Ultimate Shipwreck Snorkel
You will be transferred from the cruise pier to downtown Bridgetown. After filling out the required paperwork, you will have a few minutes of free time to use the restrooms or just relax. Then you'll board your boat and head out from Bridgetown to explore the wonderful underwater world of Barbados.
Depending on the sea conditions and weather that day, your captain will take you to the best snorkeling sites for that day. Often the first stop on this Barbados excursion is to view sea turtles in their natural habitat. Here you will snorkel for approximately 25 minutes.
Then motor to Carlisle Bay Marine Park, a sheltered area not far from the Bridgetown Harbor, where you will have the opportunity to snorkel over one of the five shipwrecks located here. You will also see a great diversity of brilliantly colored marine life including sea horses, rays, barracudas, octopus, reef squid, mackerel, or moray eels.
Your boat is very spacious with two decks and a glass bottom, for those who don't want to get in the water. The boat also boasts a slide and two bathrooms. Your knowledgeable and attentive crew are there to help you with whatever you need. After snorkeling, local beer and rum punch will be served. The total time on the boat is approximately 90 minutes.
After the boat portion of your tour, you will enjoy a Barbadian barbecue buffet lunch with an assortment of dishes such as macaroni pie, rice and peas, salads, fish, chicken, beef stew, along with refreshing drinks including tasty rum punch, beer, house rum, vodka and gin, soft drinks, and juices. Then you will have free time in downtown to shop or explore or just relax on the beach with a drink in hand. At the end of the tour, you will be transported back to the cruise pier.
Reviewer: John Volkerding
The van picked us up at the port gate and took us to Pirates Cove where we boarded the new snorkel boat at the beach. From there we took the short ride to the first snorkel stop to see the turtles. We only saw a few but there was turtles. The next stop was at a sunken tug boat. The water was very clear. Lots of fish in and around the sunken boat. We snorkel often but not usually around sunken boats so I enjoyed it. After the snorkel they served some rum punch for the short ride back to Pirates Cove. The Boat crew was excellent. Back at the Cove we had about 2 1/2 hours of beach time with wristbands for lounger chairs, drinks and a excellent lunch. The beach was fantastic.
The two snorkeling spots on this tour was amazing! The water was beautiful. I got to swim with the turtles! Which was fantastic! The two shipwrecks were awesome. The tour guides feed the fish by the wrecks. The feeding frenzy that the food created was so spectacular and beautiful with tons of colorful fish which made the perfect photo op. The only downside was, I was expecting rum punch on the boat but they only had the punch :( The upside to that is when you get off the boat you can go to the beach bar for unlimited rum punch and lunch!
Reviewer: Jeffrey Boylin
The two guys on this small snorkel tour boat (10 people) were great. Equipment supplied! They feed the turtles as we hovered over their location. As we swam to and over the two large wrecks (captivating) they through food attracting a wealth of colored fish. Rum punch on the boat right after. My wife is still talking about the wonderful experience as she was initially nervous. This followed with a great lunch, great music, open bar and covered beach lounges on a spectacular beach with turquoise water. Shopping within a block in Bridgetown. We stayed until our ride arrived to deliver us back to the cruise ship. Change rooms, showers and friendly staff.
Overall, the excursion is really well done. Our driver was super friendly. John and Peter on board the pontoon, were really great! The stop for the sea turtles was a busy place... so many excursions stop there but you could still see the turtles and that was pretty amazing. For the shipwreck, the pretty deep water and there was a bit of a current. My young son & I stayed on board, but my husband came back just wiped out from fighting the water. They did not provide any flippers. A few other people had brought their own. This is definitely an excursion for stronger swimmers. Then we returned to the beach which was amazing! The buffet lunch was tasty and we had vouchers for several drinks per person (local beer, rum punch, soda, juice, or bottle water). The beach was incredibly clean, had clean restrooms, and shower areas. There was no one trying to sell you anything. The sand was so soft and the water clean & warm. It was so relaxing. I would go back just for the beach!
Reviewer: Patsy E.
We did this excursion a few years ago and enjoyed it so chose it again and this time they leave you at the Pirate's Cove beach and you can stay and sit on beach chairs and enjoy the white sandy beach for a while before returning to the ship! A great improvement!