St. Lucia

Tour Code: LCA01

A relaxing, 9-day holiday to this beautiful Caribbean island to enjoy its birds, marine mammals and other natural history.

9 days from £4495(inc flights) Land Only Price: £3995 SRS: £1595


St Lucia epitomises everyone's image of the Caribbean, a sun-drenched tropical island with idyllic coves and beaches dotted around its coastline. We will be based for this tour at the award-winning Anse Chastanet Hotel and have arranged a carefully designed programme of daily bird watching excursions to explore the magnificent forests and natural splendours of St Lucia including a whale watching outing offshore. The accent will be on comfort and relaxation, but the birdlife is spectacular and we are assured many interesting species during our stay, including most of the island’s endemics.

  • Caribbean climate
  • Award-winning hotel base
  • Stunning scenery, including the dramatic forest-clad Piton hills
  • Colourful & easy-to-see birdlife
  • Six endemic bird species
  • Dolphin-watching excursion
  • Tropical vegetation & fruits
  • Safe sea bathing at hotel
  • Led by an expert naturalist guide

Food

All included in the price.

Accommodation

An award-winning hotel with private facilities.

Humpback Whale (Matt Hobbs)

Humpback Whale (Matt Hobbs)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly St. Lucia; transfer Anse Chastenet Hotel

Day 2 Anste Chastanet

Day 3 Quilesse Forest Reserve

Day 4 Sulphur Springs and Emeralds Estate

Day 5 Millets Rainforest Trail

Day 6 Boat trip to Castries

Day 7 Dolphin-watching

Day 8 Depart St. Lucia

Day 9 Arrive London

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P class=Body style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt">FONT size=3>FONT color=#000000>FONT face=Helvetica>The twin peaks of Les Pitons are St. Lucias most famous landmark and, during our stay, the impressive eroded lava domes provide a scenic backdrop from our hotel along with stunning views of the coast and ocean, with the island of St. Vincent visible to the south. We will also head into the hills of the Quilesse Forest Reserve, which covers thousands of acres of lush mountains and valleys. The reserve is home to tree ferns, bromeliads and many orchids. The birdlife here is very special and many of the endemic species may be found, including St. Lucia Parrot, St. Lucia Oriole and St. Lucia Blackfinch. Later, we will walk along the wild and extremely scenic Des Cartiers Trail, through rainforest, cloudforest and elfin woodland habitats; we will also have another opportunity to find the St. Lucia Parrot here.o:

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P class=Body style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt">FONT size=3>FONT color=#000000>FONT face=Helvetica>The Sulphur Springs is probably the FONT size=3>FONT color=#000000>FONT face=Helvetica>worlds only drive-in volcano, affording close views of bubbling mud pools and steaming vents. The vents release great quantities of sulphuric gases, giving the area its unique odour, which we will experience at first-hand. FONT size=3>FONT color=#000000>FONT face=Helvetica>Other excursions during our weeks stay on the island will include a day exploring the Millets Rainforest Trail and a boat trip up the coast to the capital of St Lucia, Castries. From here we willl also venture inland to experience the rainforest by means of an aerial tram, which will transport us from the forest floor, through the understorey of ferns and tree ferns, into the canopy with its bromeliads and mistletoe. It is an extraordinary sensation to find oneself among hummingbirds feeding on flowering plants high in the tops of the trees then venture back down over the emergent layer, enjoying breathtaking views over the north of St. Lucia, and of both Caribbean and Atlantic coasts beyond. Brown Booby, frigatebirds and tropicbirds are all frequently seen from shore, while snorkelling sorties from the beach will reveal many Caribbean fish and, if we are lucky, perhaps a Hawksbill Turtle may swim past us through the warm turquoise water. o:

