Welcome to Part 1. of my two-part feature on Barbados.
I’ve never really wanted to swim with dolphins.. I don’t know why, but it’s just not something that I have ever felt compelled to do. I don’t have anything against dolphins or their ilk, in fact I love looking out for them whilst sailing and find them wonderfully entertaining! The sight of a school (or is it a pod?) of dolphins riding the bow pressure waves of a ship is nothing short of breathtaking and is something enjoyed by seafarers the world over.
Apparently it’s a mood dependent activity and those dolphins that have not eaten for a few days are far less likely to bow-ride than those who have recently engaged in social or sexual activity. So all of that showing off and jostling for the best position at the bow is the sign of one very happy and contented school/pod of dolphins!
So no, no swimming with dolphins for me thanks. ‘Never say never’ of course, but for now it’s not on the bucket list. Swimming with turtles on the other hand, now that’s a different thing altogether! I am a keen snorkeler and just like any other like-minded snorkeling enthusiast, I do love the experience of spotting something new through the window of my full face snorkel mask. In this case during the 4 hour Celebrity Cruises’ ‘Swimming and Snorkeling with Turtles and Shipwreck’ tour in Barbados, it was turtles! Yipee!
I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly and serene they were. Quite fast too! It helped of course that they were being fed, so they hung around long enough for our group to enjoy them.
A win-win for all involved. They ate…we saw.
You can’t really go wrong with this one. A gossipy, aquatic escapade with plenty of rum-punch to quench the thirst following a spot of snorkeling, turtle spotting and bathing. I say ‘gossipy’ as the west-coast of Barbados is a well known celebrity hang-out and as our catamaran hugged the shoreline, it provided enticing views of several gorgeous hotel properties along the way – where, as our guide Kenny pointed out, the likes of Simon Cowell, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey and Barbadian songbird Rihanna have been known to vacation and party the night away in style and splendour.
The most well known of those luxury properties being The Sandy Lane Hotel. Having just checked the price list, I think it’s perhaps best that this one goes on my ‘stuff-I-will-do-when-I-win-the-lottery’ list, well, for for the time being at least.
Along with the underwater adventures of spotting turtles and exploring a nearby shipwreck, there was also an opportunity to swim ashore and partake of a little beach relaxation. Not very long it must be said, but still long enough to feel the sand between your toes and enjoy a quick swim in the beautiful, turquoise blue waters.
The catamaran was suitably gorgeous too and her crew attentive and funny – but not ‘overly’ funny or to the extent that you felt that safety was not on their radar. It was, that was obvious.
All in all, the whole combination of sea, snorkeling, shipwrecks and turtles – topped off with a dusting of powder white sand and washed down with some great rum-punch, was a wonderful celebrity-esque way to spend a morning in paradise.
This is one that I can honestly say ‘been there, done that, got the T.shirt’ – I have, I have and I have!
Image courtesy of Tiami Catamaran Cruises – thank you.