Did you ever feel like you were on the TV show “Survivor?” Well I sure have. My family and I went on a trip to the Almond Resorts Morgan Bay Hotel in St. Lucia over the winter vacation. Who would have thought that one small island in the Caribbean could bring about one of the greatest adventures that I have ever been on. St. Lucia, home of the famous Piton Mountains, was a trip that I will never forget.
My family and I spent one day of our vacation on Joy’s Boat Tour, where for $80 a person you get a tour of the island by land and sea. Our tour started out by sea in a speed boat with several other people on board. The boat sped along the coastline of beautiful St. Lucia and the tour guide pointed out various sights along the way. One of those sights was a bat cave filled with hundreds of bats. That was the first time I had ever seen those little creatures in person.
Another huge landmark that we came to on our jouney was the Piton Mountains. The Pitons are one of the distinguishing features of the island of St. Lucia. They are thought to have risen as a result of a volcanic event 40,000 years ago. These mountains are very well respected and are the most recognizable landmarks in the Caribbean. Not to mention, the island’s very own beer, Piton, is named after these mountains.
From the speed boat, we were brought to land and hopped into a taxi which took us along the winding, mountainous roads of the island. Holding on for dear life, I wondered where our next destination would be. We arrived at the famous Sulfur Springs. All around the area of Sulfur Springs there are little hot springs and pools. You can see and hear the pools bubble and squirt hot water as well as smell the putrid scent of sulfur in the air. This odor, which is close to that of rotten eggs, is one that I will never forget. It was hard to pose for a picture in front of the springs without holding my nose.
We then jumped back into the taxi and headed towards the ocean where we found our speed boat waiting. Our next destination was a deserted beach where we were to have a picnic lunch. While our boat was cruising along, another speed boat from the same tour passed us by. The captain of our boat increased his speed to get in front of the other boat. I felt my adrenaline rush as if I was in a race. Our speed boat made it to the beach before the other one and we immediately served ourselves some food. I felt as if I had just won a “Survivor” challenge and was receiving a delicious meal as the reward! We were served an amazing barbeque of home cooked island food, while seated under tiki huts overlooking the ocean.
We then headed out to Jalousie Beach, where we were provided with snorkeling equipment. We saw various species of exotic fish and other underwater creatures, swam in the ocean and relaxed on the beach. The guide then called us and said it was time to head back.
I was sad that my “Survivor” journey was coming to an end. At the conclusion of the speed boat tour when we were all having the lasts of our included beverages, my mom asked for a rum punch. Being that there were none left on our boat, our tour guide waited for the other boat to catch up to us and had their tour guide throw one over to our boat! We all got a good laugh out of this and were able to end our adventure in high spirits. I was overjoyed to have experienced such an amazing adventure and to have shared it with my family. I may not have been on the real “Survivor” but this experience left me feeling proud to have challenged myself on this amazing tour of St. Lucia.
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