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Barbados, the most easterly island in the Caribbean archipelago is unlike many of the other islands in the Caribbean, which are volcanic. Barbados itself is an ancient coral reef with over 85% of its surface comprised of limestone. This phenomenon explains why Barbados’ topography below and above the surface is relatively moderate, and why shallow reefs can be found far offshore.
WHY WE LOVE DIVING IN BARBADOS
The Stavronikita - the most popular wreck in Barbados waters
DiveFest - annual festival highlighting scuba diving and ocean conservation
Year round warm and clear waters
Winter average of 24°C / 75°F
Summer average of 30°C / 85°F
Rainy season June to December
Direct flight from LONDON
GMT - 4 hours
No visa required
English and Bajan
Barbados Dollar and US Dollar
Diving in Barbados
Being formed completely of coral, Barbados provides spectacular dives with magnificent reefs, fascinating shipwrecks and abundant marine life. Divers can explore the barrier reefs situated within two miles of the West Coast.
The fringes and reefs found off Barbados blossom with healthy sponges, coral and plant life. There are several types of reefs, each one unique in its own special way. The barrier reefs, located 1/2 - 2 miles from shore contain large coral heads which form the habitat for thousands of beautiful fish. Hawksbill turtles are also found on these reefs thanks to the continued efforts of the Barbados Sea Turtle Project. For more than 25 years. the Barbados Sea Turtle Project, based at the University of the West Indies, has been involved in conservation of the endangered marine turtle species that forage around and nest on Barbados through research, education and public outreach as well as monitoring of nesting females, juveniles and hatchlings.
Fringes and patching reefs are found closer to shore and have smaller coral formations and more abundant plant life than the barrier reefs. These reefs are home to seahorses, frog fish, sand eels and many other marine creatures.
Wrecks form fascinating habitats for marine life and Barbados has several excellent sites for wreck diving. Carlisle Bay, with 200 reported wrecks, and the Stavronikita, located at Folkestone Marine Park, are two of the most popular sites.
Barbados is ideal for year-round diving but is probably best in the summer months. The visibility ranges from 40 to 70ft and the water temperature is a consistent 80°F.
The reefs of Barbados offer some of the richest variety of fish and coral found in the Caribbean. Shallow reefs and wrecks are ideal for the novice diver, while deeper reefs and wrecks will be sure to challenge the experienced diver.
Winter average of 27°C / 81°F
Summer average of 28° C / 82°F
12 to 30m / 40 to 100 ft avg