Val des Pitons
P.O. Box 251
Soufriere, Saint Lucia West Indies
T: +1 758 456 8000
F: +1 758 459 7667
Reservations:
800 235 4300 (USA), International: +1 758 456 8000 sb.info@viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

    Top Attractions on the Island

    St Lucia Tours, Hikes and Sightseeing

    St Lucia is an island of tucked-away treasures, and the Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is the perfect location from which to explore everything this stunning Caribbean gem has to offer.

    Some suggested St Lucia attractions and Soufriere tours include:


    Signature Tours

    DECOUVERT LA TRADITION ST. LUCIE

    Experience St. Lucia’s culture at its best! A tour designed for the family, the adventurous and especially persons with a keen interest in the island’s history! The tour starts with a few minutes drive to the Morne Coubaril Estate.  You will see and learn how crops such as coconut is processed into copra, cocoa (chocolate) beans into cocoa sticks and how sugar cane juice is extracted from an 18th century sugar mill. Enjoy freshly squeezed sugar cane juice, fresh dried coconuts and other estate produce while on tour. From there, we walk through a mini herbal garden on the estate that gives you the opportunity to see and learn about different herbal plants our ancestors used to heal themselves from different ailments.

    We then board the bus for a five minutes drive to Diamond, Soufriere, where you will learn about more herbal plants and remedies we use locally. The tour continues with a boat ride via water taxi from Soufriere town to the Anse Ivorgne Beach (at the base of Gros Piton), which was the main bay to export molasses in the 18th century. Your guide will explain how the locals make charcoal, see how fishermen get their fresh catch using fish nets and fishing lines, learn how our ancestors preserved fish, roasting fish over coal pot, learn and practice playing the game of the Caribbean- Cricket. Enjoy a swim in our deep blue Caribbean waters before partaking in a beach BBQ and creole lunch, eating from Calabash bowls as our ancestors did.

    Runs on Wednesday and Fridays from 09:00 am.

    18th CENTURY PLANTATION LIFE

    This half day tour starts with a visit to the 18th century Morne Coubaril Estate. A visit to the 18th century Amerindian village takes you back in time; as you discover how the island’s first settlers lived. Learn and see how crops such as coconut, cocoa (Chocolate beans) and sugar cane were processed. The tour continues with a drive down the west coast through the village of Choiseul as your guide educates you about the history of the village. The next stop is at the Choiseul Arts and Craft centre where a wide range of locally made Souvenirs and crafts can be purchased.  Finally, we continue to the Balenbouche estate; the working plantation proudly demonstrates the life of the 18th century with remains of the old sugar mill and a visit to the 18th Century plantation House.

    Tour runs on Wednesday from 08:30am. Minimum: 4 participants

    GROS PITON HIKE ADVENTURE BY SEA

    A fifteen minutes boat ride via water taxi will take you to the base of Gros Piton where one starts the hike. The Hike lasts approximately three hours and is strenuous. Be captivated by the breathtaking views of Petit Piton, St. Vincent and the south of the island from the summit of Gros Piton.  After the hike, take a dip in the warm, blue Caribbean waters, then enjoy a local meal with Chef Esnard’s specialty BBQ and ice cold drinks (local juice, beers and rum punch) before returning to your resort.

    Tour runs on Tuesdays and Fridays from 08:00. Minimum 4 participants.

    FARM TO TABLE

    Embark on a culinary adventure of a lifetime with Chef Daniel Hurtado. Join our Chef on a trip to the farms where he chooses his organic produce and make your own selection of herbs, vegetables and crispy greens. Then head to the fish market before returning to the resort for a side-by-side cooking lesson. Enjoy the fruits of your labors with perfect wine pairings.

    Upon Request Only. Time: 9:00 AM -3:00 PM


    Experience St. Lucia

    CASTRIES HALF DAY SHOPPING

    Take a picturesque 30 minute boat ride to St. Lucia’s capital city Castries. Indulging in the coastal scenery and cruising past the fishing villages of Canaries, Anse La Raye and Marigot bay. Experience the island in a different manner. In Castries you will enjoy Duty Free shopping at La Place Carenage and Point Seraphine. Visit the Vendors Arcade and the historic local craft market. This tour is Available daily except Sundays and holidays.

    SOUFRIERE MARKET TOUR

    This is a tour of a local fresh fruit and vegetable market. You have the opportunity to mingle with the locals, see how they go about their market business, see and sample some of our tropical fresh fruit – all straight from the farms of St Lucia.

