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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and
adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek
them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru



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The New Face of St. Lucia Travel


The Islander St. Lucia team wishes all our global family of travelers a
warm welcome to our wonderful island. In St. Lucia it is Islander’s duty to
make sure your visit is stress free, safe and memorable. Families and couples will find this
island filled with activities and a variety of expert accommodation that islander provides
to everyone.
Our island’s unique landscape, scenery and cultural heritage are waiting to be explored.
Enjoy your stay and again welcome to our Helen of The West.

Janus R. Gyan
Director of Marketing
Islander St. Lucia
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EXCERPT FROM DAILY MAIL AT www.dailymail.co.uk/travel

I love Lucia!
By Mark Palmer, Daily Mail
Last updated at 10:00 09 April 2008
Hollywood's love affair with St Lucia has seen the likes of Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart holidaying on
the island
St Lucia has always had acres upon acres of unspoilt rainforest, stunning beaches, translucent water and the
friendliest of people: now it also boasts trendy boutique hotels, glamorous restaurants and five-star luxury
resorts to add to the heady mix.
With a spate of high-end resorts recently opened or under construction, and with Villas for Sale signs sprouting
like calabash trees, private helicopter pads are becoming a growth market just as the banana trade is dipping.
Nicolas Cage, Harrison Ford, Oprah Winfrey and our own Carol Vorderman all have houses on the island and
there are more direct flights to and from the UK than ever before.





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ST. LUCIA: ADVENTURES AND RELAXATION ON
COCONUT BAY



By Kent E. St . John
Seni or Tr av el Edi t or
Less than ten minutes
after leaving the airport
on St. Lucia, I was pulling
up to the Coconut Bay
Resort. Within fifteen I
headed to the beach,
cocktail in hand.

St. Lucia was a destination I longed to see but knew
little about. I found out a lot after a few days of
exploring one of the Caribbean’s best eco-destinations.
In fact NATURAL HISTORY MAGAZINE picks it for one
of the top fifty eco-tourism destinations in the world.

From volcanic peaks to working fishing villages, St. Lucia
has an abundance of activities, but it's also a great place
to relax -- your choice. Even a hard-working travel
editor needs some down time between adventures. St.
Lucia and Coconut Bay fit the bill.
De Fish, Mon
Near Coconut Bay is one of the quaintest villages to be found
anywhere in the Caribbean, Soufriere. This gem is the second
largest settlement on the island and still a fishing village; its
island decay is charming.

One can almost feel as if Pirates of the Caribbean is still taking
place. To top it off St. Lucia’s landmarks, the primeval Pitons
twin peaks pop up nearby. The sheer steep peaks of Petit
Piton and Gros Piton are as glorious a vision as any traveler
could want. Seeing as they top over 2000 feet, they have long
been a beacon to pirates and those that pull an existence
from the rich fishing grounds nearby.
In the harbor small crafts paced and circled and large vessels
become a high diving board for the local kids. On the streets
proud roosters prowled and French Creole could be heard
around the stands selling local produce. Small shops served
the locals and luxuries are not to be found.

A CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL IN ST LUCIA GETS EVERYONE
DANCING IN THE STREETS


By FRANCES HARDY

Last updat ed at 1: 17 PM on 29t h Sept ember
2009


There's something about a Caribbean
carnival that induces even the most
buttoned-up of Britons to abandon their
inhibitions.

As the procession pauses beside us, we applaud decorously
and suddenly, before I can object, I'm sucked into the eddy of
swirling bodies by a cheeky St Lucian with a bare torso and a
spangly loincloth.

For a few giddy minutes I'm no longer an observer, but a
participant in this joyful, noisy parade and dancing with a
stranger.

These are the special moments of a holiday: when you feel
not so much a tourist in an alien land as a welcomed guest.

Marked an 'absolute must' in our guide book are the
Diamond Botanical Gardens, Mineral Baths and Waterfall
south of the town of Soufriere on the island's west coast.

The drive, in our hired 4x4, takes us along hilly roads that
zigzag through impoverished villages, past banana plantations
and grand old estate houses.

There is a fine view of the Pitons - the two volcanic peaks
through which Superman flew in the second film, bearing a
bouquet of Bird of Paradise flowers - as we switchback down
into Soufriere. (If you slow up for a traffic light or to ask
directions take note: you'll be assailed by locals offering to be
your tour guide or by street vendors toting armfuls of beaded
necklaces with lines in sales patter that make Alan Sugar's
apprentices seem tongue-tied.)

At the gardens, we amble through a lush tropical paradise in
which heliconia; tree fern, begonias and peace lilies flourish
in the humid heat.

Just as we plunge into the communal outdoor baths - built by
King Louis XVI when his troops were on the island - a tropical
rainstorm deluges us. We duck our heads under the
sulphurous waters and emerge with hair that is slippery
smooth as if salon-conditioned.

Afterwards, the trail takes us back through fragrant
frangipani, red ginger and hibiscus groves, bright with darting
hummingbirds and bullfinches.

If this was a day for the adults - expressly me, with my
passion for pootling around gardens - the next big outing, to
the Rain Forest Sky Rides in Chassin, was aimed at the girls.

The first bit - a sedate glide high above the forest canopy in
a modified ski-lift - was a tranquil prelude to the main event:
rocketing across a dozen dizzying ravines on a series of zip
lines, each one more vertiginous than the last.

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I had to be coaxed. Then, once I'd made my first zip -
and hadn't plummeted headlong onto a forest floor
writhing with boa constrictors - I admit, I began to
enjoy myself.

We all loved St Lucia; not least for its capacity to
surprise and delight. Of course, we could have basked in
round-the-clock luxury and indolence within the
confines of our hotel.

But teenagers crave excitement and adventure. Had
they not been with us, we would doubtless have
returned blissfully restored and rested. As it was, we
also had a great deal of high-spirited fun.


LOVELY ST. LUCIA

By Jenni f er Har paz

Alive! This is the best the word to
describe the island of St. Lucia. The tear-
drop shaped island is part of the
Windward Islands of the Caribbean, and
is nestled between Martinique and St.
Vincent islands. St. Lucia is a flourishing
and diverse island with thick rain forests, mountain peaks,
beaches, rare wildlife, and brilliant foliage.
The island is small, at only 27 miles by 14 miles, but very
fertile. Farming is fabulous in St. Lucia. Banana, sugar
cane, coconut, and cocoa are all staple harvests of the
island. From the Pitons, or mountain peaks, travelers can
view an abundance of plantations and groves.
St. Lucia has an exciting past. She can boast many a man
that fought for her, beginning as early as the 16th
century. The “Fair Helen of the West Indies”, as she was
adoringly nicknamed, was a prize possession because of
her cultivation potential, and changed hands 14 times
between the French and the British. Guess who won?
That’s right. The British. Today the island is a member of
the British Commonwealth.
The lush island maintains a bit of her French character,
today, though. Creole cooking, Creole architecture, and
lots of Creole style partying make the island stand out in
the crowd of the smaller islands in the Lesser Antilles. The
island offers the pre-Lenten Carnival, Friday night jump-
up street party at Gros Islet, and the ten day Jazz Festival
in summer.
Travelers are also sure to find a taste of the African
culture. “Evil spirits are banished by the beating of drums,
and houses are made safe by magical wreaths of thorny
acacia and special herbs,” describes National Geographic
Traveler.
To experience some of St. Lucia’s history, visit Pigeon
Island National Historic Park where Captain Jambe de Bois
rested his weary pirate legs. In the park today you can
visit and view military ruins of Ft. Rodney where Admiral
George Rodney built and managed a naval base lookout in
1778.
Adventure activities abound south of the capital city of
Castries. St. Lucia’s Pitons, or volcanic peaks, soar above
the lush land near the town of Soufriere.
Soufriere can be your base as you take time to explore St.
Lucia’s marine park, “drive-in” volcano and Sulphur
Springs, mineral baths, a working cocoa plantation, and a
rain forest reserve at Morne Fond St. Jacques or the world
underwater via a scuba dive along the coast. For the best
snorkeling and diving visit Anse Chastanet Marine
Reserve. You’ll see giant sponges, huge sea fans, corals,
octopuses, squids, starfish, and even “The Thing”, a
purple worm that grows up to 15 feet. The Pinnacles, or
underwater “peaks”, rise out of the water from 50 feet
below the surface to 15 feet from the surface. Here you’ll
see schools of fish and gorgonian fans, among many other
sea creatures.
Hike the diverse path of the Eastern Nature Trail where
you’ll scoot past cactus, forest, beachfront, caves and
arches. The trail ends at Fregate Nature Reserve
comprised of two huge rocks where frigate bird nests
are well protected.
Maria Major Nature Reserve is in the southern part of
St. Lucia. Travelers may run into Kouwes, the world’s
rarest snake, or lizard known as zandoli tè – 11 inches
long with a bright blue tail, yellow belly, and dark blue
back. Also, look out for geckos, terns, ground doves,
Caribbean martins, and red-billed tropical birds.
St. Lucia Forest Reserve is where the rain forest rules.
It’s a very popular, commercialized place, but worth a
trip to see the Jacquot. This endangered St. Lucian
brilliantly colored parrot was, thankfully, brought back
from extinction in the 70’s by a tremendous act of
conservation. The Jacquot is not the only bird to be
seen in the Reserve. The white breasted thrasher, St.
Lucia oriole, and St. Lucia wren can also be enjoyed.
Travelers can also fish for mackerel, dolphin, and sailfish
in the North of St. Lucia, and horseback ride along the
beach.
A visit to St. Lucia can bring a smile to your face, a
spring in your step, a sigh of relief to your breath, and,
perhaps best of all, a lift to your adventurous spirit!













