Barbados

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Barbados is a small island nation located in the Caribbean Sea, known for its beautiful beaches, rich history and vibrant culture. The island has a tropical climate with year-round warm temperatures, making it a popular destination for tourists seeking sunshine and relaxation.

Barbados is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the perfect blend of natural beauty, history, culture and warm hospitality. With its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters and abundance of outdoor activities, it’s the ideal spot for a tropical vacation. Add to that the island’s rich history, vibrant music and arts scene and delicious cuisine, and you have a destination that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, explore the island’s fascinating history or indulge in some of the best food and drink in the Caribbean, Barbados has something for everyone.

What To Expect

Scuba Diving

Barbados is one of the few islands in the Caribbean that can provide 365 days of scuba diving each year. Divers from all over the world travel to Barbados to experience the warm water temperatures, the sea turtles and explore the shipwrecks. Barbados is different than other islands in the Caribbean, as it was not formed from volcanoes resulting in well-preserved reefs.

Barbados is home to three species of turtles: Hawksbill, leatherback, and green turtles. These creatures are protected by the Barbados government and help keep the reefs healthy by feeding on sponges that otherwise could overgrow and choke reefs. As the second-largest hawksbill turtle nesting population in the Caribbean, you’re bound to see a few on your trip.

With about 200 shipwrecks, Barbados is an explorer’s dream destination. The Pamir, Friars Crag and the Stavronikita are some of the most popular. These wrecks make great habitats for hungry sea creatures.

You might see:

  • Sea turtles
  • Angelfish
  • Reef sharks
  • Dolphins
  • Parrotfish
  • Snapper
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Conservation Efforts

Barbados Blue supports marine conservation by staffing two marine biologists to teach divers about reef conservation and restoration. Barbados Blue is also a PADI Project AWARE Coral Watch Dive Operator undertaking monthly coral bleaching assessments in Carlisle Bay Marine Park. They have received the PADI Green Star Award which is awarded to those that demonstrate a dedication to conservation across a wide range of business functions. Barbados Blue is also a partner of 100% Project AWARE. For every student that Barbados Blue certifies, a donation is made to the Project AWARE Foundation for Ocean Protection. They also participate in marine debris prevention and shark protection.

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Upcoming Trips

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Barbados Blue

Barbados Blue is on the peninsula that separates the south and west coasts. They are in the middle of the best dive sites including the historic Carlisle Bay Marine Park, which is right in their backyard. The marine park is home to shipwrecks and tens of thousands of colorful reef fish and turtles. Divers enjoy warm water temperatures year-round varying from 77ºF in January-March.

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Coconut Court Beach Hotel

The Coconut Court Beach Hotel has been locally owned by the Blades family since 1975. Their unique family-managed hotel is located directly on a pristine white sandy beach, close to the Boardwalk, St. Lawrence Gap and Bridgetown. Their fun, relaxing and personable ambiance allows for a memorable experience, unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Relax and unwind in their spacious hotel rooms while enjoying breathtaking views of swaying coconut trees, the beautiful sandy beach and the Caribbean Sea from your private balcony.

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Culture

Culture in Barbados comes from the island’s colorful history. This rich history can be experienced through festivals, shows, art and local cuisine. Song and dance are integral parts of the culture in Barbados as well. This means live music can be heard in many areas throughout the island. The colorful culture and vibrant island life make Barbados the perfect tropical getaway.  

Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Take a trip to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve to see native wildlife up close and personal. In the wildlife reserve, native animals are free to roam about. The tours are self-guided so visitors may spend as much time as they would like exploring the reserve. Animals that can be seen are Barbados green monkeys, deer, caiman and a variety of birds. 

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Harrison’s Cave

Located in the heart of Barbados is the magnificent Harrison’s Cave. In this crystallized, limestone cave, visitors can find crystal-clear, flowing streams, emerald pools and large stalagmites and stalactites. Whether you embark on the tram tour or walking tour, Harrison’s Cave is a site that shouldn’t be missed. 

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Friday Night Fish Fry at Oistins

Oistins Friday Night Fish Fry is a must while visiting Barbados. Here, you can enjoy fresh fish in an informal setting. The night comes to life with music, dancing and craft vendors as well. Oistins is the place to be on a Friday night, don’t miss it! 

What prior travelers say

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“I highly recommend a trip with Diventures. Customer service is excellent and the trip I experienced was very well planned.”

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Know Before You Go

Dive Insurance

Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN dive insurance.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not required but highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance

Electricity

There are no adapters required. If you’re visiting from the States, you won’t need to worry about an adapter for your cell phone or computer. 

Passport

One blank page is required on entry and exit.

Bug Spray

Please be sure to bring it with you! Mosquitos are most active in the early morning hours and around sundown. 

Water

Barbados’ water supply is very safe and you can drink water directly from the tap. 

Dress Code

Although island attire is acceptable at the beach, Bajans are fairly conservative in attitude and dress. Don’t be surprised to see men wearing pants and women in dresses.

Credit Cards

You are able to use your credit cards in most hotels, stores, and restaurants.   

Money

The currency of Barbados is the Barbadian dollar (BBD). 2 BBD = 1 USD. Almost everywhere accepts USD.

Temperature

Temperatures stay between the mid-70ºs and mid-80ºs year-round.

Language

English is the official language of Barbados.

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