On this colorful island, British sensibility clashes with West Indian passion in a very fashionable way...
Situated about 160 kilometres/100 miles due east of St. Vincent and outside the main arc of the Windward Islands, unique Barbados has snared – literally and figuratively – wayward ships for centuries. With a portfolio of about 200 wrecks, it’s no wonder that Barbados is a dive destination that captures the interest of divers looking for something different.
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. 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 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. The colorful corals and unusually-shaped sponges draw a range of fish species along with the predators looking for easy prey.
The shark-like barracuda is not the only fish marveled at off the reefs and wrecks off Barbados. 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 their holes are the garden eels. The hawksbill, leatherback and green turtles all use the island’s beaches as nesting grounds. Stingrays, moray eels and nurse sharks can sometimes be seen. Keep your eyes open for brilliantly colored parrotfish, reef squid, Bermuda chub, grouper and tube sponges, too.
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Barbados offers a wonderful, relaxed Caribbean vibe. Located outside the Atlantic hurricane belt, it was one of the few islands visited by both the Spanish and Portuguese during the era of colonization.
However, it lay unclaimed until British settlers arrived in 1627. The island remained a colony until 1966, when Barbados was declared an independent state within the British Commonwealth. The economy - traditionally dominated by sugar cane - has evolved to better meet the needs of global tourism.
The capital of Bridgetown has a diverse ethnic culture made up of Carib Indians, Europeans and African descendants - with English spoken widely across the whole island. Barbados has an exceptional literary rate of almost 100%, bolstering the economy both locally and abroad.