Ship docked within 5 minute walk to port, catamaran to beach areas to swim with turtles (saw a couple), too many other tour operators in area at same time, lots of people, not many turtles. Due to windy conditions, unable to stop at different beach to swim but we were able to sail ( no motor needed!) back to dock. Tiami sail operators are great!
This was the Tiami Turtle Snorkle and Sail. We were informed at departure that the original itinerary had changed in order to find a beach where turtles might be seen. That was fine with us. We put in at a lovely beach and we did see turtles. Not dozens, but if you were paying attention, there were almost always a couple in view. After about 45 minutes, the catamaran took us to a different beach for swimming. The beach was nice. There were some locals selling jewelry and other trinkets, but if you told them no, they didn't bother you again. There was rum punch and beer included in the cost of the excursion. It was a very relaxing day and the guides were great!
Nice trip only saw a few turtles near shore when our boat people were feeding them. Not much else there. Then short trip for 45 minute beach break. Nothing there to see or buy (bring your own snacks or lunch). Rum punch on boat
Loved swimming with the turtles! About four large turtles swam with our group. The guides had food to keep them around. Lots of fish by the sunken ship to see, more by the coral then the ship itself. Water was lovely and so clear! Beach we went to swim at after snorkeling ok, nothing special, no chairs, or beach really.
We booked this excursion at the beach. I had read reviews of other cruisers. The beach is quite rough with broken coral washing up at the shore and hitting your feet. Once in the boat, we were fine. I got to swim with the turtles which was amazing. The kids stayed on the boat and could see the turtles. Our cab driver Marson (from Canada) was the best!!! If you're at the cruise port in Barbados, ask for Marson. Our cab ride from Paynes Bay and back cost us $40 total. Beach chairs and the Turtle swim cost us $50 total for all of us.
Booked a a snorkel tour called ultimate snorkel tour. It was really good first stop was to see the turtles get fed which was really good and got some great GoPro pictures and videos. Next we were onto a couple ship wreaks which were very interesting. After both of these we sailed back to port via Barbados city centre to see a couple of sights on boat. Offered rum punch on way back which was lovely. Once back we where fed food which we selected before we left for tour. Transport to and from cruise ship with time at end to have and walk around local shops.
Tiami Sail, snorkel, and beach tour. It was very fun on the catamaran and snorkeling with the turtles was great. We saw many turtles and they came right up to us. Beautiful water and would definitely go to Barbados again.
We did the Sea Turtle and Shipwreck snorkel. It was awesome! The guides were very informative and helpful and the speed boat ride was exhilarating. I will have to say that you do need to be a strong swimmer for this one. I am, so I didn’t have any trouble. My friend is not a strong swimmer, so she had difficulty trying to get around with the currents. The guides were there in the water with floats in case anyone needed help. After the snorkeling, they take you to a beach but you don’t have much time there.
Went to snorkle with sea turtles and some shallow wrecks then a cruise along the island with on board meal with plenty of "refreshments", then an added bonus of sightings of humpback whales. Great crew
We did the Five Star Catamaran and Turtle experience - not thrilled with it. It was a gloomy day and they put over 50 people on one catamaran. I was kind of bummed at first because we couldn't be up front, outside, but then it started pouring and I didn't mind where we were sitting. If you do decide to do this excursion and it looks like it might rain, make sure you don't bring too many things because whatever is left on the floor, gets wet. So I'd bring a waterproof bag or just bring your bathing suit and towel. They supply the snorkeling gear.
Absolutely loved swimming with the turtles. It was a bit of a zoo, though, because a number of other boats and catamarans carrying lots of tourists were also in the area doing the same thing. So at times it felt a little conjested. But I'm glad the other guide was in the water with us, because I had never snorkeled before in deep waters. So it took me some time to get acclimated to wearing the snorkel gear. The guide was a big help in this regard. Our boat owner wasnot very friendly. He didn't interact with us or have much to say. We would ask questions. He'd answer, but that was it. He seemed to just be going through the motion, on auto pilot, and could care less about conversing with us, the only two customers on the boat. His young assistant was the one who help us on and off the boat. The boat by the way was older and not very appealing.
The excursion was good. Too many people on it though. We went on a catamaran out to where we snorkeled. We only saw two turtles but there were way too many people in the water at the same time for two turtles.
Catamaran ride for about 30-40 mins to the dive site.
Dive site looks like just plain sand but then the food scraps go in the water and the wild life closes in :)
Ended up with 2 sea turtles, a ray, an eel, pufferfish, skate/flounder and a cloud of tropical fish in the water with us.
Free beer/booze at the beach and on the hour or so sail back to the boat were appreciated.
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