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ST. LUCIA WITH KIDS: MAKING FAMILY MEMORIES A
BREEZE ON CARIBBEAN ISLAND GETAWAY

Todd, and Tatum Fettig in
Soufriere, St. Lucia.

ST. LUCIA -- "You're
taking the kids?"

My husband, Todd, and I
heard it often when we
told people we were
going on a weeklong
Caribbean vacation to
celebrate our 10th
wedding anniversary -- and we were taking our two
young children.

Most people wanted to know why we were not going
alone.

But the thought never crossed our minds. When our
oldest was still a baby, we decided we wanted to travel
with our kids. As much as our budget could handle, we
wanted to show them the world.

So when we started planning a winter vacation to a
warm-weather destination, we sought a kid-friendly
place.

We wanted an island mostly untouched by
commercialization -- no need for casinos or a big
nightlife scene. We just wanted warm weather,
beautiful scenery and a place to explore with the kids.

Ideal Spot

We found it on St. Lucia.

Set between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, St.
Lucia is a volcanic, mountainous island with lush, green
vegetation and a rain forest. It's 27 miles long and 14
miles wide, and has everything this family needed.

Another World

But St. Lucia has a different feel.

And it is partly because it is one of the more prosperous
islands in the Eastern Caribbean. There still is poverty,
and you do find pockets of inadequate living conditions.
Most noticeable is the mix of homes. You can pass a
lovely home on a bluff overlooking the ocean and then
stumble upon a shack planted next door.

On a day trip to Soufriere, the island's second largest
city; we were hard-pressed to find the tacky touristy
shops we wanted for trinkets to take home. When we
finally found the one little shop in town, we browsed
without a pushy sales staff. In fact, we had stumbled
into the shop unknowingly at closing time, and they
asked us politely to make our selections so they could
close.

The island's scenery is at least as nice as its people. St.
Lucia is a perfectly dreamy place, where coconut trees
reign and lovely sightseeing adventures abound.
We won't forget our time on St. Lucia. Months later, our
kids have not forgotten. They say things about St. Lucia
that catches me off guard.
And they often draw pictures of tropical islands with
coconut trees waving to us. They say, "St. Lucia is the
best place in the world."

We cannot help but agree.



Tatum Fettig, , plays on the beach in St. Lucia.






















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“We should come home
from ADVENTURES, and
PERILS, and
DISCOVERIES every day
with new e experience and
character”
-Henry David Thoreau







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Piton Mountains

World acclaimed Pitons are an 8th wonder to the 698,746 tourists and visitors combined who come to St.
Lucia every month. Not only are they two majestic peaks of eco-beauty but a daring climb to many intrepid
adventure travelers and rock-climbers alike.







"It's hard to imagine anywhere more lush than the southwest coast of St. Lucia. In this wild green land, there
are mysterious jungles, steamy volcanoes, secret waterfalls, thick palm forests, and most dramatic of all, two
spectacular half mile peaks – the Pitons – that shoot straight up from the sea.
The author, Patrick Leigh Fermor, compared the "lonely spikes" to the Matterhorn, while
others have called them the eighth wonder of the world. Yet few travelers know they exist. "
- JENNIFER QUALE, CONNOISSEUR MAGAZINE


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A Trail Less Travelled

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, 1 to 5: 5

Surmounting this erected mountain is a challenge, only the
skilled and audacious rock climbers should Endeavour. Climbing
this green spike is similar to climbing Mount Everest, minus
about 26,000 feet, more to the point it will be 2,461 feet above
sea level. Petit Piton one of the twin peaks of the renowned
UNESCO World Heritage Site is the shortest but most difficult
mountain of the two, taking anywhere from 1 hour 45 minutes
to a grueling 3 hours each way. To reach the summit, one would
have to trek through tortuous unmarked trails, which is why it
would be best to bring along a KNOWLEDGEABLE guide, and this
would not be a problem since Islander has their official Petit
Piton guides. Although this climb is not sanctioned legal by the
St. Lucia government, it has become a favorite for rock climbers all over the world. Many daring persons have
surmounted the climb and the brave ones will take another go at it, while the majority would never attempt it
again.

Be cautious along the trail, as there are several times where you can find yourself off the trail if you’re not
careful.
The trail is very, very steep. Hand holds in the rocks and tree roots will often assist in pulling yourself up. Be
advised that there are some very tricky rope sections about 3/4th of the way to the top. Use extreme caution
and know your limits. Having a spotter is very important on this difficult stretch.

There are no water sources along the trail so take plenty. The trail is well covered keeping you out of direct
sunlight until reaching the top. Luckily there is cell phone coverage throughout the hike.

This unpretentious peak is not the highest peak in St. Lucia, and it is not even the highest mountain in the
county. But Petit Piton marks the collision of high prairie and mountain. Most of us today are neither hunters
nor warriors. But the old necessities still please us past the point of joy. Screw the superlatives: People didn't
make their homes on the highest peaks in the range. They lived where providence and panorama sent the soul
soaring.

Islander challenges you; this climb could be your next.



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rossjp15
Rockford, IL
Nov 24, 2009
Climbing the Petit Piton is a challenging but rewarding activity if you are willing to brave the
steep and treacherous trail. My trip there began at my hotel in Gros Islet on the north end of the island. I
rented a car and drove the winding roads to the south portion of St Lucia (stay on the left!). When I got to the
crowded streets of Soufriere a guy on a bicycle, whose name I can’t remember now, asked me where I was
going. I told him I wanted to climb the Petit Piton and he said he could get me a guide, so I followed him and
was introduced to Peter. I paid the bicycle guy a few dollars for finding my guide and then was directed by
Peter to turn on the road towards the Jalousie Plantation. A little ways down the road we stopped near the
base of the mountain.


NICHOLAS KLINGER
December 31, 2006/ January 1, 2007

An extremely excruciating yet very entertaining and rewarding hike. A spectacular view from the top makes it
all worth it. Camping at the top is possible, but be prepared for high winds and wet and chilly evenings.


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Gros Piton
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, 1 OUT OF 5: 3

This majestic peak is sister to Petit Piton, one which is recommended to all and fully supported by the St.
Lucian government; Gros Piton protrudes 2,619 feet from the sapphire blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Gros
Piton is nestled between two historic beauties of St. Lucia; the town of Soufriere, then the old capital of St.
Lucia during the French ruling and Fond Gens Libre (Valley of the free people). St. Lucia’s Gros Piton Mountain
has been a distinguished tourist attraction and natural landmark, for many years. In fact it's rocky slopes, eco-
settings (dry coastal forest to elfin woodland or cloud forest), and spectacular views of Petit Piton, neighboring
islands, and more pristine landscapes of St. Lucia makes this cone-shaped mountain makes the ideal volcanic
monument for adventure seekers and rock climbers.

