Wildlife holidays in St Lucia
Tell me about St Lucia …
St Lucia is one of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles and is situated in the eastern Caribbean Sea, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It is a volcanic island with a tropical climate.
The Nobel laureate, Derek Walcott, in summing up the beauty of St Lucia described the island as: a place of light, with luminous valleys … Her mountains tinkle with springs among moss-bearded forests … a healing place.
First inhabited by Arawak Indians, the island was later conquered by the fierce Caribs who, in turn, were deposed by the British in 1667. Rule over the island then alternated between the French and the British until its independence in 1979. Today, St. Lucia is well known as the Honeymoon Isle, and is noted for the beauty of its scenery.
Our St Lucia specialist recommends...
"St. Lucia is not usually considered for a wildlife holiday but make sure you join us on our 9-day tour where we enjoy the birds, marine mammals and other natural history of this beautiful tropical island."Dan Free
Whats special about its wildlife?
St Lucia supports a surprising variety of endemic flora and fauna, having long been isolated from the other islands of the Lesser Antilles. The islanders pride in its natural resources is evident in the countrys ongoing protection and conservation efforts.
Naturetrek tours to St Lucia
Naturetreks wildlife holiday to St. Lucia enjoys the birds, marine mammals and other natural history of this beautiful Caribbean Island. This is a very civilized bird watching and wildlife tour – theres plenty to interest the keen naturalist, as well as partners who may prefer to relax by the pool or enjoy a cultural excursion.
What wildlife might I see?
- We search for the islands four species of endemic bird, plus its 14 Lesser Antillean endemics – and the first of these are likely to be seen from our breakfast table!
- Among ferns, bromeliads & orchids we will look for St Lucia Parrot, St Lucia Oriole & St Lucia Blackfinch
- Breeding birds of the tiny Maria Islands such as Sooty Terns, Brown Noddy, frigatebirds & tropicbirds as well as an array of Caribbean fish species & Hawksbill Turtles
- The worlds smallest snake along the spectacular Atlantic coastline
- Sperm & Humpback Whales plus dolphins, including the acrobatic Spinner Dolphin
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR St Lucia HOLIDAYS
Some people travel far a field searching for 'Bird of Paradise'. In our case it felt as though we were seeking birds in paradise! Anse Chastanet was a wonderful venue for our trip with Naturetrek and exceeded our expectations. A stunning location, beautiful rooms, great hospitality and superb cuisine (as well as the great environment and the birds!). Even below the waves a great time was to be had - snorkelling over the reef was a little like exploring a colourful aquarium and the inquisitive turtle who 'checked me out' on Wednesday afternoon was much appreciated as well! As were the Tropical Spotted Dolphins which put on a display for us on our cetacean watching trip. The Sunset Jazz cruise was a fitting climax to a wonderful week (and provided some more birding opportunities!).
An excellent holiday experience in a high quality resort, with excellent leader, local guides, and an interesting itinerary comprising a diverse range of activities. In addition to their excellent knowledge of local birds, the guides - particularly Manu and Adams - had an extensive knowledge of the local flora, adding an extra dimension to each walk in the rainforest. Anse Chastenet proved to be an excellent base for the group, having very comfortable accommodation, superb cuisine, and excellent staff in terms of efficiency, helpfulness and friendliness. Overall, a most welcoming establishment with levels of customer service that many other hotels and resorts should aspire to. The 'All Inclusive' package was very convenient and hassle-free. The overall itinerary was enhanced by the diversity of modes of transport utilised for wildlife observation - i.e. vehicles, walking, snorkelling, boating, cable car etc. together with the variety of habitats seen, including tropical rainforest, marine coral reef, coastal cliffs, volcanic sulphur springs, open ocean (dolphins), organic farm etc. Thanks to all concerned in bringing this trip to fruition.
It was an outstandingly good holiday - a beautiful location with wonderful birds, plants and marine life. Ed was a first class leader, not only because of his knowledge, but also his friendliness and warmth, appreciated by the group.