Exodus Adventure - St. Lucia
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 since 1997.
For 2015 we chose Sandals Grande Riviera, an all-inclusive resort for 9 nights. Although this was our 2nd vacation in St. Lucia, we had never taken an escorted tour away from the resort.
We selected the Exodus Adventure St. Lucia fter researching the web and tqalking with some Sandals guests who told us to "watch for the Exodus representatives in red shirts" when sttrolling the beach. I was trorn 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 handful of photos, pointing out each step of the adventure. These photos convinced us that we would enjoy the variety of adventures on this cruise including snorkeling, a visit to the Pitons, a mud bath and waterfall, locally prepared Creole lunch, plus a poweer shop, lasting about 15 minutes. The price was $100. per person, and the boatwas just steps from our 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 abilirty to withstand high winds. But the answer was much more 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're locatged 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 visibilityfrom 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 many missing seat bands rendering them impossible to use. The bathroom was abominable and there was a powerfully bad odor from the full toilets that could not be flushed. 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 such grime could exist alongside such beauty. We would have been much better off to snorkel from 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 because the base of the falls is layered with stones.
Exodus Adventure St. Lucia Lunch: The 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 the various local 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, juices and rum punch. At the end of the tour 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!
Review: Sandals Grande St. Lucian
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