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Marine Life, Coral Reefs and Sunken Ships
On this colorful island, British sensibility clashes with West Indian passion in a very fashionable way. Situated about 160 kilometres/100 miles due east of St. Vincent and outside the main arc of the Windward Islands, unique Barbados has snared – literally and figuratively – wayward ships for centuries. With 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. Topside, Barbados is civilized and well-structured, but maintains the relaxed Caribbean vibe. Beyond diving, there’s a lot to do, including touring the Mount Gay Rum Distillery.
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Visibility – Visibility ranges from 15-30 metres/50-100 feet.
Water Temperature – Water temperature changes from an average of 25°C/78°F in winter to 28°C/84°F in summer.
Weather – With 3000 hours of annual sunshine and consistent northeast trade winds, the air temperature is a pleasant 23-29°C/75-85°F year-round. Nearly every day is a good diving day in Barbados. June through October is hurricane season in the Caribbean.
Featured Creatures – On the reefs and wrecks, look for brilliantly colored parrotfish, reef squid, Bermuda chub, grouper and tube sponges. Also keep watch for barracuda, stingray, moral eels and nurse sharks.
Recommended Training – The PADI Wreck Diver course is an obvious choice for diving in Barbados. AWARE – Fish Identification and Digital Underwater Photographer courses will also help you identify and capture images of the marine life.
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Language – English is the national language, but the locals use a Bajan dialect.
Currency – Barbados Dollar. US dollar is widely accepted.
Major Airports – Flights arrive into Grantley Adams International Airport from the USA, Canada, Europe, Brazil and other Caribbean islands daily
Electricity and Internet – Electricity is 115 volts, 50 Hz. Internet is widely available.
Topside Attractions – Explore Harrison’s Cave. Hike the old Bridgetown train tracks. Don’t miss the Mount Gay Rum Distillery for some free samples.
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