Review: Exodus Adventure, St. Lucia, Winward Islands

Exodus Adventure - St. Lucia

The Pitons, Snorkeling, Mud Bath
Marigot Bay,
Soufrière, Volcano and more!

I'm Patricia Blackstock,owner and webmaster of FunBeaches.com My husband Wally Snider and I have been taking yearly all-inclusive vacations every year since 1997.

For 2015 we chose Sandals Grande Riviera, an all-inclusive for 9 nights. Although this was our 2nd vacation in St. Lucia, we haf never taken an outside (other than Sandals) excursion from our resort.

We selected the Exodus Adventure St. Lucia I searched the web for reviews and talked with some Sandals guests who told us to "watch for the Exodus Adventure guys in red shirts" when strolling the beach. I was torn between a Sunset Cruise to the Pitons (offered through Sandals) and a tour that would include other stops and options. The Exodus representative showed us a handvul of photos, pointing out the various stops during this adventure. These photos convinced us that we would enjoy the cruise offered by Exodus Adbenture. It included snorkling, a visit to the Pitons plus a mud bath and waterfall, locally prepared Creole lunch and a power-shop at a local store, lasting 15 minutes. The price was $100. per person, and the boat was just steps from ouyr oceanfront room.

We left at 9 A.M. and arrived back at Sandals around 2:30 P.M.

The Exodus Adventure St. Lucia cruise turned out to be even more fun than we anticipated and we certainly got our money's worth. It was professionally conducted, filled with history that was both educational and at times humorous. "Do you know why our palm trees grow so tall and sturdy?" We guessed a lot of rain, due to the West Indies location and the ability to withstand high winds. But the answer was really quite simple: "to protect their nuts."

Exodus Adventure St. Lucia: The Pitons

Seeing The Pitons was our #1 reason for taking this trip. The Pitons are one of St. Lucia's most iconic attractions and a must for nature excursions in St Lucia. They are located just south of Soufrière and can be seen from Sulfur Springs as they stand over the bay.

We had about an hour to snorkel at the base of the Pitons. The Jalousie offers visibility from 20 to 40 feet making it perfect for snorkeling. The dramatic coral is home to many beautiful neon-colored fish including Parrot-fish, Red Snapper, Rays, and many more. The beauty here is almost unbelievable.

Exodus Adventure St. Lucia stopped at the base of the Pitons and we walked a short boardwalk to the shore. I'm not sure of the exact location of the beach, but the chairs/lounges where we stopped were in miserably deplorable condition, some with missing seat bands, rendering them impossible to use. The bathroom was abominable and there was a powerfully bad odorfrom the full toliets that would not flush. The filth fell over the toilet bowl and onto the floor. The unhygienic and unsanitary beach area was a complete contradiction to the awesome colors of the Caribbean waves that lapped onto shore. It was difficult to believe that so much grime could co-exist alongside such beauty. We would have been much better off to snorkel from the boat. I hope that in the future the Exodus Adventure will seek out a better place to stop, or better yet...encourage people not to leave the boat.

After leaving the snorkeling area, the Exodus Adventure St. Lucia visited the volcano where we were invited to a sulfur mud bath, guaranteed to make you look 10 years younger. Or not. But as you can see in the photos below, good times were happening. After the mud bath, everyone rinsed off in the Piton Waterfalls, which boast a drop of about 30 feet. The water here is warm and bathing underneath the falls is invigorating. (Enlarge the photo of Wally at the bottom of the falls to get an idea of the height.) Be careful of your feet - the base of the falls is covered with rocks.

Exodus Adventure St. Lucia Lunch: Tje local buffet was very good! It contained many items including spices, garnishes, fruit, fish and meat that are local to St. Lucia - an excellent variety of Creole dishes.

While the shopping trip was not very long, we enjoyed browsing local hand-made items and ended up buying two good-quality t-shirts for $12. each.

Exodus Adventure St. Lucia return trip to the resort: We were offered variety of drinks throughout the tour including Coke, bottled water, fresh juice and rum drinks. Near the end of the cruise, we were all offered shooters.

We loved our Exodus Adventure and would recommend it to anyone who wants to see the local area including the Pitons while on your St. Lucia vacation! They provided exactly what they promised! Here's the website for Exodus Adventure!

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shopping in Soufriere
The Pitons in St. Lucia
The Pitons in St. Lucia
Pitons St. Lucia our group
volcano up close
Wally at the base of the Piton Waterfalls
Pitons St. Lucia
snorkeling at Jalousie
snorkeling at Jalousie
Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed here
Local Creole buffet
sulfer mud bath
sulfer mud bath
shopping in Soufriere
Our Exodus Adventure. First stop, the Pitons. The Pitons, just outside the fishing port of Soufriere, are two mountainous volcanic plugs, volcanic cones, located in one of St. Lucia's most beautiful areas. The Gros Piton is 2,530 ft high, and the Petit Piton is 2,438 ft high. You'll find sulphurous fumaroles, hot springs. They are linked by the Piton Ridge.The Pitons were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
1. Having fun on the Exodus Adventure!.
2. Smoke rising from the caldera
Yours truly between the Pitons
Snorkeling between the Pitons at beautiful Jalousie Beach. Beautiful coral and stunning fish of many colors
Wally at the Piton Waterfall
1 and 2 Sulpher Mud Bath and 4 Local shopping in Soufrière
The beautiful view on the left was used for one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. 2. Local Creole dishes.
3. Shopping in Soufrière

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