Grand Eden Estate
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  • Leecee
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time at Grand Eden Estate
    This is a tour with a little bit of everything. Sylvanus took us on a walk through his eco farm and rainforest to see all kinds of plants, trees, flowers and birds. He pointed out all kinds of plants that the local people grow to eat and to use for medicinal purposes, much of which he learned through knowledge passed down from his family. He also has a keen eye for birds: we saw a variety, including the St. Lucia parrot! We also climbed uphill to a beautiful view of the Pitons and were surprised to find out how many there are. We got to sample some fruits and veggies from the farm, and roasted a few cashews, all of which were delicious. Sylvanus has a knack for explaining things is a warm, engaging way, weaving in some family anecdotes, local history, fun facts and humor. We even learned a bit of Kweyol: tout bagay bon. We had a great time!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Irina D
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    This was an amazing tour. Although we did not get to see any parots, Sylvanus made this worth every penny. He took us on a walk through his eco farm and rainforest to see all kinds of plants, trees, flowers and birds. He pointed out all kinds of plants that the local people grow to eat and to use for medicinal purposes. Sylvanus was very hospitable and let us try all sort of fruits from his farm and roasted cashews for us. The best cashews I've ever tried.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Christopher J
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great find!!!
    My wife came across this via trip advisor and even our tour guide had not heard of it. Truly a one of a kind experience on the island. We were greeted by our very pleasant farm guide Silvo and the adventure began. We travelled off the beaten path in a 4x4 vehicle. Silvo best described the road as "a road that makes you dance even if you don't want to". Once we reached to farm it was a true oasis. Silvo gave each of us our "third leg" (Walking stick) for the hilly terrain ahead of us. Along the 2-1/2 hour tour he explained many of the native plants and trees to us as well as the birds that frequent many of the farms fruit trees. We ate over 8 local fruits and vegetables right off the trees they were growing on. The views were incredible and the highlight for me was roasting fresh cashews on an open fire. I highly recommend this for anyone willing to get out of the touristy areas and experience the amazing beauty of nature and the people of St. Lucia. This truly was a highlight of our visit to St. Lucia. Great job Silvo and team. Keep up the amazing work!!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Jami F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    “Lets Venture”
    This is the mantra of Silvanus, the gentle patriarch of this one-of-a-kind farm tour. You can stop reading the reviews and book now, everyone attests to the perfect 5 star fact that this experience WILL BE the pinnacle of your St. Lucia adventure! An intimate, educational and uniquely edible tour highlighting tropical bird, tree, plant and garden species within a backdrop of exquisite scenery with breathtaking views. Silvanuss’ vast knowledge and contagious passion is unsurpassed and beyond welcoming; blending his ancient ancestral wisdom and stories with current applications of sustainability… “Lets Venture” With love and respect Silvanus, Jami & G… See you again soon!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 5, 2023
  • Jake R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    I hope Sylvo’s mom is getting a special meal ready because this review can’t say enough good things about our experience at Grand Eden Estate. We loved seeing the estate and the natural views it captures of the island. Sylvo was so knowledgeable of his surroundings (plants, animals, landscape) and you could easily see that he enjoyed sharing and teaching about these. We never felt rushed, but we had an adventure and bonded with nature. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for an authentic activity in Soufrière.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 8, 2023
  • Alex L
    Cambridge, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Birder's paradise!
    We had a fantastic afternoon with Silvanus and Zee, who gave us an excellent introduction to the flora and fauna of the St. Lucia rainforest. We only read about this tour the day before our visit, but we sent Silvanus a WhatsApp message and he agreed to give us a tour the following day. When we had trouble with Google Maps, he then offered to meet us at our previous destination, and when the final section of road proved too much for our small hire car, he gave us a lift the rest of the way. The 3-hour tour showcased a wide range of trees, flowers, fruits and nuts on the estate, with fun and interesting pieces of information about various traditional uses of particular plants. We were able to taste several fruits, fresh coconut, and flame-roasted cashews and corn. The highlight of the tour though was the bird life: we saw a St. Lucia Oriole, the St. Lucia Warbler, a variety of finches and threshers (including the St. Lucia Black Finch), a Broad-Winged Hawk, all three hummingbird/carib species on the island, and SEVEN St Lucia Parrots!! Add to that a mongoose and one of the most engaging and cheerful guides I've ever met, and this was an excellent trip. If you like nature, this trip is a must!!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 11, 2023
  • Megan F
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-do in St. Lucia
    I cannot say enough good things about this tour. Watching, listening to, and learning from Silvano about the rainforest was incredible. He is so knowledgeable about the plants and animals and caters the tour to entice guests to harbor the same interest. He has a slice of heaven and it is a blessing that he has chosen to share it with those lucky enough to take the opportunity!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Cheyenne A
    Houston, Texas2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    MUST GO!
    Where to start?! The best trip of our week and a half stay here in St Lucia. If you can only do one thing, please do this! Getting there is not for the faint of heart. Takes you off roading a ways but it’s so worth it. Like all the reviews, google maps will be no help here or anywhere on the island. We got to do our tour in the pouring rain and it did not stop us from enjoying every minute. It made us feel more connected with nature. Bookerty was our guide and he is very passionate about his work. He’s so involved with the tour and explains everything so well. It was a good time. Bon Bagay!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 15, 2024
