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Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Glass Bottom Boat with Snorkeling

1. Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Glass Bottom Boat with Snorkeling

Jump aboard the glass bottom boat and set sail to Carlisle Bay. Enjoy an experience like no other as you see all the marine life that lies beneath the sea. For those seeking an adventure, you will not be disappointed with the sight of historical sunken shipwrecks. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride along the calm turquoise waters. Be sure to look out the boat's glass bottom to see the tropical fish, sea horses, and turtles in their natural habitat.  Marvel at the breath-taking beauty of the bay. Slid into the sea and enjoy snorkeling in the visible waters. Discover 6 different shipwrecks and search for other hidden treasures. 

Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Clear Kayak Shipwreck Tour

2. Bridgetown: Carlisle Bay Clear Kayak Shipwreck Tour

The tour will begin from Harbour Lights in Carlisle Bay. From here, you'll head to a location where green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles are regularly spotted. From there, you'll journey to three different shipwrecks, which are all located close to shore. Here, you'll have a perfect view of the wrecks through your clear kayaks. Be amazed as you learn the interesting history of the wrecks and how they ended up at their final resting place. Finally, head to back to shore for a complimentary rum punch on the beach.

A Guided Walking Tour of The History of a City – Bridgetown

3. A Guided Walking Tour of The History of a City – Bridgetown

On this tour you will be taken on a journey that will include how the city got its name and end when it got its independence 50 years ago.  A picture is first painted of the space now called Independence Square before homage is paid to the unceremonial "burial ground" of the slaves as they landed on the island.  The "Blackwood Screw dock" is the next stop before heading to on of two of the "bridges" in the city. Celebrating achievements such at running water into the city at "the fountain", recognizing the sacrifices of the men of the two world wars at "the Cenotaph" occur before the stately "Parliament Buidlings" are revealed in story. The story of the "birth of rum" is next before the "Jewish ancentors" are recognized.  The commercial activity on the popular "Swan Street" is shared as the "oldest street" in Bridgetown in explored. This is followed by the "oldest church" and the "Town Hall".  The magnificent "Mutual Building" waits patiently to share all her stories then attention is turned to another "street of commercial significance" before the spirit of the wharf and "the Spirit Bond" shares her story.  A stroll along the boardwalk takes you back to the start where the story of "Independence "is told to end an exciting tour.   

From Bridgetown: Scenic Boat and Submarine Tour

4. From Bridgetown: Scenic Boat and Submarine Tour

Your adventure begins with a short boat ride aboard the Ocean Quest which takes you to the submarine. Sit back and enjoy the scenic cruise to the dive site as the crew welcomes you and gives a safety briefing. The short trip comes to an end when you make the transfer from the boat to the submarine. You are now seated in a real submarine which can go to depths of 120-150 feet deep. A copilot will narrate the 40 minute underwater tour and help identify and explain the amazing sights. On surfacing, you are transferred back aboard the Ocean Quest for the return to the dock at The Shallow Draught.

Barbados: Island Tour with Animal Flower Cave and Lunch

5. Barbados: Island Tour with Animal Flower Cave and Lunch

Explore the unparalleled beauty and historic treasures of Barbados on this scenic tour around the perimeter of the island. Beginning in the social and commercial hub of the island's capital, Bridgetown, you'll get the chance to delve into the rich history of Bridgetown's Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See first-hand why some of the world's wealthiest people have made Barbados's turquoise beaches their home as the tour takes you up the west coast to Holetown, the first British settlement, and on to the quaint seaside town of Speightstown. Next, it's a taste of truly unique Barbados beauty: on the northern tip of the island, you'll find the Animal Flower Cave, an accessible ocean cave with steps leading inside, a coral floor, sea anemones, and natural rock pools. From the seas to the skies, grab your camera for sweeping views from Cherry Tree Hill, indulge in a refreshing rum punch and devour a delicious Caribbean buffet lunch while taking in the East Coast breeze. You'll want to keep your camera handy for the rugged Scotland District, famous soup bowl surf spot, and breathtaking panoramic views at St. John's Parish Church.

