We absolutely loved our day on the Carniavl Soufriere Adventure tour. I had looked in to doing a tour down to Soufriere with my 59 year old mother with arthritic knees, 25 year old brother, my 4 year old son and I. Of course I wanted us all to have a good time and also to make sure it would be safe and appropriate for my son and mother. This cruise was the perfect mix of everything. It was a grey, rainy ay as we left Castries. The rain held up and we sat out on the nets on the front of the catamaran on our way up the coast. We got to see about 35 dolphins on our way, the captain diverted the boat and we got quite close, the dolphins were jumping out of the water and generally it was very amazing. My son fell asleep on my lap (of note I had brought along a life jacket for him which I have always done while travelling as it makes it so much easier and then I don't feel I have to worry about him as much). We arrived in Soufriere and got into 2 van buses holding about 12 ppl each. We drove up to the botanical gardens and had an informative tour about the different plants and got to look at the waterfall. It was very nice. I had read that the waterfall was sometimes just a trickle, I'm sure this depends on the time of the year and recent rain fall, either way I think it would be pretty cool but I guess it depends on your attitude going in. Then we were brought to Fond Doux Plantation for lunch. This was a cocoa plantation (previously) and it was a nice location in the rainforest with a nice jungle. We we greeted with rum punch and guava juice, seated at nice wood tables in a restaurant open to the jungle. The lunch was buffet style with fresh salad, "banana salad", rice with veggies, mashed sweet potato with cheese, plantains and (?breadfruit), fish and very tasty chicken. There was also a good hot sauce. Then desert included star fruit and passion fruit in a light caramel sauce. Very good lunch, we all really enjoyed it. We then went to the "drive in volcano". This is a suffer smelling area with steam coming out of the ground. My brother took my son on the volcano tour, he said they enjoyed it and he learned about the volcano's history. My mother and I went to the mud baths. It was a lot of fun, the water is dark grey and you dip in, it was nice a warm but not too hot. Apparently when it is very sunny the pool heats up quite a bit more as it is a concrete structure. If I had known it wouldn't be hot maybe I would have brought my son as it was a lot of fun. Smearing the dark grey mud all over ourselves and then we went back to bathe in the dark grey water. I would recommend wearing a darker coloured bathing suit, I wore black and my mom had purple but the inner lining of her suit was white and ended up a grey colour afterwards, which was fine and it mostly came out after a few good washes. Then we went back to the boat and went snorkelling in the bay opposite the Pitons. We saw some nice fish, big blue ones, yellow ones, lots of smaller fish and it was very nice, they had all the snorkelling gear provided including fins. We were the only ones snorkelling at the time and once everyone was done (45 minutes) we left again. There was lots of drink options at the bar, rum punch for all. They had dancing and had a treasure hunt for a bottle of sparkling wine. They also gave out a few bottles of wine to couples on the boat, it was a lot of fun. Most importantly I felt this cruise was safe and a lot of fun for all of us. It is a lot to cover in a day so of course some of us could have spent longer in any one of the activities but overall it was a good mix of everything. Very good value for money. I would definitely recommend it. In fact I think the fact that we went on a rainy-ish day was to our advantage as it was not too busy or hectic at any of the locations. Also it was Sunday which may have had something to do with it. Very fun!
(Of note we didn't buy anything but at the botanical gardens there was food (inc Popsicles) and crafts for sale, also at the volcano there were local artisans with necklaces and wood carvings for sale)
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