Road Trip - Pitons and Soufriere Bay
09 February 2016 | St Lucia
We got a look at the Pitons while on our road trip, which are those two very tall very steep mountains. Amazing!!!
So, a few days later we decided to take a mooring in Soufriere bay pictured above. The bay looks idyllic below the peaks of the Pitons, but looks can be deceiving.
Soufriere bay was nothing like the comfortable and friendly Rodney bay. We were accosted by the 1st boat boy more than 3 miles out as we approached the bay. Taking a mooring is a must in this very deep water bay, and without a boat boy to help, you have no idea which moorings are available and who to pay.
After being securely moored (I snorkeled it to ensure that it wasn't in disrepair, since there were obvious signs of previous damage), then every hour or so, we were hailed to buy this or that. Even children got in the game, but they wanted us to share something with them... and if they didn't feel like we shared enough, they asked for more sharing.
There was some sort of squabble between our boat boy and another. The other boat boy angrily raced his dinghy around our boat and a few others seemingly in an attempt to create an uncomfortable wake. Too late, we were already uncomfortable.
This whole harbor becomes a washing machine of wake during the day as tour boats and boat boys travel with maximum wake. It is all compounded by the rock walls around the harbor which reflect the wake rather than absorb it.
Then we dinghy into town, heading for one dinghy dock, a boat boy immediately runs toward us and starts yelling at us to dock along another section... probably his assigned section... so rather than deal with that, we simply motored right past the whole dock down to a completely different dock, where we encountered a less aggressive boat boy who wanted to tie up our dinghy... it is unwise to let someone else tie up and lock your dinghy... that's the captain's responsibility. Don't help us when help isn't needed or wanted.
Outside of the grocery store an aggressive pan-handler demanded that we give him money. When I reached into my pocket to find some change, and he demanded even more aggressively... holding his hand in my face... so Nicki and I both shouted NO... and walked quickly away, giving him nothing. I have no charity for those who demand it as if entitled.
We scheduled a snorkeling tour for $80 in Eastern Caribbean currency, which we probably could have done on our own with our own dinghy. The tour guide reminded us before the tour that we needed to tip him.
All this happened within 5 hours of arriving in Soufriere.
Although we had prepaid our mooring for 2 days ($100 EC for the mooring and $30 EC for the boy to help find it), we seriously considered leaving immediately, because this place has become F'ing annoying. We decided to stay to avoid making waves with customs and immigration by departing without checking out.
Our dinghy anchor was stolen from our dinghy at Soufriere, probably by one of the dock boys that were supposedly watching our dinghy.
Cruising is sometimes sunshine and beaches. But, other times we are treated as if we are nothing more than someone's meal ticket.