The vintage community of Fond Gens Libre sits bravely at the foot of Gros Piton, guarding it for many
centuries now. Fond Gens Libres settlement dates back to the 1700’s, and during the slave rebellion of 1748,
Brigands, or black freedom fighters, used the Gros Piton area as a secure oasis, and many descendents still live
in the community, serving as hiking guides. Driving on the dirt road that leads to the rural community of Fond
Gens Libre, you will treasure how inaccessible the area must have been, and still is to this day. Approaching
this historical community, you will feel the rustic aura of St. Lucia’s country life, passing through magnificent
stands of cocoa, banana, coconut, mangoes, and many other exotic produce of this Caribbean island.
Maneuvering your vehicle around a myriad of bumps and potholes are as much part of the rustic adventure,
and fording two streams, before reaching the sign that marks your arrival.

Fond Gens Libre is only one of the gateways to Gros Piton Nature Trail; the other entry way is through the
secluded Anse L'Ivrogne Bay which is nationally renowned for the "Blue Hole".

The ascent to the summit of Gros takes approximately 2 to 3 hours one way. Along with an Islander guide, the
interpretative centre at Fond Gens Libre provides a KNOWLEDGEABLE guide which is mandatory to proceed on
this nature trail for safety purposes and to keep hikers informed. The hike starts out relatively easy, gradually
climbing higher up but constantly surrounded by fresh Caribbean breeze, tropical vegetation and amazing
views. Several benches along the path also provide a place for rest and relaxation. Be sure to stop at both
lookout points at the top, as guides normally stop at the main lookout but skip the secondary lookout,
allowing a spectacular view of Petit Piton.

The Gros Piton Nature Trail is alive with natural, cultural and historical charm. There are several caves and
‘look out points’ dating back to the days of the Brigands. The arduous yet exciting life of the Brigands is
brought to life with the aid of tales and legends recounted by the guides. The trail weaves through three
different ecosystems boasting an Eden of flora and fauna, some endemic to the great mountain. The entire
hike is serenaded by a melodious orchestra of a multitude of exotic birds. One may even catch a fleeting
glimpse of the elusive mongoose. Upon arrival at the summit there are two viewing points. The panoramas to
the north and south of the island are quite simply beyond verbal description.

Just as Islander St. Lucia, most experienced hikers of Gros Piton recommends the cooler part of the morning as
the best time to commence trekking to the summit of this rocky, sloped mountain.









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Hikes to Keep You Fit
By Karen Asp
Oct 23rd 2009 1:00PM
Gros Piton, Fond Gens Libre, St. Lucia

For a hike you won't ever forget, head to Gros Piton, a UNESCO World
Heritage site. It's super tough (and does require a guide) so only if you're
extremely fit should you think about going to the top (about two hours or
longer). It's an out-and-back trail, and if you can't make it to the top -- which
isn't uncommon -- the halfway point is a good turnaround, as the first half of
the trail is mild. The further you climb, though, the steeper the trail gets and
the more boulders you have to scramble over. The last quarter of the trail may also be slippery, so be
prepared. At the top, though, you'll catch awesome views of Petit Piton, Gros Piton's sister peak and the
surrounding area. You'll no doubt have spaghetti legs coming down, but hopefully, the locals will be at the
bottom to sell you an ice cold Piton, the beer of St. Lucia.









Karen Asp atop Gros Piton
Photo: Courtesy of Karen Asp
“Awe inspiring views”

elliemay22
UK
27 Aug 2009
It was totally the most amazing experience ever. The climb is by no means easy, but it was worth every
sweating second and would do it again as the views are spectacular.
It was a really hard climb up and I was a bit naive to think it would be a walk in the park (so to speak) for
someone as short as me it was hard t get up some parts as the rock can be steep while others are nice and
low. You have to keep your eyes down at all parts of the climb up and down as you may do yourself an injury if
u don’t. Make sure u have a rucksack as well as u will b given 2litres of water to carry which u will need but if u
can carry more I would do so. As soon as u get up to the top there are no other words to describe the view
except WOW, and you get to see views from both North and South side, with the south being more
picturesque.
Coming down was a lot harder than we imagined and we ached for days after, so if you’re not in any way fit
this is not for u!

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mo«et rtæte
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, FROM 1 TO 5: 5

Deep, green adventure is NEVER hard to find in the Caribbean. In fact, St. Lucia, the smallest Caribbean Island
is home to some of the world’s most revealing attractions and most daring adventure trails.

Emerging 3117 feet into the ether, Mount Gimie features topography of much tropical vegetations and is St.
Lucia’s highest peak. Its muddy hiking trail can be the ultimate, grueling challenge to many of its trekkers, who
often compare it to that of the Great Mount Kilimanjaro.

Found in the deep forest of St. Lucia, in the small community of Fond St. Jacques, and six miles from the
nearest town, Soufriere, the trail of this forested mountain cuts clear through the central rainforest hence its
wet atmosphere and foggy surroundings. Mount Gimie’s Trail therefore inevitably remains St. Lucia’s longest
and most strenuous, lasting a laborious 10 hours.
The hike past the Fond St. Jacques community last a good 2-3 hours. Then, the difficult part begins, hiking up a
rutted road, crossing 3 (three) cold water rivers, and finally getting to only the beginning of the Mount Gimie
trail which can last 2-3 hours each way.

Prepare to get wet and muddy, as trekking through the fog and chilling dew of the deep central rainforest can
leave many trekkers landing on their behinds, covered with mud, and bruised all over. The descent can be just
as difficult and slippery or even worst, so extra caution should always be taken.

Not forgetting the grueling 10 hour long hike, snacks and plenty of water therefore would become an essential
treat when doing this climb. If trekkers do run out of bottled water, no threat, you won’t dehydrate; there are
many streams of clean spring water diverted through bamboo sticks.

Many Rastafarians use portions of the Mount Gimie land for fruit and vegetable gardens which benefit them
and their families through the profits it bring, however those gardens are distances away from the main trail.
And trekkers are always welcomed to sample the harvest when passing by.

The Mount Gimie trail is well off the beaten track, and is unlike no other in St. Lucia, however not as
dangerous as the incline of Petit Piton. Still this trail remains and is recommended only for persons with a
daring spirit.

To take this challenge Islander St.Lucia would be happy to assist. By following the most cautious way of
arranging for this climb, Islander will contact The Forestry Department of St. Lucia to get a KNOWLEDGEABLE
guide.

While hiking Mount Gimie’s nature trail, the challenge may get to you, but at the summit the reward awaits.
And that I leave for you to experience and reveal on your own!

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Jennifer Leshnower
The hike was grueling for this unseasoned athlete. I don't even think stretching first would have helped. As
painful the experience was for me, it's a bonding experience and well worth the bragging rights post-hike. It's
a "first time's the charm" hike - meaning, that I won't need to do it again. I would recommend the hike, but
hope for a clear day. Our summit was foggy and rainy, but unforgettable nonetheless.




Ben Wiechman

As one faces a long walk (3 hours) just to reach the base of Mt. Gimie, the trek
is traveled by few and secluded off the beaten path. It therefore provides hikers
with a peaceful yet invigorating feeling as you explore the forest, cross over
rivers, and ascend to the top of the highest mountain on St. Lucia, only to find
that it’s completely foggy when you get to the top. But, in the end, you don’t
really mind at all.


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"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."- John Muir

The 19,000 acres of lush greenery of this Caribbean islands jungle can only be compared to that of world
renowned Amazon Rainforest. St. Lucia’s many rainforest trails is a captivating experience, one which can
only be described as a hiking zone through natures breathe.

