Wearing no other equipment than a diving helmet, walk along the ocean floor for an up-close view of the teeming marine life darting about the coral reefs.
Depart from the pier and enjoy a leisurely drive north to Pigeon Island, a national park that is connected to the St. Lucia mainland by a man-made causeway. After a brief introduction to helmet diving, you'll be ready to explore the crystal-clear waters surrounding the island.
Helmet diving is easy to learn. Just slip the helmet comfortably over your head, so it rests on your shoulders. Air is supplied to the helmet through a tube connected to an air tank on the water's surface that follows wherever you walk. There's no air regulator or mouthpiece, so you can breathe just like you normally do. You can even wear prescription glasses or contact lenses because your head never gets wet throughout the entire helmet diving adventure.
The waters off Pigeon Island are teeming with colorful marine life such as flounder, blue tangs, parrotfish, spiny lobsters, arrow crabs and plenty more. Dependent upon the season, you might even see octopi, turtles and schools of sardinew as you effortlessly walk along the ocean floor.
Following your twenty-five minute Helmet diving experience, you'll have over ninety minutes of free time to swim at your leisure or explore other areas of the 40-acre island. In the 18th century, the British built Fort Rodney on one of Pigeon Island's twin peaks, and some of the buildings, defensive walls and cannons still remain. If it's a clear day, it's possible to see Martinique to the north. The park has a small restaurant on site where beverages and snacks are available for purchase. After your adventure on Pigeon Island, you'll rejoin your bus and transfer back to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion. The surfaces at Pigeon Island are a combination of sand, dirt, grass and gravel. The water activity is considered moderate and swimming skills are not required. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Cool, comfortable clothing worn over swimwear; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; towel; and flat, rubber-soled sandals are recommended. A pair of Crocs and the diving helmet are included. The minimum age to participate is 8 years old and children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. The sighting of marine life is not guaranteed.