Diving In Barbados – All The Hot Sites

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In Barbados there are lots of nice and diverse dive spots, I will give you all of the major spots on the island for diving. I will start with Carlisle Bay Marine Park, because this is the area I dive most and know intimately.

Carlisle Bay 
The beautiful marine park features six (6) wrecks that are visited on the same dive. An excellent dive for beginners, re-entry divers, photographers and the site of choice for night dives. Lots of tropical fish and marine life are concentrated on these wrecks. Frog Fish, Sea Horses and various popularly elusive marine critters are spotted often. Lots of old anchors and cannon litter the bottom. All of those wrecks are easy to get to for snorkeling as well.

Here are the wrecks found in Carlisle Bay.

Berwynd
Sits in 25 feet of water
A 70ft long World War French Tug boat sunk in 1919.

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Ce-Trek
Sits in 45 feet of water
The Ce-Trek, a derelict boat constructed of cement was sunk in January 1986 and has attracted lots of marine life.

Eillion
Sits in 55 feet of water
An 110ft freighter sunk 8th June, 1996 to form part of Carlisle Bay Marine Park . The ship was a former drug boat, and was tied up for 6 years. The wreck is easily accessible for penetration. It has a nice underwater air pocket as you can see by the below photo.

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The Bajan Queen
Sits in 40 feet of water
She was Barbados ‘ first tug boat ‘Pelican’ when the Bridgetown Harbor was being constructed in the 1960’s. One decade later, as more modern tugboats were purchased; the Bajan Queen was converted into a ‘Party Boat’ which holds many memories for thousands of Barbadians. She was sunk on 19th May, 2002 . She is already started to become a home to many tropical fish.

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The Corn Wallace
Sits in 15 feet of water
A Canadian freighter sunk by a torpedo from a German U-boat during World War II. This wreck was relocated to this Marine Reserve on 22 October 2000 because it was lying in a high traffic area and was suffering anchor damage.

Barge
Sits in 10 feet of water
A Naval Landing Barge found in Carlisle Bay.

Below are other popular dive spots on the island

Old Fort
Off Needhams Point  30′ – 90′ feet deep
Shallow barrier reef, lots of small fish life, cannon balls and antique bottles found on this reef. A drift dive.

Haroon’s Deep (Formerly “The Deep”)
Break off from Castle Bank  60′ – 130′  feet deep
Deep reef dive, lots of fish life, good photography and a good drift dive.
Through the Barbados Divers Association, this site was officially renamed in memory of Haroon Degia.

Lobster Reef
Off Drill Hall  30′ – 80′  feet deep
Inner reef, can be done in combination with Friar’s Craig as a drift dive, good marine life, regular sightings of Stingrays and Eagle rays and occasional Manta rays.

Friar’s Craig
Off Asta Hotel  30′ – 90′  feet deep
A 170ft freighter sunk 2nd July, 1985 after 10 years at anchor in Carlisle Bay . Lots of bottom growth, has broken into three (3) pieces due to a lot of surge.

Asta Reef
This reef is done as a combination dive with Friar’s Craig. Lots of marine life including snappers, barracudas, angel fish & stingrays, great for photography.

Castle Bank
Off Drill Hall 50′ – 120′  feet deep
Barrier reef slow drop off either side of the reef, great for macro photography.

Carlene’s
Off Coconut Court  80′ – 100′  feet deep
On this drift dive you usually see turtles, barracudas with lots of marine life.

Fork Reef
Off Hastings  60′ – 120′  feet deep
Barrier reef, drop off on both sides of the reef, lots of barracudas, snapper.

Pieces Of Eight
Hastings  40′ – 60′  feet deep
Lots of fish (snappers, small groupers and parrot fish) and marine life. This is an excellent drift dive and good for photography.

Accra
Off Rockley Beach  20′ – 60′  feet deep
Shallow reef dive good for novice divers and photographers. Regular sightings of large schools of Bermuda Chubs on this dive.