Barbados: Tour of Harrison's Cave & Hunte's Gardens

6. Barbados: Tour of Harrison's Cave & Hunte's Gardens

Harrisons Cave is described by the Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia as one of the Seven Wonders of Barbados. First, see an amazing gallery of stalactites hanging from the roof of the cave, and stalagmites that emerge from the ground that have formed over hundreds of years. You will journey through the cave in a tram car and see beautiful pools, streams, and waterfalls along the way. This is a natural wonder and not to be missed. From there you will journey to the magnificent Hunte’s Botanical Gardens. You will meander along the pathways and find many surprises amongst the lush tropical plants. The rare exotic foliage grows densely in this landscaped gully and hidden amongst them are antiques and other beautiful decorative pieces. You just might spot the occasional bird or animal who love the place as much as you will - it is truly an enchanting experience. Lastly, you will be served refreshments and take in a scenic view of the Barbados landscape.

Barbados: Rum Distillery Tour and Mount Gay Visitor Center

7. Barbados: Rum Distillery Tour and Mount Gay Visitor Center

Start your tour at the magnificent Foursquare Rum Distillery where you will meet your friendly and informative guide. Once a working sugar factory in the 15th century, Foursquare now pays tribute to the many aspects of Barbadian history. You will learn about the various stages of rum making and enjoy samples of their amazing rums at the bar. Stop at the Mount Gay Visitor Center at the end of your tour. Learn and taste about the oldest and most storied rum in Barbados.

Barbados: Northern Cliffs and Canefields Hike and eBike Tour

8. Barbados: Northern Cliffs and Canefields Hike and eBike Tour

Challenge and push yourself on this hike and eBike tour for a uniquely challenging Barbados experience along routes that most tourists never get to see. Begin your expedition with a 3.5-kilometer northward heading hike beginning in Maycocks, St Lucy. Hike along untouched coastal cliffs frequented only by night fishermen from the local village and finish up at Harrison Point Lighthouse. Here, pick up your eBike and begin your 20-kilometer ride through rural St. Lucy. See quaint Chattel houses and speed through sugar cane fields where the world-famous Mount Gay Rum is made. Finish your experience at a secluded beach cove for some well-deserved rum punch and beer.

Barbados: eBike Cycling Tour

9. Barbados: eBike Cycling Tour

Begin your tour at one of the world's best kite surfing beaches, Silver Rock Beach. The beach can have as many as fifty kites out, competing for wind and wave action during the winter season. Once riding, head eastward up the coastline, taking in picturesque cliffside views and local “salt-life” all the way out to the secluded Long Beach; the longest beach on the island. The beach is also a well-known turtle nesting sanctuary and a fantastic picture opportunity. Reach Barracuda Bay by way of the Paragon Cliffs, where nearshore barracuda are often spotted- Take in some panoramic views before heading back to base for some well-earned beverages.

Bridgetown: Oistins Reservation with Drink & Hotel Transfer

10. Bridgetown: Oistins Reservation with Drink & Hotel Transfer

Enjoy a quick and comfortable transfer from your hotel or villa to Oistins, where you'll be shown around this charming fishing community and escorted to a reserved table at one of the local restaurants, with 1 complimentary drink included. Soak up the lively atmosphere, dining on the specialty fresh fish – stopping off only at the barbecue on its way from the sea to your plate! Or else try one of the many other delectable regional dishes, with vegetarians catered for too, all whilst sampling the beer, rum, and culture (at your own expense). After dinner and drinks, you'll have time for a post-meal stroll, while perusing the vendor stalls of handicrafts and souvenirs and savoring the vibrant nightlife of this wonderful corner of the Caribbean. Then rendezvous with your escort at the agreed time and place for the return trip to Bridgetown.

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What people are saying about Barbados

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 242 reviews

This experience was absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! Neither my friend nor I can swim, and we've never been snorkeling before, but we were determined to YOLO. The crew was absolutely amazing and made us feel so comfortable. They guided us into the water, encouraged us that we were doing well, stayed by our sides, not allowing us to give up. I'm so glad they gently insisted we stay in the water and miss out on this incredible. I recommend this experience to absolutely EVERYONE and will def be going again on our next vacay!

Zachary, our guide, was wonderful. Passionate and knowledgeable about his country. Saw lots of areas of Bridgetown we wouldn’t have found on our own. Good to see where the locals shop at street markets etc. Very hot walking around but a great goody bag provided of water, snacks and maps. Lovely few hours. Thanks Zachary

Great little excursion. Our guide was very informative and friendly and told us lots about the sea life and helped us spot the turtles. Added fun of being in the kayak. Waterproof phone holders provided. Had a lovely time.

Having a very informative and engaging tour guide made this activity even more memorable.

Wonderful short trip and friendly staff to support and take care all guests