Hike through a protected rainforest with a guide who'll point out the most exotic flora and fauna that may include the endangered St. Vincent Parrot, a species endemic to the island.
Depart from the pier and enjoy a leisurely drive north along St. Vincent's leeward coast, gazing out over the beautiful bays and rocky bluffs. Turning inland, you'll pass through several villages that candidly reveal country life in the tropics.
Upon reaching the sprawling 10,870-acre St. Vincent Parrot Reserve, you'll hike the Vermont Nature Trail, which winds through the lush rainforest. The scenery is spectacular throughout the journey, but the real draw is the chance to perhaps see the rare St. Vincent Parrot, a species only found on the island. Endangered because of loss of habitat and the illegal pet trade, this large parrot with multi-colored plumage is a favorite of birdwatchers.
Fortunately, through conservation measures, the St. Vincent Parrot population has increased over the past decade or so and may now number more than 800. There's a good chance of seeing one or at least hearing its call. Similarly, the Whistling Warbler is another bird endemic to St. Vincent and often observed in the reserve. The boldly patterned, black-and-white warbler is usually seen happily flitting about the undergrowth. It too has a distinctive call that rises steadily in volume before ending emphatically.
After approximately two hours hiking through the picturesque reserve, you'll stop for refreshments and then drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes hiking for approximately 3/4 of a mile that is mostly uphill and over natural terrain. There are footholds, but they are inconsistent in height and width. The trail may be slippery in some areas when wet. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. As they valley is cool and can be a bit chilly if there is rain, layered clothing is recommended along with sun cap; sunglasses, sunscreen; insect repellent; and appropriate closed-toe walking/hiking shoes. Guests may also wish to bring an umbrella in the event there is rain. While wildlife sightings are common, they are not guaranteed.