Exploring St. Lucia

Sun 10 Mar 2013 22:44
14:04.44N 60:56.94W
We don't know where the last week has gone but it has definitely been fun and fairly busy as we explored St Lucia by sea and land! Ken and Michele arrived on Friday and we spent the first couple of days marina based to allow our guests to settle in and enjoy the delights of the locale.  We left on Monday and after a couple of hours sailing to show our new crew the ropes we returned to Rodney Bay and anchored for the night off Pigeon Island.  Next morning we headed south to Marigot Bay, a very popular anchorage which is on most cruisers itinerary.
Derbyshire Schoolboy Angling Champion trying to catch lunch
en route to Marigot Bay!
We were pleased to find it not too busy and were able to pick up a strategically located mooring close to a well recommended restaurant which we made good use of that evening. We were doubly fortunate that they had a really good group playing some great music. 
Marigot Bay looking out to sea
The most famous landmark on St Lucia is the Pitons, two dramatic granite mountains, 800m high, that rear straight out of the sea (they even feature on the national flag). These our guests had to see so next morning we motored 7miles down the coast and took some photos before returning to Rodney Bay for lunch and a swim and then back into the marina for the night.
                       Approaching the Pitons                                                  Superyacht or Super Piton?                                         
 The Pitons from above Soufriere
Thursday was K & M's last day but fortunately they didn't have to check in until 18.30.  We made the most of the day by hiring a car and exploring the west coast from the land.  It was a spectacular drive but not an easy one with the narrow, twisty roads and the St. Lucian drivers!  We visited the sulphur springs where volcanic gases bubble out of the ground with the boiling water which is badged as the world's only Drive -in volcano but omit to add that the volcano itself collapsed millions of years ago!
Ken & Mich enjoying the delights of sailing!
After dropping off our guests at the airport at the southern end of the island we drove back to Rodney Bay marina via the east coast so completing a near circumnavigation of the whole island.  The last few days have given us a chance to catch up on the washing, top up on the propane supplies and undertake various other domestic duties in readiness to continue our planned voyage north in the next few days.