Diamond Falls and Mineral Baths
The most iconic scenery of Saint Lucia is our mighty Pitons. The twin volcanic plugs are located in the southern region of the island between the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul. The larger of the two, Gros Piton, is the second highest point on Saint Lucia (the highest being Mount Gimie) with a summit of 770 m. Petit Piton is narrower and has a summit of 743 m. Both peaks are climbable although Gros Piton is a less strenuous hike than Petit Piton and is more popular with visitors and locals. In 2004 the Pitons were awarded the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site which protects the area surrounding the Pitons as well as the coral reefs that are home to abundant aquatic life.
Heralded as the Caribbean’s only drive-through volcano, this site is one of the most impressive natural attractions in all of the islands. Visitors can get up close and personal with a live volcano! Located in Soufrière, the area was actually named after this geological site as Soufrière means sulphur in French. The volcano is now dormant; the last eruption was in 1780. The dome of the volcano collapsed into the existing 7-acre caldera where plumes of sulphur can still be seen (and smelled!) from smaller craters. On site are mud baths where visitors can rub down their bodies with the mineral-infused mud and bathe in the hot baths. Locals believe the mud and the waters relieve ailments like arthritis. Whilst we cannot guarantee any miracle cure, we can assure you of a messy but enormously fun time!
This colourful waterfall is located within the Botanical Gardens, just outside the town of Soufrière. Minerals such as sulphur, copper sulphate, magnesium, iron, manganese and calcium from rainwater and the nearby volcano create the myriad of colours on the rockface that never seem to remain constant. The waterfall is approximately 17m high and although water flow varies at different times of the year due to rainfall levels, it is always a beauty to behold. The mineral baths, also located at the Botanical Gardens, were built in 1784 for the therapeutic aid of the troops of the French king, Louis XVI. More recently, two of those original baths were restored and three pools were added. These mineral baths are recommended for relief of sore muscles and joints.