  • Tour33086379611
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic and fun day out with chance to see local St Lucia bird life and sample some tropical food growing there.
    It was a great trip out. All the staff were really nice and helpful and very focussed on giving us a good time and also experiencing the local flora and fauna (in particular the bird life) . We would really recommend it. We arrived in the pouring rain but all soon cleared and we had fantastic views . Tried coconut water out of the shell, grapefruit off the tree and freshly roasted cashew nuts. You won't be disappointed. Peter and Rachel, UK
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 23, 2024
  • D-C
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent rainforest tour
    Tout bagay bon! Don’t hesitate booking a tour of Grand Eden Estate rainforest. We wanted to take the tour but, based on review comments, were concerned about the road conditions getting there. We sent a WhatsApp message (+1 758-729-4882) and Silvanus responded within the hour, asked our date preference, and he offered to meet us in Fond St Jacques and drive us to the Estate. Note: You must pre-book the tour at least 24hr in advance since each tour is private for your group. We booked on Tuesday for a Friday tour. There is no online booking but making arrangements with Silvanus over WhatsApp was easy and he was very responsive. We arranged to meet in the parking lot of the Fond St Jacques Roman Catholic Church. Recommend you use the maps.me App for directions as the church is not on Google maps. We drove from Soufriere taking the road past Toraille Waterfall. On reaching Fond St Jacques, look for the Fond St Jacques Combined School (on left) and about 1/4 mile further (as the road curves sharply right) there is a bus shelter on the left. Make a left turn here into Fond St Jacques Rd and a short distance down is the church on the right (next to the MoneyGram sign and opposite a wall mural). There is ample parking. If you reach the sign for Le Belvedere restaurant you’ve gone too far! We met Silvanus at the church as planned and he drove us into the rainforest. The road wasn’t as bad as some reviews suggest (we think there have been some recent improvements) but we were happy Silvanus was driving! At the Estate entrance he provided us with a walking pole which turned out to be essential since the day of our tour was on/off rain showers (mostly on!) and the terrain was a bit slick even with hiking shoes, but not difficult. The weather did not spoil the experience. As other reviews mention Silvanus is passionate about what he does. He explained about the various plants/trees and their medicinal properties, and we sampled edibles along the way. At the end of the tour we roasted cashew nuts and sampled some local wine/rum. Despite the weather we were able to complete the tour and saw many native St Lucia land birds (eg all 3 types of hummingbirds, bullfinch, warbler, finch, flycatcher, oriole). While we did not see, but heard the Peewees and Parrots. The estate tour lasted about 3 hr and “tout bagay bon” (Silvanus said this translated to “everything is good” in St Lucian creole). Without hesitation we recommend Grand Eden Estate tour. FYI. A short walk from the church is Le Belvedere restaurant. We had a wonderful authentic St Lucian lunch here.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 27, 2024
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Kooloval1
Melton Mowbray, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
This must be the best bird watching place on St lucia. Silvanus is so in tune with his environment & knows his bird types, their calls & points them out for us to enjoy. We saw most of the endemic + 5 st Lucian parots in different areas 1 flew low past us so we could see its green back while another flew close as we tracked them. Other species were the st lucia oriole, scaly breasted thrasher,grey trembler, antillean euphonia, St lucia warbler,crested & other humingbirds, bananquit, king bird, bullfinch etc. We spent some hours with silvanus who showed us his crops, explained all the plants & their medicinal uses, he picked pink grapefruits from the trees & sampled other tastes & smells of plants with us. This was a relaxed walk with no hurry by a man passionate about his work eager to share that with everyone. Hard to beat for an authentic St lucia wildlife experience.
Keep going from Fond St Jacques up to Migny & follow the rough track to the top & take the left fork to the Eden Estate.
Written March 9, 2020
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Kareem L
Cartagena, Colombia12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
There are few times in life we can be at absolute peace and one of these times is at Grand Eden Estate. I was part of a group of 12 adults and 4 children who camped at Grand Eden for 3 nights and 4 days. We were impressed by the tranquility of the estate in the cool heights of Migny, Soufriere. Surrounded by lush vegetation, nestled on Wilbert’s well organized, beautiful farm we pitched our tents, kicked off our boots and embraced the estate. Children picked berries, played with rabbits whilst the adults cooked, laughed in an atmosphere of being detached with the daily hustle of life. Wilbert, the estate overseer, farmer, historian, ornithologist, tour guide and now friend, treated us like family. His riddles and stories kept the nights alive and his vast knowledge of the area and all the species of parrots and indigenous birds made our tours ever more insightful. He was careful and kind on all our hikes and we felt safe at all times in his presence. We opted for breakfast to be prepared by Wilbert and his team at the estate. The fresh dishes, teas and hot cocoa were nothing short of amazing. Needless to say, we will be returning and are all looking forward to it.
Written June 16, 2022
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Chasing_waterfalls
Caribbean13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
My 1st time visiting this place I thought of it as a little piece of heaven on earth. Whether you're a nature lover or just enjoy new experiences, the farm is a peaceful place and host "Wilbert" is very knowledgeable about the different types of birds on the island, their distintive sounds, trees, plants ( afterall he is a farmer 😉), and will give you a little piece of history which we enjoyed on our short hike to get a view of the historic Pitons, and the tallest mountain on island " Mount Gimme". Afterwards there was a "farm to table" lunch which was quite delicious.