    This tour is available only on a Saturday.

    EXPLORE SOUFRIERE

    Visit the drive-in volcano, where an official guide will give you a brief history and then spend some time exploring on your own before setting off to the Botanical Gardens and Diamond waterfall. A tour guide is not needed at the gardens - you can explore on your own. Then you are taken to the spectacular rainforest waterfall at Toraille where swimming can be enjoyed. Finally you are taken to a restaurant with a fantastic view of the pitons and the town where refreshments are served. This tour is available daily.

    ISLAND BUGGY ADVENTURES

    An original twist to sightseeing, whilst driving an open air buggy (2 or 4 seats). Driver must be at least 23 years old, possess a valid driver license (1 Lucian driver permit included in price) and have experience with manual transmission; Passengers must be at least 6 years old. Tour includes: one driving permit, beverages, entrance fees and/or lunch (where applicable). Available tours: Southern Sights, Soufriere Safari, and Drive & Fly.


    Adventure Tours

    ISLAND ATV TOURS

    Experience the fresh air and beautiful scenery of St. Lucia on All-Terrain Vehicles. This guided tour is a great way to explore the rugged East Coast, with spectacular views from a private estate and countryside’s, of the Atlantic Ocean, Banana and Coconut Plantations and mangroves. It is allowed to splash through rivers in this 1,000 acre plantation. A refreshment stop for some fresh local juice is included along the way.

    This tour is available daily. Must be 16 or older to participate.

    CANOPY ZIPLINE ADVENTURE

    This is an exhilarating adventure, combining the adrenaline rush of zipping under the sheer Petit Piton, with elevated views of the historic town of Soufriere and the Caribbean Sea in this stop. While you whizz safely between giant Banyans, your experienced guides keep you informed of the eco-system and the spectacular views to look out for. Eight zip cables move you effortlessly through the estate where you can take your own air-borne photos of the Piton and town, before being carried into a canopy of banyan, coconut, plum and mango trees and across a bamboo-shadowed gorge. You can also see, smell and hear the ecosystem thriving in a pond below. This tour can be combined with an Estate Tour.

    This tour is available daily.                                                                                                        

    JUNGLE BIKING

    At Anse Mamin, you will find a complete biking center with a beginner’s circular trail and an expert’s only mountain climb. Alternatively, one can combine a plantation tour with gentle biking trails. A fun-filled half day of biking through lush vegetation, sun-dappled trails and 18th century French colonial ruins, complete with a volcanic swimming hole.

    This tour is available daily.

    HORSE BACK RIDING

    Take a ride along the most beautiful breathtaking scenery of the Atlantic Coast or the countryside where you can enjoy our untouched paradise or catch a glimpse of the local fishermen coming in with their daily catch. There are three different tours available, each providing you with a picturesque setting, whether it be mangrove, coconut or banana plantation, rugged Atlantic or white sand beaches: Beach Trail (2 hours), Countryside Trail (3 hours), and Calypso Beach Trail (4 hours).

    This tour is available daily – private tour is possible.


    Hiking

    GROS PITON

    Towering nearly 2,619 feet above water level, the majestic peak of Gros Piton is bound to fill your needs for wanderlust. The hike will take between 3-4 hours to complete and is a moderate to steep ascent. The hike starts at the interpretive centre in the town of Fond Gens Libres (“Valley of the Free People”). Many of the guides are descendents of the brigands or black freedom fighters that used the Gros Piton as a secure haven during the slave rebellion of 1748. A private hike is possible.

    TETE PAUL NATURE TRAIL

    Nestled on six (6) acres of lush, verdant land in the farming community of Chateau Belair. The hike is rated moderate and should take between 25 and 60 minutes to complete depending on pace. The trail boasts some of the most spectacular views of the south of the island, Jalousie Bay, the Pitons as well as Martinique and St. Vincent on clear days. Along the way, traditional Amerindian art of farine and cassava production can be learned, with a variety of exotic fruit trees (guava, soursop, avocado, etc…) as well as medicinal plants and trees. 

    CROSS ISLAND RAINFOREST TREK

    Enjoy the breathtaking views of the southern and more rugged Atlantic east coast. An official guide from the Forestry Department will escort the group on a four hour trek through the forest from east to west. As you emerge from the forest on the western side, a jeep will transport you to a waterfall located in a tropical garden for some relaxing or a refreshing dip. You will then head to one of the first estates established in St. Lucia for lunch before a jeep drive back to the resort via the west coast road.

