Boat Trips and Tours in Barbados

Barbados offers a world of experiences on the sea. From the deck of a catamaran, the stern of a fishing charter, or the unique view through a glass-bottom boat, each boat trip in Barbados unfolds its own magic.

Whether you seek the luxury of a private charter boat tour, the romance of a sunset cruise, or the excitement of exploring underwater wonders, the island’s diverse boat trip offerings cater to every taste.

Let’s explore the various boat trips available in Barbados, each promising a different adventure. Discuss the vibrant marine life that calls these Caribbean waters home, discover hidden coves and historic shipwrecks, and view the landscape of Barbados that only a journey by sea can provide.

Boat Trips in Barbados

In this section, we run through the different types of boat trips available in Barbados, helping you choose the best Barbados boat trip for your needs!

Barbados Catamaran Cruises

Catamaran cruises offer a blend of relaxation and adventure. These spacious boats are perfect for sunbathing, socializing, and enjoying the stunning Barbadian coastline.

Typical activities include snorkelling stops at Barbados coral reefs, swimming with sea turtles, and sometimes even onboard dining with local cuisine. Here are some of the more popular Catamaran trips on the Island:

Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings provides a range of exquisite cruise packages, each designed to showcase the best of Barbados’ marine beauty:

Daily Snorkel Lunch Cruise
Schedule: Runs daily from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Rates: US $110.00 per adult and US $55.00 per child (ages 4 – 12 years).
Highlights: This cruise includes transportation to and from hotels or the cruise ship terminal, snorkelling equipment with instruction, unlimited drinks, and a buffet lunch. The journey features three stops: an exciting swim with sea turtles, an exploration of a shipwreck, and relaxation at one of the best beaches in Barbados.

Sunset Snorkel Dinner Cruise
Schedule: Available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Rates: US $100.00 per adult and US $50.00 per child (ages 4 – 12 years).
Highlights: This evening cruise offers transportation, snorkelling gear, unlimited drinks, and a buffet dinner. Guests can enjoy snorkelling with sea turtles and over a shipwreck, capped off with the breathtaking Caribbean sunset.

Private Cruises
Perfect for celebrating special events, private cruises offer an exclusive sailing experience for intimate gatherings, incentive groups, or corporate entertaining

John and Teddy Ellmore sat on a catamaran in barbados

Tiami Catamaran Cruises

Tiami Catamaran Cruises offers an exquisite sailing experience with its fleet of eight stunning catamarans. Tiami promises authentic Barbadian hospitality! Known for its friendly and experienced crew, Tiami caters to guests with exceptional service, delicious local cuisine prepared by onboard chefs, and an all-day open bar for indulgent leisure.

5 Star Lunch Cruise
Operates from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
This cruise includes round-trip transfers, a delicious buffet lunch, a full open bar, and multiple swim/snorkel stops. Guests will have the opportunity to snorkel with turtles and explore shipwrecks, followed by a lunch and swim stop. The day is rounded off with a serene sail back down the platinum coast, offering stunning views of the west coast of Barbados.

Sunset Dinner Cruise
As the day winds down, guests can set sail to witness the sun setting over the Caribbean Sea. The cruise features roundtrip hotel transfers, an opportunity for a sunset swim, picturesque coastal scenery, and a courteous crew. Guests can enjoy a full buffet dinner along with an open bar and cocktails.

This cruise is perfect for those seeking a romantic evening or a peaceful end to their day, with the backdrop of a stunning orange sunset.

You can snorkel with a shoal of fish and swim with turtles, or admire the vibrant underwater sea life. Get a view from the sea of the beautiful beaches on the doorstep of our Barbados Villa, or relax on the spacious decks of the catamarans, basking in the sunshine! Tiami Catamaran Cruises offers luxurious, spacious, and custom-built catamarans that will provide a nice blend of adventure and relaxation.

Sport Fishing Charters In Barbados

If you want to try your hand at sport fishing in Barbados, fishing charters provide an exciting day out at sea. Barbados is known for its deep-sea fishing, offering the chance to catch marlin, tuna, and more.

Whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner, fishing charters can cater to all levels, providing equipment and guidance. Here are some options for Fishing trip charters in Barbados:

Bluefin Fishing

Bluefin Fishing offers a budget-friendly fishing charter experience, ideal for small groups, families, and especially those with young anglers. 

With a focus on providing private boating charters, Bluefin ensures an exclusive experience where guests can fish, snorkel, or swim with turtles away from the crowds. They opperate with 2 boats:

  • Wicked Tuna
    This is a 27-foot long open-design boat, purpose-built for fishing. Its hull design provides stability in rough water, and it’s powered by a 110 hp Yanmar diesel engine.

  • Fish On
    Also measuring 27 feet in length, this open-design boat is equipped with a 100 hp Yamaha four-stroke engine. Like the Wicked Tuna, it’s designed for optimal fishing experiences.

The captain, Rob Garrett, brings over 30 years of experience in water sports and fishing in Barbados waters. The charter service includes 4-hour, 6-hour, and 8-hour options, accommodating up to four people fishing. They also offer special charters for solo fishermen.

