Maycocks Reef Snorkeling
The 7th most popular snorkel dive spot in Barbados.
Monday 18 July 2016 06:46 GMT
North of Bridgetown and Speightstown, the Maycocks Reef snorkeling dive site has several fingers of reef separated by sand flats stretching out from shore. These reefs provide habitat for baraccudas and stingrays. While snorkeling Maycocks, you may also encounter hawksbill turtles, grunts, hogfish, chub and wrasse.
There is a sandy beach access in Hangsman Bay, otherwise, this is a boat-accessed dive site with a mooring buoy on the south side in 30 foot deep water. Unlike most reefs, Maycocks actually runs perpendicular from the shore. There are three parallel reefs separated by about 100 feet. Each reef is 500 feet long from shore in 25 foot deep waters. Overall, the visibility while snorkeling Maycocks Reef ranges from 40 feet to 70 feet.
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, Maycocks Reef is the 7th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 17 snorkeling dives in Barbados.