DFH Kayaking
DFH Kayaking
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Get the opportunity to explore the ultimate natural beauty of St. Lucia. We provide a truly Caribbean kayaking experience. Explore what nature has to offer with your kayaking tour.Our tours uses expedition touring kayaks and sit on top units all with rudders and storage hatches. Tours comprises a training component especially for the use of the decked units. The tour can include Marigot Bay which runs along the sheltered west coast of the island into the Roseau River or Pigeon Island where you can kayak, snorkel and visit the historical Fort Rodney.
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Alec R
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Kayaking with DFH was the best thing we did in our two weeks in St Lucia. Our guide, Andre, was exceptionally helpful and welcoming, and his love for the environment and wildlife we were visiting was unmistakable. From the quick trip through the mangroves at the start, through the bit through the open sea in swell that was just enough to be lively, to the trip through the lagoon and up the river which was gorgeously still - all wonderful. And they let you stop for a swim two or three times, and snorkelling over a reef too. They say three hours but it can be a little more. - We were a bit uncertain about the ferry you need to catch across Marigot Bay to get to the start, but it really is as simple as, show up at the dock, tell someone you need the ferry, pay EC$5 per person, and get delivered on the other side 90 seconds later.
Written April 19, 2022
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Dalia Zorrilla
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Our tour guide Vernessa took my husband and I along a kayak tour from the Marigot Marina to Roseau Beach and then through the mangrove and up the Roseau River. We had perfect weather and a very friendly and patient tour guide who ensured that I was comfortable at all times since it was my first time kayaking. It was an enjoyable experience and a fun workout, not to mention that we also got to explore a hidden part of the island in the mangrove! Plenty to see from colourful reef and marine life to various trees, plants and bird species.
Written October 26, 2020
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Polly7451
Manchester, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Vanessa took us put kayaking today from marigot bay and we had the most amazing day :)

A bit of sea kayaking to a beautiful beach then in to the mangroves!

She was lots of fun and very knowledgeable... we saw a wide variety of wild life from pelicans and blue herons to flying fish and crabs.

If you do go out definitely buy fruit from the beach... we got guava, wax apples, banana, mango, coconut and papya and it taste so different and delious fresh.
Written April 11, 2022
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nwtraveler76
Tighnabruaich, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
The team at DFH are amazing. My partner and I are experienced kayakers and wanted a more challenging trip. André sorted us with expedition kayaks and a guide to paddle from Marigot Bay to Soufriere (around 20k). Terry, our guide, was very knowledgeable and a delight to spend time with. We stopped for lunch (bbq chicken and macaroni and cheese, yum!) and stopped for snorkelling along the way. It was EPIC. I was exhausted by the end but so worth it. André is a keen kayaker himself and great to see someone so enthusiastic about the sport on the island. Just can’t recommend enough. We also did snorkelling with them under Dive Fair Helen.
Written January 17, 2022
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Neil B
Verwood, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Went on mangrove kayaking trip today with the lovely Vanessa as our guide. She took us through the mangroves and to a tiny beach to snorkel. Great day kayaking and made extra enjoyable by Vanessa, s intoxicating laugh. Thank you. Highly recommend this activity even if you have never kayaked before.
Written May 9, 2022
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Bonnie S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Our tour guide Vanessa was so much fun! Her knowledge and personality made this excursion amazing. She was helpful when needed and also gave us our own space. Kayaking with her is definitely one of our favorite memories! 100% recommend.
Written June 18, 2021
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Qino2
Worcester, MA392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
Excellent experience with Vanessa and Andre. We were staying in Marigot Bay and it was easy to contact them and find the shop. They use very nice kayaks and we had a blast kayaking down the Roseau river. Not another soul in sight, just us and nature. It was beautiful. Highly recommend if you are visiting St. Lucia.
Written January 10, 2022
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Travis W
Houston, TX1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This was by far one of the best excursions I went on in St. Lucia. We got to paddle in the ocean and down a river to explore a mangrove forest which provided us with a view of St. Lucia that you would not normally get to see. The views were incredible and it was an experience of a lifetime. Also the guides Andre and Venessa were amazing. They were very knowledgeable and just a joy to talk with.
Written August 10, 2021
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sparklingtonic
Chicago, IL373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Solo
Of the many excursions I did during my two weeks on St. Lucia, the kayaking trip with Dive Fair Helen was one of the best. The three-hour journey through Marigot Bay and the Roseau River system was truly magical.

