Tours, Excursions & Sightseeing
|EXCURSIONS PRICE LIST & DEPARTURE TIMES|
|TOUR - PRICE – PER PERSON – US $||DEPARTURE||MEETING POINT|
|KOOL KAYAK ADVENTURES (Read More)|
|KAYAKING THE COAST OF SOUFRIERE BAY||49||SCUBA CENTER|
|PADDLE TO THE PITONS TOUR||59||SCUBA CENTER|
|FISHING VILLAGES & PICNIC LUNCH TOUR (includes picnic lunch)||99||SCUBA CENTER|
|SUNSET KAYAK TOUR||49||SCUBA CENTER|
|BIRDWATCHING KAYAK COMBO||54||SCUBA CENTER|
|Kool Kayaking activities are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT|
|JUNGLE BIKING ADVENTURES (Read More)|
|JUNGLE BIKING (Available Daily)||45 (repeat riding 25)||9:00 AM / 10:00 AM / 1:30 PM|
|Jungle Biking is subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT|
|FULL DAY SAILING (Read More)||109||9.00 AM – 4.00 PM||SCUBA CENTER|
|HALF DAY SAILING (Read More)||65||
12.45 PM – 3.45 PM (Oct - Mar)
1.00 PM – 4.00 PM (Apr - Sep)
|SUNSET CRUISE (Read More)||89||4.15 PM – 6.15 PM (Oct - Mar) 4.45 PM – 6.45 PM (Apr - Sep)||SCUBA CENTER|
|JAZZY CHAMPAGNE SUNSET CRUISE (Read More)||115||4.00 PM – 7.00 PM||SCUBA CENTER|
|PRIVATE SUNSET CHARTER (Read More)||450 per couple||4.15 PM – 6.15 PM (Oct - Mar) 4.45 PM – 6.45 PM (Apr - Sep)||SCUBA CENTER|
|PRIVATE HONEYMOON CHARTER (Read More)||650 per couple||9.00 AM – 4.00 PM||SCUBA CENTER|
|ESCORTED SNORKEL – 1 hr (Read More)||25||10:15 AM and 2:15 PM||SCUBA CENTER|
|NIGHT SNORKELING||39||Sunset||SCUBA CENTER|
|ANSE MAMIN BIRDWATCHING (Read More)||25||7.30 AM – 9.30 AM||SCUBA CENTER|
|PREMIUM RUM TASTING AT ANSE MAMIN||55||4:00 PM – 5.30 PM||SCUBA CENTER|
|EMERALD ESTATE CACAO TREE TO CHOCOLATE BAR TOUR (Read More)||75||9:00 AM – 11:00 AM||PORTE CO-CHERE|
|EMERALD ESTATE TOUR AND INTERACTIVE COOKING CLASS* * Emerald Estate Tour includes taxi transfer (20 minutes)||95||9:00 AM – 11:00 AM||PORTE CO-CHERE|
|BEHIND THE SCENES AT JADE MOUNTAIN (Read More)||15||2:00 PM||JADE CLUB|
|All resort activities are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT|
|VOLCANO, DIAMOND FALLS & GARDENS AND EMERALD ESTATE (Read More) Note: Tour does not include Mud Baths||59||9.00 AM – 12:15 PM||PORTE CO-CHERE|
|MUD BATHS WITH SPA ATTENDANT||95||8:30 – 10:30 AM / 3:30 – 5:30 PM||PORTE CO-CHERE|
|DIAMOND FALLS PRIVATE MORNING TOUR (Read More)||(Available on Request)||8.15 AM – 10.15 AM||PORTE CO-CHERE|
|MALGRETOUTE WATERFALL (Boat Ride/Hike) (Read More)||45||10.00 AM – NOON||BEACH BAR|
|BOUTON TO ANSE JAMBON HIKE (Car/Hike) (Read More)||25||9.00 AM – 11.30 AM||PORTE CO-CHERE|
|POINTE SERAPHINE DUTY FREE SHOPPING (Read More)||85||8.30 AM – 2.00 PM||SCUBA CENTER|
|ZIP LINE ADVENTURES (Read More)||135||8.30 AM – 2.00 PM||SCUBA CENTER|
|SEA AND LAND TOUR (Read More)||210||8.30 AM – 5.00 PM||SCUBA CENTER|
|CASTRIES/MARIGOT BAY SHOPPING TOUR (SATURDAY) (Read More)||85||9.00 AM – 3.00 PM||SCUBA CENTER|
|RHYTHM OF RUM TOUR (Read More)||125||9.00 AM – 2.00 PM||PORTE CO-CHERE|
|GROS PITON (Read More)||105||6.30 AM – 1.00 PM||PORTE CO-CHERE|
|DOLPHIN AND WHALE WATCHING (Read More)||69||9.15 AM – 11.00 AM||BEACH BAR|
|DEEP-SEA FISHING (31 ft) (Read More)||4hrs - 680 / 6hrs - 845 / 8hrs - 1,125||8.00 AM – 4.00 PM||BEACH BAR|
|DEEP-SEA FISHING (38 ft) (Read More)||4hrs - 890 / 6hrs - 1,170 / 8hrs - 1,450||8.00 AM – NOON||BEACH BAR|
|TET PAUL NATURE TRAIL (Read More)||59||10.00 AM – NOON||PORTE CO-CHERE|
|EXPLORER TOUR (Read More)||150||9.00 AM – 5.00 PM||PORTE CO-CHERE|
|MORNE COUBARIL ZIPLINING AND PLANTATION TOUR (Read More)||115||10:00 AM – 12:30 PM||PORTE CO-CHERE|
|MORNE COUBARIL/TET PAUL COMBO TOUR (Read More)||135||9:00 AM – 12:30 PM||PORTE CO-CHERE|
|ENBAS SAUT FALLS HIKING TOUR (Read More)||85||8:00 AM – 12:45 PM||PORTE CO-CHERE|
|SEGWAY TOUR (Read More)||215||9:30 AM – 2:30 PM||SCUBA CENTER|
|HELICOPTER TOUR (Read More)||310||JADE MOUNTAIN HELIPAD|
|All island excursions are subject to 10% VAT|
Helicopter sightseeing tours are available from the resorts helipad based on availability. Several tour routes are available; see the Concierge Desk for more information.
