Things to do in Barbados; apart from the stunning beaches and the famous golf courses that Barbados is blessed with, there are many other great attractions that we thought you should know about.
Private Fishing & Shared Charters – Available to book through Fleewinter
Fish for Wahoo, Dorado, Barracuda, Tuna, Sailfish and Blue Marlin ● All tackle and bait supplied ● 36 ft purpose built Sportfisher, twin turbo diesel with full toilet facilities and sun deck ● Full safety equipment, the latest electronics and public liability insurance ● Free drinks and snacks on 4 and 5 hour charters; free drinks, snacks and sandwiches on 6 and 8 hour charters ● Transportation included for private charters.
Our private charter rates are as follows for groups up to a maximum of six people. The price is for the boat, not per person:
4 hours – Bds$1,000 / US$500
6 hours – Bds$1,500 / US$750
8 hours – Bds $2,000 / US$1,000
5 hour fish and swim – Bds$ 1,250 / US$625
The 5 hour Fish and Swim charter combines fishing with a stop for a swim with the turtles. There is snorkel gear on board.
These are four-hour trips
Fishermen – Bds $350 per person / Spectators – Bds $175 per person. Shared charters go with a minimum of three and a maximum of four fishermen. Spectators are in addition to the three / four fishermen.
These charters depend on others wanting to share on the same day.
Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary
The Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary which is a part of the Graeme Hall Swamp National Environmental Heritage Site. A lush, 35-acre oasis, Graeme Hall is regarded as one of the last significant wildlife habitats in Barbados.
Carefully designed boardwalks, aviaries, observation points, and education pavilions have been constructed to make the exhibits easily accessible and thoroughly enjoyable.
In addition to being the last significant mangrove and sedge swamp on the island of Barbados, the Sanctuary is a true community centre offering something for everyone.
Favourite activities include watching wildlife, visiting the Gully Habitat, Marshland, Migratory Bird and St.Viccent Amazon Aviaries, touring our Boardwalk and trail system, or shopping at our new Sanctuary Store. We have a sophisticated network of trailside educational exhibits, as well as the Migratory Bird Exhibit. It’s a haven for photographers, landscape and wildlife artists who are attracted by the beauty and tranquillity of the Sanctuary. If you wish, you can simply relax with a drink and a snack overlooking the lake, but don’t forget to bring your binoculars.
(Tours Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, weekends by appointment only; admission fee; Tel: 435 7078)
Barbados Wildlife Reserve
Opens Daily 10am – 5pm
This small free-range zoo, about 25km (16mi) north of Bridgetown, has meandering paths through mahogany woods across the road from the Farley Hill National Park in the parish of St. Peter. Visitors are offered a unique opportunity to stroll freely through the Reserve, which is primarily a monkey sanctuary. They can observe the Green Monkey of Barbados at close range and in their own natural environment. There are few cages and the animals can be observed as they eat, play and interact with the other animals. Other animals that can be found at the Reserve are ducks, turtles, tortoises, birds, peacocks, otters, raccoons, agouti, deer and snakes.
About a kilometre farther north are the 17th-century St Nicholas Abbey, one of the oldest plantation houses in the Caribbean, and Francia Plantation, which has formal gardens and is surrounded by fields of vegetables.
Sunbury Plantation House
This atmospheric 17th-century plantation house is the only one on Barbados that can be explored in its entirety. The house has thick stonewalls built of local coral blocks and ballast stones from the English sailing ships that picked up shipments of Barbadian sugar. The interior retains its colonial ambiance and is furnished with antiques, many made from Barbadian mahogany. The articulate guides are well versed in local history, making this the finest plantation tour on the island.
About 20km (12mi) northeast of the capital sits the Flower Forest, 20ha (50 acres) of tropical flora and meandering paths on a former sugar estate where you can learn the name of virtually every plant on Barbados. The garden has sweeping views of the Chalky Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. A few kilometres south of the Flower Forest is Welchman’s Hall Gully, where a trail winds through the island’s only remaining rainforest. Nearby Harrison’s Cave is a fascinating network of limestone caverns with stalactites and stalagmites, subterranean streams, pools and waterfalls. A battery-powered tram enters the cave, stopping en route to let passengers examine the more impressive sites, such as the huge domed cavern known as the Great Hall.
One of the great natural wonders of the Caribbean is Harrison’s Cave open daily; first tour 8:30am, last tour 4pm; It’s a massive limestone cavern with stalagmites, stalactites, rivers, waterfalls and lakes that you can see from an electric tram that weaves its way through the caves. The existence of a cave network was known in 1796 and is believed to have served as a hiding place for runaway slaves. Tel: 438 6640
Ocean Park Marine Aquarium
Ocean Park is a unique marine aquarium bringing the spectacular underwater world to locals and visitors alike through the presentation of a number of fascination aquatic displays. You can even walk underwater without getting wet!
A relaxing park atmosphere, ‘Something Fishy’ souvenir shop, ‘Shark Bites’ bar & restaurant and the ‘Pirate Adventure’ mini golf course, it is a great day out for couples, singles or the entire family.
Ocean Park displays a fascinating collection of the freshwater and tropical marine life of Barbados and the Caribbean in a way that is exciting, unique and educational.