If you’re considering island hopping from St Lucia then this post is for you.
I’ve spent hours researching where you can visit on a day trip from St Lucia and put everything I’ve found into this handy guide.
This post includes which other islands you can visit from St Lucia and how to get there.
Day Trips From St Lucia To Other Islands
You can take a day trip from St Lucia to several nearby islands. The best ones for day trips are Martinique, Barbados, the Grenadines and Dominica.
You can also do an overnight trip to Grenada and Guadeloupe.
Check out the map below to see their locations in relation to St Lucia:
Day trips to other islands from St Lucia can be a little bit difficult to plan. There aren’t many day tours available so most of the time you’ll have to plan it yourself.
Flights between the islands are infrequent and expensive making day trips difficult.
There are some ferry options but the ferry only runs to certain islands in the area.
In a hurry? Here’s a quick overview of the options:
- Martinique – Best option for a day trip. Both flight and ferry options available.
- St Vincent & the Grenadines – Not possible to visit St Vincent but you can visit the Grenadines islands on a day tour.
- Barbados – You can do a day trip. There is no ferry but you can take a flight.
- Grenada – Not possible to do a day trip. You can fly and stay overnight.
- Dominica – A day trip is possible but involves 8 hours of travel by ferry. An overnight stay would be better. Both ferry and flight options available.
- Guadeloupe – Not possible to do a day trip. You can fly or take the ferry and stay overnight.
Don’t worry, below I will go into detail on each of these locations and explain exactly how you can visit them on a day trip (or an overnight stay for certain islands).
Day Trips From St Lucia to Martinique
One of the best day trips from St Lucia to another island is Martinique.
Martinique features an interesting blend of French and Creole culture.
It’s a great island to visit if you love natural beauty as you can visit impressive viewpoints which look out onto the ocean and you can explore the lively capital city of Fort-de-France.
Martinique’s beaches are like something out of a travel brochure so be sure to make a stop at one of them if you choose to visit.
How To Get From St Lucia To Martinique
Getting from St Lucia to Martinique is easy and you have several options.
You can either fly between the islands or take a ferry. The flight takes just 25 minutes and costs approximately $150 each way.
Flights depart most days each week making a day trip possible. Currently the only airline that operates direct flights from St Lucia to Martinique is Air Antilles.
Alternatively, the L’Express des îles ferry takes 1 hour and 30 minutes and costs approximately $50 each way.
As well as being cheaper, the ferry is my favorite option as it’s more scenic and you can often spot dolphins (and sometimes whales) in the ocean as you make the crossing.
The daily departure times vary so some days it may not be possible to do a day trip. You will need to be flexible with dates.
Tour From St Lucia To Martinique
If you’d prefer to book onto a tour that arranges the whole thing for you then you’ll be pleased to know that you have several options.
I spent some time researching various different Martinique day tour packages and the best one I could find was the Martinique Splendor’s all-inclusive tour.
Unfortunately at the moment they only offer this tour on Thursdays so there isn’t much choice for departure dates.
The cost is currently set at $325 for an adult and $270 for a child.
The tour departs from Rodney Bay Marina in St Lucia at 8:30AM and returns to the same place at 5:30PM so you get plenty of time to enjoy Martinique either on your own or with a guide.
Day Trip From St Lucia to St Vincent & the Grenadines
One of the best day trips from St Lucia is to the islands of the Grenadines.
Unfortunately there’s not currently any day trips to the main island of St Vincent, but you can easily explore the Grenadines.
There are very few direct flights between St Lucia and St Vincent with only a few flights each week. Due to the lack of flights, it wouldn’t be possible to do a day trip at all.
You can check for yourself with LIAT which is the Caribbean airline that flies between the two islands.
Additionally there is currently no ferry operating between St Lucia and St Vincent.
As I mentioned, you can easily visit the Grenadines though on a day trip.
From St Lucia, you take a 20-minute flight over to Canouan and from there you board a catamaran which then takes you to various islands including Tobago Cays and Mayreau.