Please consult our Guest Information Booklet in your room for excursion details. A 50% cancellation fee will be applied for cancellation of excursions with less than 24 hour notice. No-show will result in full charges being applied. Please also take note of the complimentary walks schedule and the Peach on Earth water taxi schedule, which you will find in the Guest Information Booklet. ANSE CHASTANET RESORT ADVENTURE FACILITIES – for details please consult your room information guide or visit the adventure desk at SCUBA ST LUCIA, located at the south end of the Anse Chastanet Beach.
Enjoy Kayak St. Lucia’s Kool Kayaking Adventure with our certified ACA (American Canoe Association) guides. Learn all the skills needed to enjoy adventure sports fastest growing activity… kayaking! See our kayaking team at Scuba St. Lucia for details.
Join us for a fantastic ocean kayaking experience on one of our five exciting kayak tour options. Whether you are a beginner paddler or a proficient sea kayaker we can offer options that will match your skill level and interests. On all tours you will paddle at your own pace for comfort and enjoyment.
You also have a choice of which type of kayak to use… sit-inside or sit-on-top models. For those who want a more serious coastal kayaking experience we do recommend using our Prijon sit-inside sea kayaks which feature rudders, ergonomic seats, and thigh braces.
Upon arrival, you are greeted by our professionally trained guide who will discuss your paddling goals and objectives. Once we have determined your kayak experience, we will custom create the tour experience just for you. For first time participants, all five of our tours begin with an instruction session which includes an overview of the boats and all equipment needed to ensure a safe paddling experience on the water. We will set our boats up and learn the SEAL launch to get you out onto the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Before departing, we will also go over decision making, balance, stroke technique and what to do if you capsize. With a new arsenal of paddling and safety skills in your repertoire, it’s time to explore!
Our basic and most popular tour option is Kayaking the Coast of Soufriere Bay. Donning our PFD’s, Personal Flotation Devices, your guide will lead you out and around Grand Caille Point and over one of our very popular dive sites, FAIRYLAND. From there, you will continue to paddle along the coast to examine the weathered volcanic cliffs eventually reaching the famed bat cave and Hummingbird Beach at the north end of the Soufriere waterfront. All along the way, you will be treated to great views of the twin peaks of the Pitons - a UNESCO World Heritage site - rising majestically out of the sea. A waterproof camera is a must!
Our most demanding and exhilarating kayaking option is the Paddle to the Pitons Tour that takes you across Soufriere Bay to Petit Piton to enjoy the spectacular views of the sheer mountain face rising vertically from the sea to a height of nearly one-half mile. After exploring more of the magnificent coast you will land ashore to stretch your legs or perhaps take a relaxing swim. On the return journey you will have the option of following the bay coastline towards the town of Soufriere for some added sightseeing.
Our Fishing Villages & Beach Picnic tour allows you to explore the scenic coastline north of the resort. Once you’ve worked up a good appetite your guide will arrange for the delivery by boat of an excellent lunch prepared especially for you by our Anse Chastanet Resort chefs. There are several scenic deserted beach options on which you can enjoy your Caribbean picnic. After lunch and a cooling swim, you will return at a leisurely pace to the resort.
For our more romantic guests we offer a Sunset Kayak Tour that departs later in the afternoon allowing you to enjoy a Caribbean sunset out on the sea.
And if birds are your interest there’s the Birdwatching Kayak Combo that focuses on the activities and nesting sites of a variety of seabirds that make the rugged cliffs in our area their home. This tour is best enjoyed early in the morning or in the late afternoon when the birds are in their nesting areas.
Experience the incredible beauty and rich visual texture of eco-friendly trails in a coastal tropical jungle like setting with ruins from an 18th century French plantation estate. The unique trails, about 8 miles in all, are suitable for those new to off-road biking, but also include Tinker’s Trail, designed with 5 time world champion and 2 time Olympian Tinker Juarez, which challenges even the best of riders. There are intermediate single tracks such as the roller coaster like Banja, French Wall and Bamboo Rock loops.
