If you are looking for a private, personalized and informative tour that is also customizable on the fly, Treasure Tours is for you!
We stayed at a resort near Rodney Bay and wanted a day trip to Soufriere. However, prepackaged tours offered by resort (and other tour companies) are not geared toward pre-teen and teenage boys. My sons groaned at the thought of mud baths and botanical gardens but zip-lining at Morne Coubaril was a hit. I wanted to see the Pitons and the Tet Paul Nature trail was highly rated on TripAdvisor as having great views (it does!).
I found Treasure Tours on-line. It was one of the few tour companies that included both the Tet Paul Trail and Morne Coubaril in its Best of St. Lucia package. The Land and Sea option also provided snorkelling. For about $20 US less per person than offered through our resort or by ACV, we received a private tour in an air conditioned 10 seater bus that included pick-up at our resort, a drive through Castries, Anse-La-Raye, Canaries to Soufriere, with stops for scenic views en route. In Soufriere, included was a tour of Morne Coubaril, the Tet Paul Trail, Sulphur Springs and Toraille Waterfall, together with lunch and all admission fees. After, the tour also included a catamaran trip (arranged with a different company) back to Castries, with stops for snorkelling at Anse Chastanet, a view of Marigot Bay, and a bus transfer back to our resort. Zip-lining was optional and offered at a $14 US per person discount.
Two weeks before the trip, I e-mailed Charkar who quickly responded. She answered all my questions concerning the tour package, car sickness, the safety of zip-lining, customization, and she provided quotes for the various options. We hadn't quite decided on the specific package (By Land only, By Land and Sea, By Sea Only) but Charkar provided quotes for each option. She thoughtfully even obtained a quote for a catamaran trip that would return us directly to the resort, but was more expensive. She also suggested the best day to avoid volume tour groups. We paid a small deposit (via Paypal or Visa) with the balance to be paid after the tour (5% more if paid by credit card). On arrival in St Lucia, we sent a confirmation e-mail to Charkar who then provided us with instructions, itinerary and price for the selected package.
On the day of the trip, we were met at our resort at 8:15 as agreed by Jayanne and Adonijoh (who is truly an excellent, smooth driver). We were treated to a wealth of information on our 1.5 hr drive to Soufriere: military history, school systems, Nobel laureates, Hess Oil, plant and animal species, geology and more. The boys listened since Jayanne's name was later invoked to settle arguments on the height of the Pitons and the top three industries in St Lucia. The itinerary was rearranged to give us sufficient time for zip-lining and to avoid crowds. We went to Morne Coubaril first with only one other group of 4 people ahead of us, followed by a quick, but informative hike on the Tet Paul Trail followed by a stop at Sulphur Springs. Charkar had provided us with a welcomed cooler of drinks as well as cookies (for the kids). Throughout, Jayanne was updated on arrangements and other tour groups. We were offered an alternate lunch location (Rafters - excellent chicken roti!) than the buffet at Morne Coubaril so as to avoid other tour groups. A group arrived at the restaurant as we left completely filling it up with people. Meanwhile, we were given enough time to enjoy each stop and our lunch, and we were delivered to the catamaran in excellent time for the trip back. All told, the tour was 8.5 hours.
My son left a hat at the restaurant. After the trip, I e-mailed Charkar about the hat since it had sentimental value. She had a driver retrieve and deliver it to our resort the next day. That speaks volumes about Treasure Tours. Customers first! I greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness, personal attention, organization and efficiency of Charkar and Treasure Tours. The entire process has been smooth, worry-free and absolutely pleasurable. It was the most memorable day of our trip to St Lucia. Thank you!