Sometimes there is nothing better than getting outdoors. St Lucia gives you more of a reason than most!
Treetop Adventure Park
If you’re looking for an incentive to drag yourself away from the beachfront, then rest assured the Treetop Adventure Park will make the journey into the rainforest well worth your time. Join people of all ages on an adrenaline-fuelled zip line ride along one of the 12 treetop routes, enabling you to savour unrestricted views of the island and dense forest. There’s even a mini-zip line for younger visitors who don’t quite meet the height requirements, whilst those with an aversion to heights can opt for guided hiking or cycling tours through some of the most picturesque rainforest terrain. Alternatively, combine all three activities into a daylong adventure that’s sure to live long in the memory.
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens
Nestled within the historical Soufrière Estate on the island’s west coast, the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens are regarded as one of St Lucia’s most visually stunning natural habitats – which is no mean feat. Set across six acres, the gardens allow you to slip into an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Prepare for tropical flowers, cascading waterfalls and narrow paths weaving their way through the dense forest terrain.
The gardens are located within a natural gorge which links to underground volcanic springs, with minerals and sulphur combining with rainwater to give The Diamond Waterfall its spellbinding colours. A couple of hot spring pools also occur as a result of boiling underground magma, with the Black Water Pool and Water Pool of Love ideal for a soothing soak. The minerals are said to have healing powers and local guides even insist you’ll emerge looking ten years younger. Try it out for yourself, then venture along to the nearby Sulfur Springs Park to cast your eyes over the park’s centrepiece: a dormant volcano.
Gros Piton Hike
St Lucia’s south-western coast is dominated by two volcanic mountains known as The Pitons, with the largest peak towering over 2,600 feet above sea level. Needless to say, the views from the top are out of this world – hence why a Gros Piton Hike features high on many a St Lucia to-do list.
A local guide is on hand to lead your party through the ascent, taking in some of the island’s most spectacular terrain along the way. Reaching the summit can take between three to six hours, so an early morning start is essential. Although steep in places, most of the hike consists of relatively comfortable terrain – and the view of the ocean waters and large parts of the island is nothing short of breath-taking..
Bike St Lucia
St Lucia’s combination of dense tropical forest, verdant hillsides and gorgeous shorelines make for ideal cycling terrain, particularly on the west coast, where Bike St Lucia offers over eight miles of bike trails in and around the Anse Mamin Plantation. Hone your skills at the base training area before setting off along one of the fascinating trails, each of which offers varying levels of difficulty. The more leisurely routes take you along quaint forest paths between blooming fruit trees and historical ruins dating back 250 years, whilst those looking to get the adrenaline pumping can let loose along steep, palm tree-fringed embankments, ramps and tight corners. Bikes and all necessary equipment is available for hire from the Bike St. Lucia base.
Diving in St Lucia
The beauty of St Lucia’s rain forests, idyllic beaches and crystal clear waters is there for all to see, but an equally stunning view awaits those who breach the surface of the inviting ocean waters. A spellbinding underwater kingdom of vibrant coral reefs and a teeming marine life is yours to explore thanks to Dive Fair Helen, a fully-certified underwater adventure company specialising in scuba diving tours and courses.
Head off on a tour of some of the island’s top diving sites and swim alongside reef fish, sea turtles, parrot fish and nurse sharks in warm, clear waters. Alternatively, get to grips with some essential diving skills on a scuba diving course – some of which are suitable for children as young as 8 years of age.
Pigeon Island National Park
Pigeon Island National Park is located to the north of Rodney Bay, forming part of a peninsula which connects to the island’s north-western coastline via a manmade causeway. Its history dates back to the arrival of the first French settlers in the 1500s, and today’s landscape is dotted with historical ruins, old army barracks and a plethora of gorgeous lookout points. It’s also home to two wonderfully secluded beaches and several restaurants, making it the ideal place in which to spend an afternoon, morning or entire day.