Our tour of St lucia excursions
. Lucia was split into two halves. The morning by coach and an afternoon on a catamaran with a cease for swimming and snorkeling; rum punches available for the asking. The coach tour by the rain forest provides you an idea of the plush growth. Masses of bamboo with branches inches thick competing for house with climbing plants interspersed with spice trees. An fascinating facet of this tour was the cease at a former planter's house on the Balembouche estate.
Whereas as many as 500 workers had once worked the plantation, now there are few; partly as a result of change in social local weather and the development to a more democratic society. We got a cooling drink of guava juice, which we sipped while wandering around the house or slipping via the shade of the grounds. We contemplated trying the bamboo ladder for collecting coconuts, but instead inspected the still; once used for distilling rum from the sugar cane.
Huge brilliant red flowers of the flamingo tree competed with the bougainvillaea in five completely different colours; and a Banyan tree displayed its multiple roots above the ground. Botanical gardens are a feature of lots of the islands. On this event we noticed a buzzing fowl of light and darkish turquoise.
For an entire contrast our guide took us to the Sanfriere volcano with effervescent mud swimming pools and smoke from the sulphur springs. A half-day bus tour is long sufficient in a tropical climate. The breaks in the journey had been welcome however none a lot as the cooling journey back to the ship on a catamaran.
The indigenous wildlife on the island includes the boa constrictor - which we were assured was more afraid of us then we of him - additionally iguanas and lizards. A poisonous snake - the ferdinance - mentioned to kill a person in 7 hours, was introduced from S Africa in order to assist management the slaves and stop them escaping. In reality the snake turned on the slave owners themselves and the mongoose was introduced in to eradicate them. Two mongeese are required to kill a snake; one on the tail and one on the head. Typically the snake would kill both. The mongeese have realized from the ordeals and now chickens have change into their favorite food.