The shaded trails can be ridden without sunglasses even on the sunniest day. And on those days when the sunshine becomes “liquid,” the groomed trails are lots of fun. Besides, when was the last time you got to play in the mud? Bring your camera, though, it makes for great photos. Best part, we clean the bikes. You can shower and change clothes in our dressing rooms before coming back to the hotel if you like.
Look up through the tops of the trees, listen to the birds and bask in the realization that you’re in the middle of the jungle and not at work! Or, if you prefer, make it a photo safari and hunt for wild orchids in the trees or just find a romantic secluded spot to enjoy the serenity of the moment.
First time rides are available daily. Check with the Adventure Desk at Scuba on the beach or call from Reception as to dates and times you want to ride and availability. First time rides include Cannondale bike and Bell Helmet rental, and a guided ride to point out the various trails and features along the perimeter Green level trails. After that, we turn you loose to explore at your own pace and go wherever you want. Ride as long as you like.
Repeat Rides are available after first time rides any time of the day during normal business hours. You just need to remember your bike and helmet size. As you already know the trails, you can get your bike and set off where you like.
Full Day Sailing
FULL DAY SAIL (Thursdays) - US 109 per person (minimum of 4)
Depart 9:00 a.m. - Return 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy a full day of sailing as far north as Marigot Bay. Time is made for a refreshing dip and snorkel in the sea.
This tour is available on Thursdays only. Drinks and lunch are included.
Half Day Sailing
HALF DAY MORNING OR AFTERNOON SAIL - US 65 per person
Depart 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon - October through March
Depart 12:45 p.m. - Return 3:45 p.m. - October through March
Depart 1:00 p.m. - Return 4:00 p.m. - April through September
Sail north or south and explore the beauty of St. Lucia’s coastline. Stop for a snorkel or swim at a cove along the coastline prior to returning to Anse Chastanet. Drinks and snacks are included.
Private Sunset Charter
SUNSET CRUISES - US 89 per person
Depart 4:15 p.m. - Return 6:15 p.m. - October through March
Depart 4:45 p.m. - Return 6:45 p.m. - April through September
A very romantic way to end the day. Join the crew for a leisurely sunset cruise. Toast the day’s end with a glass of wine while on the sea. This is by far our most popular excursion so please make your reservation early.
Drinks and hor’s D’ouerves are served on board.
PRIVATE CHAMPAGNE SUNSET CRUISES MAY BE BOOKED FOR US 450 PER COUPLE
Private Honeymoon Charter
PRIVATE HONEYMOON CHARTERS - US 650 per couple
Depart 9:00 a.m. - Return 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy a full day of romance and adventure on this private full day sail including a sumptuous lunch including lobster (when in season) or fresh seafood served with Champagne. We recommend reserving this trip at least 48 hours in advance to ensure availability.
Jazzy Sunset Cruise
Cruise the blue Caribbean in comfort and style on a luxury catamaran with magnificent views of the resort, the coastline and the Pitons presented all along the way. The Jazzy Sunset Cruise departs the resort’s jetty on Thursdays at 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. depending on the time of year. Step aboard and be welcomed with a rum punch, a true island favourite. Don’t forget the camera as we begin with a slow cruise north along the shoreline providing great views of the resort and exotic Anse Mamin Beach.
Sweeping west we head out to sea for panoramic vistas of our entire region. Enjoy the enticing sounds of on-board live music featuring a blend of romantic ballads, soulful rhythms and Caribbean favourites, creating a perfect ambiance as our staff serves canapés and drinks from the open bar all along the way. Returning towards shore we drift below the Pitons; from the boat the majesty of the island’s iconic mountains can truly be appreciated. Attention soon turns westward as the sun drops to the sea with the promise of a colourful Caribbean sunset which, of course, is celebrated with a glass of Champagne. As dusk unfolds the boat cruises leisurely back to the resort, which is now lit by a myriad of lights and beach torches.
Space is limited so guests are urged to reserve the Jazzy Sunset Cruise early to avoid disappointment. See the Guest Services or Concierge Desks or Reception for additional details or to book.
Avid snorkelers can take advantage of our escorted boat snorkel trips to other snorkel locations in the region. For more information, please look at the Resort Shuttle Boat schedule in this booklet, or visit our Scuba Centre at the south end of the beach.
Anse Mamin Birdwatching
Anse Chastanet is fortunate to have one of the island’s best birdwatching locations right on the resort property within the Anse Mamin plantation, a lush coastal jungle with its 18th century plantation ruins. The tour is designed for both novices and veteran birdwatchers. Interesting ancillary information about the old plantation and its existing flora and fauna are also presented.
The Emerald Estate Cacao Tree to Chocolate Bar Tour
In this class we would like to indulge you further into the world’s favorite aphrodisiac… chocolate.
