Snorkeling Around Bridgetown

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Make sure to pack your snorkeling equipment for your trip to Bridgetown.  Underneath the surface of the seas of Barbados is a whole world to be explored, from coral reef systems to shipwrecks.  Don't have your own equipment?  Not a problem.  There are many ways to get a snorkeling kit when you arrive.  

Some hotels offer equipment as a bonus to guests who stay with them, free of charge.  There are also kiosks at some of the most popular beaches renting them out.  You will have the best luck on this front if you go to a scuba diving or watersports equipment shop.  Rentals generally cost less than $30(USD) per kit.  Meanwhile, it is between $40 and $100(USD) per person for a guided snorkeling boat tour, and that includes the cost of the equipment.  This is a great way to get to know the marine world of Bridgetown, especially if you are new to snorkeling, but still recommended if you've never gone snorkeling in this town before.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to explore below the water's surface you might want to visit Carlisle Bay. This very popular snorkeling site is populated with just as many artifacts as fish. Snorkelers will be able to explore the waters and spot anchors, canons, and shipwrecks that have slowly become part of the underwater environment. This snorkeling site is located in downtown Bridgetown.

Brighton Beach is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. One of the prime snorkeling spots around the island, this beach is home to natural pools, coral reefs, and is also a nesting site for sea turtles. Depending on the time of the year, you should have no problem seeing a plethora of tropical fish, juvenile sea turtles, and sea urchins along the floor. Experienced swimmers can even go a little further out about 100 feet past the reef and explore parts of a wreck.

A third location to consider is Drill Hall Beach. The rougher waters off Drill Hall beach hide a shallow reef that can be a great snorkeling adventure for snorkels with a little experience.

A fourth place where you can go snorkeling is Batts Rock Beach. With areas of calm and rough water, Batts Rock Beach is a good spot for a diverse skill level. However, while you will surely catch a glimpse of some native fish while snorkeling, the beach is more popular for other activities. If you want to experience it for yourself, you'll find this site found within northern Bridgetown.

Paynes Bay Beach is a fifth option to consider. One of the many options at this popular spot is snorkeling thanks to its many tropical fish, as well as the fact that it is one of the best spots to sight a sea turtle.

The following chart has more details regarding 8 of the best locations where you can go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Bridgetown
Site Location
Carlisle Bay Downtown Bridgetown
Brighton Beach 1.9 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Drill Hall Beach 1.5 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
Asta Reef 1.8 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
Accra Reef 2.8 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Batts Rock Beach 2.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Bridgetown
Boot 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Paynes Bay Beach Paynes Bay, 4.7 mi. North of Central Bridgetown

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the best snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're hoping to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you might want to check with El Tigre Cruises. El Tigre has three main cruises for you to enjoy yourself on. For a full day event, you may want to look at the five hour lunch cruise, where you will swim in the ocean and relax in the sun.

Another option worth investigating is Small Cats Catamaran Sailing Cruises. Go on a personalized day trip out into the ocean on board a small, but stable, catamaran with Small Cats Sailing Cruises. The experienced crew will make sure that all your needs are taken care of and that you you have a good time. They're situated in downtown Bridgetown.

Still another option is Cool Runnings. There are two main cruise packages offered at Cool Runnings. The first is the Daily Snorkel Lunch Cruise.

Be sure to look at this table for information concerning boat trip providers that offer snorkeling opportunities.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Bridgetown
Name Phone Location
Black Pearl Party Cruise (246) 826-7245 Downtown Bridgetown, 0.2 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Boyceterous Catamaran Tours (246) 256-7979 Bridgetown
Cool Runnings (246) 436-0911 Downtown Bridgetown
El Tigre Cruises (246) 417-7245 Downtown Bridgetown
Elegance Catamaran Cruises (246) 830-4218 Bridgetown
Jammin' Catamaran Cruise (246) 422-1152 Downtown Bridgetown
Silver Moon (246) 435-5285 0.9 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Small Cats Catamaran Sailing Cruises (246) 421-6419 Downtown Bridgetown
Tiami Catamaran Cruises -- Bridgetown

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you should check out Barbados Blue Snorkeling. More than just a dive shop, the team here is all medically trained and also well versed in local ecology. They care about the environment and want to show you the beauty of the underwater world without damaging it. They are situated in downtown Bridgetown.

A second place that offers snorkeling related services is Underwater Barbados. All of your favorite watersports are made possible with the help of this tour guide. Snorkeling is just one of their favorites, as they guide visitors to the best sites near Bridgetown.

A third option is Roger's Watersports Centre. If you've got a fried or relative who plans on doing some scuba diving, sign up with this dive operation that is happy to let friends tag along to do some snorkeling. They're located in downtown Bridgetown.

Glance through the following table for a listing of 5 companies that offer services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Bridgetown
Name Type Phone Location
Barbados Blue Snorkeling Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (246) 434-5764 Downtown Bridgetown, 0.2 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Good Times Snorkeling Cruises Snorkeling Tour Operator (246) 422-1900 Holetown, 6.2 mi. North of Central Bridgetown
Hazell's Water World Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (246) 426-4043 0.7 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
Roger's Watersports Centre Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (246) 436-3483 Downtown Bridgetown, 0.2 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
Underwater Barbados Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (246) 426-0655 1.0 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown

To learn more about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our exhaustive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Whether you're looking for a reef view, a wreck site, or you'd like to experience a little bit of both, there are so many options in and near the waters of Bridgetown that planning for a day or more of snorkeling is a must. 


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