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. Boarding then begins adjacent to the office at around 10:45 and from here, you 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 min.
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.
Whereas other tours cram 20 or more guests on a boat (and in the water at the snorkel sites) you will be traveling with a group of no more than 10 guests on your pontoon boat which not only makes for a more comfortable time on board, but allows for a more hands on approach from the crew. After snorkeling, local beer and rum punch will be served. Total time on the boat is approximately 2 hours.
After the boat portion of your tour, you will enjoy a Barbadian BBQ Buffet Lunch with your choice of Fresh Grilled Fish, BBQ USDA Sirloin Steak or Baked Chicken along with all of the bajan sides including macaroni pie, vegetable rice, steamed vegetables, tossed salad, coleslaw, corn and garlic bread and refreshing drinks including our tasty rum punch. Then you will have free time in downtown to shop or explore. At 3:00pm, your included transfer back to the cruise pier departs from the tour office where you arrived.
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!
Reviewer: Patsy E.
We did this same excursion previously and now they leave you at the Pirates Cove beach area, which is such a great improvement! We stayed and hung out at the gorgeous beach and loved the excursion!