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An exquisite Barbados catamaran cruise

One of many highlights of my journey to Barbados was a catamaran cruise alongside the west coast. There are numerous operators to select from – I went with Cool Runnings who function luxurious catamarans from the yacht harbour in Port St. Charles (map). After a half day trip at sea, I used to be satisfied {that a} catamaran cruise is among the greatest issues to do in Barbados!

Cool Runnings operates a small fleet of luxurious catamarans.


A Barbados catamaran cruise with Cool Runnings

The operator picked us up at our resort and drove us to Port St. Charles, lower than an hour north of Bridgetown. The catamaran appeared superb: spacious, with varied lounge areas and decks to lie on. It definitely was well-equipped with a restroom and bathe amenities. I used to be excited to go on this cruise as there have been prospects to snorkel to a shipwreck and round some coral reefs. I selected a comfortable nook on the upper-deck to lounge at so I might watch the captain at work and benefit from the surroundings.

Navigating out of the harbour at Port. St. Charles.

After the protection briefing, we departed the harbour, navigating via a slim channel, underneath a drawbridge and out to the Caribbean Sea. A delicate breeze greeted us as we left the harbour. I appeared on the blue expanse forward of us and was completely mesmerised! As soon as out at sea, the sails have been hoisted and off we went!

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The sails have been hoisted and off we went!

The crew have been terrific! They welcomed the friends and made everybody really feel very a lot at dwelling. Drinks and snacks have been quickly served – we didn’t must carry a finger as they got here round incessantly to verify we have been OK.

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The surroundings was completely beautiful. We handed coastal communities similar to Speightstown and Holetown, seashores, in addition to quite a few villas and mansions. I cherished how tranquil it was as we glided throughout the water. I felt absolute bliss simply watching the surroundings and having fun with the colors of the water.

Standing with the captain as we sailed alongside the west coast.

We handed the properties of the wealthy and well-known.

We made a number of stops in the course of the cruise, when everybody might go for a swim. The primary cease was at a shipwreck. It was a comparatively shallow space so it was straightforward sufficient to dive right down to the wreck for a better look. The water was very clear making it straightforward sufficient to see the wreck from the floor. Later, we continued to a different spot to see some coral reefs. As I swam above the reefs, I noticed a cute puffer fish, different vibrant fish and some stingrays.


Diving to the shipwreck (picture courtesy of Michael Collins).

Again on board, a scrumptious lunch was quickly served. The chef positive did an awesome job grilling the seafood to perfection!

Lunch is served!

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And it was unbelievable!

After lunch, we continued to a different spot. The captain defined that there was a bale of resident turtles there. I’ve swum with turtles world wide, similar to within the Galapagos Islands, and it’s at all times a deal with to see them glide so graciously within the water. I used to be one of many first ones within the water and true sufficient, there have been many turtles there. Swimming with these turtles was undoubtedly one of many highlights of my journey to Barbados!

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It was superb to see these lovely creatures up shut (picture courtesy of Michael Collins).

swimming with turtles barbados cruise

The turtles swam circles round us (picture courtesy of Michael Collins).

Notice: when swimming with the turtles, please don’t method or contact them. Attempt to stay stationary as a lot as doable and don’t make any sudden strikes after they’re close to you. 

I had a unbelievable day on the Cool Runnings catamaran cruise. The catamaran was regular and comfy, the crew have been nice and the surroundings, each above and underneath the water, was merely lovely. In the event you’re visiting Barbados, I extremely suggest reserving a catamaran cruise!


Notice: I visited Barbados for a collection of enterprise conferences, nonetheless, I acquired to expertise the island due to the great hospitality of Tourism Barbados. That stated, all views shared above are mine, and mine solely.

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