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.


Located in the vicinity of Vieux Fort, Maria Islands always welcomes customers rooming in this area of Saint Lucia. Even if you are not staying particularly close, you should feel free to stop by for some fun in the sun. If you're wondering, Vieux Fort is one and a quarter miles (two kilometers) to the west.

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

Nearby Restaurants

There are many dining options to choose from in the region near Maria Islands. The nearest eatery to Maria Islands is The Reef Beach Cafe, which sells Creole fare. The dining establishment is a short distance off, but far-removed enough that you might decide to make arrangements for using a type of transportation to travel there. Bernard Piltie and Flavours Ice Cream & Restaurant are some of the additional dining possibilities in close to this natural attraction where travelers will have the chance to give your taste buds a treat and enjoy the St. Lucia scene.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find some other activities in the area, including Vieux Fort Lighthouse, which is one and an eighth miles away the vicinity of Vieux Fort. Furthermore, you can consider heading over to Independence Square, which is another attraction in the area.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, you'll find the closest ones 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


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.

Location: the vicinity of Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia



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