Best Beaches for Snorkeling


Ins & Outs of Barbados

July 17, 2023

When snorkeling, remember to take a brightly coloured buoy/float so that you are clearly visible to water craft – these are available from Hazell’s Water World at Carters General Store on the Harbour Road in Bridgetown.

Carlisle Bay, St. Michael

The Carlisle Bay Marine Reserve is a haven for snorkelers with six shipwrecks quite close together. Turtle tours are popular. The horses from the Barbados Turf Club swim here most mornings between 6am and 9am and there is coffee available! Umbrellas, sun loungers and facilities can be found at Harbour Lights and Lobster Alive along with drinks and great food. 

Batts Rock, St. Michael

The swimming conditions here are wonderful with good snorkeling at either end of the beach. Plenty of shade, parking and public facilities. 

Sunset Crest, St. James

The best snorkeling in this busy west coast area is off the secluded beach at the southern end of the Holetown boardwalk. 

Folkestone Marine Park, St. James

The snorkeling in this protected area is very good. It’s also safe due to restricted water craft. Parking and Public Facilities.

Thunder Bay,
Lower Carlton, St. James.

A large area of beautiful reef particularly at the southern end which continues quite far off shore. 

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Things to do

From swimming with sea turtles, partying under the stars, exploring the rugged east coast to enjoying the island’s duty free shopping, Barbados has something for everyone.

Best Beaches for Snorkeling