Scenic Soufriere Tour
Soufriere Piton Waterfalls & Volcano Shore Trip in St. Lucia
There's so much to see at scenic Soufriere, from the Piton Waterfalls to the "drive-in volcano," and we're ready to take you to it!
After boarding your air-conditioned van for your St. Lucia excursion, you'll depart the ship pier and pass through Castries, St. Lucia's capital. Enjoy the spectacular views as you head south and wind along the scenic West Coast Road. Along the way you will see St. Lucia's largest banana plantation and several quaint fishing villages.
A stop will be made to hike to the Piton Waterfalls (also called Warm Mineral Falls, which you can stand directly beneath). You will enjoy a short, uphill walk with a few steps. During your visit, you can enjoy a refreshing bath in the natural swimming pool.
Your next stop is at the Soufriere volcano, referred to as the "drive-in volcano." A short, easy walk in the rainforest will take you to a point where you will see (and smell) sulfur springs bubbling up from below. You'll have a bit of time to admire the pots of boiling water that are multicolored at the surface as a result of sulfur, iron, calcium oxide, copper oxide, magnesium, carbon and other minerals within the water. For those interested, mud baths are available at the sulfur springs for an additional fee of $6 US per person (not included). As you wind your way through the island's hills, photo stops will be made of the rugged landscape including the island's famous Pitons, two volcanic plugs that rise dramatically 2,500 feet into the sky. They are both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
During your drive, a stop will be made at a local bakery for a snack, such as bread with cheese, local jam, or salt fish. A cooler of water is on board your vehicle. Depending on the season, you may have the opportunity to sample some of the island's fresh fruit on your drive back to the pier.
Please Note: Roads on St. Lucia are in various levels of disrepair/repair. Because of this, guests must expect there will be stretches of bumpy riding. If you have neck, back or hip issues, you should take this into account. The tour covers a wide area of the island and there is a lot of driving required. For those interested, mud baths are available at the sulfur springs for an additional fee of $6 US per person (not included).
Reviewer: Susan Riseley
Shal, our driver/guide made this trip worthwhile. He really knew about the vegetation and fruits of St. Lucia. It was a long ride to the Soufriere, Shal stopped along the way and had us sample coconut, local breads, bananas and showed us all the various fruits grown in St. Lucia and how a banana tree grows. He had a cooler on board the van with water, beer and rum punch. He told us about the formation of the Pitons and we had our photo taken with the Pitons framing us in the background. We had a chance to visit the sulphur pools of the Soufriere, but we opted not to do the mud bath as it was raining. We also went to one of the waterfalls and had a chance to go into the bracing fresh water with changing facilities afterwards. The only negative is that we travelled through the rainforest, which of course always has intermittent rain, rather than visiting the more popular north coast to see if St. Lucia is a place that we would like to return to for a week's stay.
Reviewer: Ginette Lefebvre
Francis was waiting for us at the pier.There was only the four of us in a mini van. Scenic road, if you suffer from motion sickness make sure you take your medication. Small road with a lot of curves. It takes a good 1h30 to reach the Volcano and the mud bath. Once there, it can be busy. You don’t stay up there long but it is the same for all the groups. Francis made some stops at little boots on the side of the roads that sells souvenirs. On the way back, took us to a small village where he had bread cook for us with cheese Inside. Short stop at a local beach. Great photo stops (pitons,bay,etc). Francis was a good driver and he brought for us his homemade rhumpunch,beer, water ,soft drink,. We appreciate to be just the 4 of us with Francis. Would do it again.Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Jan Stuckings
Felt very satisfied with this excursion with an excellent guide and coverage of St. Lucia. It was good value for money and we came away with a very favourable opinion of the island.
Reviewer: Joanne May
Hello, We thoroughly enjoyed our St. Lucia Soufriere Tour. We liked the fact that there were only 4 of us on the tour. Our driver, Francis, was excellent. He made sure that we saw everything that was included in the tour description and provided lots of local information and color. The taxi was comfortable and Francis provided us with rum punch & beer. It was the best day of our cruise. We would definitely book through Shore Excursions Group again based on this tour. We are planning an Alaska cruise in June 2018 and I have already looked into what you are offering.
Reviewer: Kathie Michels
This was a nice overview of the island with very nice stops at a waterfall and inside the volcano. Lots of driving on beautiful mountain roads, but we would have appreciated a few more stops.