On my second visit we decided to gather some friends and camp to get more out of the experience and visited a waterful near by and explored the property a little bit more. It was all worth it especially at nights where we got to witness such beautiful Astro activity at nights. If you do decide to take up camping, do it. But you are forwarned it get very cold at nights, do not pack light for bedtime.

It was a wonderful experience that we would definitely do in the near future. Can't wait.
Written April 5, 2021
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Christopher J
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
My wife came across this via trip advisor and even our tour guide had not heard of it. Truly a one of a kind experience on the island. We were greeted by our very pleasant farm guide Silvo and the adventure began. We travelled off the beaten path in a 4x4 vehicle. Silvo best described the road as "a road that makes you dance even if you don't want to". Once we reached to farm it was a true oasis. Silvo gave each of us our "third leg" (Walking stick) for the hilly terrain ahead of us. Along the 2-1/2 hour tour he explained many of the native plants and trees to us as well as the birds that frequent many of the farms fruit trees. We ate over 8 local fruits and vegetables right off the trees they were growing on. The views were incredible and the highlight for me was roasting fresh cashews on an open fire. I highly recommend this for anyone willing to get out of the touristy areas and experience the amazing beauty of nature and the people of St. Lucia. This truly was a highlight of our visit to St. Lucia. Great job Silvo and team. Keep up the amazing work!!
Written October 14, 2023
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MrandMrsY
Watford, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We had a fabulous tour of the Grand Eden Estate with the wonderful Silvanus. Silvanus grew up close to the reserve and his knowledge of the local flora and fauna is outstanding. His ability to identify bird calls and spot the birds amongst the dense rainforest foliage meant that we were able to see all the island's endemic bird species during our morning walk. We thoroughly enjoyed everything about the tour, which included a chance to taste fresh coconuts and produce from the local farm and roast delicious cashews on a fire. We also sampled so of the local spirits, which are not to be missed!
We much appreciated Silvanus's enthusiastic and friendly manner as well as his concern for our safety during what at times was a quite difficult walk in the rain. Umbrellas and walking sticks (our "third leg") were provided!
The reserve really is quite breathtakingly beautiful and a visit to it is not to be missed during a stay on St Lucia to really appreciate the island's nature.
Written May 15, 2022
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D-C
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Tout bagay bon! Don’t hesitate booking a tour of Grand Eden Estate rainforest.

We wanted to take the tour but, based on review comments, were concerned about the road conditions getting there. We sent a WhatsApp message (+1 758-729-4882) and Silvanus responded within the hour, asked our date preference, and he offered to meet us in Fond St Jacques and drive us to the Estate.
Note: You must pre-book the tour at least 24hr in advance since each tour is private for your group. We booked on Tuesday for a Friday tour. There is no online booking but making arrangements with Silvanus over WhatsApp was easy and he was very responsive.

