St. Lucia’s waters are one of the island’s greatest highlights. The sparkling turquoise expanse of sea that surrounds the island is home to endless delights. Whether you’re gliding across the waves or dipping beneath them, you’ll find that the water activities around the island offer some of the most memorable experiences in the Caribbean. Consider these wet, wild activities for your next visit to St. Lucia.
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Several species of whales and dolphins inhabit the waters of St. Lucia including sperm whales, humpback whales, pilot whales, common dolphins, spinner dolphins, and striped dolphins. You’ll find several tour operators in the area that offer sightseeing cruises that promise up to an 85 percent chance of sightings. These tours are typically three to four hours long and often include snacks and other refreshments to provide a memorable and comfortable experience.
St. Lucia is an outstanding destination for kayaking thanks to its peaceful bays. You can kayak across Rodney Bay to Pigeon Island, where you can explore the Carib Caves, Fort Rodney, and other highlights. Marigot Bay is another prime kayaking spot, with tours that lead into the Roseau River where you’ll float beneath a canopy of mangroves.
Between the months of November and July, the conditions in St. Lucia are ideal for kite-surfing. This activity combines elements of surfing, wakeboarding, and windsurfing. Participants float on a board while being propelled across the waves by a kite. The all-inclusive Coconut Bay Resort offers kite-surfing lessons and rentals that will help visitors of all ages get acquainted with this activity.
St. Lucia is home to the iconic Pitons, which tower over the island with their majestic twin peaks. While you can see the Pitons from several spots around the island, one of the most stunning ways to take them in is from the water. Day cruises around St. Lucia offer everything from relaxed sunset sailing to thrilling speedboat trips to Castries Harbor and Soufriere. You can even head to the neighboring island of Martinique on longer tours. Whether you have a few hours or a whole day, you can find a cruise that suits your style.
Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
Some of St. Lucia’s most majestic sights are hidden beneath the sparkling waters. Prime destinations for snorkeling St. Lucia include Virgin Cove, Anse des Pitons, and Anse Chastanet Beach. If you’re prepared to go deeper, you can enjoy scuba diving at one of more than 20 dive sites along the western side of the island. Can’t decide which option you like best? Try SNUBA, which allows you to go beneath the waves with a regulator that floats on the surface. SNUBA Doo is the kid-friendly version of SNUBA diving which opens this activity up to everyone in the family.
Though the island’s soft beaches, lush rainforests, and vibrant villages offer plenty of things to do, no trip to St. Lucia is complete without some time on the water. Pick your adventure and plan for an unforgettable experience in this Caribbean paradise.