St. Lawrence Gap has a lively atmosphere about it, a destination that promotes fun for all; but there is much more to the area than bars and partying. Snorkeling is highly acclaimed in the area, and visitors have the opportunity to do so directly from their favorite beach, or hire a local tour guide to take them out and explore further.
The south coast of Barbados is acclaimed for having some of the best snorkeling on the island, and visitors staying here in St. Lawrence Gap have easy access to all of that. The bay can be shallow during low tide, and the waters are clear and calm, making the are great for snorkeling from the beach, especially for families with children.
Going out a little further, especially if you work with a tour group, you'll have access to healthy and strong coral reef systems that run up and down the coast, as well as multiple shipwrecks sites that can be seen by snorkelers. Most of these are marked by buoys, making it easy for them to be found if you decide to head out on your own. Visitors in this area also have access to two marine parks which allow snorkeling.
If you'd like to see what's down below you should consider a visit to 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. This snorkeling site is found in Bridgetown, easily reached by taxi West of central Saint Lawrence Gap.
Carlisle Bay is another option. 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. As you explore, make sure to keep an eye out for the many tropical marine life that has made
Details concerning 5 of the best places to experience snorkeling in this area are listed below.
|0.8 mi. West of Central Saint Lawrence Gap|
|1.7 mi. West of Central Saint Lawrence Gap|
|2.7 mi. West of Central Saint Lawrence Gap|
|Drill Hall Beach||2.9 mi. West of Central Saint Lawrence Gap|
|Carlisle Bay||Downtown Bridgetown, 3.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Saint Lawrence Gap|
If you're looking for a place that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to check with Zed's Snorkeling Trips. Using only professional equipment and operating from a 26 foot long snorkeling boat, they specialize in small group tours to local reefs and shipwrecks. They are found in Inch Marlowe, easily reached by taxi East of central Saint Lawrence Gap.
A second place that offers snorkeling related services 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.
A third company worth contacting 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 found within downtown Bridgetown, easily reached by taxi Northwest of central Saint Lawrence Gap.
Glance through the table just below for details on 3 companies that offer snorkeling related services.
|Hazell's Water World||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(246) 426-4043||3.4 mi. Northwest of Central Saint Lawrence Gap|
|Roger's Watersports Centre||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(246) 436-3483||Downtown Bridgetown, 4.0 mi. Northwest of Central Saint Lawrence Gap|
|Zed's Snorkeling Trips||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(246) 428-7873||Inch Marlowe, 3.7 mi. East of Central Saint Lawrence Gap|
For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read our detailed discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
Bring your own equipment with you or rent it when you arrive. However you choose to play it, make sure you have plans to head to the sea and experience local marine life for yourself.
Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.