Here are some of the popular activities and attractions near our villa and around our island. All phone numbers are area code 758. We try to keep this updated, but we cannot guarantee that all activities will be available or on the same schedule when you arrive.
You can download a pdf copy of this information: Activities PDF file
All the beaches in St Lucia are public. If any security guard or other hotel employee tries to push you away from any part of the beach, just politely tell them that you know all beaches in St Lucia are open to the public. No resort has the right to restrict you from any part of the beach. However, they may restrict your access to any of their amenities (beach chairs, umbrellas, showers, etc.) Not surprisingly, most of them allow you to spend your money at their bars and restaurants, and some will also rent out beach umbrellas and lounges and snorkel gear.
We have snorkel gear (masks, fins, snorkels) in the closet in the guest bedroom with the single queen bed. You are welcome to use these during your stay. We would appreciate it if you would rinse and clean them before returning them to storage. If we don’t have enough gear or you don’t find a good fit and you are going to be snorkeling for a few days, save some money over renting every day and go to Hummingbird Beach and rent gear from Action Adventure, http://www.aadivers.org, (also called “Chester’s Dive Shop”).
If you are a novice at snorkeling, or want to take a tour with a guide or a boat to another location, Scuba St Lucia (on Anse Chastanet beach) offers morning and afternoon escorted snorkel trips by boat Monday through Saturday. They also offer guided night snorkeling (very cool experience!) on Mondays and Thursdays. Check out their website.
If you are interested in a boat excursion for snorkeling, try Action Adventures Divers (Chester’s Dive Shop – 485-1317). Chester has very reasonable prices and is close to the villa.
There are numerous dive sites in St Lucia, from beginning to advanced (see map). Most of them are in the south, but there are a few up north around Pigeon Island (near Rodney Bay) and the very northern tip. Check out this web site for a great description of the sites and beautiful pictures: Scubastevesdiving.com
Dive shops. There are several dive shops very close to the villa. Descriptions are from their websites.
Wind and Kite Surfing; Parasailing; Jet skiing; SNUBA; Flyboarding; Jetovator, etc.
Reef beach for surfing, Rodney bay for other items Jetovator/Flyboarding
Fishing Boat Rental and Whale Watching.
Online Activity guide
There’s good online activity guide at http://allaboutstlucia.com . It’s more complete than this guide, and shows activities on other parts of the island, in case you are interested. (That website has a lot of good information on many topics, but it is a bit outdated. Be sure to call the establishment you are interested in to verify hours, location, etc.)
And if you feel adventuresome and want to visit some “secret” waterfalls and beaches, here’s a listing with some we may have missed: Beaches and Waterfalls
Water Activities: Beaches, Snorkeling, Diving, Boating
The closest beach is the Anse Chastanet beach. It is about 5-10 minutes by car from the villa, and has a beach bar, restaurant, scuba shop and boats, snorkel boats and a protected nature preserve for snorkelers. If you walk from the villa it’s 20 minutes (down the hill – the climb up will probably be longer!). There is ample parking before the entrance of the beach.
The area to the left (when facing the ocean) is a protected marine reserve with a nice reef. We love to snorkel there – we see all kinds of fish, often see squid and eels, and particularly love to just float while huge schools of small silver fish circle around us. The snorkeling is easy – walk in from the beach, and the cove is protected. Please stay within the marked-off area – there is a lot of boat traffic, and the current gets strong once you go past the point.
They have loungers and umbrellas available for rent, and there is a beach bar and restaurant for cold Piton beers, other drinks, burgers, etc. There is a dive shop there, too, with snorkel gear available for rent. Or, you may take our snorkel gear and beach chairs and pack a lunch to take with you.
Location: Very near the villa, 20-minute walk down (back up = ???), less than 10 minute drive
Anse Mamin is about a ten-minute walk past Anse Chastanet beach. Follow directions above to Anse Chastanet beach. When you get to the beach, turn right, and walk all the way up the beach. Near the end of the beach, to your right, you’ll see some steps up and over a small waterway – take those and continue walking north on the trail that runs along the shore. In a few minutes, you will arrive at Anse Mamin. Anse Mamin is more secluded than Anse Chastanet, but still has a restaurant and bar, and some snorkeling.
Location: Very near the villa, just north of Anse Chastanet beach
Review: Tripadvisor – beach
The beach at the Hummingbird resort is almost as close as Anse Chastanet beach. It is at the base of the hill headed up toward our villa (you passed the Hummingbird on your way up to the villa). Chester’s Dive Shop is located there. Hummingbird Beach is not a pretty beach, but it’s perfect for departing on Chester’s boat. The area reportedly has good snorkeling, but be very aware of the boat traffic. The nicest part of the beach is in between the Hummingbird Beach Resort and the town cemetery.
Location: Very near the villa, 20-25 minute walk down (back up = ???), less than 10 minute drive
Sugar Beach has imported their white sand and is very pretty. They also have an area – off to the right when facing the ocean – that is a marine reserve. The snorkeling is good here, too – we can’t decide whether Anse Chastanet or Sugar Beach has better snorkeling. And the view from the water – looking up at a Piton from its base – will make you want to just float and look at that and appreciate its majesty. When you go to Sugar Beach, you will have to pass the Sugar Beach Resort guard house. If you tell them that you are going to the beach restaurant for lunch, they will send a small cart to pick you up at the visitor’s parking area (the tennis courts). We’ve also walked down to the beach (about a 10-minute walk downhill), snorkeled, then had a drink and a small bite to eat at the beach restaurant, and then caught the shuttle cart back to the parking area by the tennis court.
