Saint Lucia is one of the most mountainous Caribbean islands and of its numerous peaks the ones which will most surely stick in your mind are the Pitons. Together they’re the country’s number one landmark, but these aren’t so much 'mountains' in the normal sense, as dramatic, conical outcrops looming over the sea.
Gros Piton is the larger of the two (the other one being – logically enough – Petit Piton). It’s a popular climbing destination but a glance at its steep slopes will tell you it’s no walk in the park, especially in the tropical heat. But if you’ve got some climbing experience, your ascent to the 2,619 foot (786 meter) summit will reward you with awe-inspiring views of the sapphire blue sea and lush green coastline.
If you can only do one tour, this is it!
Was a lot of fun! Knowledgable tour guides that wanted to make sure you had a great time. Lunch provided was delicious and scenic at "The Still" restaurant. Only recommendation would be to minimize the number of people on the catamaran sea portion. It was quite crowded with multiple tour groups.
A good (but fairly hectic) day out. They cram a lot into the morning, frequently stopping for various sights, views etc. before visiting the Botanic Gardens (beautiful) and Sulphur Springs at the volcano (a bit pongy but very interesting.) After lunch, by contrast, there is a leisurely sail back up the coast including a stop to swim off a small sandy cove. Our guide Sylvia, was a mine of information telling us lots about all things St. Lucian. A great way to see a lot of the Island and its major sights in one day.
Gros Piton is south of the town of Soufrière. The village of Fond Gens Libre is at the foot of Gros Piton; the interpretive center will assign you a (mandatory) guide for your climb, which can take up to 12 hours for a round trip.