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Glad we chose Viator. Easily found contact. Full day with wonderful guides Julian and John. Bring cash for Tet Paul Stairway and Soufere.
Good tour. Turned out to be a private tour of the island as the other people did not show up. Our tour driver John is as.previously stated on many tours, is excellent. He is very flexible as to what we did and catered it to our interests. The Tet stairway is amazing So close to the Pitons and the ideal place to take pictures away from the crowds. We had it to ourselves. It does cost an additional 10 pp at site which I didnt realize beforehand. Guide there was also wonderful We had been to mud bath and volcano before so skipped that. I asked to go to a waterfall which he cheerfully complied. There was also a charge of 3pp there and that was pretty hokey. He talked to us about trying to help the youth of the island by increasing jobs for them. He is a very caring nice guy. He is outside the complex and not so easy to find but any of the other quides happily helped us to find him. Just ask for Paradise tours. People called him Tet John
Like everyone else here, our tour with John was fantastic. We had a group of 7, so it ended up being just us. It was a little tricky connecting in the morning...there are two exits to the port, and I had called once a week before but probably should've called again to iron out meeting details. Other helpful tour guides standing around assisted in our connection, which I'm so grateful for. Anyway, John is very knowledgable having grown up in the area and made lots of stops to take photos at pretty spots, places of note and to sample local produce. We wanted to see the Tet Paul nature trail, so that was our top priority which is FANTASTIC, but we also had time to swing by and get the volcano walking tour which I also recommend. Our party was a pretty paranoid about making it back to the ship on time, but I assure you that you can trust this man to get you back. We're a little sad that we didn't trust him more at the time, because I know we could've seen more than we did. John is very conscientious about what the clients want. We will definitely be using him again should we make it back to St. Lucia, and I hope we do. Beautiful island with such unique terrain. As a side note, most of our party gets motion sickness pretty badly. However, we all took the max amount of Dramamine for kids and Bonine for adults and the incredibly windy road didn't bother us.
We have just got back from our cruise, so we are taking the opportunity to share our thoughts/ experience from our tour on St Lucia , first of all what a beautiful stunning place to visit and we are so lucky to have shared our day with another couple, but what really made it special was our guide for the tour Padia she was brilliant. Met at the port as described on the information travelled in a very comfortable mini bus , nothing was to much trouble stopping at various points on route to the Pitons , once there another guide takes you around the nature park to some stunning views of the Pitons Padia explained carefully what would happen .
When the Pitons tour had finished worth every penny , again Padia explained what we could do next very much our day nothing was to much trouble, we all agreed to do the volacano and waterfall natural parks on our way back and again exceeded our expectations.
So our day in St Lucia came to an end , would have no hesitation in booking with Viator tours who arrange Paradise Excursions to actually do the trip , worth every penny made very special by our guide Padia , thank you ......
We are a family with two younger children, 6 and 8.We had an amazing day touring the island of St. Lucia with John as our guide. My husband booked the tour the night before our cruise docked in St. Lucia. John was there at the port waiting to escort us to his driver, Gary. Once we got on the road, John asked what we wanted to do and gave us a number of options. He told us we could do whatever we chose and that along the way he would stop for photo opportunities, shopping and food. He first took us to a banana plantation and then to a little shop off the road to try some local rum and bananas. We stopped for a few photos and he was quick to offer to take our pictures. He took us to a few overlook areas and even stopped and bought us some very delicious local bread. We continued along the very, winding roads that went up and down the mountains if you get motion sick then I highly recommend taking something before driving around in the mountains of St. Lucia until we stopped at Tet Paul. John has some good stories about how Tet Paul got started.
