St. Lucia, Pitons, Review:
 
Exodus Adventure - Marigot Bay -

Mud Bath - The Pitons - Winward Islands -
Soufrière, Volcano and More!

I'm Patricia Blackstock, owner and webmaster of FunBeaches.com My husband and I have been vacationing at various all-inslusive resorts yearly since 1997.

Although Sandals Grand St. Lucian (review) was our 3rd visit to St. Lucia, but we had never taken an outside excursion (other than Sandals.)

However, this year we selected the Exodus Adventure St. Lucia I seawrched the web for reviews and talked with some of the Sandals guests who told us to "watch for the Exodus guys wearing red shirts" and strolling the beach.

I was torn between a sunset cruise to the Pitons (offered through the Sandals Resort) and a tour that would include other stops. and options. The Exodus representative showed us photos, pointing out the various stops on this adventure. These photos convinced us that we would enjoy the crusise offered by Eodus Adventure more than the sunset cruise through Sandals. The Exodus included snorkeling, a visit to the Pitons, the waterfall, a locally prepared Creole lunch, and a power-shop at a local store for 15 minutes. The price was the same as the Sandals cruise - $100. per person - and the boat was conveniently docked for pickup, just a few steps from our room.

We left at 9 A.M. and returned to Sandals St. Lucian at 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  educational and at times humorous. "Do you know why our palm treeg grow so tall and sturdy?" We guessed it was due to the West Indies locationm and the ability to withstand strong 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 cruise. 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 the 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 of 20 - 50 feet, making it perfect for snorkeling. The dramatic coral is hometp many eron-colored fish, including Parrot-fish, Red Snapper and many more. The beauty here is amazing!

Exodus Adventure St. Lucia stopped at the base of the Pitons and we walked a short distance to the shore. I'm not sure of the exact location of the 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 odor coming from toilets that would not flush. This filth fell over the toilet bowl and onto the floor where many people were barefooted. The unhygienic and unsanitary beach area was a complete contradiction to the awesome beauty of the Caribbean waves that lapped onto the shore, It was difficult to think that so much grime could co-exist alongside such beauty. The stench made my stomach woozy. We would have been much, much better off to snorkel from the boat. I hope in the future, the Exodus Adventure will avoid his so-called beach and seek out a better place to stop. Or better yet, encourage your fellow travelers NOT to leave the boat.  If your boat arrives at this stopping place, and if it has not improved,I hope you will immediately head back to the boat - then refuse to leave it again!

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 waterfall, which boasts a drop of about 30 feet. The water here is warm and bathing under the falls is invigorating. (Enlarge photo of Wally at the botton of the falls, to get an idea of the height...and watch your feet! The base of the waterfall is covered with sharp stones.

Exodus Adventure St. Lucia Lunch: The local buffet was very good.. It offered local dished including spices, garnishes, fruit, fish and meat are all grown in St. Lucia - an excellent variety of Creole dishes.

While the shopping trip was not long, we sejoyed seein the hand-made items and ended up buying two good-quality t-shirts for $12. each, plus a few other items that caught my eye.

Exodus Adventure St. Lucia return trip to the Resort: We were offered a variety of drinks throughout the cruise, including Coke, bottled water, fresh fruit and rum drinks, At the end of the cruise we were all all offered shooters.

We loved our Exodus Adventure, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to view the Pitons up close, and visit the local area during your St. Lucia vacation. With the exception of the grungy stinky beach mentioned above 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 are located near the city of Soufriere. These are two mountainous volcanic plugs, colcanic cones 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 as a UNESCO World Heritage 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. Be amazed by the beautiful neon colors of these small fish
Wally at the
Piton Waterfall
1. and 2. Sulfer Mud Bath 3. Local shopping in Soufrière
The beautiful view on the left was one of the scenes featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
2. Local Creole dishes. 3. Sjopping in Soufrière

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