Barbados Snorkeling Adventure

 Graeme Hall nature park

Want to guarantee you will never forget your Barbados 
snorkeling experience?  

Challenge yourself and try something you've never done before.  

I did just that and ended up on a Catamaran tour snorkeling with turtles!  Why was this a challenge for me?

I can barely swim.  A snorkeling trip would be right up to the edge of my comfort zone! So of course, I jumped right in!

Barbados Catamaran tour

With several snorkeling tours to choose from I first set out to narrow down the field.

I asked around a bit and placed some calls to Edgewater Inn where I used to work.  (A good front desk clerk knows all the best spots.  They're the first to get feedback from guests)

One name kept coming up: Cool Runnings Catamaran.  Let's check them out together.

Snorkeling in Barbados

First impressions: They came across as a truly professional outfit.  You could tell everyone was highly trained!

Plus it wasn't super packed with people like I expected.  Turns out Cool Runnings only sails at half capacity.  When the dancing starts you'll have plenty of room ;) 

You have to love their crew!!! Friendly, outgoing, and fun.  They were great with the children on board as well.  They splashed around in the water with them and kept everyone entertained.  

Cool Runnings catamaran crew

Cool Runnings Crew

More importantly for me, they took the time to help anyone who was not confident swimming or snorkeling.

I had nothing to worry about!

Also turns out you can learn to snorkel pretty quickly if you have someone to show you properly!

I can't praise their crew enough.  They came around and chatted with everyone, cracked jokes, and kept the cruise lively and fun.  

Our first snorkeling stop.......

Snorkeling with the sea turtles at Paynes Bay

barbados catamaran guy feeding turtle

Guy feeding turtle by hand

I would have been happy to see just one or two turtles.  We spotted several!  The turtles are accustomed to people and are not shy.   It was great to be so close to them.  Paynes Bay is an ideal spot for Barbados snorkeling: crystal clear water!

Next stop was Folkstone Park.

Snorkeling over a shipwreck at Folkstone 

barbados snorkeling with tropical fish

Snorkeling with tropical fish in Barbados

You'll find tropical fish in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes.  It's not a huge shipwreck, but large enough to attract a variety of marine life.
Bring an underwater camera!  

Then lunch.  They anchor in a quiet bay and serve a wonderful buffet on board. The food will surprise you.  Their chef used to be a cook on a cruise ship.
catamaran barbados buffet

Tasty Buffet served with white wine

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barbados catamaran

Getting the life vests ready

View from the Catamaran in Barbados

snorkeling tour in barbados

Barbados shoreline

It's a great way to see Barbados from a unique angle.  It's a cool tourist experience, but the interaction with marine life makes it different from the standard booze cruise.    

Heading to Folkstone Park

barbados catamaran view

St. James

The Catamaran docks close enough to the shore that you could easily swim to shore and relax for a few moments.

View of the Catamaran, Barbados

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Cool Runnings Catamaran

The crew struck the perfect balance between attention to safety and all out crazy fun.  It was a blast! 

Turquoise water in the Barbados Sea

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An amazing day!

The folks that make it happen
 cool runnings barbados catamaran

Cool Runnings crew

Captain Robert and his wife Annika run a great outfit.

Small groups and a fun crew make this adventure a must. 

The "eco-marine" slant made the trip even more unique.


Barbados Sailing details

5 Hour Snorkel Lunch Cruise Duration:  9:30 am to 2:30 pm daily.
Sunset Cruise:  more laid back (Wednesdays only) 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Open bar: Rum, rum punch, beer, vodka, gin, juice, soft drinks & water.  White wine served with lunch/dinner.
Bajan Buffet: Full buffet meal served on both cruises.
Transportation: To and from your hotel. (See drinks above) :-)
Snorkeling Gear: They provide everything.

Wow Factor:  
There were a number of people on our trip that were repeat visitors or had been referred by friends- the best signs of a quality experience.  An amazing adventure that stimulates all 5 senses.  Enjoy your Barbados snorkeling adventure!

I have to thank everyone that answered my emails and calls and recommended this Barbados snorkeling cruise.  Even if you're a little wary of the sea (like I am) Captain Robert and the guys will take great care of you and show you the best spots.  

Private charters are available at special rates as well.  Simply drop them an email below.....


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