Wrecks and reefs are the winning formulae to follow when planning your dives in Barbados. The Pamir, Friars Crag and the Stavronikita are the wrecks that should be at the top of your priority list and some like the Pamir are at depths perfect for the newbie diver. And if you simply wanted to overload your log with wreck after wreck then the bay of Carlisle is where you want to be. There are four wrecks in the bay and all are accessible to the beginner.
Perusing the wrecks or even the reefs of Bell Buoy, Maycocks Bay and Shark Bank is the ideal easy morning schedule for fish lovers and budding biologists. The well-preserved coral environments attract sea turtles, parrotfish, rays and eels of many varieties and time under the water is only depth dependent as the tepid sea rarely requires divers to wear wetsuits.
For prowling hunters of the sea, the site of Barracuda Junction delivers every time on its name. The colorful corals and unusually shaped sponges draw a range of fish species and along with that are the predators looking for easy prey.
The shark-like barracuda is not only marveled at off the reefs and wrecks off Barbados, but they are also commonplace on the Caribbean menus and are plentiful in the temperate sea surrounding the island. In the crevices of the wrecks lurk lobster, eels and lionfish and peeping out of the sand like blades of grass but retreating quickly into the shelter of their holes, are the garden eels. The hawksbill, leatherback, and green turtles all use the islands beaches as nesting grounds and with a great dive master and some luck, the sightings will never be forgotten.
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Outside of the Atlantic hurricane belt, the Caribbean island of Barbados was one of the few islands visited by both the Spanish and Portuguese during the era of colonization, but left unclaimed until the British settlers arrived in 1627 and claimed it for the monarchy. It stayed a colony until 1966 when the island was declared an independent state within the British Commonwealth.
The largely sugar cane dominated economy has been replaced in recent years by an influx of tourists and has a moderately high standard of living. The capital of Bridgetown has a diverse ethnicity of Carib Indians, Europeans, African descendants and Guyanese from Guyana but across the whole island English is spoken. The island has been noted to have an exceptional literacy of almost 100% adding to the advancement of the economy both locally and with international trade partners.
Increase the island pace with a day at the horse races at the Garrison Savannah race track or party the night away at the harbor restaurants where the carnival costumes and calypso bands keep visitors enthralled until the early hours of the morning. To make sure your taste buds, are entertained the Mount Gay rum distillery in Bridgetown should be added to your itinerary.
Grantley Adams International Airport is the largest in the Eastern Caribbean and there are daily flights available from all major English and American airlines but cruising is the ever-popular option and Barbados is a must on your itinerary.