Great for wreck diving, Barbados is also said to be home to the second-largest hawksbill turtle nesting population in the Caribbean. This is because of the Barbados Sea Turtle working to restore local turtle populations. They also protect leatherback and green turtles.
Although you probably won't see big pelagics here, there are many interesting smaller animals including frogfish and seahorses.
One of the best wreck dives is the Stavronikita, sunk as an artificial reef in the Folkestone marine park in 1978. On the Atlantic coast Consett Bay is a good dive in calm conditions. For a chance to see Eagle rays and turtles check out the Boot.
It is always warm in Barbados and you can dive year round. The rainy season is from June to November. Sea temperatures range from 26 oC in March to sometimes 30 oC in September.
From 8th May 2021, Barbados is open to vaccinated divers with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three days of arrival. More information.
Carlisle Bay is a marine park. A natural harbour, there are six wrecks in the bay. These are shallow at between 3 and 17 m and all within 200 m of the shore. The oldest is the Berwin, tugboat that sank in 1919. The biggest is the Bajan Queen a tug turned party boat which was sunk in 2002. There is lots of life on the wrecks and several green and hawksbill turtles in the bay. All the wrecks are buoyed.
Carlisle Bay by P. Hughes, CC by-SA 4.0
"5 or so wrecks in a small marine park. 30 - 54 feet in depth, visibility fantastic. Turtles, Rays and numerous fish can be seen here."
"Relaxing, sea horse, frog fish, 6 ship wrecks"
A reef with much fish life.
"Drift dive over the reef. Visibility again great (Feb) and similar aquatic life to Carlisle Bay but with more chances to see Rays.."
A drift dive between 12 and 24 m. Good for sighting turtles and eagle rays.
"Sting ray, Eagle ray, Lots of Turtles"
The Friars Craig is a shallow wreck which was sunk in 1985. Broken into three pieces.
"Combination Reef and Wreck together."
The most well known wreck in Barbados. A Greek cargo ship built in 1956. In 1976 it was carrying cement from Ireland to Barbados but caught fire. It was sunk as an artificial reef in the Folkestone marine park in 1978. It lies between 6 and 35 m and is covered in marine life.
Can only be dived in calm conditions in summer. Many hard corals and caverns and a chance sometimes to see sharks.
Family owned PADI centre established in 1994.
Tel: 246-234-1377 or 246-422-5450
"My wife and I are middle aged and have just concluded our PADI Open Water Scuba diving
course - Our Dive Master 'Michael' was excellent and we felt totally confident with him. he has a wicked sense of humour but at no time left us feeling unsafe in any way."
Norman, UK, 2009
"I would definitely not recommend Reefers
and Wreckers dive shop. They are careless, dangerous, slapdash and ignore safety. They are particularly dangerous with children. DONT GO THERE!"
"I found no problems with the professional attitude of the dive
masters. I had a safe and pleasurable week with good diving!"
PADI centre established 1993.
The Boatyard Complex
Tel: 1 (246) 262-1029
PADI dive shop located on the beach on the West Coast of Barbados. Established in 1995
Lorenzo's Scuba Dreams
The Fairmont Royal Pavilion and Glitter Bay Hotels
Tel: (246) 422 4414 / 422 5555
Mobile: (246) 245 4288
" We arrived 10 minutes before agreed time, but the boat had left already! Don't touch them!
" Fantastic dive operator - been diving with them for over a decade now. Would recommend them to anyone."
Alex Da Costa, 2010
PADI resort: 1 dive costs US$50 or BDS$100 (2007).
" I highly recommend diving with Andre, Roger or Christie at "Barbados Blue". Experienced divers, very knowledgeable about the ecological aspects of the reefs and wildlife, great people to dive with.
" I'd definitely dive with anybody from Barbados Blue again. All instructors very friendly and knowledgable. With 2 or 3 dives each day there will always be something that suits.
Anna, UK, 2009
Upper Bay St.
Tel: (246) 426-9947
"Fatema and her crew were excellent, professional and patient, they went all out to please, no rush, knowledgable about dive sites"
Chris Rushfel, 2010
Specialise in semi-private and small group dives.
House of Pillars
Tel: (246) 243-5816
Shutters is a 4-bedroom house, sleeping 8 and offering comfortable rental accommodation on the west coast of Barbados. It is situated in Lower Carlton, in the parish of St James, just off the coast road between Holetown and Speightstown, five minutes walk from the beach. SCUBA diving is available within a 10 minute drive. Two companies, Reefers and Wreckers in Speightstown and West Side Scuba in Holetown, will pick you up from the house.