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Barbados: Catamaran Tour with Snorkeling and Lunch

1. Barbados: Catamaran Tour with Snorkeling and Lunch

Step aboard a classic catamaran for a guided snorkeling trip to the waters around Barbados. See Sea Turtles and shipwrecks, enjoy lunch and an open bar, and relax on board the vessel. Enjoy pickup from your accommodation before boarding the catamaran in Bridgetown. Be greeted by the crew and get ready to head out into the Ocean and your first snorkeling stop. Strap on your snorkeling equipment and dive into the ocean to encounter its friendly sea turtles. Emerge from the water to dry off and soak up some sun rays on deck. Head back into the water on your second stop to dive amongst historical shipwrecks. Marvel at the colorful, tropical fish swimming among the ancient remains of boats. Take in some more sun on the deck or relax in the shade as the catamaran makes a trip up the west cost of the island. Feast on a delicious lunch served by your crew including an open bar. Swim out to the beach for a stroll on the golden sand, or dance to some music on the ship's deck. Sail back to Bridgetown energised by your experience.

Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Turtle and Shipwreck Boat Cruise

2. Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Turtle and Shipwreck Boat Cruise

Jump aboard Tranquility Cruises and cruise to Carlisle Bay. Enjoy an experience like no other as you see all the marine life that lies beneath the sea. For those seeking an adventure, you will not be disappointed with the sight of historical sunken shipwrecks Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride along the calm turquoise waters. Be sure to look out the boat's glass bottom to see the tropical fish, sea horses, and turtles in their natural habitat.  Marvel at the breath-taking beauty of the bay. Slid into the sea and enjoy snorkelling in the visible waters. Discover shipwrecks and search for other hidden treasures.

Barbados Beach Day & Turtle Swim Experience

3. Barbados Beach Day & Turtle Swim Experience

Spend a day at the beach in beautiful Barbados. On this excursion, you will be relaxing at Savvy on The Bay, on Carlisle Bay, with its white sand and turquoise water. Upon arrival at Savvy on the Bay, enjoy a welcome drink and lie back on your complimentary beach chair with a sun umbrella, before hunting for sand dollars along the shore. The beach has washrooms, and showers for your convenience. Although lunch is not included in the Barbados Beach Day tour, you may purchase food and drinks onsite. Your day also includes a turtle and shipwreck cruise on Tranquility Cruises with a drink onboard. A mask, snorkel and snorkel vest are provided for your use to snorkel at a stunning shipwreck full of marine life and swim with the sea turtles in the tropical, warm waters of Carlisle Bay.

Barbados: Island Tour with Animal Flower Cave and Lunch

4. Barbados: Island Tour with Animal Flower Cave and Lunch

Explore the unparalleled beauty and historic treasures of Barbados on this scenic tour around the perimeter of the island. Beginning in the social and commercial hub of the island's capital, Bridgetown, you'll get the chance to delve into the rich history of Bridgetown's Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See first-hand why some of the world's wealthiest people have made Barbados's turquoise beaches their home as the tour takes you up the west coast to Holetown, the first British settlement, and on to the quaint seaside town of Speightstown. Next, it's a taste of truly unique Barbados beauty: on the northern tip of the island, you'll find the Animal Flower Cave, an accessible ocean cave with steps leading inside, a coral floor, sea anemones, and natural rock pools. From the seas to the skies, grab your camera for sweeping views from Cherry Tree Hill, indulge in a refreshing rum punch and devour a delicious Caribbean buffet lunch while taking in the East Coast breeze. You'll want to keep your camera handy for the rugged Scotland District, famous soup bowl surf spot, and breathtaking panoramic views at St. John's Parish Church.

A Guided Walking Tour of The History of a City – Bridgetown

5. A Guided Walking Tour of The History of a City – Bridgetown

On this tour you will be taken on a journey that will include how the city got its name and end when it got its independence 50 years ago.  A picture is first painted of the space now called Independence Square before homage is paid to the unceremonial "burial ground" of the slaves as they landed on the island.  The "Blackwood Screw dock" is the next stop before heading to on of two of the "bridges" in the city. Celebrating achievements such at running water into the city at "the fountain", recognizing the sacrifices of the men of the two world wars at "the Cenotaph" occur before the stately "Parliament Buidlings" are revealed in story. The story of the "birth of rum" is next before the "Jewish ancentors" are recognized.  The commercial activity on the popular "Swan Street" is shared as the "oldest street" in Bridgetown in explored. This is followed by the "oldest church" and the "Town Hall".  The magnificent "Mutual Building" waits patiently to share all her stories then attention is turned to another "street of commercial significance" before the spirit of the wharf and "the Spirit Bond" shares her story.  A stroll along the boardwalk takes you back to the start where the story of "Independence "is told to end an exciting tour.   

