We are officially over the half way mark of videos for the island series! It is so hard to believe but without further ado, here we go. Barbados to our younger cultures is more popularly known for R&B singer Rihanna. However, even though this was a Southern Caribbean cruise, Barbados is technically completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean! The port for Barbados is in its capitol, Bridgetown.
This was day three of my seven night itinerary on Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas. As per usual, I did not go with a cruiseline excursion but had a great reference from a friend who had been in Barbados for a wedding (contact information will be below). We had to walk out pass the cruise port area to the round about just outside the main entrance to the port. We were taken by taxi to Folkstone Marine Park by a gentleman named Max. He is an amazing guy and was very helpful. Once there, we met Michael who would be taking us out on his boat.
What I really enjoyed about Michael’s boat is that it was smaller, would probably fit 15 people max and had a glass bottom. There ended up only being 7 of us total. He was prepared with beverages and snorkel equipment for those who do not bring their own. We first went over and snorkeled with a couple little turtles. Since there was only a few of us, it didn’t feel overcrowded. After the turtles we moved over to a submerged barge. Michael was putting some food in the water for the fish so when you jumped in, it was an explosion of fish all around you. It was an amazing sight to behold.
After snorkeling around the barge we moved over to some corals before getting back on the boat. The trip in total was about 2 hours long. We opted to stay at the marine park a little longer before Max came back for us. There is some really great, shallow snorkeling in the marine park (it’s roped off, no boats allowed). The excursion including the taxi was $60 per person. I felt like this was a really good price and it didn’t feel crowded. You will see some snorkeling excursions for the turtles that can have 30+ people on them.
Barbados was definitely a great way to start the trip. I would definitely go back to snorkel the marine park again. It was just so nice and quiet on that side of the island. Make sure you watch the Youtube video that includes underwater footage of the turtles, corals, fish and shipwreck. I hope this was helpful for you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
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Taxi: Max 246-249-5115
Snorkel Excursion: Michael 246-232-8157, 246-840-0066