After that we decided to go to the volcanic mud baths and hot springs. This was a once in a lifetime experience. I didn't believe John at first when he told me he would have to go into the ACTIVE volcano and get the mud himself, but that's really what happened! He got the mud and brought it to us in a bucket and we then put it all over us. After that you rinse off in the hot mineral spring. John was so helpful during this adventure with sulfur mud and mineral bathing! He got our phone and took so many pictures of our family enjoying the experience. I was blown away by his hospitality and his genuine concern for our comfort and enjoyment at each stop we made. He told us we needed to go to the waterfall after we did the volcano mud to then rinse off in the cold water. We drove a short 10 minutes and quickly rinsed off in the freezing cold waterfall before heading back to our cruise ship. We really can't say enough about our adventure in St. Lucia. It's a beautiful island with very friendly people. John was full of knowledge about the culture, the local resources, and all the sights. He was very professional yet felt like we were on a trip with a friend as our guide. Gary, the driver, was extremely friendly and warm as well. He was an excellent driver. I would highly recommend going on any adventures around the island with John and Gary. You are sure to have a day to remember!
John was an excellent guide,very considerate and helpful. The stairway to heaven was beautiful. Lunch at local restaurant was delicious. Roads are very narrow, up and down and twisty. Julian was a great driver, but I was glad I had a patch for motion sickness.
I read all the reviews before settling on this tour and couldn't find one bad word about it. John was our tour guide for this special adventure which my husband had reservations about at the start. However it didn't take long before he realized that we were truly in for a special and very informative trip. John has such a quality about him, his knowledge of this beautiful island and it's people was astounding and so interesting. He took us to local vendors for tastings of banana ketchup and banana bbq sauce who'd of thought that bananas could taste like ketchup and bbq sauce and be yellow in colour. We then stopped along the main road to the Pitons to a vendor who made savoury bread fritters in a concrete open oven they were so good, and the locals thought so too. Onward towards the Tet Paul stairway and a couple more stops to taste local goodies in the form of different breads - banana and garlic all freshly baked and just out of the oven! What would top this off but some local rum tasting in sooooo many different varieties, and of course there was banana liquors to compliment all the rums. Who could resist buying a bottle. Almost at our destination and another stop to show and share what a cocoa pod looks like and tastes. It's so what you're NOT expecting. Firstly you have the pod and once opened you have the candy tree on the outer nib which you suck off before reaching the cocoa nib. You bite into it but it's not what you're expecting as it doesn't have that delicious chocolate taste we are so familiar with, it is nutty and bitter and has no particular chocolate flavour what so ever. Finally the Tet Paul stairway nature trail, a wonderful experience with our guide Jamal who regaled stories about his climb up the Pitons and surrounding mountains. Also shared stories about his sister and mother and how a tease he was. He taught us about the local crops and fruit that all the workers share amongst themselves at harvest time. The views from the top of the stairway are magnificent, well worth the steady climb to the top. Once completed we headed to the active volcano and the thermal pool which was lots of fun. The smell of sulphur coming off the mud pools bubbling up from the ground was a great part of the atmosphere, from here we made a short walk to the thermal pool, get painted up with an light gray exfoliate mud let it dry then get painted in tribal symbols by John, a few photos later and it was time to wash it all off in the thermal pool great fun and play, our skin was amazingly soft and silky. On our way back we stopped at a very pretty waterfall and what journey would be complete without a quick dip in a fresh water pool being pounded by the fall of the water ......wow a free massage. It was time to hike it back to the ship, having had an amazing day with a one in a million tour guides by the name of John. He totally made this tour what it was, a trip to remember fondly and share with others...so thank you from the bottom of our heart for a super day in St Lucia.
Great tour. Lots to see, short shopping stops, waterfall and the Tet Paul stairway was just gorgeous!
Thank you John for a wonderful tour of St.Lucia. we didn and #39;t know John is celebrity on this island and his knowedge of this island is vast. Had so much fun riding his taxi, tasting the coco bean, rum, and coconut water. Hiking at the stair way was amazing too, the view is just breathtaking.
Excellent tour by John, a loca,l very knowledgable and proud of his island home. Never felt rushed at any of the many stops, which could also be taylored to personal likes. Tet Paul is a unique and beautiful eco- area developed and run by villagers in the foothills of the Pitons. The walk itself culminates in a spectacular view between the Pitons, looking down on Sugar bay, where you might even get an internet signal! Neilus was a young, very courteous guide. Don't pass up this opportunity to really see St Lucia, my 5th visit to the island, but one of my best.
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