From quad bike tours to rainforest hikes, Andrew Doherty finds that despite St Kitts’ glitzy image, the island has a wild side that is well and truly coming out to play.
The roar of my quad bike’s engine cuts through the silence of the surrounding sugar cane fields at the foot of Mount Liamuiga, its mist-covered peak towering more than 1,000 metres above me. Speeding ahead, my guide, “Manners”, manoeuvres his vehicle onto two wheels before executing an impressive jump over an earthy mound. I slam on the accelerator to keep up, sending mud flying as I skid around the tight bends of the nature trail.
“Go for it,” he yells, pointing to a large puddle in front of me. Setting the ATV (all-terrain vehicle) to four- wheel drive, I gun it through the water. It was a lot deeper than I thought. Soaking wet but beaming, I kill the engine and dry myself under the Caribbean sun.
It’s a far cry from the chilled-out experience I’d expected from St Kitts. To my delight, I’ve discovered an island that offers an abundance of exhilarating outdoor pursuits.