Has Anyone Been Snorkeling in Barbados?

by John
(Albany, NY)

I was wondering if anyone has been snorkeling in Barbados. Any information about how it is and where to go would be great. Thank you.

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Apr 29, 2018
Barbados
by: Anonymous

I've been to Barbados many times. The reef in Carlisle Bay is dead. Apparently the last storm also affected the turtles. I don't know about private snorkeling trips. I love Barbados but would not call it a great snorkeling destination.

Apr 29, 2018
Barbados
by: Anonymous

Best we found was along man-made current breaks consisting of old coral rocks to protect some beaches. They used to use dynamite to catch fish and blew up all the coral I was told. They don’t take care of what they have or had. Sad really.

Water sports is what is popular there. If you snorkel some places they will run you off. They like to water ski in really shallow water for some reason.

Apr 29, 2018
Not the greatest
by: Anonymous

I'm not an expert but have snorkeled Barbados and it was not that great. Expect to hire a tour boat and you don't see much but a few turtles. Best snorkeling was off the local dock when they threw out fish cleaning for the turtles; it was free. Pay the locals a tip on the dock and it's the best you will get.

Apr 30, 2018
Barbados shore snorkelling can be quite good
by: Bryan

I spent three weeks there last summer, and was in the water with my mask on for one to six hours most every day. Excellent trip. Was it excellent snorkeling? Not compared to other destinations, perhaps, as far as high volume of healthy coral everywhere, big showy marine life, etc.

However, there are many places with good coral reef or isolated coral heads, and there is a lot of fantastic marine life. We saw hundreds of eels on that trip, of five different species, myriad fish species, lots of lettuce leaf slugs, turtles, pipefish and even the elusive seahorse!

It's a long story, but happily it's already been told and is available on the web. Look up that popular American travel website, go to their Barbados forum. Type shore-snorkel trip report into the search function. I've chronicled the whole trip there, so I won't go in to all of the wordy details here, but will try to encapsulate:

1) The west coast has lots of enjoyable snorkel beaches, right from shore. North of Speightstown was really good, as was Folkestown and north of it.

2) There are several areas buoyed-off from boat traffic. Try them all. Some have excellent snorkeling. Others seem not to, but I still found excellent marine life with careful observation.

3) Jet ski and boat traffic is a scourge there. Read all of the safety tips regarding this, but following all of them still doesn't guarantee safety. Stay in the buoys if you're at all worried about it.

Overall, Barbados was an excellent shore snorkel destination for my family and me.

Hope this is helpful.

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