Notable catches include Marlin, King Fish, Mahi Mahi, and Barracuda, with a hands-on approach that lets guests be actively involved in the fishing. All baits, rods, and necessary equipment are provided, and the service is fully licensed and insured.

Therapy Charters

Therapy Charters offers a private charter experience in the waters off Bridgetown, Barbados and they cater to both novice and experienced anglers. Each trip with Therapy Charters is private and their charters are priced per boat rather than per person, making the experience more economical and straightforward for groups.

Deep Sea Sport Fishing
Just minutes from the dock, you can do some deep-sea fishing in waters over 300 feet deep! Target species include Wahoo, Marlin, and Sailfish, with expert guidance provided to help you reel in these majestic fish.

Light Tackle Reef Fishing
Near the shores of Bridgetown, enjoy light tackle fishing among the reefs, home to Great Barracuda and other local species.

Family Fish and Swim
A combination of light tackle reef fishing with a turtle and shipwreck swim, perfect for families looking to enjoy a varied and engaging day out.

The close proximity of their fishing grounds means less time boating and more time fishing. Therapy Charters is happy to tailor the day to your preferences, even making adjustments on the fly for a truly personalized experience. Let’s have a look at the boats they offer:

Mom’s Therapy

  • Tournament Sport-fisher ideal for deep sea and coastal water fishing.
  • Features include a private restroom, changing areas, and an emissions control exhaust system to reduce seasickness.
  • Capacity for 6-10 persons for fishing and 16 for turtle trips.

Dad’s Therapy

  • A versatile vessel for various types of charters including deep sea fishing, reef fishing, and turtle trips.
  • Also perfect for coastal tours and sunset cruises.
  • Designed to keep guests and crew together for safety and attention.
  • Capacity for 4-6 persons for fishing and 8 for turtle trips.

Glass-Bottom Boat Tours in Barbados

Glass-bottom boats offer a glimpse into the vibrant underwater life without getting wet. It’s a great option for families with young children or anyone who prefers to stay dry. These tours often include views of coral reefs, tropical fish, and other marine creatures. Here’s a couple of our favourites:

Tranquility Cruises

Tranquility Cruises offers a unique glass bottom boat experience in the stunning Carlisle Bay. This cruise is ideal for families and anyone looking to experience the beauty of Barbados’ underwater world in a relaxed setting.

The boat is thoughtfully equipped with ramps for easy boarding and disembarking, making it accessible and comfortable, especially for those who might find traditional boats challenging.

It features two washrooms, a bar, and both an upper and lower deck with ample seating. The glass bottom area is a highlight for those who prefer to stay dry while observing the aquatic life below.

For guests eager to delve into the waters, the boat provides life vests, snorkels, and masks. This equipment is perfect for exploring the shipwreck or swimming with turtles and fish.

Waterslide: Adding to the fun, especially for children, is the boat’s waterslide, making for an exciting and family-friendly experience.

The cruise lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes, focusing on the beautiful Carlisle Bay. The sea life seen varies from day to day. While there is a chance to see a good number of turtles, the exact number can’t be guaranteed. On very rare occasions, turtles may not be seen, but the abundance of other marine life and the shipwrecks themselves make the trip worthwhile.

Teddy Ellmore climbing out of a boat in Barbados

Westwater Adventures Barbados

Westwater Adventures Barbados offers a unique way to explore the scenic beauty of the island’s west coast aboard the “Shamon Too,” a specially designed glass bottom boat. 

The cruise allows you to observe a variety of colourful coral fish, plants, and coral formations through the glass bottom, offering a glimpse into the vibrant underwater world without getting wet. At various destinations like shipwrecks and sea turtle areas, experienced guides offer instructions in snorkelling and diving. 

The boat is anchored south of Folkestone Park, St James, a well-known marine park on the West Coast, very close to Villa Sunnyside. The daily trips commence from Folkestone Beach, starting at 10:00 am.

“Shamon Too” offers the convenience of picking up passengers along the West Coast at no additional cost, making it easily accessible for guests staying in the area.

The Final Word on Boat Trips in Barbados

Barbados offers a sea adventure for every type of traveller. Whether it’s the luxurious and personalized experience of Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises, the comfort and marine exploration offered by Tranquility Cruises, the intimate and successful fishing adventures with Bluefin Fishing and Therapy Charters, or the unique glass-bottom boat experience with Westwater Adventures, each company provides a distinct way to experience the beauty of Barbados from the water.

From snorkelling among vibrant coral reefs and Scuba diving at Barbados shipwrecks to relaxing on a catamaran while watching a stunning sunset, the variety of boat trips in Barbados ensures that every visitor can find a boat trip that suits their needs and budget.

john, Lucy, Teddy & Margo at hunts gardenss
Lucy Bridge

I love to travel with my family. Over the years, we’ve found ourselves coming back to the magic of Sunset Crest. So much so, that we finally decided to take the plunge and buy Villa Sunnyside in 2022!