The Caribbean island of St. Lucia is ideal for its year round tropical, warm weathers; cool, refreshing
waterfalls, exotic vegetation, and diverse topography. Therefore the nature trails on this exquisite island
fits perfect for nature lovers and adventure addicts just looking to explore the deep green inlands of St.
Lucia’s 29 mile rainforest nature trails. Discover hidden waterfalls along the paths, be surrounded by the
sounds of nature's voices, and feel the eco-aura which you will only experience when you tour these
incredible trails taking you from one point of the island to another. With licensed and trained guides,
trekkers of these lush rainforest will certainly be safe and will get to know just about everything relating to
St. Lucia’s plant and animal life.

In the beginning St. Lucia was a complete rainforest covered island, with Mangroves embracing the coast
lines and gigantic tree ferns grew on the mountain slopes. The forested island run elongated vines which
trailed the rich, earthly soil, hunging from the tall trees. Birds of countless species flew all about and sipped
nectar from exotic flowers or scoured for insects in the fallen leaves on the enchanted forest grounds.

This “Helen of the West” treats it’s rainforest as a treasured beauty, as this is St. Lucia’s most significant
natural resource. With man induced destruction and poor maintenance of the St. Lucia rainforest, the
supplies of fresh water would gradually disappear. And now with only 11% of St. Lucia’s territorial land
covered with forest, the St. Lucia government has made it their duty to keep it maintained and protected.
Therefore, the centre of this pristine island, 648 hectares of rainforest has been turned into a Nature
Reserve.

There is always a plus to everything done on a St. Lucia vacation, so if you are lucky enough you will be
amazed by our rare species of birds known only to St. Lucia. Among the rare and beautiful birds adding
color to the scene are the brightly-hued St. Lucia Parrot, the Amazona Versicolor, known locally as the
"Jacquot," the White Breasted Thrasher, the St. Lucia Peewee, and the St. Lucia Oriole.

Take an ATV tour, Safari tour, a hike, or simply stroll through the nature trails and experience the ecology
of the world, on this beautiful island, St. Lucia. The many rainforest of St. Lucia is of an average terrain,
therefore most of them wouldn’t be very strenuous in hiking, more like an intriguing walk and one which
can be perfect for families.

With all this lush beauty, and dynamic scenery, St. Lucia is more and more attracting visitors from all over
the world, and just like the St. Lucian residents they too are discovering and enjoying this ancient and,
complex Caribbean island.











*Note: The St. Lucia Forestry Department states that no one is allowed on these trails
without the expressed permission from the Forest and Lands Department. So let Islander be
your organizer, we will happily schedule your forest adventure hikes with the St. Lucia
Forestry Department while you can enjoy your St. Lucia vacation without the disturbing
inconveniences.

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Barre De L’isle Rainforest Trail, Grand Reviere

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, AVERAGE from 1 to 5: 2
If you are wondering what this peculiar word means or where it was derived from, you are not different from
any of the trekkers of this eco-mazing forest trail. Barre de L'Isle is a Creole word, the second language of St.
Lucia people, which translates to "island ridge." To add more definition to its meaning, this forest trail runs
along the perimeter of the rainforest dividing the eastern side of the island to the western part.
Barre de L'isle's one mile trail, takes approximately one hour to trek each way, and an additional hour to climb
the short, moderate ascent to Mount La Combe, a mountain towering 1,437 feet. On the ascent of Mount la
Combe, you will be mesmerized by the vistas viewed from various look-out points such as, the enormous
Mount Gimie, the perfect view of Mabouya valley to the east, Cul-de-sac Valley, the Aux leon Community and
the sapphire glared Caribbean Sea to the west.
The trail may serve as a perfect complement to a morning sensation, done as a casual walk, a challenging hike
through nature, or just to take a breather. Observe and feel the variety of flora and fauna, tree ferns, bamboo,
numerous exotic flowers, a mixture of palm trees, and much more. At the ranger station trekkers are provided
with a trail map, or can view a huge trail map pasted on a wooden board before the commencement of the
trail, however trekkers will be accompanied by forest guides.



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Des Cartier Nature Trail, Edmund Forest Reserve

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, AVERAGE from 1 to 5: 3
To the average person hiking this nature trail might prove to be arduous, because of its 4 kilometer/2.5 mile
stretch which can amount to three hours and thirty minutes in hiking. However the Des Cartier nature path is
quite a walk in the park, a very long one indeed. Taking trekkers from one part of the Island to another. In fact
the Des Cartier Trail and the Edmund Forest Reserve are tied together, giving trekkers mutual experiences.
Des Cartier Rainforest is one of St. Lucia's most hidden and lush forest reserves. And with some of St. Lucia's
most endemic wild-life, trekkers will be too occupied exploring to even think about the long path ahead.
Discover Des Cartier Rainforest Trail, by accessing either the Micoud Eastern trail or the rugged Fond St.
Jacques Western trail also the Edmund Forest Reserve. Both start-up trails are an exciting way of discovering
what the Des Cartier Rainforest Trail has to reveal.
The Micoud Trail Head - The trail begins six-miles inland from the east coast main highway through a
secondary road. Hiking the road leading to the trail would be long and exhausting, however for adventure
seekers this would be the perfect way of arriving at the Des Cartier destination. Or the most obvious option
can be used, driving inward until the trail head is in sight.
The Fond St. Jacques Trail Head/ Edmund Forest Reserve - A few miles before the tough Mount Gimie trail,
this trail head to Des Cartier runs entirely through moist, tropical and montane forest. The old Murray Road
established by a forest engineer in the 1940s and 1950s covers two kilometers /1.6 miles, where it joins the
old French road, a route built by the French military.
The trail is highly maintained, wide and covered by the rainforest canopy, featuring exotic plants of many
origins, such as bromeliads, orchids, mushrooms, lianas and others can be seen attached to their hosts, sitting
on large buttress roots or branches on the spongy forest or even cascading the sides of the trail. There are
several unmarked points along the way where different routes meet the main trail. Extending to the western
part of the trail is a magnificent view of Mount Gimie, St Lucia’s highest peak. Maintaining your original course
is recommended, though there are other areas of the forest reserve that can be explored from the side trails.
A forest guide will be there to direct trekkers, so getting lost is out of the question.

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En Bas Saut Nature Trail & Waterfall

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, FROM 1 TO 5: 2

Discover En Bas Saut at the Edmund Forest Reserve, located in the heart of St. Lucia. Sitting at the foot of
Mount Gimie, the Enbas Saut Falls and nature trail is a 4 kilometer cut trail. The waterfall is completely
secluded, and exceptionally scenic, surrounded by a blend of rainforest, cloud forest, elfin woodlands and
wildlife. The hilly terrain of Piton Canarie, Piton Troumassee and Mount Gimie stands predominantly bold over
the trail's head.

With the French and British feuding over St. Lucia way back in the Colonial era made this Caribbean haven
easily susceptible to its dominating British and French influences. Hence the many French-Creole names in St.
Lucia so Enbas Saut when translated to English, means “below the falls”. Thus the trail is famous for its two
cascading waterfalls and cold water pools at the head of the Troumassee River.



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Sovr«ix«xs B·×c«- Mvo ñ Sv·v¬v«VOIcANO
×«× Sv·v¬v« Sv«i×os
Wo«·o`s O×·× D«ivx-I× Vo·c××o

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

The World's Only Drive-in Volcano has preserved its place right here on the pristine Caribbean island of St.
Lucia. Located in the south-western part of St. Lucia, Mount Soufriere also known as Sulphur Springs emits a
strong scent of rotten eggs or as some say decayed onion, and this odor just can't be neglected once you are
near.

The last minor eruption occurred in the late 1700’s. It was only a steam eruption but not one with magma and
ash. In the 1830’s approximately 760 tons of sulphur was mined and exported.

It’s been 400,000
years since volcanic
activity occurred
here, but the pit that
resulted from a
collapsed dome of
molten lava at the La
Soufriere volcano
presents a fascinating
picture of what the
earth must have
looked like back
then. Now
dormant, the volcanic
landscape of this
gigantic crater with its
sluphuric waft is now
an amazing
attraction for travelers
world- wide.
Unfortunately
walking in the crater is now prohibited after one of the guides (Gabriel) fell through a fissure while jumping up
and down on it. Luckily for him, it was only waist height; he was rescued but suffered some severe burns from
the waist down, after this grueling incident he opted to work as a fisherman.

