If you're the type of adventurer who likes to take matters into your own hands and discover things on your own, then snorkeling in Holetown is perfect for you. Although there are tour operators who offer guided trips to reef and wreck sites, there are also many great snorkeling opportunities that are accessible right from this town's shore.
Bridgetown is located along the island's west coast, which is well known in the snorkeling world for the numerous shipwrecks that can be explored. Some beaches even have buoys just a little ways away from the shore marking the wrecks so visitors can swim out and see for themselves. One of the best reef sites is also within easy reach of Holetown, Dottins Reef, and there are two major marine parks that allow snorkeling.
If you're looking forward to experiencing what's down below you should consider a visit to Holetown Beach. The calm waters just off Holetown Beach make for a great snorkeling destination. Those that head out will be able to explore an underwater ecosystem of coral, fish, and even sea turtles. This snorkeling site is located in northern Holetown.
Paynes Bay Beach is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. 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.
A third site to consider is Folkstone Marine Park. This marine park is a great spot for anyone looking to explore the natural side of the Caribbean. The sandy reef is home to a variety of wildlife, including coral and tropical fish. Snorkelers should have no problems finding something to see.
A fourth place to 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 check it out, you'll find this site situated easily reached by taxi South of central Holetown.
Mullins Beach is a fifth option to consider. Even though this beach is often crowded with water-sports and swimmers, it is also a popular snorkeling destination, thanks to the circular reef located just offshore. If you head out there, you will easily be able to explore the expanse of marine life, thanks to the clear and calm waters.
The table below offers some key facts regarding 8 of the best places to go snorkeling in this area.
|Holetown Beach||Porters, 1.3 mi. North of Central Holetown|
|Paynes Bay Beach||Paynes Bay, 1.4 mi. South of Central Holetown|
|Folkstone Marine Park||0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Holetown|
|Batts Rock Beach||3.5 mi. South of Central Holetown|
|Mullins Beach||Mullins, 3.4 mi. North of Central Holetown|
|Brighton Beach||4.5 mi. South of Central Holetown|
|Heywoods Beach||5.2 mi. North of Central Holetown|
|5.2 mi. North of Central Holetown|
If you looking for a business offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you can check with 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 located in downtown Bridgetown, within taxi range South of central Holetown.
A second company worth knowing about is Good Times Snorkeling Cruises. The Good Times Catamaran will bring you to some great snorkeling spots, where you'll experience the exciting underwater world of exotic fish, coral reefs and sea turtles. You'll experience a high level of personal experience, and will have plenty of space for yourself -- they never book more than 16-19 passengers on a single sailing. They also offer powerboats which can be rented by the hour for a private cruise and snorkel trip.
A third option is Westwater Adventures. Offering tours along the island's west coast in a glass bottom boat, this adventure company also allows its guests to take the fun a step further by diving into the sea to get in a bit of snorkeling. They're situated in Holetown.
The table right below lists some details concerning 5 places that provide snorkeling services.
|Barbados Blue Snorkeling||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(246) 434-5764||Downtown Bridgetown, 6.2 mi. South of Central Holetown|
|Good Times Snorkeling Cruises||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(246) 422-1900||0.1 mi. North of Central Holetown|
|Hazell's Water World||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(246) 426-4043||6.8 mi. South of Central Holetown|
|Roger's Watersports Centre||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(246) 436-3483||Downtown Bridgetown, 6.2 mi. South of Central Holetown|
|Westwater Adventures||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(246) 421-6008||0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Holetown|
For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read this exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling page.
As you explore any of these sites, you'll encounter a wealth of local marine life including sea fans, barrel sponges, snapper, chub, parrotfish, trunk fish, angelfish, barracudas, sea turtles, and much more.
With the possibility of visiting so many great sites simply by swimming a short distance from shore at hand, snorkelers visiting Holetown on their next getaway are in for a treat.
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