Snorkeling Around Bridgetown

Photo credit © Black Pearl Party Cruise

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 what's down below you might enjoy visiting 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 located in northern Bridgetown.

Paynes Bay Beach is a fifth location 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 provides you with some key facts regarding 8 of the most popular places to 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 accessed away from the shore.

If you want to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you might want to contact El Tigre Cruises. Spend a day out on the water exploring the coastal world of the Barbados. On board one of the boats owned by El Tigre, you can do just that while relaxing and letting a crew do all the work.

Another option worth investigating is Small Cats Catamaran Sailing Cruises. Small Cats offers several different cruises, though they specialize in small, personalized parties. The most common cruises they give are their lunch cruises that last either three or five hours and stop for snorkeling and swimming. They're located in downtown Bridgetown.

A third good 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 through this table for information concerning boat operators 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
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 someone offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you can check with Barbados Blue Snorkeling. PADI certification courses, daily scuba diving excursions, and snorkeling trips are all a part of a typical day at this dive center. They are located in downtown Bridgetown.

A second company that offers snorkeling related services 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.

A third company worth contacting is Hazell's Water World. Why bring bulky snorkeling equipment along with you when you can buy it at low prices on the island? This shop has everything you need to get snorkeling, and they are happy to help their customers find the perfect set of equipment for them. They're located in the heart of Bridgetown.

The following chart has some information regarding 4 firms that provide snorkeling services.

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

For more information concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read this exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling article.

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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