Barbados is a water lover’s paradise, with practically every water and beach activity imaginable!

Scuba divers will appreciate the colorful tropical coral reefs and numerous wrecks surrounding the island. Carlisle Bay is home to several wrecks and is a popular diving site. The Stavronikita at Folkestone Marine park is another famous site. There are a number of dive operators on the island. Try:

– Carib Ocean Divers (246-422-4414,www.cariboceandivers.com)
– Eco Dive Barbados (246-243-5816,www.ecodivebarbados.com)
– Bubble Adventure (246-436-7095,www.bubbleadventure.com)

Snorkeling is another popular way to take in the spectacular underwater sites. Perhaps the best way to get there is by joining a scheduled cruise aboard a yacht or catamaran. Not interested in snorkeling? That’s fine, too… these guys have all sorts of sailing adventures available. There are a number of operators in Barbados, mostly in Bridgetown. Try:

– Tall Ships Cruises (246-430-0900,www.tallshipscruises.com)
– Heat Wave Sailing Cruises (246-429-9283,www.heatwavesailingcruises.com)
– El Tigre Cruises (246-417-7245, www.eltigrecruises.com)

If fishing is more your style, you won’t be disappointed on Barbados. The warm waters offer ideal fishing for barracuda, tuna, wahoo, dolphin, and marlin. Contact Fishing Charters Barbados (246-429-2326,www.bluemarlinbarbados.com) to schedule your outing.

Barbados is guaranteed to have surf somewhere along its shores on almost any day of the year. Surf Barbados (246-256-3906, www.surfing-barbados.com) and Zed’s Surfing Adventures (246-428-SURF,www.zedssurftravel.com) are two companies to try for instruction and board rentals.

Windsurfing is another exhilarating way to enjoy the waves. Silver Sands is the spot for windsurfing in Barbados, with challenging yet forgiving conditions for beginners and old pros alike. Brian Talma’s shop at Silver Rock is the place to go for board rentals and spare parts.

Imagine harnessing into a parachute and skiing off into the sky, or jumping off a cliff to soar in the wind. In Barbados, anything is possible! For parasailing, call The Falcon Ltd. (246-419-0579), or for paragliding, try The Barbados Paragliding Association (246-423-8976).

Waverunners have become another popular way to explore the crystal clear waters of Barbados. Waverunner rentals are available from most beaches and bays around the island, and should cost about $50-$55 for 30 minutes in peak season.

Explore Barbados by kayak! The west coast’s waters are calm and will afford you a glimpse of underwater life, while the south coast provides a more exciting adventure. Many watersports shops on the south coast rent kayaks, and Ocean Adventures (246-438-2088, www.oceanadventures.bb) offers a guided kayak trip suitable for all ages and experience levels.

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