St. Lucia is one of the islands where you can find all kinds of activities to satisfy even very demanding souls… Here is one relatively new idea – kayaking to the Praslin Island offered by local kayaking pro organised under the name “Kayaking on the Bay”. As part of the trip you learn some of the local history and tradition…
The tranquil Village of Praslin is nestled between the two districts of Dennery and Micoud on the East Coast of St Lucia. The gateway to some of Saint Lucia’s rarest indigenous places, Praslin is an idyllic rural quarter populated with several small fishing settlements along the spectacular Praslin Bay. Here, you find examples of the traditional and highly distinctive Saint Lucian fishing boats, which are crafted by hand to this day. Other traditional crafts, like broom stick making, can be found in neighboring communities such as Mon Repos and Patience.
Praslin Island and the Fregate Islands are pristine nature reserves, here unique species such as the boldly colored Blue Whiptail lizard have their homes. For a closer experience visit the beautifully manicured Mamiku Gardens that date all the way back to 1766. The gardens are part of the Mamiku Estate, once the home of the “Baron de Micoud”, a former Governor of Saint Lucia. The estate still operates today as a banana and flower plantation. Praslin village was originally named “Les Trois Islet” and was renamed in 1780 to honor the Minister of the Navy to Louis XV, the Duc de Praslin.
In this old fishing village “Kayak on the Bay” offers you the pleasure of enjoying a lush private beach with the option to kayak to or from the island…
Marva is a wonderful host greeting you with her “Kayak on the Bay” team. On the property you will find variety of local tropical fruits and a small backyard garden with some of the herbs used to prepare meals for the journey.
First, brief note on the safety regulations and a description of what the tour entails before embarking on the trip.
The Bay is truly majestic with a sand bank that runs down the middle of the bay. And here you can get out of the boat and stand on the sand , quite far away from the shore! On the top of the bay lies a beautiful reef which creates the calming effect… If you like to snorkel and have your equipment – you will discover an abundance of sea life along the reef. This reef continues along the bay to a join the Irish moss farms.
Upon arrival on the Praslin Island, a tour guide will take you on a short hike to the top of the Island to enjoy the views and to spot some of the birds who call the island home.
While you are out on the hike, the island lunch is prepared for you from fresh grilled fish, chicken with green banana salad, cheesy potatoes, sweet corn and fresh garden salad. This is served with fresh local fruit juice.
After lunch you enjoy the views of the scenic topography of the Praslin village. Being on the island really gives the sense of your very own hide away. Before heading back to the property and towards the end of the tour you are guided to the Irish moss farm, which lies to the opposite end of the reef. Once again, we will disembark for a 10 minute hike along the coast to catch one of the views…
For a low fee of US$90 you get to enjoy the wonders of nature and the tranquility of your very own Island getaway for the day.
If you like kayaking and interested to take this tour, you may call +1 758-719-9329 or contact them via Facebook