Enbas Saut Falls

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

About Enbas Saut Falls


Hiking Distance: 4km loop
Suggested Time: 1.5-2 hours

Date first visited: 2008-11-29
Date last visited: 2008-11-29

Waterfall Latitude: 13.84958
Waterfall Longitude: -61.00364

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Enbas Saut Falls (I’ve also seen it spelled En Bas 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.

Enbas_Saut_Falls_016_11292008 - Enbas Saut Falls
Enbas Saut Falls

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, we had to negotiate a pretty scary drive that I’d say would require a high clearance vehicle (and even then I still found it scary for reasons you can read about in the directions below).

Then, we had to hike a 4km loop that made us hot and sweaty given the humidity and the trail’s length as well as elevation loss and gain.

I believe it took us about 1.5-2 hours to complete this hike, as a result.

Enbas_Saut_Falls_025_11292008 - Julie checking out the Enbas Saut Falls
Julie checking out the Enbas Saut Falls

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).

However, getting away from the hustle-and-bustle of the resorts, crazy driving, and hectic towns for the quiet and peace within the forest made the overall experience worthwhile and more than just the waterfall.

Anyways, while it was possible to visit Enbas Saut Falls on our own (as there was a fee at the trailhead), it was not well signposted.

Prior to driving inland from Soufriere, we actually asked for directions at the nearby Diamond Botanical Gardens.

At the end of that inquiry, we ended up being accompanied by one of the tour guides there who happened to go by the name of Peter Simon.

So that pretty much took away whatever fears or uncertainties that we had in finding this rather obscure place.

The Loop Hike to Enbas Saut Falls

Enbas_Saut_Falls_004_11292008 - The long descent at the start of the hike to Enbas Saut Falls
The long descent at the start of the hike to Enbas Saut Falls

From the trailhead, we descended 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 made it down to the bottom, we saw a pretty amusing sign with arrows pointing all over the place.

Each arrow pointed in the general direction of destinations from all over the world that tourists like us would’ve definitely identify.

Next, we meandered about more jungle as the path flattened out somewhat.

Enbas_Saut_Falls_008_11292008 - The funny arrow sign at the bottom of the initial descent on the way to Enbas Saut Falls
The funny arrow sign at the bottom of the initial descent on the way to Enbas Saut Falls

I recalled that we had to cross the stream a few times until we eventually made it to the secluded Enbas Saut Falls.

We didn’t take the 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 (since I didn’t bring one on this hike).

That said, the picnic table would’ve also been better suited for picnicking in the peace and tranquility of this spot.

Enbas_Saut_Falls_053_11292008 - One of the hidden tiers upstream of Enbas Saut Falls
One of the hidden tiers upstream of Enbas Saut Falls

After having our fill of the Enbas Saut Falls, Peter Simon then guided us above the main drop of 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, the trail climbed relentlessly and for a seemingly long time.

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 to our parked rental car to complete the loop hike.

Authorities

Enbas Saut Falls resides in the Soufriere Quarter of St Lucia. It is administered by Government of Saint Lucia. For more information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting their website.

Enbas_Saut_Falls_008_jx_11292008 - Sign at the trailhead for the Enbas Saut Forest Trail
Enbas_Saut_Falls_001_11292008 - Julie embarking on the long descent at the start of the Enbas Saut Falls hike
Enbas_Saut_Falls_002_11292008 - Peter Simon showing Julie something during the long descent on the initial part of the Enbas Saut Falls Loop Hike
Enbas_Saut_Falls_006_11292008 - Still going down more steps en route to Enbas Saut Falls
Enbas_Saut_Falls_010_11292008 - About to cross the stream on the way to Enbas Saut Falls at the bottom of the descent
Enbas_Saut_Falls_021_11292008 - Direct view of the main Enbas Saut Falls from the picnic tables
Enbas_Saut_Falls_002_jx_11292008 - Looking directly at the Enbas Saut Falls
Enbas_Saut_Falls_004_jx_11292008 - Another more direct look at the Enbas Saut Falls
Enbas_Saut_Falls_029_11292008 - Looking downstream from the Enbas Saut Falls
Enbas_Saut_Falls_036_11292008 - Looking up above the uppermost tier of Enbas Saut Falls towards the jungle
Enbas_Saut_Falls_043_11292008 - Looking over the main tier of the Enbas Saut Falls towards the picnic tables
Enbas_Saut_Falls_051_11292008 - The peaceful looking upper waterfalls of Enbas Saut Falls accompanied by an intermediate tier
Enbas_Saut_Falls_058_11292008 - Leaving the humid forest at the end of a long ascent towards the end of the Enbas Saut Falls loop hike
Enbas_Saut_Falls_060_11292008 - Back on the road as we were now on the home stretch of the Enbas Saut Falls loop hike
Enbas_Saut_Falls_062_11292008 - Peter Simon showing us a particular fruit found along the road
Enbas_Saut_Falls_069_11292008 - Continuing on the road as we were headed back to our starting point of the Enbas Saut Falls Loop Hike
Enbas_Saut_Falls_072_11292008 - While walking the road from Enbas Saut Falls back to the parked car, we caught this glimpse of the mountains flanking the road
Enbas_Saut_Falls_076_11292008 - Julie and Peter Simon almost back at the car with Mt Gimie (I think) in the background

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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 car’s 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 (even though that was what did)!

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.

To give you some 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.

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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