In 1982, the government of St. Lucia declared Maria Islands a nature reserve. Today they function as a wildlife habitat where flora and fauna are protected and guests can learn about the unique tropical topography.
As visitors tour Maria Islands they will learn that there are over 80 plant species and five endemic reptile species on the islands, and that they serve as nesting grounds for multitudes of migratory birds from Africa each year.
Tours of the islands are directed by a knowledgeable guide who will explain all about the importance of these islands, then lead you to the shores, which are surrounded by coral reef and great for snorkeling.
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Maria Islands are only accessible by boat and must be led by a tour guide.
Set in the vicinity of Vieux Fort, Maria Islands invites local customers and visitors who are lodging in this part of Saint Lucia. Regardless of whether or not you are staying in this location, you should consider stopping by for some fun in the sun. In case you're wondering, Vieux Fort is one and a quarter miles (two kilometers) to the west.
There are a multitude of restaurants to pick from in the area around this nature preserve. The Reef Beach Cafe, which offers Creole fare, is also the closest restaurant to the nature preserve. The Reef Beach Cafe is maybe about three quarters of a mile from this wildlife reservation, so stop in and enjoy a meal. Bernard Piltie and are additional dining options close-by where visitors will be able to enjoy the local cuisine on St. Lucia.
You'll find at least one or two other places of interest nearby, including, which is one and an eighth miles away the vicinity of Vieux Fort. Also think about making the trip to , which is another nearby attraction.
There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of attractions nearby.
|Other Attraction||1.1 mi. (2.0 km)||SW||1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Vieux Fort|
|--||1.5 mi. (0.5 km)||W||Downtown Vieux Fort|
|Other Activities/Excursions||3.9 mi. (4.5 km)||WNW||2.8 mi. Northwest of Vieux Fort|
|La Tille Waterfall||GeoFeature||7.2 mi. (9.7 km)||N||6.0 mi. South of Dennery|
There are no set visiting hours of the Maria Islands, tours of the islands are available by reservation only.
Tours of Maria Island are generally unavailable between the months of May and August so that the migratory birds can use the time to nest in peace. This time frame is not a set one, and depends entirely upon the birds.
The use of cigarettes, alcohol, knives, machetes, matches, lighters, flammable liquids, fires, and loud noises are strictly prohibited on Maria Islands. It is unlawful to remove anything from the islands, and littering is severely frowned upon.
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