Laborie has a sheltered bay perfectly suited for yachting and other marine-based activities.
But it also has several reefs, which need to be protected and restored, and which can pose a danger to yachts!
Mariners should click here to make sure that they are guided to safe passage into the Laborie Bay.
Since it is not a Port of Entry, Laborie Bay falls within the policing responsibilities of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force exercised both through the Laborie Police Station (located very near the jetty) and the Marine Unit which has a base in Vieux Fort some 5 Km (3 Miles) to the East.
Yachts should clear into and out of Saint Lucia at Vieux Fort or Soufriere. A “Permit to Moor” is required to anchor or moor in Laborie Bay.
Laborie offers many services to yachts and their crew. Diesel, gasoline and kerosene are available from the gas station located at the end of the jetty. There is a hardware store (Jn Pierre Enterprises) in the village and a specialised marine section at another hardware store (True Value) in the nearby town of Vieux Fort.
Laborie is a welcoming community, with several restaurants and bars, a popular beach, a craft centre and a daily supply of fresh fish.
Anchoring and waste disposal by yachts can cause significant damage to the marine environment. A detailed Environmental Plan is being developed and will soon be published on this page.
This plan will include:
• Compulsory use of Holding Tanks within Laborie Bay
• Solid Waste Management Plan recognizing requirements for disposal of Yacht Waste in dedicated facilities.
• Waste Oil and Battery Disposal Facility
• Signage to direct visitors to existing public toilets located within short walking distance from pier
• “No Anchoring Zones” to reduce coral degradation and sea grass damage
Photo: courtesy Wavemaker Photography