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PitonsSoufriereMoon over seaView from room, Anse ChastanetView of Pitons from room, Anse ChastanetGrey KingbirdAmerican KestrelZenaida DoveTrying cocoa milkLittle Blue HeronLittle Blue HeronRed Bee nestMamim Plantation: Anse Chastanet Hotel beachLesser Antillean Whistling FrogScaly-breasted ThrasherNaturetrek group walking in rainforest at Des CartierDes Cartier rainforest reserveFlambeau Butterfly at Des CartierHeliconiaDes Cartier rainforest reserveFemale Carib Grackle calling.Carib Grackle looking for foodGrey Trembler tremblingGrey Tembler coming to eatGhost CrabMarbled ChitonsRainforest, MilletGroup with Charmain at Millet Rainforest Reserve, St LuciaGroup at Millet Rainforest ReserveGrey Trembler in the rainforestRainforest, MilletMangrove CuckooMangrove Cuckoo callingLooking through plant at views of rainforestOpening in the rainforest - ideal for parrotsLooking for parrots at Millet Nature Reserve, St LuciaFemale BlackfinchTree fernWatts' Anole LizardWatts' Anole LizardNaturetrek group at Rainforest Adventure, St LuciaEd at Rainforest Experience, St LuciaJuvenile Cattle Egret flexing wingsJuvenile Cattle Egret at nestJuvenile Cattle Egret at nestBaby Cattle Egret peering over nestJuvenile Cattle Egret at nestCattle Egret on groundCattle Egret on groundAmerican KestrelBrown Booby in flightSandwich TernsBrown Booby on buoyBrown BoobiesBrown BoobiesScaly-breasted ThrasherLesser Antillean BullfinchGroup at VolcanoGrey KingbirdGrey Kingbird preeningGrey Kingbird looking downEmerald FarmLesley and Martin, Emerald FarmFlowering Mango TreeGrey KingbirdPurple-throated CaribHeliconia - Sexy PinkFemale Carib GrackleFemale Carib Grackle looking at meFemale Carib Grackle with sugar sachetBananaquit feeding on sugarBanaquit feeding on sugarBananaquit feeding in sugar sachetBananquitYellow-crowned Night HeronBananaquitZenaida DoveCrazy leavesGreen HeronGreen HeronGreen Heron
C.H.
London
Ed was a wonderful and generous leader who was clearly passionate about the birds and wildlife. He was very attentive and went above and beyond where we had bespoke requests.
V.D.
Devon
Excellently lead. Good company. Good variety of activities. Excellent food. Leader taking care at all times to make sure everyone was happy. Local guides very good. Transportation on St Lucia excellent.
M.M.
Gloucestershire
The organisation was first rate. Leader, Ed Drewitt, was excellent: Very Knowledgeable, patient, helpful, always pleasant and goof fun. Good variety of activities.
P.M.
Oxfordshire
I liked the balance of birding and free time. It works well here as the bird list is not very long and the range of habitats is limited. Whale/dolphin watching boats were good. Local guides especially Des Cartiers were excellent.
C.M.
Oxfordshire
Use of local guides was good. The food, weather, boat trips, snorkelling were all very good.
J.G.
Gloucestershire
I liked the balance of birding trips, whale/dolphin watching and downtime when we could snorkel. Ed is a very thoughtful and enthusiastic leader. He worked hard behind the scenes to make sure we all had a good time.
S.G
South Gloucestershire
Nice combination of woodland and seascapes, gives a very wide ranging bird, mammal animal count.
Mr & Mrs B
Oxfordshire
Very relaxing, smoothly organised, nice resort. Excellent tour guide. Good choice of excursions. Nice to stay in one place.
Mr & Mrs F.
Surrey
Adams and Vision in particular were excellent local guides. The trip through the forest canopy was enjoyable along with the boat ride to Castries. The hotel was very good and the staff friendly and helpful. All in all an enjoyable visit.
D.S.
East Yorkshire
Without doubt the success of any trip is reliant on the leader. Ed was excellent, his passion for birds and nature was infectious, he was knowledgeable and always eager to learn. However Ed's most exceptional quality was his caring and thoughtful hosting skills, which for me made the trip so successful and memorable. Ed communicates very well and liaised very well with our hotel and his contacts in St. Lucia.
C.S.
East Yorkshire
Ed was very enthusiastic, and showed a true love for his work, nature and indeed his travellers in his care. It was very warm and comfortable to be in his company. He always went out of his way to include everybody in the group. Nothing was too much for him to do if you needed assistance. He had great knowledge of the island and the people. It was obvious hotel staff respected him very much. A truly wonderful holiday.
P.C.
Leicestershire
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.
M.P.
Bekrshire
The general content of the holiday and the varied itinerary was excellent. Ed's enthusiasm and knowledge seemed boundless and, thanks to him, we had a wonderful time. Thanks Ed!
F.H.
Cheshire
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.
Mr. L.
Kent
...This was an excellent holiday. The hotel/venue was very relaxing and a real treat - especially in mid January! Martyn is a very conscientious and caring leader, he was very well organised and good at communicating plans and options...I would have no hesitations in recommending this trip as a real treat!
F.H.
Cheshire
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.
Mr & Mrs J
Derbyshire
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!).
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Fri 5th January 2018 - Sat 13th January 2018

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£4495

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Visiting: Saint Lucia

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Ed was a wonderful and generous leader who was clearly passionate about the birds and wildlife. He was very attentive and went above and beyond where we had bespoke requests.
C.H., London