Enbas Saut Falls

Edmund Forest Reserve / Fond St Jacques, Soufriere District, St Lucia

Rating: 1     Difficulty: 3
Enbas Saut Falls
Enbas Saut Falls lies deep in the Edmund Forest Reserve, which is dominated by rainforest as they're watched over by Morne Gimie (that's "Jimmy" not "gimme") and other surrounding mountains. The name of the falls means "underneath the falls" in French, and it might be because the water is said to be clean. We had this trail all to ourselves (except for the help of our guide Peter Simon) so it was quite a secluded spot to go for a cool swim for relief from the tropical heat.

A big reason why it was so quiet on this excursion was that we had to go on quite a bit of an adventure to get here.

First up was a pretty scary drive that I'd say would require a high clearance vehicle (and even then it was still scary; see directions below). Then, we had to hike a 4km loop that involved a bit of a hot and sweaty hike that started off with a lot of elevation loss and then ended with a long climb to regain that elevation while completing the loop hike. I believe it took us about 1.5-2 hours to do this hike.

The long descent at the start of the hike The falls itself wasn't big (probably no more than 7 or 8m tall for its main part with a 3m or so upper falls), but getting away from the hustle-and-bustle of the resorts, crazy driving, and towns for the quiet and peace within the forest mades the overall experience worthwhile.

While it was possible to visit Enbas Saut Falls on our own (there was a fee at the trailhead), it was not well signposted. We actually asked for directions at the nearby Diamond Botannical Gardens and ended up being accompanied by one of the tour guides who happened to be Peter Simon. I'll leave it up to you whether you want to hire a guide or not.

From the trailhead, we descended down many steps that seemed to go on forever. We lamented this rather relentless descent because we knew that we had to climb back up at the end of the hike. Once we were at the bottom of the descent, we saw a pretty amusing sign with arrows pointing all over the place with each arrow pointing in the general direction of destinations from all over the world that tourists like us would've definitely identified.

Next, we meandered about more jungle as the path flattened out somewhat. I recalled we had to cross the stream a few times until we eventually made it to the secluded Enbas Saut Falls. We didn't take time to swim here, but it looked like a pretty cool spot for a refreshing dip. Peter Simon showed us a few more lookout spots of the falls for different perspectives. I recalled there was also a picnic table here, which was pretty handy for acting as a kludgy tripod though it would've also been handy for picnicking in the peace and tranquility of this spot.

After having our fill of the falls, we were then guided above the falls where we saw a few more of its hidden tiers. Then, we continued on an alternate trail that climbed back up through a local farm before returning to the road at a different spot than where we started. As expected, this climb was relentless and long. So when we returned to the road, even though we still had a little bit more hiking to do on it, we definitely welcomed the flatter grade as well as the opportunity to check out the surrounding mountains.

Eventually, we returned to the trailhead and our parked rental car to complete the loop hike.

Directions: The driving involves heading east of Soufriere along the same road you'd take to get to Toraille Falls then continuing past the small town of Fond St Jacques.

Once past the town, the road really gets bad and it's not for the faint of heart because you'll have to maneuver the car so the wheels stay on concrete rails. If you happen to not stay on those narrow concrete rails, there's a real possibility that the wheels won't touch the ground (blocked by the undercarriage) and thus the vehicle wouldn't move. Now that's scary!

And I didn't even mention some of the very deep ruts cut across the road that might also conspire to scrape the underside of your car. I wouldn't even consider trying to come up here in a passenger car! Of course, you could also walk the roughly 6km each way past Fond St Jacques along the 4wd path if you don't want to hire a high clearance car.




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PHOTO JOURNAL
Julie checking out Enbas Saut Falls
A small but attractive upper tier of Enbas Saut Falls
Sign at the trailheadSign at the trailhead

Julie embarking on the long descentJulie embarking on the long descent

Peter Simon showing Julie something during the long descentPeter Simon showing Julie something during the long descent

Still going down more stepsStill going down more steps

Which way to go?Which way to go?

About to cross the streamAbout to cross a stream

Direct view of the main Enbas Saut Falls from the picnic tablesDirect view of the Enbas Saut Falls from the picnic tables

Looking downstream from the fallsLooking downstream from the falls

Looking up above the uppermost tier of Enbas Saut Falls towards the jungleLooking up above the uppermost tier of Enbas Saut Falls towards the jungle

Looking over the main tier of the falls towards the picnic tablesLooking over the main tier of the falls towards the picnic tables

The peaceful looking upper falls accompanied by an intermediate tierThe peaceful looking upper falls accompanied by an intermediate tier

Leaving the humid forest at the end of a long ascentLeaving the humid forest at the end of the long ascent

Back on the roadBack on the road

Peter Simon showing us a particular fruit found along the roadPeter Simon showing us a particular fruit found along the road

While walking the road back to the parked car, we caught this glimpse of the mountains flanking the road we were onWhile walking the road back to the parked car, we caught this glimpse of the mountains flanking the road we were on

Almost back at the car with I think Mt Gimie in the backgroundAlmost back at the car with I think Mt Gimie in the background


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS

Sweep from the bottom of the main falls to its top


Sweep from the upper waterfall to the top of the main waterfall


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MAP OF THE FALLS

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