Owia Salt Pond Tour
Duration: Half Day
The stunning Caribbean islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines boast a strikingly diverse range of landscapes and a wealth of natural treasures between them, making this one of the most beautiful island nations in the world. Lush mountain peaks, volcanic black-sand beaches, pristine white sandy bays and tropical rainforests are just some of the scenic highlights, but there is so much more to discover besides. This tour will take you to the famous Owia Salt Pond on the north-eastern coast of St. Vincent, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch and a refreshing swim in breathtaking surroundings.
Departing from Kingstown, your tour begins with a scenic, two-hour drive along St Vincent’s windward coastline, during which you can enjoy a wealth of natural treasures on the way. Just beyond the village of Georgetown you will see the Rabacca Dry River, which was carved by the lava flow from La Soufriére Volcano’s eruption in 1902. You can also Black Point Tunnel, which was dug by the British in 1815 with the help of slave labour to provide an access route for sugar exports, as well as some of the most beautiful black-sand beaches in the world.
We finally reach the village of Owia, which is home to many of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ indigenous people – the Black Caribs. Making our way down to the sea, we come to Owia Salt Pond, one of the island’s most spectacular natural features. Enclosed by volcanic rock boulders and ridges, this huge, protected bathing pool is constantly supplied with sea water from the powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Traditionally, the salt pond has been used as a therapeutic bathing pool, and it will certainly leave you restored and rejuvenated. Aside from swimming, snorkeling is also popular here with visitors as the pool is inhabited by an abundance of reef fish and brightly-coloured sea creatures, as well as some impressive coral formations. This giant natural aquarium is a delight to explore.
Owia Salt Pond is also a popular spot for picnics, so sit back and enjoy a delicious lunch and glass of rum punch whilst enjoying magnificent views of the crashing Atlantic surf and lush mountain peaks in the distance. This unique experience will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your holiday in St Vincent.
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