We arranged to meet in the parking lot of the Fond St Jacques Roman Catholic Church. Recommend you use the maps.me App for directions as the church is not on Google maps.

We drove from Soufriere taking the road past Toraille Waterfall. On reaching Fond St Jacques, look for the Fond St Jacques Combined School (on left) and about 1/4 mile further (as the road curves sharply right) there is a bus shelter on the left. Make a left turn here into Fond St Jacques Rd and a short distance down is the church on the right (next to the MoneyGram sign and opposite a wall mural). There is ample parking. If you reach the sign for Le Belvedere restaurant you’ve gone too far!

We met Silvanus at the church as planned and he drove us into the rainforest. The road wasn’t as bad as some reviews suggest (we think there have been some recent improvements) but we were happy Silvanus was driving! At the Estate entrance he provided us with a walking pole which turned out to be essential since the day of our tour was on/off rain showers (mostly on!) and the terrain was a bit slick even with hiking shoes, but not difficult. The weather did not spoil the experience.

As other reviews mention Silvanus is passionate about what he does. He explained about the various plants/trees and their medicinal properties, and we sampled edibles along the way. At the end of the tour we roasted cashew nuts and sampled some local wine/rum. Despite the weather we were able to complete the tour and saw many native St Lucia land birds (eg all 3 types of hummingbirds, bullfinch, warbler, finch, flycatcher, oriole). While we did not see, but heard the Peewees and Parrots. The estate tour lasted about 3 hr and “tout bagay bon” (Silvanus said this translated to “everything is good” in St Lucian creole). Without hesitation we recommend Grand Eden Estate tour.

FYI. A short walk from the church is Le Belvedere restaurant. We had a wonderful authentic St Lucian lunch here.
Written January 27, 2024
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boxboroughmary
Boxborough, MA44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Sylvano and Melvin led a friendly, Informative tour through the rainforest high in the Pitons. They expertly and enthusiastically identified four endemic birds for our bird watching friend, served fresh fruit right from the trees and roasted delicious cashews for us. The views were extraordinary, the hike was moderate with gracious help though steeper climbs. This tour was a highlight that I would highly recommend to nature lovers especially bird watchers, families and anyone who appreciates seeing the natural world guided with real joy. We did have a driver, super Dave, much appreciated since the way in is challenging. I will happily do this again when I return to St Lucia!
Written March 11, 2023
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Camila C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
What a stunning place! An incredibly peaceful environment, full of the beauties of nature. The nature trail is quite easy, on a clean track through the rainforest and farm, with spectacular views of the coast, Pitons and Mount Gimie. The lovely young man, Silvanus, who works there, has the keenest eyes and ears we'd ever witnessed. Even after many years as a nature lover, his passion for wildlife, in particular birds, is undimmed and full of wonder. It was very infectious to be around him while he explained all the bird calls and songs. We were lucky enough to see many species, including the famous St. Lucian parrot. There is no way we could have spotted them let alone identified them, without his expertise. All the birds endemic to St. Lucia can be seen here. Silvanus is also an expert local guide who can take you on hikes through the rainforest. We also sampled lots of the fruits that grow on the property.

Overall a wonderful, hidden place, far away from all the tourists and buzz around the coast. Definitely worth the trip. 5 *****
Written February 11, 2022
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Jake K
Long Eaton, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We stopped at grand Eden for around an hour on an island tour and it was a fantastic experience. Silvanus was a brilliant host for our short time with him, pointing out fruit and letting us try it (guava, coconut, mango and more), sharing information about the island and area and just generally being a great guide. Whilst we weren't able to do a full tour here on this trip, we highly recommend it to anyone looking for something different and unique whilst you're in St Lucia!
Written May 2, 2022
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Christina C
New York, New York, United States2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
My fiancé and I spent a day at Grand Eden Estate and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the experience. Silvanus and his team are the most gracious hosts and he’s extremely knowledgeable about all the plants and birds on the island and you can see many of even the endangered bird species on his property. The nature trail he created on his estate is very impressive with several lookout points. This was a very unique, authentic experience on St. Lucia - he only takes small family groups or couples at a time and the individual, private feel is very special. Grand Eden Estate is a true gem on the island. Highly recommend it! You must make a reservation with him in advance.
Written December 29, 2021
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