After ascending Morne Fortune, with its dramatic views, you’ll embark on a scenic drive along the winding west coast road to Soufriere, home of the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you’ll visit the historical Diamond Estate with its Botanical Gardens, waterfall and mineral baths. Enjoy a guided tour of the gardens, an oasis of flowers, fruit trees and foliage along concrete walkways and a well-maintained gravel path over relatively even ground with a few steps leading to the mineral baths and the spectacular sight of Diamond Falls.
Although one cannot bathe under the waterfalls, the amazing colors of the mineral stained rock face make an excellent photograph. You will have the option of a therapeutic bath in mineral pools fed by hot springs and built in 1784 for the troops of King Louis XVI of France. A refreshing drink is served at a hill top restaurant, which affords panoramic views of the town of Soufriere, the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. Local snacks are available for purchase. On your way back to Castries, you will stop for photos at the quaint fishing village of Anse la Raye.
Need to Know:
Notes: Participants must be at least 6 years of age and weigh no more than 280 lbs. Mineral bath pools can accommodate up to a maximum of 36 guests at a time. There are benches in the botanical garden which guests may use. Bathing at the warm mineral pools is optional. Guests should be dressed casually, wear a swimsuit underneath clothing and flat rubber-soled shoes or sandals. Sun protection, a towel and insect repellent are recommended. Guests suffering from heart and respiratory problems must exercise caution. Pregnant women must consult their physician before taking part in this tour.
Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.