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.
If you're ready to experience what's down below 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 located 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 site 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're interested, you'll find this site found in Holetown, easily reached by taxi South of central Speightstown.
Take a minute to read the following chart to learn more about 5 of the best locations to go snorkeling in this area.
|Heywoods Beach||0.7 mi. North of Central Speightstown|
|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|
If you're looking for a place offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar 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.
Another company 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.
View this table to see 2 firms that offer services of interest to snorkelers.
|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|
To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this extensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
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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