Caribbee Reef
Off Caribbee Hotel  60′ – 120′  feet deep
Barrier reef great dive for all types of photography, lots of marine life. A drift dive.

Boot
Off Sandy Beach  40′ – 80′  feet deep
Nice drift dive, lots of turtles to be seen on this dive, regular sightings of Eagle Rays. Good marine life, small derelict Coast Guard boat sunk here.

The Muff
Off Worthing  60′ – 130′  feet deep
Virgin reef, great fish life (horse-eyes, blackjacks and barracudas) excellent for photography. Home of the famous sponge.

Mount Charlie
Off Dover 70′ – 120′  feet deep
Deep reef dive, outer barrier reef, lots of marine life, turtles, snapper, horseye, and barracuda. An excellent dive for photography.

Highwire
Off Dover  70′ – 120′  feet deep
This reef is between Mount Charlie and Close Encounters. There are underwater cables that are suspended over this reef. Plenty of small creatures can be found good location for photography.

Close Encounters
Off Dover  40′ – 80′  feet deep
Inner reef that is good for feeding fish and interacting with stingrays, lots of marine life. This reef also has underwater cables passing over it.

Bottle Ground
Carlisle Bay  45′ – 100′  feet deep
This area was anchorage for wooden sailing vessels and the bottom is littered in 18th & 19th century bottles. You get to keep what you find. Lots of interesting marine life can be found here.

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Clarke’s Bank
Off Brighton Beach  30′ – 130′  feet deep
Good dive site, lots of horse-eye, eels & barracudas. Location of the Atlantis Submarine Dives, you may even get to see the Submarine on some dives.

Sharks Bank
One of the shallower barrier reefs starting at less than sixty feet, unicorn fish can be found here.

Stavronikita
Off Fitts Village 25′ – 130′  feet deep
This 365ft long wreck is considered to be an advanced dive due to the depth. Sunk on 22nd November 1978 in a Marine Reserve. Easy access to interior through cut out areas. Great for photography, maximum depth is usually 100′ on this dive. Resident barracudas, eels & snappers.

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Paynes Bay
Off Fitts Village 30′ – 50′  feet deep
Shallow patch reef, good for novices. This reef has big coral heads, lots of small tropical fish, usually done after Victors or Stavronikita as a second dive.

Victors
Off Fitts Village  50′ – 120′  feet deep
This reef is located on the outer side of the Stavronikita. One of the more underrated reefs in Barbados not dived on very often. Soft and hard corals combine to make this site very different.

Dottins
Off Holetown  40′ – 100′  feet deep
This is a very popular reef, it has beautiful corals, barracuda, bar jacks, yellowtails and turtles can be found regularly on this dive. You can dive this site on more than one occasion and not be tired of it. One of the more popular of the dive sites on the west coast

Sandy Lane
Off Sandy Lane Hotel  70′ – 140′  feet deep
Barracuda and other small tropical fish are found on this reef. Lobsters can also be found but they are usually hiding in the reef.

Johnson’s
Off Paynes Bay  70′ – 80′  feet deep
A typical west coast reef, well worth a dive as the corals remain as beautiful as ever harboring all the small reef creatures often missed when you are concentrating on not missing bigger fish. Abundant with soft corals, barrel sponges, tube sponges, and a large variety of schooling tropical fish, barracudas, turtles, parrot fish, and much more. Very consistent conditions make this a popular dive site.

East Coast
Consett Bay to Bathsheba  30′ – 130′  feet deep
On the Atlantic side of the island, there are about ten (10) different sites available depending on the weather conditions as seas are usually rough. Best times are in the summer months. Plenty of big fish including sharks can be seen here.

There you have a list of the popular dive spots in Barbados. Diving in Barbados can be one of those nice activities you participate in when on the island, who know, maybe we will see each other on one of the dive sites 🙂

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