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Is that the 3 - 3 1/2 snorkeling trip? Sounds like its longer than that. I love Anse Chastenet and Jalousie beach snorkeling. I may contact Spencer. He just switched me to the Jalousie beach one. I'm sure he won't mind. And do you think that the people who were snorkeling on the 2 stop went longer than 3 hours?

 

We just did this on Spencer's and had a great time. 4 of us got dropped off at Anse Chastenet and had a little more than 1 1/2 hours snorkeling time there while the rest of the group went to the mud bath. One of Spencer's guys stayed with us and took care of everything we needed. The snorkeling was great, water clear and plenty of sea life. Because there are two resorts on the beach there is a bar with food and drinks, for a price, and a gift shop.

The boat came back for the 4 of us, we picked up the group from mud bath and boated down to Jalousie beach, between the Pitons. Snorkeling again was good - water clear, plenty of fish. But we were on the public side of the beach, which was very rocky and had fewer chairs. The beach on the resort side was much nicer, but we were told it was $50 to use one of their chairs. We were on that beach for a little more than 2 hours, which included a lunch of roasted chicken and some veggies.

We had a great time and would definitely use Spencer's again. Hope this helps

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We just did this on Spencer's and had a great time. 4 of us got dropped off at Anse Chastenet and had a little more than 1 1/2 hours snorkeling time there while the rest of the group went to the mud bath. One of Spencer's guys stayed with us and took care of everything we needed. The snorkeling was great, water clear and plenty of sea life. Because there are two resorts on the beach there is a bar with food and drinks, for a price, and a gift shop.

The boat came back for the 4 of us, we picked up the group from mud bath and boated down to Jalousie beach, between the Pitons. Snorkeling again was good - water clear, plenty of fish. But we were on the public side of the beach, which was very rocky and had fewer chairs. The beach on the resort side was much nicer, but we were told it was $50 to use one of their chairs. We were on that beach for a little more than 2 hours, which included a lunch of roasted chicken and some veggies.

We had a great time and would definitely use Spencer's again. Hope this helps

I just want to add that the entire beach is "public". The resort has their resort only or pay for chairs on the "sandy" side of the beach and their free / non resort chairs on the rocky side where the Coral for snorkeling is. There is also better shade in the rocky/ snorkel side.

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I've been emailing spencer all day and he arranged for us to go with another couple who wanted the same thing to go to both beaches and have lunch. It's a full day snorkel excursion instead of 1/2 day and it's $105. I said the 1/2 is fine and he said this way we can get more time at anse chastenet then go over and meet up with everyone at jalousie. I really like this option because it's like herods old tour. Going to bat cave, Dr Doolittle beach...I love st Lucia and snorkeling. I will definitely post when I return in april.

 

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I am doing the Jalousie/Sugar Beach tour in early March. I can’t wait.

 

 

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We just did this on Spencer's and had a great time. 4 of us got dropped off at Anse Chastenet and had a little more than 1 1/2 hours snorkeling time there while the rest of the group went to the mud bath. One of Spencer's guys stayed with us and took care of everything we needed. The snorkeling was great, water clear and plenty of sea life. Because there are two resorts on the beach there is a bar with food and drinks, for a price, and a gift shop.

The boat came back for the 4 of us, we picked up the group from mud bath and boated down to Jalousie beach, between the Pitons. Snorkeling again was good - water clear, plenty of fish. But we were on the public side of the beach, which was very rocky and had fewer chairs. The beach on the resort side was much nicer, but we were told it was $50 to use one of their chairs. We were on that beach for a little more than 2 hours, which included a lunch of roasted chicken and some veggies.

We had a great time and would definitely use Spencer's again. Hope this helps

 

I don't know if we were out the same day, but this is what happened when we were on the Land, Sea and Beach tour as well. A couple of snorkelers got dropped at Anse Chastenet first thing and then rejoined us (apparently by boat) at Jalousie, then we all went back to Castries together. Their tour was therefore the same length as our tour, about 6 hours. We left at 8:30-9am and got back at 2:30pm.

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My husband and I went on Spencer's Snorkeling Adventure. The crew were fabulous. They took us to 2 amazing beaches, Anse Castanet and Sugarand pointed out fabulous sites from the boat, such as the Pitons. The snorkeling was great! I highly recommend this company.

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My husband and I went on Spencer's Snorkeling Adventure. The crew were fabulous. They took us to 2 amazing beaches, Sugar/Jalousie Beach and Anse Castanet, and pointed out fabulous sites from the boat, such as the Pitons. The snorkeling was great! I highly recommend this company.

