Updated 10 August 2022
The tropical island of Barbados is a tantalising holiday destination for active vacationers. There is something for everyone from soaking up rays on the island’s gorgeous beaches, snorkeling and diving to seeing amazing sea life, sailing away on a Catamaran cruise or participating in exhilarating sports like surfing or paddle-boarding. When you are ready for a different adventure, try a dive tour in a real submarine, or experience the cultural history of Barbados in the Garrison Historic Area. Here are Isle Blue’s suggestions.
Take a Dive Tour in a Real Submarine
Dive to a depth of up to 150 feet below the surface of the water to explore extraordinary marine life in the turquoise waters surrounding Barbados. Narrated Atlantis Submarines dive tours give you the opportunity to see beautiful coral formations along the reef, hundreds of colourful tropical fish, amazing sea turtles and a coral encrusted shipwreck. For a totally different experience, the company also offers a night dive tour. For reservations contact: Atlantis Submarines
Experience Local Bajan Cuisine
Make your way to the tiny fishing village of Oistins and see the fishing boats that bring in fresh seafood used to prepare local dishes. The Oistins Fish Market sells the catch of the day, and every Friday and Saturday night locals and visitors alike flock to the town for the weekly Fish Fry that offers local music and a taste of authentic Bajan cooking. Location: Oistins, Christ Church Admission: Free, cost of food is additional
Horse Back Riding
If you are looking for the Ultimate way to spend a day in Barbados, join us for our land and beach horseback ride tour or riding school. Horseback riding in paradise does not get any better than this. Experience the thrill of riding a beautiful horse through the countryside and down to a magnificent beach, where your dream of riding a horse on a tropical beach becomes a reality! For reservations contact: Ocean Echo Stables
The Garrison Historic Area is the most intact 18th/19th British garrison complex in the world and one of the most important historic sites within the Caribbean region. Containing a very high proportion of its original historic plant, with an astounding level of authenticity, the area is now internationally recognized as part of the ‘Historic Bridgetown and it Garrison’ World Heritage site. It includes the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, George Washington House and the National Armory Museum (limited access). For reservations contact: The Barbados Garrison Historical Consortium
Limegrove Lifestyle Center
Limegrove Lifestyle Center is in the heart of the West Coast and offer high end shopping including Bulgari, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and more. However, it is more than just a place to shop, it is the home of the buzz worthy Lime Bar and host to many exciting Barbados events and activities—from craft fairs to cultural experiences. At Limegrove, guests will find some of the best restaurants in Barbados, boutique luxury cinemas, exclusive fine art, and a memorable wide-ranging entertainment and nightlife experience.
Play a Round of Golf
Barbados is a golfer’s paradise, with several outstanding championship golf courses right at your fingertips. Choose from the three designer courses, The Old Nine, The Country Club and the world-renowned The Green Monkey: a Tom Fazio creation at the amazing Sandy Lane. Or swing away at Royal Westmoreland which boasts a par 72, 7,045-yard championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr. Set in a lush tropical landscape this course calls for every club in your bag and is consistently rated as one of the top courses in the Caribbean. Reservations can only typically be made 7 days in advance. For reservations contact:
Sandy Lane Golf – 1.246.444.2000
Royal Westmoreland Golf Course – 1.246.419.7242
Apes Hill Golf Course – 1.246.432.4500
Swim with the Turtles and explore the Shipwrecks
Barbados offers several outstanding catamaran cruises that pamper to your every need ensuring a truly extraordinary day on the turquoise sea. Carrying only a limited number of passengers providing both comfort and privacy. Guests will swim with the turtles, explore reefs and shipwrecks while enjoying Bajan food and cocktails with friends and family. For reservations contact:
Surf’s Up Paddle-boarding
Paddle Barbados is the one-stop-shop for everything SUP in Barbados. We offer SUP Classes, SUP Tours, private lessons and board rentals. Paddle Barbados opened in March 2012 and has grown significantly since. SUP has taken off around the world, and it was time for Barbados to join the fun.
For reservations contact: SUP
Paradise Surf School
Paradise Surf offers lessons to people that are first timers or beginners as well as, tours for intermediate to advanced surfers who just want to score some good surf minus the crowd. Barbados is a paradise island that combined with your instructor, current Caribbean Champion Bruce Mackie, his patient approach, passion and stoke on surfing we guarantee that you'll be standing up ripping. Location: Oistins, Christ Church. For reservations contact: Barry's Surf School