Want to unleash your inner pirate? Barbados offers a diverse selection of tropical adventures. No, you can’t sack towns or raid ships – but there are plenty of treasures to be explored at this Southeastern Caribbean island. And by treasures, we mean wrecks. Welcome to wreck-diving heaven.

There are more than 200 charted wrecks in Barbados’s Carlisle Bay, including the fan favorite “Stavronikita”, a 365-foot Greek freighter that sunk here in 1976. It’s a thrill for advanced divers, who can explore the coral and marine life that have taken up residence there. Another challenging wreck is the Friars Crag, an intentionallysunk vessel that lies nearby a beautiful reef.

But Barbados also offers shallow wrecks for beginner divers seeking to gain wreck experience, such as the Bajan Queen, C Trek, and Pamir, which lies just 60 feet underwater.

There are three varieties of reefs to explore – fringe, barrier, and patch – and they’re home to frogfish, seahorses, giant sand eels, turtles (green, loggerheads, hawksbill, and leatherbacks), barracuda, and rays.

But Barbados also has a plentitude of onshore adventures. Fishing, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, and golf are just a few of the activities available to travellers, and you can always go to a horse race or a cricket match should you want to watch sports rather than play them. And should you want to drink like a pirate, check out the Mount Gay Rum tour.

So call STV today and learn more about why a Barbados dive vacation may be just the cure for your fall and winter blues.


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