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I haven't toured with Cosol so I can't say for sure, but I did hear a number of people on our ship mentioning that they had spent an hour and a half each way in a van to get to Soufriere with other operators. That would be a dealbreaker for me - not only do I hate wasting half my day in transit, but I get carsick rather easily. The speedboat is definitely worth a few extra bucks to me, although the lunch most definitely was not.

 

So I am really sad to hear this, as I just booked this exact tour for our first trip to St. Lucia in November. :( I have to agree with you the main reason we also chose Spencers was to avoid a long bus ride on winding roads (been there and done that before). Thought this would be a fun day based on all the great reviews I had read (also do a lot of research beforehand). Now I'm second-guessing my decision?? Maybe you just had an off-day per chance?? But I have to agree with you I would not have been happy if I experienced what you did on your time on the island for the price paid. I just thought this tour included a lot of the highlights for first time trip on St. Lucia. Thanks for your review and will be looking out for others experiences until closer to our cruise.

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First time booking the Gros Piton climb with Spencer Ambrose.....not a fan! We followed the meeting instructions only to find (by accident) that it had been changed. Even though this company states the tour leaves promptly at a certain time....it doesn't, at least not this day. There was a lot of hurry up and wait going on. We finally boarded a speed boat, only to disembark and board another boat. First stop was for a bag of ice...come on, you're a professional company....have a cooler(s) with ice ready to go before picking up guests. Anyway, we arrived at the 2nd beach drop for the climb. According to our tour guide (not affiliated with Spencer Ambrose), we arrived quite late and time probably did not allow us to climb to the top. Regardless, we made it to the 1/2 way mark, it was a difficult climb, but amazing. We descended and eventually met Spencer Ambrose in the boat who took us to Sugar Beach to join the rest of the guests who had booked the beach day only. Huge let down, beach crowded, not much sun and food so so....and all ice had turned to water......rum punch not the same without ice...lol. Speed boat ride on the way back was over crowded. Guides tried desperately to get us to stand up and dance.....hint, if you want a party boat on the return, put us on a boat where you can actually stand up and party....friggin ridiculous. So there, that's my experience. My advice, if you have an interest in climbing the Pitons, hire a private car so that you get to the Pitons early. If you are doing the beach day only,,,,,,,much better beaches than Sugar Beach.

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First time booking the Gros Piton climb with Spencer Ambrose.....not a fan! We followed the meeting instructions only to find (by accident) that it had been changed. Even though this company states the tour leaves promptly at a certain time....it doesn't, at least not this day. There was a lot of hurry up and wait going on. We finally boarded a speed boat, only to disembark and board another boat. First stop was for a bag of ice...come on, you're a professional company....have a cooler(s) with ice ready to go before picking up guests. Anyway, we arrived at the 2nd beach drop for the climb. According to our tour guide (not affiliated with Spencer Ambrose), we arrived quite late and time probably did not allow us to climb to the top. Regardless, we made it to the 1/2 way mark, it was a difficult climb, but amazing. We descended and eventually met Spencer Ambrose in the boat who took us to Sugar Beach to join the rest of the guests who had booked the beach day only. Huge let down, beach crowded, not much sun and food so so....and all ice had turned to water......rum punch not the same without ice...lol. Speed boat ride on the way back was over crowded. Guides tried desperately to get us to stand up and dance.....hint, if you want a party boat on the return, put us on a boat where you can actually stand up and party....friggin ridiculous. So there, that's my experience. My advice, if you have an interest in climbing the Pitons, hire a private car so that you get to the Pitons early. If you are doing the beach day only,,,,,,,much better beaches than Sugar Beach.

That's the reason I didn't want to do climb from beach. I think it's longer that way. Spencer actually told me that and said it was my call to do that or another excursion. I mapped it and noted how long it was and figured I'd do it if/when staying in st Lucia. I believe when you approach on land it's about 30 minutes up that you save on walking. Of course the drive there negates the time saved. I would do this one off the ship excursion also

 

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A little concerned about upcoming tour with Spencer after reading so many recent reports of faulty equipment, crowds, etc. stayed away from Cosol due to long drive. Any other suggestions?

 

 

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A little concerned about upcoming tour with Spencer after reading so many recent reports of faulty equipment, crowds, etc. stayed away from Cosol due to long drive. Any other suggestions?

 

 

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I have been with Spencer before and had no problems.