First, just seeing Marigot Bay from a kayak was extremely cool. The unusually deep bay is especially impressive from low on the water. Of course, if you're staying nearby, seeing Marigot Bay wouldn't necessarily be a huge perk, but for me this alone was a treat -- the only other time I saw the bay was on a somewhat rushed stop as part of a larger tour.

But this was just the start! The next cool thing was going out into the sea. Being able to see the cliffs, and the water crashing against them, was humbling and dramatic from down on the sea's surface.

From there we headed south, then back east toward a deserted beach. We brought our kayaks up on the beach, then pulled them into another body of water a bit further inland. As we kayaked down the river, it was incredibly quiet and peaceful. After a bit we came to a narrow channel lined with mangrove trees that formed a canopy over us. This was absolutely amazing and my favorite part of the trip. I've attached some photos, but they don't do it justice. The feeling of being in the mangrove channel, with no one else around, was incredibly tranquil and unique.

From there we explored other channels, most of them wider. Along many of these shores were coconut, banana, and breadfruit trees, as well as other greenery. We could hear birds calling, and we saw a few as well -- egrets, I think, though I'm not sure. Occasionally, our guide, Bernette (not sure on the spelling!), pulled over to collect coconuts (and when we returned to the bay she would cut them open so we could drink from them).

Through the entire trip, we never saw any other people, and it was refreshing to be completely out of the tourist fray. It was great exercise as well, and I felt I'd fully earned the Piton and huge vegetarian omelette I enjoyed at Doolittle's while waiting for the shuttle back north.

A few suggestions: Bring a waterproof camera that you can wear around your neck. I brought a regular camera in a watertight bag, and it was stressful trying to occasionally extricate the camera from the bag, take snapshots, and secure it again, all while trying to keep up with the rest of the group. Plus, with the wave action, I was lucky nothing bad happened.

I'd also suggest bringing sun screen or just covering up. I wore a long-sleeved rash guard and a knee-length travel skirt over a bathing suit, and I worried about getting too much sun on my knees and legs, though I didn't burn. I wore a wide-brimmed hat, but it kept blowing off -- one with a chin strap would have been better.

Lastly, this may sound obvious, but make sure you've eaten a real breakfast before you start a morning kayak trip. On the ride down from Gros Islet I became slightly hungry and hoped I could buy a snack somewhere at Marigot Bay. But after arriving I was immediately transported to the kayak shop, which is on the side of the bay where there is not much in the way of quick food. I asked at Doolittle's if I could buy a piece of fruit or something, and they said I'd have to cross the bay, which there wasn't time for. I toughed it out and it wasn't terrible, but I wished I'd planned better.

Despite my imperfect preparation, this was an awesome trip! Considering the cost was only $70USD, and it included round-trip shuttle service from Gros Islet to Marigot Bay, it was also a great value. Dive Fair Helen was a pleasure to deal with -- they answered all my e-mails promptly and were very accommodating to me, even though I was a solo traveler. Our guide, Bernette, was wonderful. If you want to get off the beaten path and try something a little different, book this trip!
Written September 17, 2011
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Bruce034
Newmarket, Canada56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2011
My wife and I agreed that the kayak trip was the most awe inspiring part of our trip, and we covered snorkeling, zip line and hiked the Gros Piton. We paddled out of the famous Marigot harbour and travelled right in front of the cliffs. Beautiful bay, river kayak, lagoon and even stopped to body surf on great long slow breaking waves in the bay. What a trip.
Written January 21, 2011
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