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Barbados Beach Day & Turtle Swim Experience

1. 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 complete with a drink onboard. Use the gear to go snorkeling at a stunning shipwreck full of marine life and swim with the sea turtles in the tropical, warm waters of Carlisle Bay.

Barbados: Catamaran Tour with Snorkeling and Lunch

2. 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 Glass Bottom Boat with Snorkeling

3. Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Glass Bottom Boat with Snorkeling

Jump aboard the glass bottom boat and set sail 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 snorkeling in the visible waters. Discover 6 different shipwrecks and search for other hidden treasures. 

Barbados: Sunset, Turtle, & Shipwreck Cruise w/ Snacks

4. Barbados: Sunset, Turtle, & Shipwreck Cruise w/ Snacks

Take a sunset cruise in a catamaran off the coast of Barbados. Go snorkeling among sea turtles and shipwrecks, then enjoy canapes and an open bar aboard the boat. Start your tour with a pickup from the cruise terminal or your hotel on the south or west coast. Board your catamaran and set sail off the west coast of Barbados. Stop at your first snorkeling location for a close encounter with some of the island's sea turtles. At the next stop, drift over historical shipwrecks teeming with colorful tropical fish. After your snorkeling stops, relax aboard the boat and enjoy the scenery. Have a canape or a drink from the open bar. On the way back, admire the change of scenery as dusk approaches. Watch the sunset from the ocean as you sail back to Bridgetown.

Barbados: 5-Hour Island Tour with Lunch and Drinks

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

Your tour will take you through historic Bridgetown and to 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. Stop at St. James Anglican Church, built on the site of the first place of worship on Barbados. As you leave the west coast and travel to the northern tip of the island, your next stop is the Animal Flower Cave where you will see crashing waves against the cliff. You then head off to St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation. Enjoy a guided tour of the plantation house and its rum distillery. You’ll be offered a complimentary rum or fruit punch and also have a chance to taste their magnificent non-blended rum. You will then stop for lunch and drinks 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.

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

6. 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: Island Tour with Animal Flower Cave and Lunch

7. 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.

Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Beach Shuttle and Lounger

8. Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Beach Shuttle and Lounger

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 between 10:00am and 4:00pm 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 colorful marine life that includes turtles, star fish, sand dollars, stingrays and more.

Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Clear Kayak Shipwreck Tour

9. 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.

Barbados: Rum Distillery Tour and Mount Gay Visitor Center

10. Barbados: Rum Distillery Tour and Mount Gay Visitor Center

Start your tour at the magnificent Foursquare Rum Distillery where you will meet your friendly and informative guide. Once a working sugar factory in the 15th century, Foursquare now pays tribute to the many aspects of Barbadian history. You will learn about the various stages of rum making and enjoy samples of their amazing rums at the bar. Stop at the Mount Gay Visitor Center at the end of your tour. Learn and taste about the oldest and most storied rum in Barbados.

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What people are saying about Bridgetown

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 262 reviews

Small group of 8 with Dexter as our guide/driver, he was very engaging telling us lots of info on the island, all the stops were great especially the animal flower cave (this has to be paid separately) and depends on the waves whether or not you can go down.. the lunch provided was nice and the rum punch from dexter along with the banana cake was lovely.. watch out for the guy selling coconut for $10 (us) Dexter chased him and told the next tour bus about him too, definitely got a better understanding of the island after this tour!

Great day out snorkeling and sailing around the island. The staff were really friendly and the food and drink provided was plentiful and delicious. I <3 rum punch is the theme of the day! We had plenty of time to explore a shipwreck and spot turtles and then once the sails are raised you can enjoy the ride. Would definitely recommend.

Being the only person on the tour, I had Kristin’s undivided attention and learned a huge amount about the history of Bridgetown and the political and social changes of recent years. It was a great experience and all credit to Kristin for his clarity and patience in dealing with an audience of one!

A very nice day on board. Not too many guests on it, great crew with great food. Saw turtles and rays while snorkeling. The wreck snorkeling was great too. Only the time for bathing could have been longer. But that&#39;s whining at a high level can definitely recommend the experience

It was an interesting experience. A beautiful way to see the whole island and its beauty.