About Diamond Falls
Diamond Falls was probably the main attraction (as far as we were concerned) of the Diamond Botanical Gardens and Waterfall property.
What made this waterfall stand out was that its waters were laced with minerals as its stream emanated from rainwater mixed with volcanism.
This gave the falls a rather colorful appearance that seemed to change a lot depending on the mineral concentration in the water.
The falls itself was probably around 10-15m tall, and the walkways were well-mantained and signposted while meandering amongst a very large collection of plants and trees.
Such vegetation were important to the island either agriculturally or from a biodiversification standpoint.
We actually visited the Diamond Botanical Gardens as part of a boat tour on a particularly rainy day.
I’m sure we could’ve visited this place on our own a day earlier, but we chose not to do that considering we knew the Diamond Botanical Garden would be part of the boat tour we had already pre-booked on our visit to St Lucia in November 2008.
By the way, that tour also included a visit to the Sulphur Springs, which featured a steaming fumarole as well as an interesting waterfall.
Anyways, given the concentration of compounds (such as acids as well as minerals), the garden’s caretakers did not allow swimming at the Diamond Falls.
That said, there was said to be swimming allowed at the more diluted waters of Warm Mineral Falls (also called the Piton Waterfalls) near the Jalousie Hilton Spa and Resort between the Petit and Gros Pitons.
We didn’t visit that other waterfall, however, so we can’t say more about it.
Diamond Falls resides in the Soufriere Quarter of St Lucia. It is administered by the Diamond Botanical Gardens. For more information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting their website.
Getting to the botanical garden is a fairly straight-forward affair.
As we weaved our way through the narrow Soufriere streets, we eventually got onto to the Sir Arthur Lewis Street.
The turnoff to the garden was on the right a short distance before the bridge over the Soufriere River (around 2km east of Soufriere).
To give you some additional context, the drive from Gros Islet to Soufriere was about 54km (taking us about 90 minutes). It was another half-hour of driving very slowly towards the falls. Gros Islet was on the opposite side of the island from the airport some 65km away (or 90 minutes by vehicle). The flight from the Miami International Airport to the Saint Lucia Airport was on the order of 4 hours.
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