Tour From St Lucia To The Grenadines
When it comes to island hopping from St Lucia, the Grenadines are definitely your best bet.
This tour which is run by Serenity Vacations & Tours costs $685 per person.
It’s pretty pricey but could be worth it if you want to see lots of different islands.
This tour includes:
- A visit to 3 different islands in the Grenadines
- The chance to swim with sea turtles and stingrays
- See tiny, uninhabited islands
- See wild iguanas and tortoises
- Snorkel at the impressive Horseshoe Reef
The Grenadines are breathtaking, postcard-perfect islands with crystal clear waters, swaying palm trees and white sand.
Some of the islands are pretty unknown and hard to get to on your own, like Mayreau. This means that you’ll sometimes be the only people there!
They’re great for snorkeling too. My personal favorite spot is Tobago Cays, which is a national marine park, where you can easily go snorkeling with sea turtles.
The tour itself is 10 hours long so you definitely get your money’s worth. It also includes a taxi which picks you up from your hotel and drops you off at the airport for your flight.
Additionally, everyone gets a window seat on the flight (so you can see the amazing views) which is just 20 minutes long.
How To Get From St Lucia To The Grenadines
Unfortunately it isn’t possible to take a flight or ferry by yourself to the Grenadines as there are currently none in operation.
The only way to do it is by booking onto a day tour as these tours use their own planes to fly you there and back.
If you don’t mind spending the money, it is also possible to charter a flight to the Grenadines.
Day Trip From St Lucia to Barbados
Another great day tour from St Lucia is to Barbados.
Barbados is known for its serene beaches that come in all shapes and sizes. They’re often rated as the Caribbean’s most beautiful.
Barbados is also known for being the birthplace of rum (rum tasting session anyone?) and for its lively capital city, Bridgetown.
How To Get From St Lucia To Barbados
Unfortunately there is no ferry from St Lucia to Barbados (or vice versa) but you can still visit the island for a day trip.
You will need to take a short 45-minute flight from St Lucia to Barbados. Flights cost on average around $180 per person for a one-way trip.
It’s possible to do a day trip if you book your first flight early in the morning and your return flight late in the evening.
You’ll easily be able to get at least 6 hours of time in Barbados itself.
Of course, if you don’t mind staying overnight you’ll get much more time to explore the island.
Currently there are no organized tours from St Lucia to Barbados so if you want to do this day trip, you’ll need to arrange it yourself.
Day Trip From St Lucia to Grenada
Unfortunately it’s not possible to do a day trip from St Lucia to Grenada.
If you have time to spare, you could fly over to Grenada and spend a few days there before returning to St Lucia (or flying onwards).
Several regional airlines fly between St Lucia and Grenada however they don’t have many flights.
There are usually only one or two flights each week meaning a day trip is impossible.
Grenada is a nature lover’s paradise as it’s well known for having rolling hills, incredible waterfalls, beautiful beaches and the world’s first ever underwater sculpture park.
The island is also known as the ‘Island of Spice’ due to its spice production. Nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon are commonly produced on the island.
It’s definitely worth visiting if you have the time.
How To Get From St Lucia To Grenada
The only way to get between St Lucia and Grenada is by plane.
If you manage to get yourself a direct flight, the flight time is just 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Having said that, direct flights are rare and most flights take over 4 hours as you have to stop on another island.
LIAT, InterCaribbean Airways and Air Antilles all fly the route but not very often.
This flight costs around $220 each way.
There is currently no ferry running between St Lucia and Grenada so this isn’t an option.
There are also currently no tours that take passengers from St Lucia to Grenada on a day trip so if you want to do this trip, you’ll need to arrange it yourself.
Day Trip From St Lucia to Dominica
Another day trip you can take from St Lucia is to Dominica.
Dominica is a vibrant and interesting country that is most famous for its mountainous terrain, waterfalls and volcanic National Park which includes the astonishing ‘Boiling Lake’.
Dominica is also home to the Caribbean’s highest mountain, Morne Diablotins, which stands at 1,447m high. It’s a great island for hiking and exploring nature.