    This hike is available daily - not suited for children less than 12 years.

    HIKE TO BOTANICAL GARDEN

    This hike starts from the resort accompanied by a tour guide into Soufriere town. We first make a stop at the Soufriere market where you will learn about a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and you will also get to purchase and enjoy fresh, local fruits. After the market, we walk through the town as your guide points out places of interest such as; the Soufriere town Square, Catholic Church, First Court House building and also a few places where movies were filmed in St. Lucia. From the town, one walks twenty minutes to the Diamond Botanical Gardens and Waterfall. We spend an hour exploring nature’s beauty before walking back to the town where a water taxi awaits to take you back to the resort.

    Tour is available every Saturday from 07:30am. Minimum 4 participants.

    SUPERMAN WATERFALL

    A moderate and educational hike among lower mountain forest, fruit bearing trees will take you to Superman’s Waterfall. The 70 feet volcanic waterfall cascades into a pool below where you will have a refreshing swim and mud bath. Fresh local juice and fruits in season will be served after your mud bath. The hike continues the same path to the old plantation house of the Morne Coubaril Estate. There, a plantation tour of how crops such as Coconut, cocoa and manioc are processed will be given as well as visiting the 18th century sugar mill and Amerindian village.

    Tour is available Mondays and Thursdays from 08:45am. Minimum 4 participants.

    Sea Tours

    DOLPHIN & WHALE WATCHING

    St Lucia has its fair share of resident and visiting cetacean. Pods of spinning and spotted dolphins; Pilot, Sperm and Orcas among the whales, may be seen in our waters. The success rate of sightings is high (but not guaranteed) so join us in this natural experience and feel the thrill as they break the surface of the water.

    This excursion is available Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

    SUNSET CRUISE

    Take a relaxing cruise on board a yacht as we sail into the Caribbean Sea for two hours, while sipping and enjoying sparkling wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Nothing matches the magic of an island sunset especially if you’re out at sea. This is a perfect way to end the day and start a tropical evening.

    This cruise is available on Tuesdays and Fridays.

    DEEP SEA FISHING

    Enjoy sport fishing in St Lucia with the experienced and friendly crew on these well equipped boats. You don’t have to be a professional to have fun. If you’ve never done it before, one of the crew will be more than happy to show you the ropes; experienced anglers can come and enjoy the thrill of new fishing grounds. Commonly hooked fish include Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Kingfish and Dorado.

    This excursion is available on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.

    MANATEE OR PRANA

    Take to the high seas in style and explore the stunning western coastline of St Lucia aboard the beautiful Hans Christian-designed 42ft wooden sloop, Manatee or the beautiful 46ft Italian Itama, Prana. Set your own personal itinerary with our captain and crew, drop an anchor in private bays and snorkel in secluded coves or head north to Marigot Bay where you can visit one of the restaurants for lunch if you desire. We can also organize a picnic lunch onboard (additional charge applies). Beers, soda and water included.

    Only upon request. Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Neighboring Islands

    GRENADINES MULTI-ISLAND TOUR

    See this chain of exquisite coral islands and reefs from the air, sail on these crystal clear waters and feel the white sand between your toes. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie was recently filmed in the pristine islands of the Grenadines. Your tour begins with a 40 minute flight, over the west coast of St.  Lucia. This tour affords spectacular views of the Pitons, the east coast of St Vincent, and over the breathtaking island of the Grenadines, viewing and taking pictures of chains of coral reef islands surrounded by crystal clear waters. Landing at Union Island, you will be transferred by bus to the dock where you join your catamaran for a day of swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing and pure relaxation as you sail between and explore the islands of Maureau, Tobago Cays and Palm Island. A light lunch is served onboard and drinks are available throughout the cruise.

    This trip is available daily. Don’t forget your travel documents and immigration card.

    MARTINIQUE SPLENDOR

    An early start and a ninety (90) minute crossing by power catamaran from Rodney Bay in the northwest of the island will take you across the twenty-one (21) mile channel to the capital city of Fort-de-France.  Explore the town by foot (guided tour), explore on your own browsing shops or taking in the atmosphere of this French Department from a street-side café, enjoying French pastries and coffee. Re-board the catamaran for a short trip across the bay while savoring BBQ lunch and drinks. Your last stop is at one of the bays where you can refresh yourself with a swim or snorkel before returning to Rodney Bay Marina. This escape is available only on Thursday. Don’t forget your travel documents. US Dollars, Euro and Credit Cards are accepted in Martinique.