Maria Islands

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.

Location

Maria Islands is located in the vicinity of Vieux Fort, on Saint Lucia; it is 1.2 miles to the east of Vieux Fort.

Maria Islands are only accessible by boat and must be led by a tour guide.

Nearby Restaurants

There are numerous eateries to choose from in the area surrounding Maria Islands. The Reef Beach Cafe, which dishes out Creole fare, offers convenient access to this wildlife reservation. The Reef Beach Cafe is a slight ways away, but far enough that you will probably decide to make advance plans for employing a viable type of transportation to get there. Also close-by, you and your group will encounter restaurants such as Island Breeze and Calabash where you and your group might try a bit of Caribbean meals and experience the St. Lucia culture.

Nearby Attractions

Additional local activities include Vieux Fort Lighthouse, which is one and an eighth miles away the vicinity of Vieux Fort. Also, you might consider checking out Independence Square, which is another nearby attraction.

Being able to choose from some other activities will ensure you won't run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this particular outdoor site are listed in the following table.

Attractions Near Maria Islands
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Vieux Fort Lighthouse Other Attraction 1.1 mi. (2.0 km) SW 1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Vieux Fort
Independence Square -- 1.5 mi. (0.5 km) W Downtown Vieux Fort
Morne Le Blanc Trail 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

More Information

Hours

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.

Policies

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.

Location: the vicinity of Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia

Website

http://slunatrust.org/sites/maria-island-nature-reserve

 

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