The crystal clear waters off the white sand beaches of Barbados are perfect for scuba diving, with visibility between 80 to 98 feet for most of the year.
More than two dozen dive sites sit between the western and southern coasts and beaches of Barbados. This is great news for active vacationers who want to get in a little underwater adventure during their Caribbean vacation.
...some eerie underwater exploration...
The waters around Barbados' west coast offers divers a multitude of underwater opportunities with a diverse range of dive sites and ocean scenery. At, underwater wildlife like barracudas and turtles that can grow to up to 60 feet dwell within the nooks and crannies of the coral. on the northwest coast of Barbados features coral reefs separated by large corridors; divers can see about 100 feet or more down these natural underwater halls.
The sunken freighterlies off the coast of Six Men's Bay. It is 165 feet long, and its hull remained together after it sunk. You can peep through the freighter's portholes and view all kinds of vivid fish and aquatic animals. Another sunken wonder off the west coast is the . This Greek freighter can be found at around 135 feet, and makes for some eerie underwater exploration.
Just off the southwestern shores of Barbados is Carlisle Bay, which is a natural harbor that has been turned into a marine park. Here divers can rummage the sea floor for empty bottles that have accumulated after generations of sailors tossing them overboard. Also, you can find other relics from ships including cannonballs, cannons, anchors, and a few shipwrecks at 25 to 60 feet or more, and all close enough for you to visit in one dive. Here you can also find the Barbados' newest shipwreck, the Bajan Queen, which was sunk in 2002.
The aquamarine sea that laps at Barbados' sandy shores houses large, vibrant coral reefs which provide shelter for millions of spectacular sea organisms. Barbados' extensive ocean habitat is perfect for divers and snorkelers because of its unique animal and plant life.
You'll find several dive services, a variety of dive shops, and at least 36 good dive sites in the area.
The dive shops available are provided here:
|Hazell's Water World||(246) 426-4043||0.7 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown|
|Roger's Scuba Shack||(246) 436-3483||Downtown Bridgetown|
|The Dive Shop||(246) 426-9947||1.0 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown|
|West Side Scuba Centre||(246) 262-1029||1.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown|
If you're ready to dive, you might want to contact Barbados Blue Watersports. Barbados Blue offers a few different packages that are sure to be a blast for any aquatic adventurer. Their dive packages are perfect for people looking to explore the oceans of Barbados. They are located in downtown Bridgetown.
A second option is Reefers and Wreckers. For all of your diving needs, Reefers and Wreckers has you covered. This group specialize in training and deep dives, and can take you where you want to go. You can call them at (246) 422-5450.
A third good option is Dive Hightide Watersports. Since it opened in 1993, Hightide Watersports has been one of the most recognized names in watersports on Barbados. They specialize in diving, and can quickly get visitors skillfully trained and certified before taking them out to see dive on open waters and see some of the most spectacular underwater sites around. They're located within Holetown, in western Barbados.
Some information concerning area dive operators are shown in this table:
|Barbados Blue Watersports||(246) 434-5764||Downtown Bridgetown|
|Dive Hightide Watersports||(800) 970-0016||0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Holetown|
|Eco Dive Barbados||(246) 243-5816||Barbados|
|Reefers and Wreckers||(246) 422-5450||0.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Speightstown|
Glance through the following chart for information concerning the typical cost of dive services in this area.
|Offering Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Discover Scuba||$ 90.0||$ 110.0|
|Double Tank Dive||$ 100.0||$ 125.0|
|Night Dive||$ 68.0||$ 80.0|
|Open Water Certification||$ 425.0||$ 475.0|
|Single Tank Dive||$ 54.0||$ 75.0|
The chart right below offers some information concerning some of the area's major dive sites.
To learn more concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, read this extensive Caribbean diving page.
The breathtaking underwater scenery off the coast of Barbados is truly spectacular. While you're beneath the waves, remember a few important safety considerations for both snorkelers and divers.
It can be easy to become disoriented or stray too far away while underwater, so always be aware of your positioning in the ocean.
Though it may be tempting, don't feed the fish or touch the animals living in the coral reef. This can be harmful to the animals' protective covering.
Some of the animals living in the sea can be hard to see and you may easily step on a creature, such as a stingray or urchin, that can hurt you like. Shuffle your feet when walking in the shallows.
Fish like barracudas are attracted to shiny objects, which may resemble their prey; don't wear jewelry while snorkeling and scuba diving.
Finally, don't take objects from dive sites, because it's illegal.
The cost of your scuba diving excursion will depend on several factors. First of all, before you can scuba dive, you must be a certified diver. To become certified you have to take classes with a licensed scuba instructor, which can cost around $350(USD) for a week long certification course. Once you become a certified diver, you will have to pay for dive runs, which cost around $120(USD) to $170(USD) for a one-tank dive and $110(USD) to $240(USD) for a two-tank run.
You should budget for the cost of the equipment rental. Most dive runs will include the cost of your scuba equipment in the cost of the overall dive.
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