On The Water
Saint Lucia is known for its excellent sports fishing
The island offers several options to fully enjoy the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean:
Saint Lucia is known to offer some of the best deep sea fishing in the Caribbean. The island has several very experienced sport fishing operations which offer half and full day excursions on 30+ foot professional fishing boats outfitted with all of the latest equipment and comforts. A variety of fish can be caught including blue marlin, white marlin, dorado, sailfish, kingfish and several kinds of tuna. Most fishing is done off the calmer Caribbean west coast which also affords some outstanding coastal views of the ruggedly beautiful island all along the way.
Whale Watching, one of Saint Lucia’s many eco-tourism offerings, is rapidly growing in popularity. Operators located in the north and in Soufriere offer half day excursions in large comfortable boats that venture onto the blue Caribbean off the island’s scenic west coast.Over 20 species are regularly spotted throughout the year, including humpbacks, pilot whales, sperm whales and spinning and spotted dolphins.
Glassbottom boats offer an enjoyable alternative to snorkelling for those that wish to experience, in a more sedate manner, the magnificence of a tropical coral reef environment. Excursions are available which cruise the waters of the island’s protected marine park along the scenic west coast which also provide great views of the world famous Pitons and other sites in the Soufriére area.
The blue Caribbean off Saint Lucia’s west coast is truly a spectacular setting for a sailing excursion. Island operators feature a choice of boat options; the most popular excursions are full day, half day and sunset cruises, all of which include food and snorkeling options. Private charters are available and are very popular with honeymooners. For the more adventurous, overnight or multi-day sailing is offered which ventures off to neighbouring islands. Sailing charter operators are available in Rodney Bay, Marigot Bay and Soufriere; direct pick-ups are offered from many resorts as well.
Boat operators feature a full range of power boat options from small speed boats to large opulent power yachts. Guests can depart from Rodney Bay, Castries, Marigot Bay, Soufriére and Vieux Fort; direct pick-ups can be made at many resorts as well. Excursions feature the island’s splendid west coast scenery, including the Pitons; Marigot Bay is also a popular stop. On board refreshments and snorkeling are options to consider.
Kite & Wind Surfing
Saint Lucia offers what is generally regarded as the best kite and wind surfing location in the Eastern Caribbean at Anse de Sables beach in Vieux Fort. Stern winds off the Atlantic and the scenic Maria Islands and high bluffs of Moule á Chique make for a perfect setting. Kite and wind surfing is also done at Cas-en-bas on the northeast coast not far from Rodney Bay. Lessons are offered for newcomers to the sports. For enthusiasts there are several accommodation options in the immediate area. It should be noted that best wind conditions are experienced from November through April.
Parasailing is offered in Rodney Bay by operators located on Reduit Beach in the midst of the island’s main tourist hub. A panorama of superb views surround participants as they soar high above the blue waters of the bay. Parasailing is available on a walk-in basis.
Given the natural beauty of Saint Lucia’s coastline it’s no surprise that kayaking is available at several locations on island. Virtually every beach-side resort offers kayaking as part of their water sport programs. There are also operators in both Rodney Bay and Soufriére which offer guided excursions that include outstanding sightseeing as you paddle along.
Jet Skiing is available in the north of the island. Freelance operators are easily found on Reduit Beach in Rodney Bay, which is a great venue for the activity. Others operate at some of the other waterfront resorts in the north. Jet skiing is not permitted in the waters of the island’s marine park along the southwest coast.
Water skiing is available as part of the water sport offerings at most of the beach side resorts in the north of the island. It is also offered by independent operators readily located on Reduit Beach in Rodney Bay. The sheltered bay makes for a great water skiing venue, especially for novices. The same operators also offer banana and tube rides as fun family options.