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Exploring the Shores of Barbados

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Barbados is a golden island lying between the North Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea. It forms part of the Lesser Antilles archipelago. It neighbours St Vincent and the Grenadines on one side and St Lucia to the other, though it is not considered part of the Winward island group as they are. The weather in Barbados is generally warm and bright all year round, with January highs reaching 28°C. In July, that temperature can push all the way up to 30°C. The tourist season generally runs from December to April, while hurricane season takes over from June to October, though hurricanes don’t tend to pose too much of a problem here. I’ve been here during October as Westjet had some great offers and it was simply amazing.

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The fine climate and easy-going atmosphere of Barbados make it a popular destination for scuba divers hoping to spend time exploring the masses of coral reef that surround the area. Annual sea temperatures range between 78 and 84°F, and the unspoilt waters allow visibility of up to 80 metres. Nicknamed the “shipwreck capital” of the Caribbean, Barbados also offers some spectacular dives down to accessible sunken ships including the SS Stavronikita, a Greek freighter that was deliberately sunk after washing up, burning, on the shores of Barbados in the 1970s. This wreck is now a hub of oceanic activity, playing host to myriad creatures and crustaceans.

As you might expect, there are dozens of resorts throughout the country offering great diving packages for divers of all abilities. Barbados Blue offer diving trips every day at 10am, 12pm and 2pm, with beginners diving at 12:30pm daily. Alternatively they offer daily snorkelling trips at 9:30am and 2pm to see the turtles that live around the island. The company is run by people with a real passion and interest in the waters surrounding Barbados and strive to offer eco-friendly dives for visitors.

Mango Bay in the St James area of the island offers a free scuba lesson every Tuesday and Friday in their swimming pool, with instruction from Reefers and Wreckers, a local business who provide top quality diving equipment. This is an all-inclusive resort, with meals and afternoon tea as standard. They also offer free glass-bottomed boat trips, kayaking and water skiing.

Down in Christ Church, Ocean One offers tailor-made diving opportunities according to your needs. This resort has great access to local amenities and the airport, and the rooms available have a beautifully high-standard of décor throughout.

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