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Diving in Barbados

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Known as the wreck capital of the Caribbean and a portfolio of about 200 wrecks, it’s no wonder that Barbados is a dive destination that captures the interest of divers looking for something different.  Barbados is home to many marine creatures such as turtles, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, moray eels, parrot fish and sea horses. You may even get lucky and spot frog fish, batfish and nudibranches. Our warm waters rarely require an exposure suit and you can expect 70-100ft visibility most days.

Carlisle bay is like no other place in the world, home to six shallow shipwrecks that can be visited all in one dive! These wrecks are in calm clear waters and perfect for newbies or experienced divers alike. They can be accessed by beach or boat and if you are traveling with non-divers offer some great snorkelling. The oldest wreck dating back to World War One, there is a mix of purposefully sunk and natural wrecks with some amazing history. For those with a wreck diver specialty you are able to go inside 2 of these wrecks as well!

For our more advanced divers the SS Stavronikita should be on the top of your list. With the propeller laying at 140ft and the top of the bow at 70ft this deep wreck is know as one of the top 10 wrecks in the world. The 365ft long ship offers plenty to see and has some amazing coral and marine life. 

Some of our other notable wrecks include the Pamir (and submarine), Friars Craig, The Trident, and Brianna H.

If reefs are more your thing, don’t worry Barbados has many beautiful reefs as well! There are a number of them on the south and west coast that will give you some amazing drift diving! With a mix of shallow and deep reefs there is something for everyone in Barbados.

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More Information

Grantley Adams International Airport is the largest airport in the Eastern Caribbean.

Daily flights arrive from the USA, Canada, Europe, Brazil and other Caribbean islands.

Cruising is also popular; Barbados is usually included on southern Caribbean itineraries.

Time Zone
115 V
Pounds/square inch (psi)
A, B
1st Stage
INT / Yoke / K
International airports
Grantley Adams Intl (BGI)
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This page wouldn't be possible without contributions from the following PADI members: Ryan Joseph (PADI pro), Thea de Witte (PADI pro), Barbados Blue Water SportsDisclaimer


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