Tout Bagay Catamaran Tour
Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
Tout Bagay Catamaran Tour Gros Islet Reviews
A fall day catamaran tour with its pluses and minuses Aug 06, 2010
For $100US, my friends and I signed up for a full day Catamaran tour. We booked it through the reservation desk of our hotel (Cox Tours). It was called Tout Bagay (which means a little bit of everything) but the title of the tour can probably be found throughout the island.
A shuttle/taxi picked us up from the hotel and brought us to Rodney Bay around 9am. We boarded a catamaran with about 50-60 people. It was hot already, but the bar was open (all you could drink of rum punch or rum and coke). We had a nice long scenic ride down the west coast of the island. The people on the boat pointed out a few things until we arrived at Soufriere.
At Soufriere, the entire crowd piled into several taxi vans. We went to a waterfall and had 15 minutes to take pictures and get in and walk around (NOT ENOUGH TIME); then we were off to the Fond Doux Plantation for a "tour" (it lasted 6 minutes) and a very nice buffet lunch; then we went to the drive-in volcano and sulfur springs (we had a nice 15-20 minute tour with a great guide, but didn't get to go bathe in the springs, and we thought we would have had the opportunity to); then we went back to the catamaran.
It took almost half an hour for us to make our way as something on the boat wasn't working, but we eventually cast off and made our way back up the coast. We pulled into Marigot Bay for a photo opp, but they told us we wouldn't be able to stop and get in (so I'm not really sure why we pulled in and what all the whoop-dee-doo about Marigot Bay really was); we continued and ended up at our last stop at Anse Cochon” which means “bay of pigs”-this beach was pretty nice and the water felt great after sitting in the sun and napping. We snorkelled and swam for about 40 minutes and the vendors kayaked right up to the boat to sell you their goods of fresh coconut, conch shells, turtle figurines, and the like.
On the way back up, that's the best time to pile up on your rum punch and sun. It's almost an hour ride and it is relaxing to sit in the front of the catamaran, but if you're wearing your sunglasses on your head and you roll over, you're likely to lose your sunglasses if you're sitting on the net part (sorry Chris)!
All-in-all, it was a nice overview of some of St. Lucia's popular points, but there wasn't enough time to spend in some of the places, you're so rushed and that's not really what I was aiming for.
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