How To Get From St Lucia To Dominica
The easiest way to get from St Lucia to Dominica is by ferry.
The L’Express des îles ferry offers departures most days from Castries in St Lucia to Dominica’s capital, Roseau.
The journey takes 4 hours and 15 minutes each way so be prepared for a long journey.
It is still possible to do this as a day trip (if you don’t mind 8hrs+ of ferry time).
If you catch the 8AM ferry from St Lucia, you will arrive in Dominica at 12:15PM in the afternoon.
You can then catch the 7:30PM ferry from Dominica which will arrive back in St Lucia at 11:45PM.
Although it’s a long day, this will give you a good 7 hours in Dominica to explore.
You could also stay overnight in Dominica if you want a more relaxing day and less time on the ferry.
The ferry costs approximately $50 per person each way.
Whilst it is possible to get a flight from St Lucia to Dominica, a day trip wouldn’t be possible as there just aren’t enough flights.
Additionally, there are very few direct flights between the two islands, so flights between them often take over 4 hours as you have to stopover on a different island.
LIAT, InterCaribbean Airways and Air Antilles all fly the route but not often.
If you manage to get a direct flight, it takes just 45 minutes and costs around $160 each way.
Unfortunately there aren’t currently any day tours you can take between the islands so if you want to visit, you’ll need to arrange everything yourself.
Day Trip From St Lucia to Guadeloupe
Another trip you can take from St Lucia is to Guadeloupe. Although a day trip isn’t possible as it’s slightly too far, you could easily do an overnight trip to this island.
Guadeloupe is a beautiful island that is great for bird watching, hiking and snorkeling.
It’s incredibly lush and green which makes it a haven for animals. Get lost in the jungle and discover epic waterfalls, winding rivers and undiscovered beaches.
How To Get From St Lucia To Guadeloupe
You can take a ferry from St Lucia to Guadeloupe.
The L’Express des îles ferry offers departures most days from Castries in St Lucia to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe.
As Guadeloupe isn’t super close to St Lucia, the ferry time takes 6 hours and 45 minutes.
Due to the ferry timings, it isn’t possible to do a day trip to Guadeloupe but you could stay overnight and have enough time to see the island before heading back to St Lucia.
The ferry costs approximately $60 per person each way.
You could also take a flight between St Lucia and Guadeloupe but, similarly to other locations on this list, direct flights are infrequent and rare.
Air Antilles is the only airline that offers flights between St Lucia and Guadeloupe (both direct and indirect options).
A direct flight between St Lucia and Guadeloupe would take 1 hour and 40 minutes and costs around $210 each way.
Unfortunately there aren’t currently any day tour options to Guadeloupe so if you want to visit then you’ll have to arrange it yourself.
St Lucia Day Trips
Although it can be exciting to visit a completely different island, there are also tons of amazing day trips within St Lucia itself.
Additionally as there are very few organized tours to other islands available, a day trip within St Lucia itself is your best option for an easygoing, relaxing day.
Here’s a few of my favorite St Lucia day tours:
- St Lucia Land & Sea Tour – Visit all of St Lucia’s top attractions including the drive-in volcano, Toraille Waterfall, the Piton mountains and go snorkeling.
- ATV Tour – Ride along nature trails and explore St Lucia’s coastline on an ATV.
- Rum Tasting Tour – Taste several local rums and learn about how they are made.
- Catamaran Cruise With Snorkeling – Explore St Lucia by catamaran. Snorkel in two of St Lucia’s best snorkeling spots and stop at several main attractions along the way.
Booking St Lucia day tours like these are super fun and a great way to spend your vacation.
I personally would opt for one of these over some of the day trips to other islands because it’s quicker (no long travel times) and there’s more organized tours to choose from!
And that’s it!
Thanks for reading this post all about day tours from St Lucia to other islands.
Another fantastic activity you can do by yourself is swimming with turtles in St Lucia.
There’s several specific locations all over the island where you have a great chance of seeing these magical creatures up close and personal.
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