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Barbados, Caribbean

Caribbean scuba diving holidays to Barbados offer learn to dive courses, choice of luxury hotels and beautiful sandy beaches. Warm water, excellent choice of restaurants and range of activities, make Barbados a good choice particularly for the inexperienced diver to gain confidence. The most easterly of the Caribbean Islands, Barbados is regarded as the gateway to the West Indies. Its British colonial past is visible in the plantation houses around the island. The north has a choice of luxury hotels with the south more traditional, family run and boutique hotels and villas.

Barbados diving is relaxed both above the water and below. There are around 24 dive sites to visit, with many easy to access small reefs and wrecks. 16 sites are based around the Christchurch area accessed from Carliyse Bay just south of the main downtown to Oistins on the very southern part of Barbados. Carlyse Bay is a great place to start and a designated Marine Park. There are 6 shipwrecks within 10 minutes from the sandy shore and accessible for all levels. Beginners can gain experience in sheltered conditions with little to no current. Choose between larger dive centres offering larger boats with both learn to dive programmes and advanced divers heading out together to smaller, more personal dive shops who will tailor programmes to your needs. More >

Culture and Activities

It's all about beach life in Barbados. You can take your pick from windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing or stand up paddleboarding. If the mood takes you, there are an array of companies offering jet ski, banana boat rides and paragliding all round the island. Or take a paddle boarding tour off picturesque Carlise Bay with Jason and his crew. It's worth hiring a car and heading up the West coast to the St James area if you want to splash the cash in the designer boutiques and a la carte restaurants. More locally, enjoy the bars and eateries at the St Lawrence Gap in the south Christchurch area overlooking the picturesque Dover beach. At dusk, the fish market in Oistins is the place to be, with the days catch cooked to order, reggae music blaring, Rum Punch flowing and everyone joins the 'jump up' for the all night street party.

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Diving Conditions

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Best Time: December to July/Aug

Average Air temps: 24-29°C

Average Water temps: 25-28°C

Visibility: 5-100m (Jan-June)
Up to 200m (July - December)

Top Dive Sites: The Blue Hotel, Wrecks include Stavronikita (for advanced divers),  Lord Combermere, Pamir and Carlisle Bay wrecks, accessible for all – Berwyn, Eilon, C-Trex and Fox.

Great Reasons to Dive in Barbados

  • Ideal learn to dive destinations
  • Perfect for recreational diving in combination with tropical beach holiday
  • Welcoming, friendly island.
  • Duty free shopping and busy downtown area
  • Historical tours & island excursions
  • Multisport options


Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.

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