Just north of Bridgetown on the west coast of Barbados, the snorkeling at Paynes Bay Beach is perfect for beginner snorkelers due to it's calm waters. This dive site has healthy coral formations that are habitat to diverse marine life. Overall, the visibility while snorkeling Paynes Bay ranges from 40 feet to 70 feet. It is quite popular with sea turtles, too.
To reach the snorkeling on Barbados by air, use the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), which is located southeast of Bridgetown on the southend of Barbados. There are regular flights from Toronto, London, Miami, San Juan, Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, Dominica and Port Of Spain. There is a $27.50USD departure tax per person that may be included in the airline ticket, but double-check to make sure. While there is regular public bus service and costly taxi service, it is recommended to rent a car to make use of the good road network to get to the snorkeling dive sites on Barbados.
While snorkeling on Barbados, you may encounter one of the many types of turtles including hawksbill turtles, leatherback turtles and green sea turtles. There are a variety of marine life spread around the dive sites such as parrotfish, trunkfish, barracuda, snapper, chub and angelfish among the sea fans and barrel sponges.
The Paynes Bay snorkeling dive site is on the west coast about 1.5 miles south of Holetown and there is a plenty of good parking available.
Overall, Paynes Bay is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 17 snorkeling dives in Barbados.