When we visited St Lucia we got an 4 hour tour at the dock. We went to the volcano and got to see it up close. We paid about $30 per person and there where 5 of us in the taxi. They had other island tours for about the same price. You don't pay until the end.
From others at dinner I think we did pretty good on our tour. And others that took other tours straight from the dock were pleased too. Only certain drivers are allowed to pick up passengers in side the dock gates. They are regulated by the government.
When coming back to the ship the drive gave us the option of getting out in town and we did that so we could do some shopping.
Star Princess 2005, Sun Princess 2005
Caribbean Princess 2006, MSC Lirica 2006 , NCL Pearl 2007, Majesty of the Seas 2008, Carnival Destiny 2008, MSC Lirica 2009, Carnival Valor 2009,Carnival Legend 2010, Carnival Liberty 2010,Carnival Fantsay 2011,Carnival Valor Feb 2012, MSC Poesia Dec 2012, MSC Poesia April 2013
We took a tour with Cosol in April of 2006 and loved it! (Actually, we rode with his brother Yellow Bird who is also great – he drove behind Cosol in a second van and we had it all to ourselves.) It was the highlight of the whole trip.
He hit all highlights of the island: The botanical gardens, the Pitons, the "drive in Volcano" and other scenic highlights.
Make sure you taste all the treats he supplies (no additional charge) on the tour. He stops at various places along the way to gather goodies. The local bread he buys is different from anything I've tasted and I wish I had the recipe. Also, don’t miss the fried fish with banana ketchup that he will offer you at the botanical gardens. (not to mention his delicious rum punch and Piton beer)
This is the e-mail I used to contact him last year. I hope it is still good.
nereus francis [firstname.lastname@example.org]
There is another well known guide known as "Frank's Taxi" We did not use him but heard he was very good as well
April 1, 2006 - Serenade of the Seas - 7 days to the Southern Caribbean
October 8, 1984 - NCL Sunward II - 3 day cruise to the Bahamas