Through our hotel we were able to book onto Joe Knows tours. It is a highly popular tour on the island costing $115. This day tour ran from Castries, the St. Lucian capital city. We were picked up on a mini bus from our hotel and taken to the meeting point where the many tourists were broken down into smaller groups to board our boats.
Our tour leader was Big Al who kept us entertained the whole day. He and the rest of the crew also kept us well stocked with drinks, mainly rum cocktails but also diet coke for those of us such as myself who don’t like rum.
Our first stop was Marigot Bay, one of the filming locations in Dr Dolittle. This area is very scenic and is full of palm trees and boats.
Next we went round to Soufriere past the Pitons. They are a Unesco World Heritage site made from volcanic plugs and are probably the most famous landmark in the country. The dock here was where we got off our boat to head to the volcanic mud pools. We were encouraged to get involved and cover ourselves head to toe in the mud and then jump in the hot pool to wash it off again. This was followed by a trip to a waterfall to further clean underneath the falling water.
We had our lunch back down in the bay opposite the Pitons and then set off back towards Castries. On the way we stopped for a snorkel in a small bay and then arrived back at port.
The trip was a lot of fun and allowed us to see some of the most famous sites in St Lucia with the help of our very enthusiastic guides. They were so laid back in true Caribbean fashion but also wanted to explain the background and culture of everything they were showing us. I would highly recommend it if ever in St Lucia.