St Lucia, Caribbean; Volcano+Botanical Gardens
St Lucia is one of the largest of the Windward Islands, and it feels friendly the moment you step on to the island. Some islands just instantly greet you and this is one. The French and British spent many years fighting over the twin peaked island deep with rainforests and surrounded by beaches. There are very many excursions you can take, and various versions will be on sale from the independent operators as you leave the cruise terminal. A reminder that the ship waits for the official excursions to return, but maybe not the private ones and for all kinds of reasons there can be delays so leave early as the Volcano is over an hour away with added pleasant stops. Take costume and towel.
Soufriere Volcano and Sulphur Springs, St Lucia
Considered the worlds only drive-in volcano, it is still active, hot and smelly. The steam clouds continually pump into the air and the sulphur smell is stronger the closer you get. That is good as your guide will tell you. If the sulphur smell stops then run, just follow her she says. The smell going is a sign it is going to erupt, something that has not happened in a while. The tour is now done from the road side with a steel fence, on firm ground. The tour did used to walk in to the volcano until the ground collapsed and dropped a guide in the steaming hot water.
The tall hills of the rain forest all around are the rim of the volcano and looking up confirms you are inside. You can bathe in the hot springs which is a hot watery mud bath high in volcanic minerals. It is fun but we passed on it.
Tip. The volcano can be seen almost as well from the gate and hot baths barrier, so paying the extra ticket for the volcano to walk up the road and have the guide explain the history was something some of the tour members did not engage in. I am not sure we saw much more but having driven an hour to get there, we were going up as you see in the film. The entrance to the places was not included in our taxi bus there and back.
Diamond Botanical Gardens, St Lucia
These are a very pleasant Botanical Gardens and are on the way to the Volcano. So they can be in the Volcano trip or separate. Super colours are set to the music of our composer Mark Blackledge, who is managed by our parent film company INDYUK films, so for all enquiries on his work contact via this site or any of our sites. The music here is all composed music from the web series Doris Shades Of Bad which was the conceiving mother of this travel series.
The gardens also have spring baths with the same promises as anti wrinkle creams in your local chemist and at the same premium extra cost. Take a costume and towel if you wish to do that. They are seen on the film and are at the far end of the gardens by a small waterfall.
St Lucia Tour
The trip to the Volcano is broken up with a couple of stops. A banana plantation, where the crop is explained. Bananas are still the biggest selling food product in the world we are informed. These are smaller sweeter bananas, not the ones we normally get in the UK. There are cafe stops and some sellers of tourist trinkets. Here and in some of the other nearby islands, you will find the Caribbean dolls, there is a face at each end and skirt in the middle. Hold her one way up and she is happy, hold her the other way up, she is sad. It is otherwise described by locals as happy is married, sad is not married. I will let you make your own interpretation of the doll, but this is a traditional doll of the area. Please share this with others who might be wondering what is on this tour. Shares help us. See below for booking links.
other things to do in St Lucia
St Lucia has a vast rain forest so there are treks and walks you can take, and there is a zip wire for the adventurous and an ariel tram ride for those who wish to visit the rain forests. These are often called rain forest adventures. See our list of tours to give you an idea. There are also the beaches, and a number will be on offer, some are quite close by. A relaxing day, swimming, sunbathing and people watching is another option.
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