long been known for it's white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue
waters, friendly smiles and, of course, rum! One of it's lesser
known but by no means lesser quality attractions is it's beauty
beneath the seas.
Barbados lies in the Atlantic Ocean almost 100 miles east of the Windward Islands; unlike
it's neighboring Islands which are mostly volcanic, Barbados was
built entirely out of coral. Year after year, decade after
decade and century after century, coral life and death built
Barbados up from the ocean depths. This building process is
still continuing and can be witnessed in huge 6 ft barrel
sponges, gigantic sea fans, black corals and hundreds of
tropical fish that adorn every crack and crevice on it's
fringing and barrier reefs which circle the island.
of the diving activity in Barbados occurs on the west and south
coasts. The east and north coasts most of the year take the full
fury of the Atlantic Ocean and the easterly trade winds, making
for spectacular waves and breath taking scenery. The south
coast, being partially sheltered from these trade winds, lends
itself to moderate seas and currents; while the west coast,
being totally sheltered, is generally like a pond. Whether you
dive south or west you'll be in for a treat.
From Maycox Bay on the north-west to South Winds Fringe on the south-east, Barbados is home
to many large pelagic such as Barracuda, Jacks of various species,
Mackerel and of course Turtles. Year round, turtles, especially
Hawksbills, can be seen in the waters of Barbados. During the
summer months, April through November, turtles can also be seen
nesting on the beaches.
In the early evenings (around 8 to 10pm) they will crawl up onto the
same beach where they themselves were hatched and lay their
eggs. Sixty one days later the young turtles will dig themselves
out of the sand and scurry down the beach until they reach the
The S.S. Stavronikita, moments
before she was sunk in 1978.
||Barbados is not only home to beautiful reefs and
tropical fish, for after centuries of English colonization and
visits you can find numerous souvenirs left behind by our
forefathers. Carlisle Bay, on the border of the south and west
coasts is a natural harbour and generations of sailors long ago
threw empty rum, whiskey and medicine bottles over board. These
antique bottles can be hunted and collected along with cannons,
cannon balls and large anchors which are frequently found in
Carlisle Bay (the larger items will have to remain underwater).
Of course what would a tropical paradise be without shipwrecks?
Again, Carlisle Bay is host to unique wrecks, the Berwyn, Fox
and Ctrek along with the Bajan Queen, the Eillon and the bow
section of the Cornwallace which was cut off and replaced after
she was hit by a torpedo during the Second World War. These
wrecks, lying in 25 - 40ft of water are all close enough to
visit during the same dive, are host to hundreds of tropicals
that will eat from the hands of divers or snorkelers. Rare
species such as frog fish, sea horses and batfish are also found
at this site. This dive is a macro photographer's dream. Half a
mile to the south lies the Friars Craig, a 165ft freighter in 60
ft of water. Broken in three pieces, the twisted hull of this
wreck is great to explore. It's sister ship, the Parmir, lays on
the north western coast, also in 60ft of water. She is still
intact and adorned with port holes and tropicals of a dozen
wreck of the Caribbean is the S.S. Stavronikita. She is 365ft
long and sits bolt upright in 130ft of water off the west coast.
This wreck dive is a must. Cabin, alleyways and the cargo holds
beckon you to peek. The enormous masts which come to
within 20ft of the surface are coated with sponges, corals and
hundreds of fish. This is one dive you cannot miss.
A decompression chamber at the Barbados
Defense HQ confirms the care and quality that we all strive for.
With the temperatures from 25 - 30 degrees centigrade,
visibility from 50 - 100ft and beyond, professional diving
instructors and facilities, outstanding coral reefs and unique
wrecks, diving in Barbados is just another good reason to make
us your first choice for a truly memorable all around holiday.