Water sports in Barbados

With endless stretches of clear turquoise ocean and a wide range of activities from which to choose, we share a few of our favourite water sports in Barbados. 


Paddle Boarding

If you fancy enjoying the tranquility of the Caribbean Sea from a prime angle, paddle boarding or stand-up paddling (SUP) as it is often called, might just be your activity of choice in Barbados. 

Fueled by the paddler, stand-up paddling is both great for general fitness and a wonderful way to unwind, ease the body and mind. Discover unknown sights on the horizon as you glide across the waves. SUP is available to all ages and abilities at various spots across the island.

Paddle Barbados are located in Carslile Bay Marine Park and offer paddle board tuition and board hire on the South West Coast. Hire a snorkel or kayak and take a dip with the sea turtles which inhabit the bay, or paddle out to explore a myriad of tropical marine life and sunken shipwrecks beneath the waves. 



The surf in Barbados has been deemed amongst the best and most consistent in the world. Surfers can enjoy a water temperature that rarely falls beneath 25 degrees centigrade, waves suited to all abilities and tropical trade winds which make for desirable easterly breaks. Conditions fo urfing on the island are good throughout the year. For those seeking high waves, locations such as Brandons and South Point on the rugged South Coast are popular and wild conditions present an exhilarating challenge. To the East of the island South Bank and The Soup Bowl are ideal for the most adventurous. To the West, Freights Bay and the calm shores off Sandy Lane present a prime setting for first time surfers and lessons are readil available for those wishing to learn. 


Scuba Diving

The Sea around Barbados offers endless treasures for those who dip beneath its waves. Divers will be welcomed by a colourful collection of plant and marine life, local turtles and fish, as warm waters flow overhead.

Enclosing Barbados are reefs awash with plant life, sponges and corals. The islands barrier reefs which sit 1 to 2 miles from shore provided a beautiful setting for snorkelling and scuba diving 

For those in search of stories beyond the islands calm coastline why not explore the ship wrecks of Carslile Bay, of which there are reported to be around 200; or journey down to the Stavronikita of Folkestone Marine Park. Whilst Barbados offers opportunities for diving throughout the year it is at its best during the summer months, when visibility ranges from 40 to 70ft and the water temperature is a consistent 80°F.

There are a number of dive centres on Barbados, each with unique offerings. Barbados Blue facilitate accompanied group dives and tuition from their St James base, with exciting experiences tailored to adults and children alike. Whilst for those who want to enjoy magical marine life without getting soggy Atlantis Submarines provide the opportunity to do just that. Take a day or evening trip on and up to 130 ft under the sea in a custom built Bajan submarine for a wonderful experience and lasting memories to be shared by the whole family.


Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing is a longstanding way of life in Barbados and you will often see the Bajans setting off for a family fishing day on the sea. The warm waters off the West and South coasts of the island offer an ideal setting for deep sea fishing, where you are likely to spot, and catch: Barracuda, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Dolphin (Dorado) and Marlin.

If you are a keen game fisher wanting to spend a day on the water you will find a selection of boats available for charter; many of which include drinks, tackle and bait. For those wishing to experience the thrill of a group fishing trip these are offered by various operators, such as the friendly, fun and family owned Fish Barbados, and run throughout the year.

With many guided fishing excursions available across the island, why not give it a go, you may just find yourself hooked.

In addition to fishing charters, trips and coastal excursions Barbados hosts a hierarchy of game fishing competitions and events, all of which are organised by Barbados Game Fishing Association. The Island now boasts one of the premier marine facilities in the Eastern Caribbean at Port St. Charles, and stipulates the release of all billed fish whilst promoting the conservation of all fish and marine life. Browse our luxury villas to rent in Port St Charles. 



Jet and Water Skiing

Imagine skimming across the clear blue ocean, your every breath tinged with crisp scents of the sea; immersed in your surroundings and re-energised by the warm spray of passing waves as cool trade winds wash over you. Sound like your sort of thing? If so why not hire a jet ski, or try your hand at water skiing in Barbados. With fully insured and liscensed jet ski's available by the half hour from many of the islands captivating coastlines, including Port St Charles, Mullins and Holetown this is a wonderful way to enjoy the waters off the West and South Coasts. Tuition is provided and accompanied rides are also offered across the island.

For the truly adventurous, water skiing is another popular activity on the island. Once you have mastered the art of staying upright, enjoy the thrill of gliding across azure Barbados waters as you are pulled along by boat. A journey that is sure to be remembered for a lifetime. 





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