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Barbados is a beautiful tropical island with many activities available. There is night life, music, history, art, and some of the best restaurants to be found anywhere. In addition to scuba diving, water activities include surfing, fishing, windsurfing, kayaking and more. But what makes Barbados such a wonderful place, and the reason why so many visitors keep returning to the island year after year, is the people. Barbadians, called Bajans, are warm and friendly, always ready to greet you with a sincere smile.

Whether new to diving or a seasoned pro, you will be amazed by underwater Barbados. The fringes and reefs found off this island blossom with healthy sponges, coral, plant life. There are a number of reefs, each one unique in its own special way.

The barrier reefs, located 1/2 - 2 miles from shore contain large coral heads which form the habitat for thousands of beautiful fish. Larger organisms are also found on these reefs, feeding on the smaller fish. The Hawksbill turtle can also be found on these reefs. Fringes and patching reefs are found closer to shore and have smaller coral formations and more abundant plant life then the barrier reefs. These reefs are home to Sea Horses, Frog Fish, Giant Sand Eels and many other marine creatures.

Wrecks form fascinating habitats for marine life and Barbados has several excellent sites for wreck diving. Carlisle Bay, with 200 reported wrecks, and the Stavronikita, located at Folkstone Marine Park are two of the most popular sites.

Climate 75 - 85F 24 -29C Water Temp 80F 27C Visibility 50 - 80 ft 15 - 24 m

Barbados Scuba Diving and Accommodations

Angler Apartments
Clarke Rd. #1,
Saint James
Barbados, BB24008
Tel. 246 4320817

Fax. 246 4320817

Number of Rooms: 12
Check In Time: from 3 pm
Check Out Time: 11 am

A small intimate apartment complex with studios and one bedroom furnished self catering holiday apartments. Private access to secluded beach 90 meters walk from apartments. In Saint James 5 minutes to Sandy Lane 3.5km to Holetown. Banks, shopping malls, supermarket, hotels, bars, beaches and restaurants within walking distance.

Restaurant/Bar. Air conditioning, self catering, micro, coffee maker, toaster over, electric kettle, kitchenette, safes, hairdryer, bodywash & shampoo, ceilling fans, patio, balcony or verandah. Lawns and tropical gardens. Restaurant offers vegetarian, Indian and Caribbean cuisine.

We arrange diving - single dives, two tank, dive packages, courses and certification.

Barbados Blue Watersports
Hilton Hotel Complex
Needhams Point
St. Michael
Barbados W.I.
Tel. (246) 434 5764
Fax. (246) 435 3794

Our professional staff will help you enjoy a wide range of scuba diving, snorkeling and water sports. All Staff are medically trained. The Barbados Blue scuba diving shop is the only facility on island with two on staff Marine Biologists.

We have two custom dive boats to suit all conditions and preferences.
We load and unload directly from the dive shop, and run all 4-stroke engines to reduce engine emissions, background noise and fuel consumption.

Our dive shop is located at the Hilton Hotel on Needhams’s Point which gives us easy access to both the south and west coasts of Barbados.

We are also a 5 minute boat ride away from the Carlisle Bay Marine Park with its great snorkeling and shipwreck scuba diving.

Golden View Apartments
Mrs. Doris Stephens
16 Trevemper Road
Newquay, Cornwall
United Kingdom. TR7 2HS
Tel.: +44-1637-874716

Our privately owned spacious one bedroom apartments are perfect for a romantic getaway and sightseeing. It’s near the ocean and close to the village. set in 5 acres of beautiful tropical gardens and there is a 25m swimming pool with sun loungers, umbrellas and a poolside bar/restaurant.

Our apartments include a large bedroom with the comfort of English divan beds, three mirrored wardrobes and plenty of drawer space. The en-suite bathroom has a corner bath with shower attachment, washbasin and toilet. Apartments have ceiling fans in each room and air conditioning in the bedroom operated by disc. Satellite TV. VCR. HiFi. Telephone in room.

We are within easy walking distance are 20 restaurants catering to every taste, from fast food to fine dining. Two shopping malls are also located nearby, with convenient banks, a supermarket, pharmacy, department stores, and specialty shops.

Our West Coast waters are clean, clear and warm – ideal for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, and wind surfing. Or you may just prefer to relax on the beach, enjoying the sun, sand and sights.

The Dive Shop, Ltd.
Aquatic Gap
St. Michael
Barbados BB14000
Tel.: (246)426-9947
USA Toll Free: 1-888-898-3483
CANADA Toll Free: 1-888-575-3483
Fax.: (246)426-2031

Barbados oldest established dive facility, providing over 30 years of diving services to visitors of Barbados. "Safety is our Goal". Diving/Accommodations packages available.

» Number of Dive Boats: 2
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat: 16 / 12
» Gear Provided: B.C, Reg, Tank and Weights. Mask, Fins, Wet Suits
» Rental Gear Available: B.C, Reg. Tank and Weights. Mask, Fins, Wet suits
» Nitrox Available: No
» Type of Diving Available: Reefs, Wrecks, combination of Reef and Wreck
» Total Dive Sites: 25 diffrent dive sites on both South and West Coast
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites: 3
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites: 20
» Certification Agencies: PADI, NAUI, ACUC, BSAC, SSI
» Courses Offered:Discover Scuba, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Dive Master

West Side Scuba Centre
Baku Beach
St. James
West Indies
Ph. (246)4322558
Fax. (246)4322558

We are a PADI 5 Star Golden Palm IDC Training Centre.