Our chocolate alchemists will host you on our Emerald Estate Cacao Tour to show you the complete
cycle of Tree to Bar production. We will discuss the history of chocolate in the Caribbean
and the production process. To start off we will visit the Emerald Estate to witness the natural side
of cacao including tasting raw cacao while discussing the fermentation, sun drying and polishing
of the beans. Then travel back to our own Chocolate Lab to elaborate on the technical part of making
the perfect chocolate bar. This 2 hour guided experience takes you through cacao bean roasting,
grinding and conching in the making of our chocolate to create the perfect snap and shine. Along the
way you will enjoy an invigorating cup of local cacao tea and our organic chocolate bars that range
from 60% , 70 % and 92 % Bittersweet.. A complimentary Bar of Emerald Estate Organic Chocolate
will be our treat to you as souvenir to take home.
9:00 - 11:00 am
US$75 per person; sign up at Guest Services. Minimum 2, maximum 6 persons per session
Behind The Scenes at Jade Mountain
If you are interested to learn more about our sustainability efforts and get a glimpse of the “ back of house” then you will enjoy this property tour and lunch with our Property Manager and In-House environmental guru Carl Hunter. The tour is available once weekly whenever possible. The tour focuses on the history of Jade Mountain’s environmental development and management of our precious water resources.
The tour begins with a welcome by Carl Hunter in the Jade Mountain Club and an overview of the pool concepts and continuous moving of 300,000 gallons of water through Jade Mountain. Then continue with a tour by vehicle of the Anse Mamin valley reservoir and catchment. This allows you to follow the water story all the way up to the water production facility where 100% of the water for Jade Mountain is made and stored.
Looping back, guests will get to see the reed beds, a manmade wetlands project spanning 4 acres. These wetlands naturally filter the waste water generated by the resort and allow us to have zero waste discharge to the marine environment.
The tour of the facilities will end with lunch at the Jungle Grill on Anse Mamin beach (Optional/ lunch not included), where guests will have the option to further quiz Mr. Hunter and learn about the resorts sustainability activities and the environmental awards we have received in the process.
Sulphur Springs, Diamond Fall & Gardens and Emerald Estate
Visit the world’s only drive-in volcano, the Sulphur Springs, in route to the picturesque waterfall at the Diamond Falls & Botanical Gardens. As they are two of the island’s most popular tourist attractions we are fortunate they are so close to the resort making visiting an easy morning excursio. The pools at the mineral baths are filled with therapeutic mineral-rich water which is naturally heated by the volcanic activity in the nearby Sulphur Springs region. Take along bathing suits for a soothing dip. The rejuvenating powers of the water were recognised by the troops of Louis XIV who created the original mineral baths! From Diamond you will stop in at nearby Emerald Estate, which is owned and operated by the Anse Chastanet Resort who uses the property to grow a great variety of organic fruits and vegetables as well as a variety of herbs for use at the resort. This tour operates four mornings a week, departing at 9:00 a.m. and returning around 12:30.
Kindly be informed that this excursion does not include the mud baths experience. Private tours are available upon request so that you can enjoy the Sulphur Springs and Mud Baths at your own pace. Please visit our private excursions listing and/or our Guest Services team for further information
Diamond Mineral Baths & Diamond Waterfalls
Located east of town of Soufriere, these baths date back to 1784. Baron de Laborie, Govenor of St. Lucia, had these mineral waters analysed by the doctors of the French King Louis XVI. As a consequence of their report on the nature of the water generally, and in particular as one of the springs was found to possess properties identical with Aix Les Bain, the King granted a considerable sum of money for the construction of baths for the use of His Majesty’s troops in the Windward Islands. Sadly, shortly after the French Revolution, the baths were almost completely destroyed in 1795. Sir Dudley St. Leger Hill, Governor of St. Lucia, tried to restore the baths in 1836, but could never achieve this goal and the baths were only restored much later by Mrs Joan DuBoulay-Devaux. She has not only restored the baths but has also transformed the adjoining gardens into a true ocean of flowers to everybody’s delight. At the far end of the gardens you will find the lower Diamond River runs into the Sulphur Springs where the fresh clean water becomes heated to about 180’F, and saturated with minerals spewed from boiling craters. The water then cascades through the very centre of the volcano then continues downstream. Along its route there are six waterfalls of various heights, one of the prettiest being the Lower Diamond Falls, it’s rock wall being splendidly coloured by the mineral content of the river water. The upper Diamond Fall which unfortunately cannot be visited was used for a scene in the Hollywood movie Superman II. The tour guides stationed outside the Botanical Gardens are self-employed and would expect to be paid for their services.
Malgretoute Waterfall Walk
Departing from the Beach Bar at 10:00 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays, guests are transported by boat across Soufriere Bay
to Malgretoute Beach at the base of Petit Piton. From there our Resort Guide will lead you on a leisurely walk up the hill
to the Piton Warm Waterfall. Don’t forget your swimwear so you can enjoy a relaxing dip in the volcanically warmed water.
After returning to the beach our boat will pick you up for an enjoyable and scenic ride back to the resort arriving around
noon. The Malgretoute Waterfall Walk includes a modest transportation surcharge.