The people of Soufriere live on great superbia having two esteemed world renowned sites right at their door
steps. In fact, there are people living within the perimeter of the craters.

A tour of the bubbly, steamy Sulphur Springs offers a direct and fascinating lesson in the violent geology of the
Caribbean Rim and with more than 20 belching pools of muddy water, multicolor sulfur deposits, and other
assorted minerals such as iron, copper oxide, magnesium baking and steaming on the surface, one will be
fascinated to know that not only is this massive volcanic crater a simple site for educational lessons and part of
St. Lucia's brutal history. But it is also a known fact that the black/grayish, mineral water has therapeutic
qualities and you will find people who go to bath there in order to remove blemishes on their skin or just to be
rejuvenated, and that it surely delivers. So come on, relax and truly let go in those waters you can certainly
add 10 years of life by bathing in the sulphur, so wipe that mud all over and take a comfortable soak. This is a
St. Lucian excursion always waiting to share its sulphuric stink with its guest.


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“Yes, it´s worth a visit”
La Soufriere Drive-In Volcano
Ginger_in_Spain
Alicante, Spain

We visited the volcano on 2nd April 2009 as part of a 7 hour “Island Delights" tour with Celebrity Constellation
cruise ship. It was a great day out. Okay, the active part of the volcano is not very big, you have to climb a few
steps and of course there is the smell of sulphur in the air ( not too bad though), but we are so glad we went.
The tour guide was very informative and we thoroughly enjoyed whole experience including the Creole buffet
at a hilltop restaurant with breathtaking views of the Pitons and the town of Soufriere. You must try a bottle of
local PITON beer at 2 dollars from the vendors near the volcano parking area. All in all, we had a great day out
and have some lovely photos and memories.

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Diamond Falls, Botanical Gardens, Mineral Baths, Nature
Trail & Old Mill- An All –in-one Nature Package

Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.
- William Wordsworth


Once you arrive at this secret oasis, which is completely bound by nature, and ultimately untouched by man,
you know have just stepped into an existence where waterfalls spurt from the mouth of a volcano, hot mineral
springs fill the baths with years of old organic waters and vegetation abounds. The natural stunner of this
ancient site gives one a genuine, nature, heritage experience that cannot to be duplicated anywhere within
the Caribbean Region.

The Diamond nature site is a section of the Soufriere estate, which during the historic years of 1713 was a
portion of the initial two thousand acres awarded to three Devaux brothers for their services to Crown and
Country by King Louis XIV of France was strategically situated for the development of the village of Soufriere.
An establishment for the French Troops in 1784 proceeded to the discovery of the volcanic mineral springs
that was subsequently contained and used in the baths built for the troops by King Louis XVI. These same
warm, consoling waters can still be savored today in the rejuvenated baths deep within the gardens.

Nineteen years ago, the garden was fondly implanted by Mrs. Joan Devuax, daughter of Mr. and Mrs., Andre
Duboulay, as a tribute to them. The DuBoulay family owned and resided on Soufriere and Diamond estates.
During that time the estates produced agriculturally as they had throughout history. Originally growing crops
of sugar cane and later limes for lime oil, cocoa for chocolate, coconuts for copra, raising pigs for hams, and
chickens for eggs the estate was a bustling hive of activity. The waterwheel of the estates old factory was
utilized, not only to crush the sugar cane and limes, but generating the very first electricity to the village of
Soufriere. Now this estate, explosive with all the beauty and thrill of nature can still be seen and felt when
touring the gardens, waterfall, mineral bath, and nature trail.

Step back into history, surround yourself with the exotic flora and fauna of the gardens and nature trail,
submerge yourself into the warm medicinal waters of the mineral baths and sample the delicious "Caribbean"
fare within the Old Mill & Waterwheel.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
– Henry Miller

=«a-ès

Federal Express "Caribbean Preservation Award" was awarded to Soufriere Estate for the private initiative
responsible of the restoration of the Soufriere Estate Factory with its historic water wheel and canal system
(now known as the Old Mill & Waterwheel). The estate factory represents a unique industrial resource of St.
Lucia's heritage and presents an authentic depiction of the social and economic development of a Soufriere
plantation.

These awards first presented by American Express in conjunction with the Caribbean Tourism Organization
(CTO) in 1990, were created to recognize excellence in the protection and enhancement of the Caribbean's
cultural and Architectural heritage. Above text removed from the "press release" prepared by American
Express.

TRAVEL Magazine's "Insider Award" recognizing Soufriere Estate & Diamond Botanical Gardens, Waterfall &
Mineral Baths site as one of the "top 25 nature experiences" in the Caribbean.


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St. Lisi Par Excellence Award a St. Lucian national tourism award given to Soufriere Estate & Diamond
Botanical Gardens, Waterfall & Mineral Baths for excellence in tourism.

TELEVISION & DOCUMENTARY:

Featured in the BBC's "Gardens of the Caribbean" and "Nature Series on Hummingbirds".

Discovery Channel's "Trail Blazer" series on St. Lucia.

"A Taste of St. Lucia" commercial video including the history, Diamond Botanical Gardens, Waterfall, Mineral
Baths, flora, fauna and beautiful scenery of St. Lucia.



“So pretty!”

CoralReef
Midwest, USA


Lovely, tranquil tropical gardens, with interesting colored waterfall and steaming mineral baths. The gardens
are fairly extensive and include educational exhibits, lists of birds seen in the area, etc. Well worth a visit.


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Tropical Island Cascading Falls

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of
thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

St. Lucia’s exotic and secluded waterfalls, gives anyone an excuse to escape to its cool, capturing aura. Imagine
your body, rapped by rejuvenating, silk textured water, soaking up the invigorating minerals, with pearled
dripping water running down your smooth skin. You can only fancy, and think to yourself, there is nothing
quite like the indulging waters of the Caribbean. And it can only be proven on this undiscovered windward
island.

These exhilarating falls vary from cold to warm or even a tempting hot. And one can be found hidden in
almost every district on island. However, most of St. Lucia's showering falls and cool running springs can be
found in Soufriere, on the south-western side of the island.

If you love nature and relaxation, do not leave St Lucia without visiting at least one waterfall. Anyone will be
guaranteed full satisfaction and delight to have visited a St Lucia waterfall. They can also be found on nature
trails, and even better in the deep green rain forests of St. Lucia or somewhere hidden in a rustic community
and even in the mysterious crevices. Some are cascading from great heights while others are only a few feet
tall. It is certain, that a day at one of those serene waterfalls of St Lucia will never be forgotten. Get to know
more, see more, and feel more, about St. Lucia's beauty. Explore and discover secluded falls on a gemmed
island.


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Piton Warm Mineral Falls

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, 1 to 5: 2

A therapeutic waterfall, with three dimensional pools ranging from a timid temperature to a deep-cleansing
hot feel. The Piton falls is a great complement and a perfect ending after the Petit Piton hike. These waters are
great for sore, exhausted muscles, aches and pains; all of which are guaranteed to have after descending Petit
Piton. In fact hikers descending the nearby Petit Piton often use this as a therapeutic rest stop.

The water comes from about thirty or forty feet in the air and falls into a pool whose temperature is nice and
warm ; another adjoining section which is a cooler, refreshing temperature; and a third which is a very warm
pool, more like a natural hot tub. The depth of the water in all three pools is about waist height, so it is a
perfect spot to refresh from a day of hiking or island touring. The entrance to Piton Falls is an open spot, with
a brick shack where payments can be made, and although the waterfall is more inland, the spot can be found
just off the road to The Jalousie Plantation, near Soufriere.

The 7 minute walk down to the falls is very tranquil, a stroll through nature, with all the flora and fauna
curtsying on the path way and many mango trees shading the grounds. So this is one, that can’t be ignored on
a St. Lucia visit.

