November 5- 12, 2016
Each fall, Sub-Aquatic Sports likes to explore a Caribbean island that isn’t in the normal mix. By that, I mean someplace other than the headline dive destinations like Cozumel, Bonaire and Cayman Islands. Not that there’s anything wrong with those islands, it’s just that there is a whole lot of the Caribbean to explore. Two years ago, we did an exploratory trip to Barbados and loved it so much that we decided that this should be the fall trip. It meets all the requirements.
Fall Trip Requirements
Cost: Diver: $1299
The price above is per person and double occupancy. Subtract $78/person for triple occupancy. Prices are based on 2015 prices and are currently locked in. Deposit early to avoid any increases for 2016. Prices may also change due to government tax increases, hotel fees, etc. Children 12 and under stay free with 2 adults. Children's poolside activities are offered during the week, and the Divi staff is available to help arrange childcare.
Payment: A $300 non-refundable deposit is necessary to guarantee space on this trip. Final payment is due no later than September 1st, 2016. Travel Insurance is strongly recommend ed.
Flight Information: At the time of print, a flight on American Airlines from Detroit to Barbados was running $595. Prices will fluctuate. Please contact us if you need assistance in booking the flight.
Barbados has very good diving. We especially love Carlisle Bay. It is a marine park that’s a whopping 5 minute boat ride from the dive shop. Your first check out dives will be in Carlisle Bay because the depths are only 20-50ft. You’ll probably request to dive this site again because there’s so much to see. This includes an array of shipwrecks, one with an engine room that can easily be penetrated (see photo). Scattered between various shipwrecks is a cannon and old anchor that give you a real sense of the history of this island. If this isn’t interesting enough, the marine life in Carlisle Bay will seal the deal. Common schooling fish like grunts are the back drop to even cooler stuff like frog fish, sea horses, octopus, flying gurnards and rays. Snorkelers are encouraged to join us at this site. You’ll love it.
STAVRONIKITA is another favorite. The Stav is the most popular wreck in Barbados. She is a 365 foot Greek freighter built in Denmark that was sank as an artificial reef. This wreck is totally intact and you can easily explore multiple deck levels and rooms. Even if you’re not a wreck lover, this is a fun site.
Besides these two sites, the reefs are healthy with great marine life. Currents can be strong at a few sites but for the most part, Barbados is easy diving. Sea turtles are plentiful. Four different turtles nest on the island, green, leatherback, hawksbill and loggerhead. Eels, especially Sharp Tail eels are seen everywhere. Macro life is good, with an array of shrimp and as mentioned frog fish.
It would be a shame to come to Barbados and not see some of the topside. We have built a day tour into the package. First stop is Harrison's Cave; it is said to be one of the wonders of the world. You’ll take an electric tram through crystallized limestone caverns with flowing streams of water and beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
This tour continues to the Wildlife Reserve. Here you will see some of the exotic animals of Barbados and from other Caribbean islands. They are in a very natural environment. Walk along wooden paths and you’ll see Barbados’ Green Monkeys, red and yellow footed tortoises, iguanas, armadillos, peacocks, toucans and colorful macaws among others.
Home base for the week is at the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort. This is a moderate priced hotel centrally located to a whole lot of fun.
Enjoy condo accommodations for the week. Each condo has one bedroom with a king sized bed, large bathroom, a living room with pull out sofa and a kitchen. To help keep this trip affordable, choose to eat some of your meals in. The grounds are beautiful with multiple pools, a tennis court, mini golf, mini mart, bar, and spa on site.
Divi Southwinds is right next to St. Lawrence Gap. The hotel property backs up to the most colorful street on the island. Each night, walk down the street to find a fun restaurant be it Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, BBQ or Thai. St. Lawrence Gap has shopping and nightlife so you’ll save money on taxi rentals.