Water Adventures in St. Lucia
While spending time in the extreme West Indies, just about as south as you can go in the Lesser Antilles, you’ll feel the sea-fed trade winds enveloping St. Lucia. The surrounding ocean stays warm all year long, reflecting its tropical latitudes. Which, of course, is precisely what travelers from around the world flock here to enjoy. Cerulean waters entice visitors to partake of their pleasant embrace. And that means jumping in, sinking under or navigating over. Come on in — the Caribbean is calling, and we have just the activities for whatever your personal tastes may be.
For some, lounging by the shore and indulging in periodic swims to cool down after a couple of hours in the sun is more than enough. But for those who need to dive deeper, there’s a whole array of fun and challenging things to try out. All manner of watercraft from self-powered to horsepowered will satisfy your seafaring urges. Below the waves, fish-gazers will encounter a whole new world. Wildlife can even be enjoyed skimming above the glassy surface as ocean sprays cool down a hot day. Ready to take the plunge? Here are just a few awesome water activities to try out in St. Lucia.
Getting Your Feet Wet
First and foremost in St. Lucia are the beaches. There are miles and miles of them here, and frolicking with splash fights or doing a little body surfing top the list for a leisurely Caribbean getaway. Surfers can find decent break up at Pigeon Point on the northern part of the island (it’s best if you bring your own board). Close to shore, for those who want to see what lies beneath, snorkeling opportunities are plentiful. Shallow reefs give surface-skimmers glorious views of corals and the communities they support. Clear waters allow for stunning vistas as you float gently in the enchanting environment.
But some people need to dive deeper. There are plenty of incredible scuba opportunities to be found all around St. Lucia. You can jump in at Pigeon Island for a lovely shallow sand and coral expedition. Or you could dare more profound depths in Turtle Reef — one of the best places to observe the teeming undersea creatures who make the area their home. There’s even a shipwreck to explore, although rather than a relic of tragedy, it’s actually a ship purposefully sunk to promote an artificial reef. Wherever you decide to explore, the scuba diving here is fantastic.
Taking to the Sea
Nobody ever said that you have to get in over your head to enjoy the Caribbean. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the emerald waters from the comfort of a boat. And there’s a wide variety of watercraft from which to choose. Catamaran cruises are popular here. You can sign up for charter options or scheduled journeys. Either way, these exciting sailing vessels offer views of the surrounding islands and glimpses of the hidden coves that are difficult to access by land. Snacks and drinks are often offered, making for a pleasurable journey. There are family-style excursions as well as more intimate options for couples.
If you feel the need for speed, large powerboats are also available for a watery thrill. Captains will zip you through the channels and open sea, taking on the waves full throttle as passengers hoot and holler through the spraying sea. You’ll be ferried to ports, or if you prefer, taken to remote beaches for a little private R&R on some sandy corner of St. Lucia. On the slower side, whale watching tours are also easily arranged. Along with the behemoth cetaceans, expect to see playful dolphins riding your wake.
A different kind of charter will find you with rod and reel in hand. Deep sea fishing is a very popular sport here. If you’re the kind of person ready to test their mettle against a blue marlin or a yellow finned tuna, the waters off of St. Lucia have quite the bounty for you. Anglers wishing to stick closer to shore will also be pleased to find boats specializing in shallow reef fishing are also available.
If you’re a fitness fanatic who would rather put your own muscle into a watercraft sojourn, there are plenty of options to row and pull your way across the waves. Kayaking rentals are easily found all over St. Lucia, allowing coast-huggers to meander through the nooks and crannies of the island. Canoes are another option, especially if you don’t want to paddle alone. And if you want to get a little bolder, kitesurfing is a very popular activity as well. But be sure your upper body strength is top notch!