Barbados: 5-Hour Island Tour with Lunch and Drinks

6. Barbados: 5-Hour Island Tour with Lunch and Drinks

Depending on where your pick up point is on the island, this tour will take you along historic Bridgetown and the Garrison, which is now a World Heritage Site. Head north from here along the western coast, known by the locals as the Platinum Coast because of the number of million-dollar homes in the area. Holetown, the next site of interest, was the first British settlement and the St. James Anglican Church, is built on the site of the first place of worship in Barbados. As you leave the west coast and travel to the northern tip of the island, at this stop you will see crashing waves against the cliff. You then head off to St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation. Enjoy a tour of the plantation house and its rum distillery. You’ll have a chance to taste their magnificent non-blended rum. You will then stop for lunch and drink at a local restaurant. Continue east along the shoreline and experience the full force of the Atlantic Ocean crashing onto the island. At breathtaking Bathsheba you’ll see the famous surfing spot known as the Soup Bowl. This is a surfers’ paradise, featuring mushroom-shaped boulders offshore.

Bridgetown: Oistins Reservation with Drink & Hotel Transfer

7. Bridgetown: Oistins Reservation with Drink & Hotel Transfer

Enjoy a quick and comfortable transfer from your hotel or villa to Oistins, where you'll be shown around this charming fishing community and escorted to a reserved table at one of the local restaurants, with 1 complimentary drink included. Soak up the lively atmosphere, dining on the specialty fresh fish – stopping off only at the barbecue on its way from the sea to your plate! Or else try one of the many other delectable regional dishes, with vegetarians catered for too, all whilst sampling the beer, rum, and culture (at your own expense). After dinner and drinks, you'll have time for a post-meal stroll, while perusing the vendor stalls of handicrafts and souvenirs and savoring the vibrant nightlife of this wonderful corner of the Caribbean. Then rendezvous with your escort at the agreed time and place for the return trip to Bridgetown.

Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Clear Kayak Shipwreck Tour

8. Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Clear Kayak Shipwreck Tour

The tour will begin from Harbour Lights in Carlisle Bay. From here, you'll head to a location where green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles are regularly spotted. From there, you'll journey to three different shipwrecks, which are all located close to shore. Here, you'll have a perfect view of the wrecks through your clear kayaks. Be amazed as you learn the interesting history of the wrecks and how they ended up at their final resting place. Finally, head to back to shore for a complimentary rum punch on the beach.

Beach Shuttle with use of Free Beach Chair & Umbrella

9. Beach Shuttle with use of Free Beach Chair & Umbrella

There is no better place in the world to spend a day at the beach than Barbados. Carlisle Bay has silky white sand with stunning turquoise blue sea. It is a quintessential paradise. When you book and pay for transfers to the beach with us you are allowed free use of a beach lounger and shared umbrella for 6 hours at Savvy On The Bay at Carlisle Bay. Our Location includes a beach bar, washrooms & showers. The Carlisle Bay Marine Park has 6 shipwrecks and is home to diverse and colurful marine life that includes turtles, star fish, sand dollars, stingrays and more.

Barbados: Tour of Harrison's Cave & Hunte's Gardens

10. Barbados: Tour of Harrison's Cave & Hunte's Gardens

Harrisons Cave is described by the Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia as one of the Seven Wonders of Barbados. First, see an amazing gallery of stalactites hanging from the roof of the cave, and stalagmites that emerge from the ground that have formed over hundreds of years. You will journey through the cave in a tram car and see beautiful pools, streams, and waterfalls along the way. This is a natural wonder and not to be missed. From there you will journey to the magnificent Hunte’s Botanical Gardens. You will meander along the pathways and find many surprises amongst the lush tropical plants. The rare exotic foliage grows densely in this landscaped gully and hidden amongst them are antiques and other beautiful decorative pieces. You just might spot the occasional bird or animal who love the place as much as you will - it is truly an enchanting experience. Lastly, you will be served refreshments and take in a scenic view of the Barbados landscape.

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The whole day from pick up to drop off was fantastic! Staff were friendly, informative and attentive coming round bringing drinks and constantly helping. The snorkelling was great (although we didn't see loads of turtles) they pointed out a few when spotted. Equally I loved seeing the sunken ships & they gave loads of information about them. Lastly lunch was plentiful & emjoyed local Caribbean food. I would happily do this day again and would recommend it to anyone! :)

Evan, our guide, was excellent. He escorted our group to key locations in Bridgetown, explaining the history of the city and the island in a really interesting way. He answered questions, too, and showed exceptional depth of knowledge. So glad we booked !

I liked the way Mr Rooster explained each and every detail about every part of barbados. It was really fun to have such a wonderful guide with us.

Dexter was an amazing guide, very helpful, funny and friendly. Lovely tour with good timing and good vege food option.

Really good tour! Evan is a great tour guide and we enjoyed every minute with him. Super knowledgeable and great guy.