Between the Pitons
Central America Caribbean » Saint Lucia » Soufrière
January 30th 2009 by Rum Runner
Some of the locals told us about a natural hot spring on Gros Piton, one that is off the beaten path. So we headed out
to find this secret hot spring. Even though it took us a couple of times to locate the trailhead; it is just a small path
past the pottery shop on the road to Harmony Beach. But after a couple of failed attempts, we finally found it. So we
gathered up our backpacks full of bathing suits and towels, and then hiked up to the secluded mineral baths. We were
rewarded with having the place all to ourselves. And the hot springs were amazing! Actually it was more like a hot
waterfall than a hot spring. The hot mineral water cascades down a waterfall and into an inviting pool below. So we
took the plunge! It felt great to have a soak after all of our
adventures, and was a perfect way to end the day.


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Toraille Falls & Botanical Garden

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, AVERAGE FROM 1 TO 5:1

Cascading from an estimated height of fifty feet, the Toraille falls is indeed one of
St. Lucia’s extraordinary heritage sites. In fact, many tourists visit here on a daily
basis, and some are sure to have it as part of their itinerary plan. Locals can also be
found here, escaping the everyday hustle and bustle of work, or just to relax their
mind in preparation for the upcoming week of work.

Toraille Falls is embraced by a magnificent botanical garden, which gives off its
entire ambiance when trekking through the narrow path that leads to the falls.
With its natural setting Toraille Falls is the perfect spot to take friends and family
and by the serenading sounds of nature newlyweds and honeymooners can
unwind and experience nature’s creation at its best. The quaint bridges and leafed
trail leads you through the lush greens and dazzling colors of this tropical paradise
also an upper trail hike reveals a daunting view of Petit Piton. Changing rooms are
nearby, as well as a seating area for picnics.

The Toraille Falls can be discovered in Soufriere, and easily accessed from the main road, on your way to Fond
St. Jacques Edmund Rain Forest.

Castries, Saint Lucia
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Today our 4th port of call is the enchanting Saint Lucia ( Loo-sha), lying between
Martinique to the north and St. Vincent to the south. I've heard a lot about the
beauty of St. Lucia that’s why I’m super excited and so intrigue!
THE SCENIC ROUTE TO SOUFRIE'RE---I love the roads and pavements of St. Lucia it is
very well developed. The road twist and turns and goes up and down through
spectacular scenery to Marigot Bay, through jungle vegetation, past the broad
banana plantation dominating the valley. The main roads winds its way across the
mountains in a series of hair raising hairpins bends. We saw the villages of Anse La
Raye and Canaries---filled with colorful fisherman’s houses. At Soufriere about 8 km
farther south, old wooden buildings line the streets. From far we saw the spectacular
dark green cone shape coated
with lush forest peaks of Petit
Piton (736 meters) and the Gross
Piton (795 meter) create a magnificent backdrop!
This Caribbean landscape seems too good to be true! This island is
incredibly picturesque...a mixture of luxuriant tropical vegetation on
a mountainous landscape, stunning beaches and Creole
culture...now i realized that’s why they call St. Lucia----SIMPLY
BEAUTIFUL!!
Then we proceed to the final tour which is at the Torraille Fall.
Since we don’t have enough time, we just spend some 25 minutes
there. The falls is small, but i submerge myself quickly to check out
the water. Wow the water was great, it’s not cold nor warm..perfect!
It’s time to go back to the ship...again we pass by those scenic routes. I love St. Lucia!


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New Jerusalem Warm Mineral Falls &
Nature Trail


LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, 1 to 5:1
ADVENTURE, RELAXATION, REJUVENATION, EXPLORATION. Label this journey as you please, but
the level of excitement and fascination this natural fall bestows on its
guest is unimaginable. The New Jerusalem Mineral Falls is one of St.
Lucia's many secluded natural attractions able to hypnotize its visitors
with all the amazing features encompassing its rustic aura.
There is nothing quite like escaping the thick atmosphere of town and
entering the free flowing, natural breeze of the rural world, just a 30
minute trek from Soufriere town, heading towards Fond St. Jacques, and
one minute before Toraille Waterfall, New Jerusalem Warm Mineral Falls
is an invitation open to all nature lovers, particularly those searching for
solitude and bliss.
New Jerusalem Warm Mineral Fall is a welcomed retreat for sore muscles
and a tired psyche. However before getting to its invigorating waters, a
short ten-minute walk will take you from its main entrance to the
waterfall and pools. The journey from the main entrance to the falls is a fascinating one as well. Trekking
through nature, visitors will breathe and feel the aura emanated from the waterfall, huge trees stand firmly in
the brown-bronze rich soil, a small crystal-clear river flows freely, which visitors would cross with the help of
rocks lined up through the water, and nature’s sounds fill the air.
These baths are locally owned and managed. There are two warm baths equipped with seating areas and
three diverse temperatures of water flowing from bamboo faucets from above. The pressure creates a nice
warm body massage on achy muscles. The location is not crowded, or touristy therefore patrons will enjoy
relative privacy and solitude. A picnic lunch, some water, and a camera are recommended. The baths can
accommodate up to 15 people comfortably. There are no time limits on your stay in the baths. There is a rustic
changing area available to patrons and a sheltered area to leave clothes and bags.

NINA DESANTO,
If you are seeking serenity for
yourself or if you want to take your out of town guests, New Jerusalem fits the bill. It
is a convenient place for people to get to without exerting much energy. A great spot
for those who want to appreciate nature, but who don’t want to hike through the
rainforest or scale rocks to get to a tucked away waterfall.
MEGAN HAWKS,
This could be part of your Soufriere Day excursion.
The walk down to the mineral baths is quiet and
peaceful with the sound of the river and wind in the
trees. You cross part of the river by stone stepping
and walking over a foot bridge. You pay a gentle man
who doesn’t speak at all but
understands what you say. He adds to the
experience. New Jerusalem is better in the morning
or later afternoon as the water is warm.

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Spike Falls

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, 1 to 5:1

Another awe-inspiring journey, entering a world of pure and genuine nature, able to capture the mind and
senses of all its patrons. The spike waterfall is known as the tallest waterfall on island, showering 3000 feet
from rocks and green vegetation, this spot is a 20 minute walk from its main entrance.

Although Spike Waterfall is not as touristy or accommodating as Toraille or Diamond Waterfall, its vicinity is
well cared for and the water flowing from its majestic jaws are clean and fit to splash in. Spike Waterfall is an
amazing location to have lunch or a snack, and its remote area
is undisturbed and brings deep serenity to all.




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Enbas Saut Falls

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, 1 to 5:3

This renowned island waterfall is translated as "underneath the falls," deep into the Edmund Rainforest; the
secluded Enbas Saut Falls orchestrates its peaceful, flowing water. Secured by St. Lucia’s tallest mountain,
Mount Gimie and other surrounding mountains, this waterfall remains unspoiled and untouched, therefore
still maintaining its pristine beauty.


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Saltibus Waterfall
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, AVERAGE of 1 to 5: 2

A series of waterfalls, four in total with an average height of
25 feet and the largest around 40. Saltibus waterfall can be
discovered on a hilltop community in Saltibus, Choiseul, on the
south-eastern side of the island. After 20 minutes of trekking
from Saltibus central, the trail will finally be revealed, and to
believe it's over when it's not, another 30 to 40 minute hike
through a lush forest will bring the fascinating find of this
verdant waterfall.

The trail hike is an effortless one particularly when dry,
however after a heavy rain the trail is dangerous and slippery
and the water muddy. At the end of the trail there is a short
section where it is very steep and you must climb down to get to the waterfall. All the locals can tell you how
to get there. Be careful on the rocks as they are very wet and slippery. The water is also very cold because it
comes from the ground so be prepared!



