Barbados Snorkeling Excursion Reviews
One of the best excursions ever!
I would highly recommend this excursion. I have been on many cruises on NCL and this excursion is one of the best by far.
When I saw the 3 items in 3 hours the excursion provided I thought to myself we would be rushed, however we were not. We were given plenty of time to do all 3 of the items, turtle snorkel, shipwreck, beach.
Once on the pier, we got on line to take a short 1 minute bus ride to the powerboat that took us on a short 5 to 10 minute ride to the snorkel site. The boat held 16 passengers and is very fast but fun. Once at the snorkel site the crew got off the boat to feed the turtles. I was expecting a ladder to help us off the boat, however the crew said we could jump off the side of the boat. I never did that before so I was a bit nervous, but I did it. I could not believe how many turtles and fish we saw. They turtles came so close to us! The crew were very fun and entertaining while making sure each and everyone on the tour had a chance to see the turtles. They were just swimming left, right and below us. The turtles would come up very close to us for air. We boarded the boat by using a small ladder in the back. Just be careful of the propeller.
After a good time with the turtles, we boarded the powerboat for a short 3 minute ride to the Berwyn shipwreck. This was my very first shipwreck snorkel. I was very nervous at first but once I saw the hundreds of fish, I felt like I was one among them. We got a chance to see 2 wrecks. We had enough time to swim the full length of both boats surrounded by what seemed like thousands of fish. If you do see both wrecks, be prepared to swim a good length back to the powerboat depending on where they anchor.
After the shipwreck we boarded the powerboat for a short 3 minute ride close to the beach. The tour guide said we could stay on the boat or jumped off the side of the boat for a swim, or if we want, swim to the shore. We jumped off the boat. Be sure to wear your snorkel gear for there are sea stars and fish to see. We saw and took a picture with a beautiful Cushion sea star. Once on shore, we walked along the pink sand for a bit, then went back to the water to swim some more. After time was up we boarded the boat back to the bus that took us back to the ship.
Everyone who visits Bridgetown Barbados should take this excursion!
We took a private tour with Elegance, which does feed the fish and turtles and yes the encounters are close. The crew was extraordinarily attentive and food was the best of any snorkel trip we took.
Beautiful beach and quiet bay where there was a reef and beautiful weather.
Again, a great and perfect day. The catamaran took us out to where the sea turtles live. I saw a few sea turtles. Then a huge storm blew in so we had to move. They knew exactly how long we could stay in that area before the storm reached us; they knew exactly what they were doing on the water! Next, they took us to a shipwreck. My kids absolutely LOVED snorkeling by the shipwreck. We had to go there due to the severe storm in the turtle area. The weather was obviously out of the control of the guides, although that did not prevent the Disney clients from being extremely obnoxious about it. Then they served us a hot lunch buffet that was very good; better than the food onboard the ship actually. Lastly we went to an area that had 20+ feet depth that was the most magical and clear blue water we saw anywhere. The water in Barbados is like a movie or a dream! At this location there were many huge starfish that you could see through the crystal blue water. We finished our time by sailing and have desert. It was a memorable day!
This is a port we've been to before, but that time I didn't think there was snorkling from the shore so I went on a photography tour. Although the port is nothing to look at, I was very impressed with Barbados---especially the scenery on the East coast. This time, I read there was good snorkeling from the shore at Folkestone Marine Park. So we walked off the ship about 8:30 and were on our way to the taxi line when one of them came up to us. RT to Folkestone (about 30 minutes north) was about $27@. He offered a tour for $100 including dropping us off and picking us back up later from Folkestone. We didn't have $100 cash, so offered him $80. He accepted and we were off on our private tour. It was a nice but short tour. I had hoped to see the Scottish area again and Bathsheba, but he stayed strictly on the northwest side. Guess I can't blame him for the price we paid the the cost of gas (I think it was about $2.50/liter). We still saw some pretty sights! It was about 10 when we got to Folkestone Marine Park. We asked him to come back for us about 2. They had recently renovated the area around the park---new lockers, store, rock wall by the beach and a new concrete walkway along the beach. Hardly anyone there, lifeguard, lots of shade, beautiful water!---it was fantastic! After a couple hours of snorkeling, we got out. I would have gone back in, but didn't want to be soaked when the taxi driver came back. So I took a walk along the new walkway. A short ways to the left was a cute beachfront Italian restaurant. I can't believe there weren't more people at Folkestone Park and surrounding area! It's a definite Gem! When I got back from my walk, our driver was there.
we coudn't book Harrison caves and instead decided to go to a beach and snorkel. Not too manny reefs
but it was great to just be in the warm water and sun
this was the most disappointing, as there were no turtles! the guides tried with bait and with banging a buoy, but no turtles! we only saw one swimming alongside the boat as we sailed to another location. Then we tried there, nada, then we could swim to a beach, but it was kind of mangy.....then we had rum punch, so that as always, perks you up a bit. There were nice folks on the cruise, and nice staff - but all in all, this was my least favorite island and least favorite excursion...however the family disagrees with me....!
Only got to see half of what we paid for.
We had a great time in Barbados! The ship pulls in to an industrial pier, and you have to ride a shuttle to get to pretty much everything. We took a snorkel and turtle swim tour, which was lots of fun! This tour took us out to a shipwreck, which was fascinating, and then to a second location where we swam with beautiful sea turtles. Swimming with the turtles was more like "floating" with turtles, as there were so many people trying to swim in a very small area where they were throwing out food to attact the turtles. It was amazing to get to see those though!
Rum punch was flowing and abundant, but we had learned our lesson on a previous snorkel tour!
The boat ride was fun, the tour operators were happy and friendly as well as the shuttle drivers. The shuttle busses however, were SMALL! Talk about cramming like sardines! Imagine 50 people in a bus that might comfortably seat 30! We all made it in one piece though.
One note: Don't buy the cool palm frond creations from the locals. You won't be allowed to take them back on the ship. And if you do somehow make it on the ship with something plant based, you will not be able to get it through customs at the airport. :( We learned that lesson the hard way.