Barbados is in the in the western Atlantic Ocean, just east of the Caribbean Sea. It is a part of the Lesser Antilles island-chain - see the map here.
The island's climate is tropical, with constant trade winds off the Atlantic Ocean serving to keep temperatures mild.
Most of the island's diving activity takes place on the south and west coasts which are sheltered from the turbulent Atlantic Ocean and the easterly trade winds. However, conditions allowing, the east coast can make for some very varied and adventurous diving.
The choice of dive sites is vast, and of course, what would a tropical paradise be without shipwrecks laden with history to explore? Several can be found in Carlisle Bay, a natural harbour on the border of the west and south coasts.
- The most famous wreck in Barbados is the S.S. Stavronikita sunk intentionally after having caught fire in Freetown harbour some 20 years ago. At 365 ft long, she sits upright in 130 ft of water at her deepest
- There are six shallow wrecks in Carlisle Bay Marine Park, all close together:
- Cornwallis - a Canadian ship sunk in WW2 and relocated to Carlisle Bay in 2000.
- The Barge - a disused naval boat deliberately sunk in 2000.
- The Berwyn - a French tug sank in 1919.
- The Bajan Queen - an ex-party boat deliberately sunk May 2002. You can penetrate this wreck.
- Ellion - a deliberately sunk (1996) freighter. It is possible to penetrate this small wreck.
- Ce-Treck - an unwanted cement barge deliberately sunk in 1986.
- Other popular dive sites: Asta, Maycocks Reef, Shark Bank and Pamir
- Hepatis A is recommended.
- A yellow fever vaccination certificate is requires from travellers over 1 year of age travelling from infected areas.
|Time:||GMT - 4|
|Natural hazards:||Infrequent Hurricanes|
|Diving season:||12 months|
|Water temperature:||Jan to March - 24C/75F|
|June to October – 27C/80F|
|Hyperbaric chambers:||Bridgetown: (246) 4366185|
|St Michaels: Barbados Defence Force HQ (246) 4365483|