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INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST LLEWELLYN XAVIER

By: Andrew Findlay of WestJet Up Magazine
Excerpt taken from WestJet Up BETA at www.up-magazine.com

RENOWNED ST. LUCIAN PAINTER LLEWELLYN XAVIER DISCUSSES ART, BEAUTY AND POLITICS





When artist Llewellyn Xavier gazes out the window of his Cap
Estate studio on St. Lucia’s northern tip, he’s greeted by both the
gentle Caribbean Sea and the turbulent Atlantic Ocean.
At certain times of the year, he can witness a full moon rising in
the east and the sun setting in the west, bathing his beloved
island nation in a warm, diffused light that could inspire a
thousand canvases.
Born in the village of Bellevue on a hilltop overlooking the
pyramidal spire of Gros Piton, Xavier descends from French
aristocracy through his mother’s bloodline and from African
slaves through his father’s, but also from the Carib people—the
original indigenous inhabitants of St. Lucia. In his late teens, while
working on a farm in Barbados, Xavier was given a box of
watercolors and a latent creative talent flourished.
Living in London in the 1960s, he became an influential exponent
of “mail art,” a cheeky art form that eschews commercialization
and uses the postal system as a medium of expression. But, in the
1980s, he laid down his brushes and moved to Montréal to
explore his nascent spirituality with the Cistercian order of
monks.
He pursued an ascetic, intellectually rigorous life before getting
married in 1987 and recommitting himself to art in St. Lucia.
Awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2004 for his 40-plus years of contribution to the art world, Xavier, now 63,
continues to grow his oeuvre of conceptual collages, abstract representations and pastel watercolors.
Much of his current artistic output evokes ecological problems plaguing St. Lucia and the planet at large, resulting in his
best-known work: a series of collages titled the Global Council for the Restoration of the Earth’s Environment.
His social and political convictions still raw and fresh, he plans to donate 150 pieces next year to an exhibit aimed at
raising money for the Slavery Museum in Liverpool, calling it a “conciliatory gesture on my part, to bring closure to that
sorry and unfortunate episode in our history.”
You have said that you don’t consider yourself an environmental artist. Why is that?
“I would consider an environmental artist someone whose art dealt exclusively with environmental issues. And although I am
particularly concerned with environmental degradation, my work is much more eclectic. I am interested in social and political issues
that affect not only St. Lucia and the Caribbean, but global injustices such as child slavery, human trafficking, torture and all the ugly
things that are still taking place in our world.”

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Do artists have an obligation to employ their talents to address social or environmental problems in the world?
“I think the duty of an artist is to be in the vanguard—exposing injustice, evil in his or her immediate community, and globally.”
How did your spiritual awakening in the early 1980s and time spent within the Catholic Order of Cistercians while living in
Montréal inform your further development as an artist?
“The Cistercian discipline and continuous meditation compels one to look inwardly, creating greater clarity and a vision that is rarely
experienced in a turbulent and busy world of commerce.”
Did this period of intense spirituality also influence your understanding of environmental issues?
“Certainly. In the monastic setting we practiced a near perfect environmental lifestyle. Virtually nothing is wasted; even the bread
left from the previous meal is used later on.”
Is your current artistic series, Environment Fragile, motivated by issues in St. Lucia?
“Not particularly. The global environment is a fragile one, and because of the fragility of the environment, we must handle it with
extreme caution. I am coming to a place where I think not even an ant should be killed.”
That said, is St. Lucia doing an adequate job of balancing the growth of tourism with conservation of the environment?
“Absolutely not. Environmental degradation in St. Lucia is far worse than when I returned to the island 20 years ago. In a sense, I
would say I have failed miserably in putting a stop to what I see as the destruction of our natural environment.”
The Pitons of St. Lucia have been a recurring theme in your paintings for many years—what is it about these twin summits that
continue to inspire?
“The Pitons are unquestionably among the most magnificent and awe-inspiring natural wonders of the world. I have seen these
peaks from various angles and in different light from dawn till dusk, and one is always struck by their beauty.”
If you could set up your easel anywhere on St. Lucia tomorrow, where would that be?
“Mercifully, I do not have to imagine setting up my easel anywhere other than my studio. My wife and I are blessed with one of the
best views on the island.”
Here’s a sample of Llewellyn Xavier’s renowed artistic work,









The Emerald Piton Series
The Emerald Piton Series Time Machine


Purple Mask
Papaver Roeas

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Plantations & Estates

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a
trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
St. Lucia’s prominent historic past has added much detail and riches to
its land. Many decades ago when the British and French feuded for
ownership of the island, hundreds maybe even thousands of acres of
land were utilized as fortresses, land for vegetation and to breed
animals, homes for slaves, houses for slave masters, and many other
uses. Those large plots of land developed into plantation and estates,
and today most of them a5re owned by locals and some by foreigners
who just could not resist the vista and surrounding gems of nature.

Many of the estates and plantations have also become tourist
attractions, and still carry the history of the colonial era with
magnificent display of vintage items, an abundance of tropical tress, animals, fruits and vegetables, blooming
botanical gardens, and much more of nature all around. Some have been developed into resorts and hotels
which is a first selection for many vacationers to the island. Through all those centuries of diverse culture and
pro-longed influences the island of St. Lucia remains unspoiled and extremely unique from all other Caribbean
islands.

Estates like Morne Coubaril, Diamond, Ruby, and Fond Doux are great for an early or afternoon nature walk.

Jalousie Plantation is an exceptional resort nestled in between the renowned twin Pitons of St. Lucia where
thousands of vacationers lodge every year.

Many other plantations and estate properties are used for nature sports, like ATV riding and horseback riding,
and others for zip-lining and rainforest adventure.

St. Lucia’s historic plantations and estates are lively with colonial features, waiting like buried treasure to be
discovered by newcomers.



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Nature Reserves

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the
universe”……Anatole France

The Grand Anse property and The Pigeon Island National Landmark are the noted nature reserves of St. Lucia
which are protected and managed by The St. Lucia National Trust.

The Trust is not only the longest serving environmental and heritage membership organization on the island,
but also the only membership organization with a legal mandate to conserve both the natural and cultural
heritage of St. Lucia.
The fertile volcanic soil of St. Lucia sustains a rich diversity of bird and animal life. Some of the richest troves
for ornithologists are in protected precincts off the St. Lucian coast.


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Grand Anse Beach & Nat ure Reserve & Turt le Wat ch

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, AVERAGE 1 to 5: 2

Grande Anse is situated on the northeast coast of St. Lucia and is the least visited and least accessible
part of the island. Constituting of 1625 stunning, unexploited acres, and ideally suited for a premiere resort
development. Fortunately the St. Lucia government has set Grand Anse aside as a nature reserve so that
it will never be developed. Grand Anse contains impressive rockbound shores interspersed with secret
sandy coves. The one and a quarter mile long sandy beach is one of the most picturesque and dramatic
in St. Lucia, perhaps in the entire Caribbean. The cool Trade Winds of the Atlantic and the extensive reef
creates continuous mesmerizing surf. Even in its natural state, the extraordinary beauty of this coastal
landscape is truly breath-taking. To the south of Grande Anse beach, there is a smaller, more private
cove, Anse Sorciere, which has a sandy beach of about 150 feet in length.

The terrain is arid and can be unwelcoming, but it is fascinating nonetheless. Grande Anse is home to
some rare bird species, notably the white-breasted thrasher, as well as the fer-de-lance, the only
poisonous snake on the island (but visitors report rarely seeing them). Its beaches; Grande Anse, Petite
Anse, and Anse Louvet-are nesting grounds for endangered sea turtles, including the hawksbill, the green
turtle, the leatherback, and the loggerhead. Nesting season lasts from February to October. The turtles
are protected by law, and the "Desbarras Turtle Watch" is organized by the community of Desbarras.
Many locals tackle the poor road in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, especially the bumpiest part from
Desbarras to Grande Anse.

Three small "streams" run through the Grand Anse property with two forming lagoons on the Grande Anse
Beach, an addition to the landscape. Most of the property is forested with coconut palms, other exotic fruit
trees and secondary tropical growth. Grand Anse also contains one of the island's significant
archeological sites dating back to the period of the Amerindian. An excavation in 1984 by the University of
Vienna revealed numerous clay and stone artifacts. The pre-Columbian theme could be optimized in a
project design concept.