 

However, the latest reviews about faulty boats are making me a bit uncomfortable to book again.

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I have been with Spencer before and had no problems.

 

 

 

However, the latest reviews about faulty boats are making me a bit uncomfortable to book again.

 

 

 

I haven’t seen anything about faulty boats is this on another thread?

I am booked with him in March.

 

 

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I haven’t seen anything about faulty boats is this on another thread?

I am booked with him in March.

 

 

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There was a recent posting about a group that experienced a engine problem. I went on the snorkel adventure with Spencer back in late November and the boat we were on seemed well maintained and good running. I will also be going back next month and I'll be going with Spencer again, it was the best excursion we ever been on:)

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We had a significant problem with Spencer a couple years ago. A busy day in port and he over scheduled. When people got upset with his poor service he lost his cool and started yelling at some folks. Never again for us

 

 

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We did the Jalousie Beach Break a few years ago with Spencer Ambrose. Unless you want to pay an additional $50 per chair to rent a chair from the Sugar Beach Resort, you will be delegated to a small area of the beach to the left of the dock with limited number of loungers. Now, Spencer's boats can usually get there pretty fast before the other tours make it there, but it really isn't ideal. I am not sure I would do it again unless I was willing to fork out the additional $50pp to rent chairs in the larger and less cramped section of the beach in front of the Sugar Beach Resort. The beach is pretty cool and the view of the Pitons from land and sea is awesome. I did finally make a video of our Jalousie Beach Break excursion if anyone wants to check it out.

 

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We did the Jalousie Beach Break a few years ago with Spencer Ambrose. Unless you want to pay an additional $50 per chair to rent a chair from the Sugar Beach Resort, you will be delegated to a small area of the beach to the left of the dock with limited number of loungers. Now, Spencer's boats can usually get there pretty fast before the other tours make it there, but it really isn't ideal. I am not sure I would do it again unless I was willing to fork out the additional $50pp to rent chairs in the larger and less cramped section of the beach in front of the Sugar Beach Resort. The beach is pretty cool and the view of the Pitons from land and sea is awesome. I did finally make a video of our Jalousie Beach Break excursion if anyone wants to check it out.

 

 

Great video. Thank you for sharing! :) I have been snorkeling there also (2017), some of the best snorkeling I have experienced.

have a few questions: Did you end up getting chairs to the left? How did the rum punch taste? :)

 

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Great video. Thank you for sharing! :) I have been snorkeling there also (2017), some of the best snorkeling I have experienced.

have a few questions: Did you end up getting chairs to the left? How did the rum punch taste? :)

 

Thank you.

We did get chairs to the left. They were fine, but the area is a little cramped and under a lot of trees. I think it would be worth it to just fork over the extra $50pp for chairs at Sugar Beach Resort. I really don't recall the rum punch, so apparently it wasn't memorable.

 

I wasn't really that impressed with the snorkeling. Lots of great fish as you can see in the video, but the reef was pretty much dead otherwise. No great corals to be seen, thus why you don't see much else on the snorkeling front in that video. There really wasn't anything else to show other than that school of fish.

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We have just returned from our cruise during which 4 of us used Spencer Ambrose for the day tour to Sugar Beach. We had a great time and cant recommend his company enough for a relaxing day--including a great lunch provided plus of course the homemade rum punch!

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Just did Spencer last week - check out my detailed post. Never again! Beach crowded, food just ok, boat - not a speed boat but a smoking the entire trip fishing boat. Spencer gave no compensation.

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Just recently returned from a Celebrity Cruise that included St. Lucia. Didn't care for the ship's excursion to the Pitons. It was on a big boat (maybe 40 people?), had loud music, horrible rum punch, no beach time (they anchored in the water off shore and you swam to the snorkeling site), snorkeling was only so-so. I wouldn't do it again.

 

On the other hand, we saw some of Spencer Ambrose's boats, and others, and they were pretty small, not much shade, etc.

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We were at Jaloiuse beach last week, not on a Spencer Ambroise tour, but we hired a catamaran from another company. Our whole day was amazing, but I wouldn't want to spend too long on that beach. The area which isn't used by the resort is small and cramped, and the beds aren't very comfortable. The snorkeling would have been great, but everyone was getting little stings/bites from something in the water. I think they were baby jellyfish, because I saw a couple, but the locals call them 'sea lice'

If you are going to snorkel there consider a long sleeved swimtop, to at least protect some of your body from the stings. (they do go off after a couple of hours, and the little marks on my skin had gone by that evening)

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