Fitness Level – Easy/Average
Bouton to Anse Jabon Walk
Walking from the small community of Bouton to Anse Jabon offers some great sightseeing and a chance to enjoy the rural
countryside. Departing from Porte Co-chere on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m., participants are transported by taxi to the
Bouton gap on the West Coast road where the guided walk begins. The first part follows the Bouton road into the community
center where you pick up a forest trail which weaves its way down to the Anse Jabon beach. Outstanding views of
the Pitons and the Sulphur Springs volcano are had along the way. The guide will point out a variety of interesting plants
and with luck you may even get a view of the St. Lucian Parrot. You also will pass the foundation ruins of a very old estate
which many claim to be the birth place of Josephine, Napolean’s wife. The hike takes approximately 2 ½ hours. A
modest transportation surcharge is applicable. Comfortable and strong footwear is recommended for this tour.
Fitness Level – Above Average
Pointe Seraphine Duty Free Shopping
Depart the resort on our power catamaran, Miss Babsie, and cruise north along the scenic Caribbean coastline passing the fishing villages of Canaries and Anse La Raye before entering scenic Marigot Bay for some great views of one of the most picturesque harbours in the Caribbean. Then it’s on to Castries where you will enjoy some excellent views of the harbour, city waterfront and the surrounding hillsides which are rich in island history.
You will disembark from the boat at the Pointe Seraphine Duty Free complex, St. Lucia’s premiere facility. There’s plenty of time to enjoy the great variety of stores with everything offered at duty free savings. Jewelry, clothing, electronics, shoes and leather goods, children’s clothing, Caribbean art and craft products, gifts and souvenirs and many other items are featured. Pointe Seraphine also offers options where you can enjoy a refreshing beverage or a light snack. You will then re-board the boat for the journey south returning to the resort by around 1:30 p.m.
Don’t forget to take along your passports and airline tickets which are required for duty free shopping.
Zip Line Adventures
The zip-line adventure takes place on the east coast of St. Lucia in the heart of the rain forest at the beautiful Errard Estate. The 300-year-old estate was once a spice plantation, and it is full of fragrant nutmeg trees and abundant cocoa trees. There is also an amazing river and waterfall. Upon arriving at the zip base, you will be given a safety briefing and then outfitted with harnesses, helmets and gloves. Then it is off for the fun part. Traverse a series of nine platforms, with the longest run being 700 feet with a 60-foot drop. You don't need to be the athletic type to enjoy this tour, but it isn't recommended for pregnant women or people with back problems, and the setup cannot accommodate anyone weighing more than 250 pounds.
Sea and Land Tour
Leave Anse Chastanet by sea along St. Lucia’s scenic Caribbean coastline and return by land via the dramatic Atlantic coast. Depart Anse Chastanet at 8:30 a.m by boat for Castries. You will see deserted beaches and beautiful bays as well as charming fishing villages scattered along the coast. Upon meeting your air-conditioned taxi you will be taken to various sights north of Castries such as the Point Seraphine Duty Free Shopping Complex and the beautiful Pigeon Island National Park. You will also pass through the Rodney Bay area – host to the famous ARC yacht race (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) which begins in Spain’s Canary Islands and finishes in St. Lucia. After Pigeon Island you will be ready for lunch at Jacque’s Restaurant, long known as one of the island’s finest.
The tour continues across the interior Rain Forested mountains to the east coast with its spectacular rugged features which are dramatically different from the Caribbean side of the island. It is a long day, but worth it if you want to see as much of our island as possible. Your journey down the East Coast Road will include a stop at Mamiku Gardens. Upon reaching the town of Vieux Fort on St. Lucia’s southern tip, you will enjoy excellent views of the Maria Islands and Moule a Chique with its lighthouse perched atop the 600 foot rugged cliff. Traveling north up the West Coast Road you will visit Balembouche Estate for a fresh local juice before heading home to Anse Chastanet through the beautiful Choiseul countryside.
This is a full day tour in which you will see the best of the island by boat and land transport.
Saturday’s Castries/Marigot Bay Shopping Trip by Water Taxi “Moby Dick”
The water taxi leaves Anse Chastanet at 9:00 a.m. Upon your arrival at the Castries harbour the boat Captain will take on a brief walking tour of the town center, which will include a stroll through the famous Castries Market. You will then re-board the boat to cross the harbour to the Pointe Seraphine Duty Free Shopping complex. On the return cruise south you will venture in to Marigot Bay where you can select from a number of restaurants to have lunch. The tour returns to Anse Chastanet between 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. de- pending on whether or not you wish to have lunch at Marigot Bay. Don’t forget to take along your passports and airline tickets which are required for duty free shopping. Note: the price of lunch is not included in this package.
Rhythm Of Rum Tour
Caribbean Experience - this tour provides in-depth information on the production of rum and offers the opportunity to taste the different rums and liqueurs produced. A forty-five minute drive from Anse Chastanet takes you to Roseau Valley where St.Lucia Distillers, the only rum-making factory in St.Lucia, is nestled into the vast banana fields. The tour begins at the Orientation Center with its quayside theme where you meet your guide and will learn about the history of the Roseau Valley, one of St.Lucia’s long time agricultural centers. Here are some highlights of the tour:
- A ten minute video presentation of the story of rum in St.
Lucia and how it is produced.
