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Your Guide to Diving Barbados

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Diving Barbados Overview

A coralline island outlying the Windward Islands in the Atlantic, Barbados is busy and crowded with lots of fast traffic, and many top quality restaurants and resorts. There's decent diving with tropical fish, and it's fine for beginners or even more experienced divers who want to enjoy Barbados topside. You still can find century-old bottles in the harbor, there are shallow wrecks in Carlisle Bay, and the deeper wreck of the Stavronikita is interesting, but may be jammed with tourist divers. Keep hurricane season in mind.

Diving Barbados Reader Reports and Feature Articles

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Barbados Blue/Dive Center at Hilton Hotel Complex Report in Barbados/Two Wrecks
"Professional, extremely competent, yet laid back operation."
filed Oct 10, 2022 by Michael Kenwood (Experience: 251-500 dives)
5 stars

A very positive dive experience. My hotel stay was with my wife and a group of friends (all non divers) at an all inclusive Resort cal... ... Read more Photos available

Reefers & Wreckers Report in Barbados/North West- Speightstown
"Barbados- Reefers n Wreckers"
filed Sep 30, 2019 by David Lamb (Experience: 251-500 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
4 stars

Had a really good time diving with Phil and his crew out of Speightstown, NW Barbados. We were staying just north of here and selected... ... Read more

West Side Scuba/Staying at an Airbnb apartment Report in Barbados
"Fun Little Dive"
filed Feb 13, 2019 by Anselmo Lastra (Experience: 51-100 dives, 2 reports)
2 stars

I went out to the nearby set of wrecks in Carlisle Bay. These are all smallish (60') boats, most sunk on purpose. You can easily pene... ... Read more

Sandals Report in Barbados
"Sandals Barbados Scuba Center"
filed Nov 1, 2017 by Dawn (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 39 reports, Top Contributor )
3 stars

We stayed at Sandals for a few day, and since SCUBA is included along with all the equipment, we decided to dive a couple of afternoon... ... Read more

Barbados Blue Report in Barbados/Carlisle Bay
"A short trip"
filed Oct 31, 2017 by Aaron Medick (Experience: 26-50 dives, 2 reports)
4 stars

I had a great experience at Barbados Blue. I was traveling with my wife and young children. BB was able to let me dive with their dive ... ... Read more

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Diving Barbados Articles - Land Based

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The Good, the Bad and the Uncomfortable!, Undercurrent subscribers telling it like it is, 8/16
Hightide Watersports and Gibbs Bay Inn, Barbados, and a word from Ben Davison, 9/11
Barbados, Oman, Puget Sound, Samoa, updates on far-flung diving locales, 3/08
Barbados, West Indies, Don't Follow The Stars, 8/88
Barbados, British West Indies, A Vacation With Diving, Not A Diving Vacation, 5/84
Barbados, West Indies, Where, oh where, have the big fish gone?, 6/77

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Barbados

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida. Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach

Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.

Click here to buy it at Amazon.

World Atlas of Coral Reefs
by Mark D. Spalding, Corinna Ravilious, Edmund P. Green, United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center.

If there is one book that belongs in every traveling diver's library, this is it. The superb World Atlas of Coral Reefs has everything you want to know about the reefs from Costa Rica and Cuba to the Coral Sea and Cayman. The information is specific and up to date. The photos, maps and layout superb. And the price, for this 424 page, full color, hard bound volume, is a steal at $31.50

The Atlas was released in September by the United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center to document and conserve the world's coral reefs. Clearly written with divers in mind, it's an invaluable resource for global travelers. Here's what you'll find.

  • 94 maps, including global maps of biodiversity and reef stresses, regional maps showing 3-D bathymetry and high resolution maps showing reefs, mangroves, population centers, dive centers and protected areas.
  • 280 color photographs, showing reefs, wildlife, people and places, Including 84 photographs taken from space by Shuttle astronauts.
  • Text explaining the formation, structure and ecology of coral reefs; their various uses and abuses at the hands of humans; and the techniques used in coral reef mapping.
  • Detailed texts describing the distribution and status of coral reefs in every country.
  • Data tables listing information on biodiversity, human use, and protected areas. These include statistics on coral reef area, biodiversity, fish consumption, and threats.

For example, you can learn about pollution damage to the reefs at Providenciales and the lack of human impact, as well. Or, where extensive bleaching took place in Honduras 1998. You'll read that Milne Bay in Papua New Guineas has the most extensive reef system in that country and where, in Fiji, the bumphead parrotfish and tridachna clams will not be found, thanks to overfishing. Order now.

Reef Fish ID Reef Creature ID Reef Coral ID

The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach

The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. Click below to buy them at Amazon:

* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)

Coral Reefs of the Caribbean A Guide to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean
by Mark Spalding

This book doubles as a guide to the natural history of the coral reefs and a diver's travel guide. In addition to providing information about some of the most popular diving and snorkeling, it also offers practical suggestions to divers who want to protect these sites. Author Mark Spalding, a coral reef scientist who has worked on coral reefs in over thirty countries, delves into the eco-problems with a focus on what each person can do to protect the reefs. The guide section covers 35 dive destinations with key information on the reefs, marine parks, remote places, and unusual species as well as excellent maps and a photographic field guide of the marine flora and fauna.
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Diving Southeast Asia There's a Cockroach in My Regulator
by Undercurrent

The Best of Undercurrent: Bizarre and Brilliant True Diving Tales from Thirty Years of Undercurrent.

Shipping now is our brand new, 240-page book filled with the best of the unusual, the entertaining, and the jaw dropping stories Undercurrent has published. They’re true, often unbelievable, and always fascinating. We’re offering it to you now for the special price of just $14.95.

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You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.


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