for kayaking) for those who wish to climb. 2 of my family relaxed on a soft, shaded beach while 2 of us with better shoes hiked.
Scenic boat ride on the way to Marigot Bay. This was the perfect first time kayaking experience, we could go at our own pace. My husband and I shared a kayak. We were a little concerned since we had never gone kayaking but we will be doing it again. Great instruction and a perfect place to learn. Beautiful surroundings. Enjoyed talking with the driver on our drive to pigeon island . Pigeon island was an interesting fort, a great view at the top. Part of it is ruins but they have rebuilt some of it which gives you a nice idea of how it was at the time.