Snorkeling Around Speightstown

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Located along the west coast of Barbados, Speightstown may be one of the best locations on the island for snorkelers.  This coast is consistently named as the perfect area for snorkelers to see all that they could want to see under the surface of the sea including coral reef systems, shipwrecks, and tropical fish.

Rocky pools along many beaches make for great shore snorkeling spots, and even if you want to explore a ship wreck site, there are several places to do so without the help of a guide – and they are marked off by buoys to make finding them that much easier.  

Of course, there are several tour operators that work out of the area and can offer you a full day of snorkeling fun, ensuring you hit all of the best sites during your stay.

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to see below the water's surface you might want to visit Heywoods Beach. Swim with local barracudas and sting rays at this quiet, calm spot is comprised of several collections of reef separated by sand flats that stretch out from the shore. This snorkeling site is found in northern Speightstown.

Mullins Beach is another option. 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.

A third place to consider is 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. Make sure to stop by if you have the chance.

A fourth place to go snorkeling 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. If you want to experience it for yourself, you'll find this site located in Holetown, easily reached by taxi South of central Speightstown.

Review the following table for a summary list of 5 of the best places where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Speightstown
Site Location
Heywoods Beach 0.7 mi. North of Central Speightstown
Pamir 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Speightstown
Mullins Beach Mullins, 1.1 mi. South of Central Speightstown
Holetown Beach Porters, 3.3 mi. South of Central Speightstown
Folkstone Marine Park 4.1 mi. South of Central Speightstown

Snorkeling Services

Good Times Snorkeling Cruises

If you looking for someone that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to contact 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 are located in Holetown, easily reached by taxi South of central Speightstown.

A second place that offers snorkeling related services 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.

Some key facts concerning two companies that offer services related to snorkeling are provided in the table below.

Snorkeling Services Near Speightstown
Name Phone Location
Good Times Snorkeling Cruises (246) 422-1900 4.4 mi. South of Central Speightstown
Westwater Adventures (246) 421-6008 4.1 mi. South of Central Speightstown

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

Relaxing, serene, and even magical are just a few ways to describe snorkeling, and these terms are certainly great descriptors of what it is like to participate in the sport in the waters of Speightstown.  


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