- A 3 dimensional (3D) display in the actual distillery section, along with a short narration on the involvement of sugar cane in the production of rum.
- The opportunity to view a “pot still” work. The pot still is made of clear glass where you will be able to view the process in clear details.
- Coopers Workshop where rum barrels are mended and a display of cooper’s tools, past and present. A re-creation of a village scene, with local rum shops and display on local village life.
- Distillery’s “aging bond” where you are informed of the aging process, and there will be three examples of rum on display in gallon bottles, where you can sample the smell and see the varying ambers aging can create. Then a fun visit to the “hen house” where you view another 3D display of a mongoose attacking a snake.
- The most popular rum of the Island is “Bounty Rum” also known as the “Spirit of St.Lucia” and to keep with this spirit you will be led to the Carnival Section to experience another spirit of St. Lucia. You will hear pulsating Caribbean music and will be given the opportunity to enjoy informative displays on Carnival as well as to be able to see a variety of past carnival costumes. There will be an 8-minute 3D display to afford you to experience calypso music with our local calypsonians, which is an integral part of our Carnival celebration.
The final stage of your tour is the “Rhythm Bar” which a variety of displays including a 3D market vendor with her exotic fruits and spices, which go into some of our internationally recognized and award winning rum and liqueurs. You will also be given the opportunity to participate in the tasting of all the products made and blended (in excess of 20) at the distillery. The “Rhum Shoppe” is a walk away from the bar, where purchases can be made at ex factory prices. Tour is approximately an hour and ten minutes long.
After the tour your driver will take you to Marigot Bay to meet with your Boat Captain for your return trip to the resort via water taxi. You depart Marigot at 1:00 pm to arrive at Anse Chastanet approximately 40 minutes later.
Climbing Gros Piton is a strenuous challenge and should be undertaken only by very fit and experienced hikers. You depart Anse Chastanet at 6.30 a.m. and begin your tour at “Fond Gens Libres” which is translated as “village of the free people”, a forty-five minute drive from Anse Chastanet. Upon arrival you will be met by the Gros Piton guides.
As you set off you will encounter the rare birds and wildlife that find sanctuary in this rugged and somewhat remote part of the island. The St. Lucian Wren, St. Lucia Oriole, St. Lucia Black Finch and the Red Neck Pigeon are just some of the rare bird species that will add to your experience along the trail. You will also notice changes in vegetation which are quite obvious as you proceed to the summit. Transitions range from an arid deciduous woodland along the coast, to broad middle zone rainforest and an upper mountain zone of Elfin woodland and wind-swept dwarf forest.
The first half of the trail involves climbing over large rocks as the trail starts gradually in a gentle slope where the Caribbean and the village at Choiseul can be seen to the south. The second half of the trail involves a steep ascent to the Gros Piton summit and is intended for the more adventurous hiker. This climb is approximately 3 to 4 hours round trip. If you make it to the top, which is 2,619 feet above sea level, you will have climbed one of St. Lucia’s national landmarks. The Pitons and the surrounding area have been designated as a World Heritage site.
You may find that the steep descent will be especially hard on your knees; take it slow and be cautious along the way.
This tour is available upon request Monday through Sunday. It is strongly suggested that you carry water along the trail. Suitable hiking shoes and appropriate clothing are also recommended. GUESTS MUST BE PREPARED FOR A CHANGE OF CONDITIONS DURING THE CLIMB THAT MAY DRAMATICALLY INCREASE THE RISK OF SLIPPING.
Bookings must be made by 4.00 p.m. the day before. The tour may be subject to cancellation due to inclement weather as a matter of safety. The meeting point is Porte Co-chere at 6.30 a.m. You will return to Anse Chastanet between noon and 1.00 p.m.
PETIT PITON PRESENTS AN INTERESTING CHALLENGE FOR THE VERY FIT AND EXPERIENCED CLIMBER. Petit Piton is the most difficult to climb but it is also the more exciting in terms of view from the top. HOWEVER: A legal advisory put in place several years ago suggests that you do not attempt to climb the Petit Piton and even though this advisory is not being enforced it is important to note that it is still in place. The reason for the advisory is the fact that a lot of the flora on Petit Piton was severely damaged in a bush fire several years ago which has led to the climb being more dangerous and difficult especially for the descent. Feel free to contact the Forestry Department or the St. Lucia National Trust for more information.
There are no licensed guides available, even though both the Tourist Board Office in Soufriere and the Soufriere Police Station have names for persons who act as guides. Some of the ANSE CHASTANET employees have been acting as guides. Please note that such an arrangement is made during their time off, and is in no way connected or recommended by ANSE CHASTANET. Should you enter into any such an agreement with an ANSE CHASTANET employee, or with any other guide for that matter, you do so entirely at your own risk.
PLEASE NEVER ATTEMPT TO CLIMB THE PITONS IN RAINY WEATHER, OR AFTER LARGE RAINFALL. NEVER COMMENCE A CLIMB IN THE AFTERNOON. FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY WE URGE YOU TO MAKE US AWARE OF WHATEVER PRIVATE ARRANGEMENT YOU HAVE MADE SO THAT WE CAN WATCH OUT FOR YOUR SAFE RETURN.