Caution To The Daring Island Adventure Seekers! A 4x4 vehi cl e i s a must t o get down t he
ver y ol d di r t r oad. It i s possi bl e t o wal k down t he r oad on f oot but i t i s a ver y l ong way; appr oxi mat el y
4 mi l es. At t he beach t her e ar e a coupl e of gr eat unof f i ci al campi ng spot s wher e you wi l l have shel t er
f r om t he wi nd. Ther e i s no f r esh wat er avai l abl e, so car r y pl ent y.
SUNDAY, 24 MAY 2009
TURTLE WATCHING

It was strange walking around on the beach in pitch darkness following a guide with a torch - but
within minutes we reached the first turtle - there were so many of them. We saw how it dug itself
into the sand, settled and started laying the eggs. The guide lifted up one of the rear flaps so we
could see the eggs themselves - the size of a tennis ball. There are so many turtles coming in a Grand
Riviere that they destroy each other’s nests. A little sad. And if the eggs survive and the little
hatchlings arrive at surface there are dogs and vultures ready for a snack. So it is said that only 1
turtle reaches the sea for every 1000 eggs layed.
The next morning we got up at 530 and went on to the beach. There were still many turtles around and it was amazing
to be able to see them all along the stretch of beach. We saw turtles coming out of the sea and entering back in. Turtles
digging, settling and laying eggs again. Awesome.
Hatch, hatch....



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Pi geon I sl and Nat i onal Landmar k

Pigeon Island was once upon a time an isolated islet
surrounded by immaculate sapphire-blue Caribbean
waters, however in 1972 the 44 acre quaint loner was
joined to the North-West coast of St. Lucia by a man-made
causeway. Identifying the need to protect this site where
the balance of late eighteenth century naval power was
decided, the Government of St. Lucia designated Pigeon
Island as a National Park in 1979 and as a National
Landmark in 1992, and was further kept under strict
protection by the St. Lucia National Trust.

The St. Lucia National Trust is a statutory body established in 1975 for the specific purpose of preserving
buildings, objects of historic and architectural interest and areas of natural beauty together with their animal
and plant life, for present and future generations. Today the Trust has over 600 members and is continuing to
grow.

Because of its dated history and ancient collections remaining on the site, Pigeon Island National Landmark is
now heralded as one of the most important monuments of St. Lucia’s history. A vivid representation of the
cultural and historical monuments of international, civil, military and marine cross currents, Pigeon Island
remains a characteristic of West Indian historical change. This natural site remains untouched and
undisturbed, and further enhancing its multi-cultural value is the annual Jazz festival held there.

Many visitors refer to Pigeon Island as a living museum within a natural setting; it is being nurtured through
careful protection and intelligent development to serve the intellectual, cultural and recreational needs of all
who visit this historic site and is open to visitation 365 days a year.

Pigeon Island National Landmark has a number of heritage attractions and amenities which include:

* Ruins of military buildings used during the battles between the French and the British for the island of
Saint Lucia.
* An Interpretation Centre describing the rich history of the island.
* Two striking beaches.
* A restaurant featuring local cuisine.
* A pub and restaurant with a historical theme.
* A lookout point at the top of the Fort which gives a panoramic view of the Northwest coastline.
It’s a fun place to explore, with paths winding around the remains of Fort Rodney, whose partially intact stone
buildings create a certain ghost-town effect. The grounds are well endowed with lofty trees, manicured lawns
and fine coastal views. Near the gate is a kitchen dating from 1824
and further on is the main fortress. A vague path leads you around
the coast of the ‘island’ – it’s a great way to take it all in. The walk
takes about 20 minutes.
At the top of Fort Rodney Hill, you’ll find a small but well-preserved
fortress, a few rusting cannons and a spectacular view. You can see
south across Rodney Bay to the rolling hills dotting the coast, and
north past Pointe du Cap to Martinique. For more views, continue
north past the stone foundations of the ridge battery to the top of
the 359ft Signal Peak, about a 20-minute walk.
Pigeon Island is definitely the perfect spot for capturing great St.
Lucia moments, and for the ideal ancient backdrop entangled with a
spectacular panorama of nature.


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“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
The turquoise, blue Caribbean waters surrounding St. Lucia may not be the best surfing waters like that of the
boasted Hawaiian gemmed ocean, but it sure is exceptional and better than any water park or for that matter
exceeds the quality of any other ocean in the world.
The calm Caribbean Sea encompassing the pristine land of St. Lucia allows for unlimited water adventure in
the sun or rain, enjoyed at dawn or dusk offering Kite-surfing, Windsurfing, Parasailing, Whale Watching,
Sunset Sailing, Kayaking, Snorkeling, and Diving activities including lessons, rentals and sales of new and used
equipment.




















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Islander remains dedicated to providing its clients with the best of St. Lucia, therefore your St. Lucia vacation
cannot be referred to as ‘the St. Lucia vacation’ without completing your last days on island with some
extreme nature adventure.
Extreme nature adventure is completed with green adventure activities, as Islander is a company which strictly
believes and accepts sustainable tourism practices. And because Islander is heavily instilled with eco-tourism
habits, we have gathered some eco-adventure activities for our clients to select from.
Eco-Adventure Activities
Horse-back Riding
ATV Riding
Zip-lining
Aerial Trams

Each of those can be experienced on the beach or in the deep rainforest, and regardless of your setting there
will always be a strong aura of nature emanating from St. Lucia’s tropical atmosphere.


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ST LUCIA: KONNIE HUQ EXPLORES A CARIBBEAN DREAMLAND
By Konnie Huq
Last updated at 11:48 AM on 02nd June 2009

St Lucia is the ideal place, not only to relax and unwind but also if
you fancy a few distractions to keep you occupied in between
lazing on the golden sandy beaches or sipping fruity cocktails
from a palm-tree-shaded hammock by the pool.
St. Lucia’s quaint beaches are ideal for picnics and are overlooked
by groves of lush, exotic trees and huge banyans.
It would have been all too easy to spend the whole holiday in a
partially comatose state, lazing on a lounger or in a hammock;
sipping fruit punches a t the pool bar or having them served to me
on the beach.
However, you shouldn't overlook just how much there is to do on
the island. If snorkeling and the numerous other water sports do
not appeal, you could always hike up the Pitons - a Unesco World
Heritage Site.
I managed, to go zip-wiring through the rainforest. To my mind this
is a much better way to be adventurous; you just sit back, relax in a
harness and let gravity do all the strenuous work ... genius. It is a great way to see the rainforest and some of its wildlife
- I spotted local birds, tortoises and even a sleeping snake.
Other trips I'd recommend include beach horse-riding (no experience required) and a visit to the volcanic area, which
has mud baths and hot sulphur springs. The latter are a bit stinky but this is a great way to check out St Lucia's beautiful
greenery; plus you get to bathe in some of its pretty waterfalls and pools.

If you suffer from aching limbs or a bad back, take a dip in the sulphur pool and hope its healing properties work their
magic (rather than people giving you odd looks and backing off, wondering which awful shower gel you use).

These excursions are also a good way to see different parts of the island, such as sleepy, pretty Marigot Bay in the west,
which is perfect for a drink, especially if you're a boat spotter - the bay is definitely not short of a super-yacht or two.
The town of Soufriere on the south-west coast is also worth a visit and has some good restaurants and places to stop for
a drink.

Just south of Marigot Bay, Anse La Raye holds the island's famous Fish Fry every Friday night, when you can eat
delicious, freshly caught fish cooked local style right before your eyes.

Gros Islet, just up the road from Rodney Bay, offers a similar event every Friday night called the Jump Up. The roadside
is lined with stalls selling chicken, cobs of corn, vegetables, rice and other goodies, and people sit out late eating,
drinking and whiling away the hours. There are also souvenir, trinket and art sellers and, of course, a huge sound system.

From about 10pm, people start dancing and - later - bumping and grinding to the music booming out from the massive
speakers. This goes on till the early hours and can get a bit fruity! But it is a fabulous way to experience proper
Caribbean life with a 50-50 mix of tourists and locals.

Good food is not scarce in St Lucia and each evening brought a new challenge: where to eat. The hotel sits on a road
lined with restaurants. If sushi is your thing try The Edge, but if you like red meat then Big Chef does some of the biggest,
best steaks around. The Coal Pot in the nearby capital Castries is in a beautiful setting by the marina and has an unfussy
menu serving super-fresh local fish.
With its perfect balance of relaxation, friendliness, escapism and adventure, St Lucia is hard to beat. I'll definitely be
back.

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“Not all those who wander are lost.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien…






















“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
– St. Augustine

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