Superman Waterfall and Mud Bath
Let’s all agree on one thing: a beach vacation on a Caribbean Island is…well, it really doesn’t get much better than that. And St. Lucia can hold its own against any of the 28 nations that comprise some 7,000 different islands and islets spread across this million-mile expanse of the cerulean sea.
Admittedly, it might be difficult to tear yourself away from the shade of a palm tree as you listen to the waves gently kneading the shore. But it would be a Piton-sized mistake to never venture further inland and see all of the enchanting secrets that St. Lucia holds.
Volcanic spires, a rainforest and botanical gardens are just a few of the mesmerizing sights on St. Lucia. And since it is the most mountainous island in the region, St. Lucia has more than its fair share of waterfalls. Several of them are common stops on the tourist itinerary. But there’s one off the beaten track that you won’t want to miss. On the southwest coast near the town of Soufriere, a short hike inland through lush forest boasting more than 20 different kinds of fruit trees and tropical plants brings you to a sulfurous, 50-foot natural wonder that looks like a spectacular scene out of a children’s storybook. This is Superman Waterfalls.
A knowledgeable guide will tell you all about the beautiful plants and flowers along the trail on your way down to Superman Waterfalls. Your visit includes the option of standing at the edge of the pool at the base of the falls, smearing yourself with mud and then rinsing off in the cool, refreshing water. You even can stand right under the cascading waterfall for a rather intense shower! It is truly a different, unexpected way to enjoy a tropical island.
How did Superman Waterfall — otherwise known as Tanzanite Heights Waterfall — get its unique name? Superman himself visited there. That’s right: in the 1980 film Superman II, the Man of Steel jets off from his icy Fortress of Solitude to an exotic tropical island, which happens to be St. Lucia. A particular waterfall is in the background as he plucks a couple of flowers to take back to his sweetheart, Lois Lane. Watch the scene in the movie and see if you can pick out the exact spot where Superman stood.
Since Superman Waterfall is not heavily advertised, comparatively few people even know about it. Which means you won’t have to fight the cruise ship crowds to enjoy it. In fact, there’s a good chance you’ll have the place all to yourself. It’s every bit as spectacular as the island’s better-known waterfalls, and the unspoiled, un-peopled natural setting will make Superman Waterfall a highlight of your stay on St. Lucia.
By the way, the waterfall is accessible only by reservation and notice of prearrangement. Plans can be made through your hotel or by calling the number on the sign at the entrance to the property.