PLEASE NOTE CANCELLATION FOR TOUR LESS THAN 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE WILL RESULT IN A 50% CANCELLATION FEE, APPLIED TO YOUR ACCOUNT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE INQUIRE WITH THE SOCIAL DESK.
St Lucia's Dolphin & Whale Watching Experience
The Whale Watching tour goes out on a comfy 52 foot catamaran. When whales are encountered the engines are cut, the sail unfurled and the hydrophone dropped into the water to allow guests to hear the calls and singing of the magnificent sea mammals. The following is a list of whales and dolphins to be seen off the coast of St. Lucia. They can be seen for the most part of the year, although the month of December to March may be more productive for sperm whale bulls.
WHALE WATCHING FOR ANSE CHASTANET RESORT
Days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Time: 9:15 am – Duration 2 hours
Price includes soft drinks and water
Minimum: 4 persons
One free extra hour for any guest who does not see any whale whilst on tour.
Grow to 69 feet. Have a large head, 1/4 to 1/3 of total length. Its blunt square snout projects beyond the lower jaw. A single blow hole is located left forward of its head. It has short flippers, with a dorsal fin far forward on its back.
SHORT FINNED PILOT WHALE
Grow to 23 feet. It is black overall with a thick bulbous head. It has short flippers, with a dorsal fin far forward on its back.
Grow to 53 feet. It is thick and robust narrowing to the tail; with black coloring and white belly.
Grow to 7 feet. It is gray in color with long slender beak. This mammal has an erect triangular dorsal fin. It swims in large herds and is known to leap clear of water rotating around its longitudinal axis.
Grow to 12 feet. Its coloring is dark gray barks to white bellies with a short defined beak. The dorsal fin is on the center of the back. It rides bow waves and wakes of boats. Feeding on fish, squids, shrimps and crabs it uses echo-location to hunt prey.
Deep Sea Fishing
Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain offer the best in Sport Fishing with veteran professional operators that take you out on the blue waters of the Caribbean off the island’s west coast. 4, 6 and 8 hour tours are available and it’s your choice… join a party or lay back on your own private excursion. All fishing tours begin with pick up at the Anse Chastanet jetty.
A variety of boats are available starting with a 38 foot Bertram with an air conditioned cabin which can comfortably hold up to 6 guests. Also available is Natural Mystic, a 31’ Bertram which is also fitted with the highest quality professional gear. For a more spacious option that will comfortably hold groups of up to 20, a 38 foot Newton or 46 food Bertram can be selected. All charters include beer, soft drinks and bottled water. Food is provided on the full-day tours upon request. All boats are fully equipped with onboard toilets and comfortable shaded and sunny seating areas. A chair rotation system is always in place for fairness.
A great variety of fish species are regularly caught in the seas surrounding St. Lucia YEAR ROUND but some have peak seasons in which they are more commonly taken:
|Blue Marlin||Oct - June|
|Yellowfin Tuna||Dec - May|
|Big Eye Tuna||Dec - May|
|Dorado||Dec - June|
|Wahoo||Dec - June|
|Blackfin & Skipjack Tuna||Dec - June|
Other species caught include White Marlin, Spearfish, Kingfish, Barracuda, Bonito Tuna and Mackerel.
Tet Paul Nature Trail
Anse Chastanet Guide, Meno
For guests who wish to enjoy from up high the majestic beauty of the world’s most famous pair of mountains – but don’t wish to do any serious hiking or climbing – the Tet Paul Nature Trail is for you. Traveling by taxi you will pass through the town of Soufriere to a small mountain top community in the nearby countryside. The Tet Paul Nature Trail, which is approximately ½ mile in length, affords an easy stroll through the cool air in the midst of St. Lucia’s World Heritage site. Great views of both Gros Piton and Petit Piton, the island’s southern region and the blue Caribbean below abound. And of course there is plenty of natural beauty along the trail which requires a modest level of fitness and exertion.
After leaving Tet Paul the taxi will return via scenic back roads passing through the Rain Forest community of Fond St. Jacques. Plenty of interesting sightseeing and photo opportunities are presented all along the way.
For those who want to see it ALL! A tour all around the island by taxi for the guest who does not mind getting off the ‘beaten path’ and desires to see the “real” St. Lucia. It’s a long and tiring trip, but worth it if you are truly determined. Along the way, you will enjoy lunch at Jacques, an island favourite.
A crown land grant in Soufriere was made to the Devaux family in Martinique by Louis XIV about the year 1713. Three Devaux brothers came over to claim their rights to approximately 2000 acres of land. As the family grew larger the land was divided into smaller estates. The estate was damaged in the terrible hurricane of 1780, but was rebuild. Morne Coubaril was one of the few estates spared by the Brigands during the French Revolution. The Devaux family owned the land for nearly 250 years until the last owner sold it in 1960. The most important crop was sugarcane, later taken over by cotton, cocoa and coffee. In 1960, Donald Monplaisir became the new owner of MORNE COUBARIL ESTATE with 200 acres of land and he continued the agriculture production. He considered the plantation as something to protect and he refused to sell parts of the property. When he died in 1993, the family agreed that one of his sons, Ralph Monplaisir, would be put in charge of the estate. In 1994, Ralph started his project to preserve the traditions in the spirit of agricultural life on the estate and created the unique opportunity to experience life a century ago on a plantation.
