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).
Our tour guide was Elias. He was such a pleasure to be around and was very knowledgeable. There was lots to see on the tour and the trip to the mud baths and the waterfall were awesome! He had cool drinks for us in the car whenever we wanted (including beer) and provided freshly picked bananas and warm bread with cheese for us to eat. Definitely recommended.
Reviewer: Savanna O.
Shal was an amazing tour guide! We learned so much from him. Very friendly. The company had told us to meet at the cruise ship pier, but Shal would have actually picked us up. After the chaos, he drove us to the volcano, took pictures of us, and gave us lots of advice. We turned out to be the only two on the trip. He would stop to see some of his friends and let us try fresh mangos, bananas, and a wonderful cheesy bread. He did way more than expected and went above and beyond. There is not a better choice than Shal. He even offered to stop for us at the Rum Distillery, but we were out of cash and tired. Stopped at many view points and let us take pictures. Very knowledgable! So thankful we had him as our guide. 10 stars just for Shal if I could.
Reviewer: Espi and Jesus Melian
Absolutely wonderful tour! We cannot imagine having anyone other than Shal as our tour guide! He took us to places where tourist buses would never venture to and we loved every minute of it. We ate local foods, tasted every possible beverage available on the island, ate fresh bananas and mangos, roadside barbecue, stopped at the rum factory, climbed, hiked, walked, laughed and had an unforgettable day. On top of it all, he stopped at town to pick up the most delicious bread and cheese for us to enjoy! We highly recommend this tour and Shal!
Reviewer: Jaime & Phil
Our tour guide Shal was excellent. It was just my husband and I booked for the day our ship was in port so we had an unexpected private tour with him. He stopped at several locations on our way to and from the volcano/waterfall for pictures and local goods (bananas, bread, cheese). He knew people at every stop, and was very informative and friendly. Only downfall was the long amount of time spent in the car, driving on winding roads. Also people trying to hassle you and sell you their stuff at almost every stop. Overall we definitely enjoyed getting to see beautiful St. Lucia on this tour.
Reviewer: Paula Moore
What a great day this was! St. Lucia was our favorite. A van picks you up, for at least a half hour drive up the mountain to the volcano, pointing out highlights/stopping for pics/shopping. People surround and pester you constantly to buy their product, before you even get a chance to look at it. Our tour guide was great though! Funny, and he kept stopping to buy us either a banana, or piece of bread. Drinks were included in van too. But no lunch! This was a very full day, so not to have lunch was a let down. Banana plantation was amazing! Best bananas ever. Volcano=awesome! but mud bath advertised was never offered. Waterfall is awesome-water was so refreshing! But felt like we were pressured to not spend a lot of time there. Great excursion!