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: Erin Apostol
Excellent tour. Small group, personal attention from our guide. He was very knowledgeable about his island from traffic control to volcanos, to waterfalls to banana plantations. We stopped for bananas, and for some delicious cheese bread. We talked about the bread making. Every stop he knew people who were very friendly and welcoming. This tour covered most of the islands and we felt we learned a lot and had fun doing it.
Reviewer: Francis Battisti
Enjoyed every minute of the excursion...Our tour guide was excellent , very informational. Would do it again
Reviewer: Robert Timpson
This is one of the best shore tours we've ever taken. The major attraction was the mud baths but in between, the stops at the waterfall, scenic overlooks, markets, banana plantation, etc. gave us a true taste of life on the island. The tour operators were friendly, entertaining, knowledgeable and professional......much better and more complete than the tour offered by the cruise line.....local food, local beer and refreshments included.....would highly recommend......
We had Shal as one of our tour guides. They knew so much history and so many stories. Also showed us the plentiful fruits and nuts grown, cocoa, cashews, almonds plus more that wasn't mentioned on the tour. Plentiful drinks were provided, and the bakery snack was delicious. If/when I come back, I will be requesting these guides again
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.