The Enbas Saut Waterfall Trail
The Enbas Saut Falls Trail is a 4 km trail which passes through one of the most remote, wild and unbelievably scenic parts of the island. The trek features a combination of Rain Forest, Cloud Forest and Elfin Woodlands as well as a chance opportunity to enjoy our local wildlife including the elusive St. Lucia Parrot (Amazona Versicolor), St. Lucia Oriole, St. Lucia Black Finch, Blue Hooded Euphonia, or Mountain Whistler. The hilly terrain of Piton Canarie, Piton Troumassee and Mount Gimie are viewed along the way. Enbas Saut, when translated to English, means “below the falls”. This trail is most famous for its two cascading waterfalls and pools at the head of the Troumassee river.
Guest pick up is at 8:00 a.m. at Porte Co-chere. You will reach Edmond Forest Entrance by Fond St. Jacques where the guide will await you at the entrance. Soft drinks are included. Take your bathing suit and towels if you wish to get under the falls! It is most definitely invigorating!
Enbas Saut is a challenging and strenuous hike and should be attempted only by those with an above average fitness level. Comfortable and strong footwear is recommended!
Located in the heart of Rodney Bay Village, the island’s centre of tourist activity, the tour features some great sightseeing allowing our guests to enjoy more of St. Lucia’s charm and beauty. The tour departs Anse Chastanet by boat for a cruise up the scenic west coast. The fishing villages of Canaries and Anse La Raye, as well as the beautiful harbour of Marigot Bay, are passed along the way. At the island’s capital, Castries, you will be met by a land taxi for transfer to Rodney Bay passing many resorts and other interesting sights on the easy journey north. Upon arrival you will be given instruction on riding your personal Segway on the Practice Track before venturing off. The trail takes you along the beach before heading up the mountain which is perched over the southern edge of Rodney Bay. Your tour guide will provide interesting information along the way as you enjoy views of the busy northern tourist hub. The view from the top is truly spectacular and having a camera is a must.
EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Anse Chastanet Resort is fortunate indeed to be the only resort in Saint Lucia to have its own helipad which provides our guests a convenient and very scenic option for airport transfers as well as a great tour option to view our magnificent scenery from above. Our 30 minute exclusive Helicopter Tour departs from the Jade Mountain Helipad providing participants the ultimate views of the entire island including visiting the Rodney Bay, Cas en Bas, Grand Anse Beach, Marigot Bay, the Sulphur Springs volcano and the world famous Pitons, Saint Lucia’s iconic mountain pair. All along the way the pilot will provide interesting and informative commentary. The tour schedule is flexible but the morning generally offers clearer visibility conditions and better availability. Booking in advance is required and can be done at the Concierge/Guest Services desks..
Saint Lucia is fortunate to have several professional horseback riding operations which offer guide led rides on well-kept and trained horses. As the operations are located at different parts of the island each offers its own unique experience for both the riding and the sightseeing afforded to participants in travelling to get there. Several operations include riding on a beach and into the sea, which riders enjoy almost as much as the horses! Our Guest Services staff are delighted to provide details for all of the options to ensure a most enjoyable experience for our guests.
The St. Lucia Golf & Country Club in Cap Estate welcomes non-members. The 18 hole course is located in the very north of the island and we usually recommend a water-land taxi combination to get there. Please receive further details from our Guest Services or Concierge Desks.
GRENADINES - Day Excursion by Plane and Boat
For guests who wish to visit our beautiful neighbor to the The following excursions are available subject to confirmation. Should any of these trips interest you, please enquire at Guest Services. Excursions Available On Request south, we offer a great excursion to do so. The tour starts with an early morning taxi to the G.F.L. Charles Airport in the north of the island. Guests then board the plane for a 20 minute fight along the west coast of St. Lucia and the east coast of St. Vincent to arrive at the Grenadine Islands. You will have a bird’s eye view of the islands of Bequia, Mustique and many others before landing at Canouan. After a short taxi ride you will board the luxury yacht for a 6 hour cruise over the famous turquoise waters visiting beautiful islands with incredibly white sandy beaches on the way to the world famous Tobago Cays Marine Park that features incredible swimming and snorkeling. The excursion includes a onboard Champagne breakfast, sumptuous buffet island lunch, all-day bar and snorkeling equipment.
On this tour guests depart the resort via land taxi for the scenic journey south into the beautiful countryside of Choiseul south of Soufriere. The excursion offers 2 hours of great riding on maintained trails and 4-wheel tracks crossing streams and visiting two out of the way beaches. The tour is guide led and done at modest speeds ensuring an enjoyable and safe experience for all. Before venturing out driving instruction is provided to learn proper techniques for steering, reversing and passing over modest ruts, limbs, etc, that might be encountered on the trails. ATV’ing is a great way to see Saint Lucia’s beautiful countryside.