The 2,909-ha site near the town of Soufriere, includes the Pitons, two volcanic spires rising side by side from the sea ... More
Pitons Management Area
The 2,909-ha site near the town of Soufriere, includes the Pitons, two volcanic spires rising side by side from the sea (770-m 743-m high respectively), linked by the Piton Mitan ridge. The volcanic complex includes a geothermal field with sulphurous fumeroles and hot springs. Coral reefs cover almost 60% of sites marine area. A survey has revealed 168 species of finfish, 60 species of cnidaria, including corals, eight molluscs, 14 sponges, 11 echinoderms, 15 arthropods and eight annelid worms. Hawksbill turtles are seen inshore, whale sharks and pilot whales offshore. The dominant terrestrial vegetation is tropical moist forest grading to subtropical wet forest with small areas of dry forest and wet elfin woodland on the summits. At least 148 plant species have been recorded on Gros Piton, 97 on Petit Piton and the intervening ridge, among them eight rare tree species. The Pitons are home to some 27 bird species (five of them endemic), three indigenous rodents, one opossum, three bats, eight reptiles and three amphibians.
The Majestic Pitons, it's a must see attraction......spectacular. Also go to the Sulphur Springs..breathtaking...(have a mud bath). All part of the World Heritage Site. While you are in Souferiere visit the Famous Botanical Garden and Diamond falls.It was an excellent day tour with Jitan Tours.
I took a trip here in 2004, and had a wonderful time. The people there are a joy to be around, and the downtown area is very charming. We were told that Soufriere was slated to be totally changed soon to accomidate a large corporate resort. This will be very bad because a lot of history and culture would be lost. Be sure to avoid the Sandles or other big all inclusive resorts because you miss all the local fare, and they are super cheesy.
The Grand Petons are something to see. I woke up in the middle of the night on our cruise ship, looked out the window and there they were. We docked in Castries and drove all over the island, down to the Petons, and back up. Close to the Petons, you can visit volcanic sulpher pools and beautiful botanical gardens. We drank raw coconut milk out of a coconut, supplied by the natives. Of all the islands I have visited in the Caribbean, this was my favorite for its lush green, the Petons, the Volcano, the Natives, etc.