Marigot Bay to Roseau River Kayaking
Kayaking Day Trip to Roseau River from Marigot Bay
Marigot Bay has been photographed so many times that first-time tourists often experience a jolt of recognition. This is not surprising, as this peaceful landscape of swaying palms and sparkling clear water also caught the eye of filmmakers who used the Bay as a location for the filming of the original Dr. Dolittle in 1967, starring Rex Harrison. In this kayaking excursion from Marigot Bay to Roseau River, you'll see why.
After being transferred from the cruise pier area to the dive shop, you will fill out the required waivers. You will then be introduced to your kayaking guide and briefed on the safety equipment and technique of kayaking for 20-30 minutes. You will then enter the water and take a few practice strokes before setting out on this St. Lucia excursion.
Paddling from Marigot Bay, you will kayak out to the open sea and follow the west coast for approximately 20 minutes to the Roseau River. Once in the river, you will travel along a lagoon and canopied mangroves nestled with birds. From the lagoon you go upstream for a short distance then turn back toward the sea. This section is roughly half an hour. From here, it is back to Marigot. En route to and from the river are a number of sites that can be used for snorkeling, water conditions permitting.
This St. Lucia excursion 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. Tour duration may vary depending on the speed of your group. 4 hours is the average duration.
We had a fantastic time. There were two guides for our small group of six. Marigot Bay is gorgeous and we had plenty of time to get used to the kayaks before hitting the open ocean. You experience dramatic sea cliffs, paddling in through the surf, calm mangroves, and a peaceful river. Wear plenty of sunscreen and reapply. Don't worry about the effort- we're newbies and weren't sore the next day. Our guides were extremely attentive- we dropped a pair of sunglasses into the water at the mangroves and he dove into the muddy water and found them. Have faith-it may seem a little chaotic at first. The way you are picked up in the port is different but saves you from having to navigate all the pushy people outside of the cruise terminal. The driver took us straight back to the ship and found us the cheapest place for a cold beer in Marigot.
Reviewer: Rob Steele
One of the greatest parts about this trip was the excursion size. There were only 3 of us. My guess is that this never exceeds 8-10 at the most. Shortly have we started kayaking, there was no sign of any civilization. The cliffs and rock formations were absolutely amazing. We had good swells so the water crashing and pressurizing blow holes was a site to remember. Eventually, we landed on a deserted beach and took a break to explore and swim before we continued our trip up a river. This is something I will do again and would recommend it to anyone that likes water and paddling. The only thing I would change is to use a double kayak. My 15 yr old can hold her own in a kayak but by the end she was completely out of gas.
Marigot Bay is post-card icon of ""tropical paradise"". We were treated to a ""private"" kayaking tour since no one else had purchased. A little tricky finding the bus at port, but easy after that. Our guide ""Terry"" was extremely knowledgeable and very informative; would request him if we went again. Great job tutoring novices on fine points of kayaking technique. Beautiful views, both ocean and river. Terry got out of his kayak, climbed a coconut tree, and poured us fresh coconut milk. What a treat! Exciting at ocean/river confluence-- roller coaster, but well guided by our man. Supplied us a ""dry bag"" for camera. Small lockers available for towels (NC)