Barbados is best-known for its gently lapping waves, powder white sands and rum cocktails, but there’s more to this Caribbean island than lounging about in the sun. For starters, it’s an excellent snorkeling destination. It doesn’t boast much deep-sea diving, but its shallow reefs are teeming with colourful fish, corals, turtles and sharks. Year-round bath water-warm waters and excellent visibility make for brilliant snorkeling conditions too. It’s best to stick to the west and south coasts where the waters are much calmer. If you’re looking to bump into nesting turtles, the best time to visit is February – September. Off to Barbados sometime soon? Check out the best places for snorkeling in Barbados before you slip into those fins.
Best places for snorkeling in Barbados
This underwater park sits in Carlise Bay – one of the most beautiful sandy stretches in Barbados here. The artificial reef here is brimming with marine life, including parrotfish, blue tang, moray eels, trumpet fish and barracuda. There’s often squid here too. It’s also where you’ll find the Stavronikita shipwreck. The 265-ft Greek freighter was built in Denmark in 1956 and sank here in 1976 en route to the Caribbean. The vessel caught fire in open seas and was towed to Barbados.