Water sports in Barbados

With endless stretches of clear turquoise ocean and an array of activities from which to choose we compiled a few of our favourite water sports in Barbados. 


Paddle Boarding

A perfect sport for those who wish to enjoy the tranquility of the Caribbean Sea from a prime angle, paddle boarding or stand-up paddling (SUP) as it is often called, is a popular activity in Barbados. 

Fueled only by the paddler, stand-up paddling is not only beneficial to fitness, enabling a fantastic core and cardio workout, but is a wonderful way to unwind, ease the body and mind. Delight in an incredible journey as you discover unknown sights on the horizon and a world of wonders beneath the waves. Whether you are a beginner or have mastered the art of staying upright at a faster pace there is a paddle board offering for all.

Situated in Carlisle Bay Marine Park, Paddle Barbados offer paddle board rentals and tuition in the clear warm waters of the South West Coast. Why not hire a snorkel and kayak and take a dip with the many friendly sea turtles which inhabit the bay, or paddle out to explore the colourful marine life and sunken shipwrecks beneath the waves. Your adventure awaits.



For adrenaline seekers and avid wave riders alike the surf in Barbados is frequently deemed amongst the best and most consistent in the world. With a water temperature which very rarely falls beneath 25 degrees centigrade, waves suited to all abilities and constant tropical trade winds which make for desirable easterly breaks you will find conditions to be good and enjoyable throughout the year. Popular locations for high waves, such as Brandons and South Point are situated along the rugged South Coast, where the wild conditions present an exhilarating challenge; whilst to the East of the island South Bank and The Soup Bowl are for the equally adventorous. To the West, Freights Bay and the calm shores off Sandy Lane present a prime setting for first time surfers or those who wish to take it easy and work on their technique.


Scuba Diving

With a multitude of colourful sea life, rich history and natural art within, the Sea around Barbados proffers endless delights for those who dip beneath its surface. 

The reefs enclosing Barbados blossom with enchanting corals, sponges and plant life. Located one to two miles from shore and providing the perfect setting to snorkel are the islands barrier reefs, featuring distinctive coral heads which form the habitat of thousands of beautiful fish and tropical sea life, as well as many sea turtles who habitually dip in and out of their embrace.  

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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