A flexible twin-centre itinerary providing a relaxing holiday for enthusiastic birders and naturalists
The St Lucia Nature Holiday is a flexible twin-centre itinerary that is ideally suited to enthusiastic birders and naturalists, as well as those that want to enjoy a more relaxing holiday in truly beautiful surroundings. Both hotels we have suggested are situated in peaceful locations, close to some of the most spectacular scenery and habitats on the island. However, we can make alternative hotel suggestions based on your interests and budget.
There will be plenty of opportunity to soak up the interesting history and culture of this captivating island, while discovering the delights of its exotic flora and fauna. We can help you plan an itinerary with a pace that suits you and we would be happy to arrange any or all of the following activities for you.
Week One – Fond Doux Holiday Plantation
A 19th century eco-friendly colonial plantation, featuring 10 uniquely crafted cottages, two onsite restaurants, a trio of outdoor swimming pools and numerous walking trails. It is located near to Soufriere in the south western corner of the island, just minutes away from some of the island’s main attractions and natural wonders.
Things to do:
Explore the lush, tropical 135 acres estate at Fond Doux and traverse the three diverse heritage tour nature trails that will lead you to breathtaking vistas, historical ruins, flora, fauna and on the Chateaubelair Trail, the added bonus will be seeing some of the less common birds of the island, the Red-neck Pigeon, and the Saint Lucia Oriole.
Experience and actively engage in the day-to-day running of this 19th century eco-friendly cocoa plantation, which includes Cocoa Harvesting, Cocoa Drying, Cocoa Grinding, Cocoa Dancing and Cocoa Rolling.
Visit the world-renowned drive- in volcano at Sulphur Springs, which is just around the corner from Fond Doux. You may have a mud bath or shower in the therapeutic waters if you wish.
Take in the splendour of the majestic Pitons, as a backdrop or perhaps with a guided hike to the top of Gros Piton.
Take a guided tour into the Edmond National Rainforest, which covers 19,000 acres of lush mountains and valleys. This is a remote, wild and scenic experience and this is where many of the endemic bird species such as the St Lucia Parrot, Antillean Euphonia, Lesser Antillean Flycatcher and St Lucia Blackfinch may be found.
Visit the unique and beautiful Diamond Falls, Botanical Gardens and Mineral Baths. Take time to enjoy the exotic series of themed gardens that meander along a river ravine, walk the trails admiring the hummingbirds and then have a soak in the mineral water pools.
Travel a little further to the spectacular wild east coast, where the wonderful Mamiku Gardens can be found. A tropical blend of natural woodland trails and beautifully landscaped gardens, these gardens are a haven for historians, plant enthusiasts, nature lovers and hikers and are definitely worth a visit.
Week Two – Ti Kaye Village
Situated down a long winding road above the secluded bay of Anse Cochon on the West coast of St. Lucia, Ti Kaye is built into the hillside and all 33 cottage rooms face the ocean. There is a wonderful spa, excellent snorkelling and a full range of water sports are available from the beachside dive centre.
Things to do:
Swim, snorkel, dive and explore the wonders of marine life yourself or from a glass-bottom boat.
Take an aerial tram ride high above the rainforest canopy in a comfortable open-air gondola. Admire the dense lush green vegetation, merged with cascades of flowers while expert guides tell you about the trees, flowers, birds, bats and ground animals which inhabit the forest.
For a more thrilling adventure, try zip-lining and experience a bird’s eye view of the rainforest as you glide over tree tops, across rivers and feel the rush of ‘flying’ through lush tropical vegetation.
Hike the rainforest trails with experienced and knowledgeable forest rangers and be awe-inspired by the flora and fauna as you watch for the St Lucia endemic birds.
Go on a Whale Watching and Dolphin Spotting trip and see the stunning coastline, fishing villages, deserted coves and the majestic Pitons as you look for Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, Hump-back Whales and many varieties of Dolphins.
Explore the island by jeep, mountain bike or on horseback with or without a guide. A water taxi trip to beautiful Marigot Bay, Castries, historic Pigeon Island and Rodney Bay for sightseeing, shopping or to bird watch can also be arranged.
Spend a Friday evening at the fishing village of Anse La Raye where the weekly seafood feast and street party is a wonderful, not to be missed, local experience.