- All levels of PADI instruction
- Fully trained staff
- Fully equipped boat
- One day courses
- Reef & Wreck diving
- Night dives & snorkeling on request

West Side Scuba, established in 1993, is situated in the historic site of the Garrison Savannah near to the beautiful Marine Park Carlisle Bay on the South Coast of Barbados. Carlisle Bay is home to some of the most beautiful wrecks that Barbados has to offer. This all makes for ideal diving and exciting adventures.

Yellow Bird Hotel
St. Lawrence Gap
Christ Church
Tel.: 246 814 8444
Fax.: 246 418 9770

Yellow Bird is a chic and intimate boutique hotel located in St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados – an area popular with visitors and locals for its fine restaurants, diverse accommodation and lively nightlife. A place where you can lie on a Barbados beach all day, swim with the turtles in the bay in front of our hotel and party in the Gap all night. Oistins Bay Garden, popular for its famous Friday Night Fish Fry, is a mere 5 minutes’ drive away!

If you are looking for oceanfront accommodation in St. Lawrence Gap at affordable prices, then Yellow Bird Hotel fits the bill. We guarantee a panoramic ocean view from every single room and don’t stress – you won’t have to pay a cent to use our wifi!

Getting To Barbados

Air Travel

International Airport

Barbados (BGI) (Grantley Adams), 13km (8 miles) east of Bridgetown, near Christ Church. Flights are available from USA, Europe and within the Caribbean.

Flight times to Barbados

Brussels - 9hr
Caracas - 2hr 30min
Frankfurt - 9hr
London - 8hr
Miami - 3hr 40min
Montreal - 5hr
New York - 4hr 20min
San Juan - 1hr 30min
Toronto - 5hr

Airlines serving Barbados

Air Canada
American Airlines
British Airways
Caribbean Airlines
Jet Blue
Thomas Cook
TIA 2000
Virgin Atlantic

Entry Requirements

- Passport valid for duration of your trip.
- Return ticket to country of residence.
- Intended Address.
- Evidence of personal support.
- A child under the age of eighteen (18) travelling without a parent/guardian must have a letter of authorization from parent/guardian.

Visas required for Barbados

Visas are required for citizens from the following countries: (there may be changes to this list, please visit the Barbados Immigration Department for more information and visa requirements)

Afghanistan Kuwait
Algeria People's Republic of Laos
Andorra Lebanon
Angola Liberia
Bahrain Libya
Benin Madagascar
Bhutan Monaco
Bolivia Macau
Bosnia - Herzegovina Morocco
Burkina Faso Mongolia
Burundi Mozambique
Cambodia Myanmar (formerly Burma)
Cameroon Namibia
Cape Verde Nepal
Central African Republic Niger
Chad Oman
China Pakistan
Comoros Paraguay
Congo Philippines
Djibouti Qatar
Dominican Republic Rwanda
Ecuador San Marino
Egypt Sao Tome & Principe
El Salvador Saudi Arabia
Equatorial Guinea Senegal
Ethiopia Somalia
Gabon The Sudan
Guatemala Syria
Guinea Taiwan
Guinea-Bissau Thailand
Haiti Togo
Honduras United Arab Emirates
India Vatican City
Indonesia Vietnam
Iran People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
Iraq Yemen Arab Republic
Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) Yugoslavia
Jordan Zaire

Extension of stay

Visitors wishing to extend their stay should apply to:

The Chief Immigration Officer
Immigration Department
Careenage House, The Wharf
Tel: (246) 426-1011

Getting Around

Rental Cars
There are a number of international and local rental agencies available. You can obtain a Barbados drivers license for $10.00 Bds on producing a valid National or International License. All authorised car rental companies can issue you a drivers license if you have a valid license.

Bus Service
Frequent, comprehensive coverage of the island, flat rate of approx. Bds$2.00 for all trips. Although cheap, buses are crowded during the rush hours. All buses terminate at Speightstown.

Taxis do not have meters and fares are regulated by the Government. Listings are available from the Tourist Office. Please ask the price before travelling.

ZR Mini Vans
There are many licensed "Mini Vans" that run around the island picking up tourist and locals. You will recognise them by their "ZR" license plate. They have few fixed schedules but there are many of them and service is frequent.

Helpful Tips

Most of the hotels, restaurants and commercial establishments will accept credit cards. Travelers checks are also widely accepted.

There are a wide variety of shopping experiences to be found. From local crafts to expensive designer goods and jewelry, which you can purchase duty free at up to 50% off what you would pay back home. From small shops to bustling shopping centers, your choices seem endless.

Informal, but conservative. Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not town, shops or restaurants. Some hotels and restaurants stipulate jacket and tie for men and dresses for women in the evening.

110 volts/50 cycles. Most hotels can provide adapters and transformers for hair dryers and other appliances.

Medical Services
Barbados maintains a high quality health care service. Doctors' offices and pharmacies are located throughout the island.

Nude Bathing
There are no nude beaches and all beaches are open to the public. Nudism is actually illegal. Barbados has a history of conservative British tradition and Barbadians are not comfortable undressing or seeing other undress on public beaches.

Barbados is a tropical island blessed with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Please remember to use sunscreen protection.




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