You may hear the name “Anse de Pitons”. That refers to the Sugar Beach area – right between the Pitons.
Location: About 20-25 minute drive, a little south of Soufriere
Laborie Beach (officially known as Rudy John Beach) is about 30 minutes south of the villa – about three-quarters of the way back to the airport. This beach is a good choice if you want to get away from the touristy beaches and get more of the local vibe. Especially for a week-day visit, you may be the only ones there. There is a beach bar for food and beverages. Reportedly, there is an area to snorkel, although this area does not make the usual list of places to snorkel while in St Lucia.
Location: About a 40 minute drive, about three-fourths of the way back to the airport
Ask us if you are interested!
Devil’s Hole is just off the road to Anse Chastanet, just before you get to the turnoff to our villa (when coming from town). There is a small walking path down the side of the hill to the shore.
Malgretoute Beach is on the way to Sugar Beach. Look for the signs after leaving the main highway on the way to Sugar Beach.
Location: About 20-25 minute drive, a little south of Soufriere
There is shore-accessible snorkeling at Anse Cochon (off the beach at Ti Kaye resort, about midway between Canaries and Anse La Raye). Head north on the main highway, pass through Canaries, and about five-ten minutes later, watch for the brown “Ti Kaye” resort sign (on your left when headed north). Turn left, and drive down the bumpy road, and park at the resort. You’ll need to walk a bit down to the beach after getting out of your vehicle. Unless you like snorkeling with crowds (and viewing ample amounts of “leg fish”) it’s good to go really early or later in the afternoon on a calm day. At about 10:00 a.m. hordes of boats can show up at this fairly small reef spot bringing in loads of snorkel tourists, so keep that in mind.
Locals will testify that Anse Cochon actually offers some of the most beautiful snorkeling on the entire island. This area offers a densely populated section of the ocean that gives a lot of experience in a smaller area. The reef is small but usually the visibility is quite good.
Location: About 40 minute drive, off the main highway headed north to Castries
SCUBA St Lucia (Anse Chastanet beach)
SCUBA St Lucia is a National Geographic/PADI 5 Star Dive Resort and DAN (Divers Alert Network) Partners in Dive Safety facility, located at the south end of Anse Chastanet beach. Founded in 1981, Scuba St.Lucia has established itself as one of the world’s top diving destinations. Scuba St.Lucia offers great diving and comprehensive facilities for divers of all levels. Perfectly set up for both beach and boat dives, Scuba St. Lucia offers guests gear storage; a well-equipped scuba store; three compressors; rental dive gear and an underwater Photo and Video center.
The snorkeling boat travels out morning and afternoon every day except Sunday, and goes to either the base of the Pitons (Sugar Beach/Anse de Pitons) or Ti Kaye Village (Anse Cochon). We suggest you take the boat trip to Anse Cochon and drive to Sugar Beach
Location: Very near the villa
Phone: (758) 459-7755
Action Adventure Divers (Hummingbird Beach
Action Adventure Divers (AAD) seeks to provide you the customer with the experience of a lifetime. “ To Dive is To Live” is the code we live by and wish to share with you all the joys of diving by giving you the individual attention that you deserve. So whether you have dived the world over or have never dived before and want to SCUBA Dive, come visit us at AADivers and remember… “To Live is to Dive”.
Also referred to as “Chester’s dive shop”. Located on Hummingbird Beach at the back of the hotel. Chester will let you put on the tank for an hour and be at your side training if you’re not certified.
Location: Very near the villa, right at the HummingBird resort on the beach
Phone: (758) 459-5599 (dive shop), 485-1317 (cell)
Dive Fair Helen (Marigot Bay)
Dive Fair Helen is located in Marigot Bay, about a 45-50 minute drive north of the villa. Dive Fair Helen: St. Lucia Undersea Adventures, is owned and operated by a St. Lucian environmentalist with over 15 years’ experience in marine research in his country. Some of his achievements include the establishment of the famous Lesleen M. Ship wreck, the formation of the policy document to regulate the sport diving sector in St. Lucia and the zoning of protected marine areas which resulted in the formation of the marine reserve and fishing priority areas of St. Lucia.
In our opinion, stick with Chester’s or the Anse Chastanet dive shop. We are not saying anything is wrong with Dive Fair Helen, but their location is not ideal to serve guests staying in the Soufriere region.
Location: In Marigot Bay/Castries, about 50-60 minutes away
Phone: (758) 451-7716
Captain Mike’s (Castries)
Sport fishing and whale watching. Call for details and a quote.
Location: Located in Castries but will come to Soufriere
Phone: (758) 452-7044
Email: Contact Captain Mike
Mystic Man Tours (Soufriere)
Mystic Man Tours is the place to go for any tour that requires a boat. Deep sea fishing, private charters, dolphin and whale watching, sunset sails, snorkeling- they do it all. They are located in Soufriere (see map). The boats departs and docks by the police station. Check out their website for details on their tours and services. Since many of the tours only operate a few times a week, we recommend you contact them early before they fill up. Do look at the Sunset Cruise (Tuesdays and Fridays) that leaves at 4 pm and returns around 6:30 pm. Hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, with champagne at sunset, while sailing around the inner bay of the Pitons, make this a memorable evening.
Location: Located in Soufriere just down by the dock
Phone: Toll-free from the US: 1 (800) 401 – 9804 St Lucian number: (758) 459 7783
Email: Mystic Man Tours
The Soufriere Foundation is a great source for information on nearby attractions.