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Our top nine things to do in St Lucia

St Lucia is a destination where relaxation, rejuvenation and island adventures complement each other perfectly. The southern part of St Lucia’s island is defined by the towering peaks of The Pitons, pristine beaches and verdant rainforests. With breathtaking scenery, it is the ideal place to explore, relax and unwind. We have partnerships with a range of luxury resorts that occupy exceptional locations along the coast including a firm guest favourite; Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort. Having visited this wonderful destination many times, we thought we would share our favourite things to do in St. Lucia.

Gros Piton Hike by Land

St Lucia’s famed Pitons are two volcanic plugs located on the southwestern coast of the island. Visually stunning, the Gros Piton is 2,350 ft high and Petit Piton is 2,438 ft high. There are multiple ways to explore the Pitons, including hiking through the landscape and discovering the flora and fauna that call the Pitons their home. Embark on a scenic trek through the UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore the verdant rainforest that takes you through the crater, rewarding with spectacular views from the top of the summit.

Rainforest Hike & Birdwatching

Ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, marvel at the beauty of the tropical birds that live along the En Bas Saut Trail. It is one of the best forest trails on the island as it offers scenic views of cascading waterfalls. Set within 19,000 acres of rainforest, the trail winds deep into the rainforest, cloud forest and elfin woodlands, creating a peaceful exploration in the remote landscape. We recommend bringing your swimsuit so you can take a refreshing dip in the base of the cascading waterfall.

Tet Paul Nature Hike

With an expert guide, take a scenic walk through the farming community of Chateau Belair. Take in beautiful views of Val des Pitons, the Pitons and on clear days, Martinique and St Vincent. Along the way, you will learn about the Amerindian art of farine, cassava and the variety of trees and plants you pass along the way. This gentle hike is a great alternative for those who don’t have the energy to climb the mighty Pitons.

Chocolate 101 | The Tree to Bean Tour

St Lucia is home to a thriving cocoa industry and is the ideal place to learn about artisanal chocolate making. On this hands-on tour, start with learning about the grafting process at the cacao tree seedling nursery before walking through the cocoa grove and Cotes of Marcial. Learn about the fermentation and drying process that finishes with a perfect cocoa bean. Then, delve deep into the chocolate-making process from the dried bean to the delicious bar of chocolate. This includes de-shelling, grinding, recipe formation, mixing and pouring into moulds.

Snorkelling at Sugar Beach

Especially at Sugar Beach A Viceroy Resort, snorkelling is an extremely popular activity due to the wide range of sea life. The resort’s beach, situated at the foot of Petit Piton, is nearby a cordoned off marine preservation area, promising a range of fish in the surrounding area. Fins, masks and snorkelling gear can be signed out at the water sports cabana. Enjoy a memorable snorkelling expedition by night just off Sugar Beach’s National Marine Reserve.

Whale & Dolphin Watching

Embark on an exciting whale and dolphin watching tour off the coast of Soufriere. The waters are renowned for resident and visiting aquatic mammals including sperm whales, orcas and spotted dolphins. Though sightings are not guaranteed, sighting ratings are very high.

Jungle Biking

Perfect for all the family, this experience takes you through 12 miles of private trails, including one of St Lucia’s first colonial plantations. Travel past 18th-century mill runs, reservoirs and a swimming hole, perfect for a refreshing dip. This bike exploration is suitable for all levels.

Horseback Riding | Estate Ride

Enjoy a tour on horseback of the Coubaril Estate. Wander through the colourful orchards of mangos, soursop and papayas. Throughout your tour, enjoy panoramic views over Piton and surrounding rural villages. Along the way, you may witness coconut, cocoa and sugar production processes. Combine the horse-riding excursion with a trip to the volcano, where you can choose between a sulphur spring mud bath or a guided tour of the impressive volcano.

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