Southwest of Bridgetown on the western coast of Barbados, the snorkeling at Carlisle Bay Marine Park is very popular for the numerous wrecks. During a dive at Carlisle, you may encounter moray eels, octopus, sea horses, star fish, baraccuda, frogfish, turtles, stingrays and flying gurnard, along with spotting anchors and cannons. The snorkeling dives within the Carlisle Bay Marine Park can be reached from shore or by boat. The bay usually has pretty calm surf and is protected from both wind and currents. Overall, the visibility while snorkeling Carlisle Bay Marine Park ranges from 40 feet to 70 feet.
Within the Carlisle Bay Marine Park, there are six wrecks to check out. For snorkelers, ther are four inparticular that are shallow enough to check out with anchors and cannons. The Berwyn is a tugboat that comes within 8 feet of the surface. The Bajan Queen is another tugboat that comes within 5 feet of the surface. The Cornwallis is a large freighter that comes within 15 feet of the surface. The Barge is a wreck that comes within 12 feet of the surface.
To reach the best Carlisle Bay Marine Park snorkeling from shore, head 300 feet straight off of the Boatyard pier. The water depths range from 10 feet to 45 feet. The marine park is patrolled from 9am-3pm daily.
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.
Overall, Carlisle Bay Marine Park is the 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 17 snorkeling dives in Barbados.