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one day in Barbados Jan 11, 2013

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one day in Barbados Jan 11, 2013

Can anyone please advise me- with only 1 day in Barbados is it worth taking up the day with a Catamarin sail to swim with turtles? If it is really crowded in the water and tour guides are abusing the turtles by grabbing them to show to tourists, I would not enjoy it. But I do love ot snorkel and see wildlife. Jammin' Cats is less expensive than Cool Runnings and Calabaza.....do they blast the music all day?

Also -Favortie beaches?

Thank you!

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1. Re: one day in Barbados Jan 11, 2013

The reputable catamaran cruises are very mindful of the wildlife and would never treat turtles in a manner to harm them. They feed them fish and tell you how to touch the turtles so that you don't hurt them. Cool Runnings is my personal favourite and a great day on the water.

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2. Re: one day in Barbados Jan 11, 2013

We did this trip a couple of years ago in January but the sea was quite rough and cloudy so visibility was not good. We have done a lot of snorkeling in Sharm el Sheikh (and other places) but found this quite disappointing, only a few different types of fish. We did see the turtles though but only through the cloudy water. We felt it was an expensive experience. Perhaps just expected too much.

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3. Re: one day in Barbados Jan 11, 2013

No one can help the weather and Rossendalelas's experience was sadly marred by the weather because if the sea has been a little stormy, of course the sand is stirred up and vision underwater impared.

To swim with the turtles is a truly magical experience and I reccommend you travel to Holetown on the West Coast to take a trip on one of the boats from there. The big catamarans from Bridgetown all stop at the same place and seeing so many people swimming together is quite sad ( though no one would ever allow the Turtles to be hurt ) The various trips from Holetown can go much further up the coast and stop at areas where the Bridgetown boats rarely go. This enables you to meet the Turtles with very few other swimmers and it is well worth it, if the sea is kind, which it usually is on our coast.

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4. Re: one day in Barbados Jan 11, 2013

The higher cost of Calabaza provides you a higher quality experience: fewer people on board, great food prepared by Gina, constant snacking and drinks, nice tunes played by Danny, snorkeling with fewer people, and the sites changing as Danny sees the weather and sea conditions suggesting although there are only so many sites to go on the West Coast. Read reviews of all the companies you're considering and (even some you're not } to decide -- you may find one you hadn't thought of at first. You'll have a great time seeing the coastline as you sail along, and you'll enjoy being in water there.

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5. Re: one day in Barbados Jan 11, 2013

westiegal3 - what boats go from Holetown, we would be coming from the south coast.

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6. Re: one day in Barbados Jan 11, 2013

You can contact Peter Allen ( Rabbit) who owns the Stiletto.which sails from the beach at Mango Bay Hotel or Discovery Bay Hotel. Peter's cruise provides unlimited drinks, but does not serve a full meal. He sails right up the West Coast stopping at the Turtles away from the masses.

His brother Graham sails Stiletto 2 from Bridgetown and provides a full meal and drinks and does a much longer cruise. Also in the family is a bigger cat called El Tigre, which is also a fun cruise, but bigger. The whole Allen family have been in. the business for yearsThey run comfortable cats and are nowhere near a commercialised as the bigger boats, which I find too tourist orientated and more crowded.

Peter's number is 426 233 5740

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7. Re: one day in Barbados Jan 11, 2013

Sorry, here is their website http://actioncharters.org/home/booking

Wantagh, New York
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8. Re: one day in Barbados Jan 11, 2013

This is what I am looking for...don't want to press my luck by being out on the water too long....just would like to reserve based on water conditions....only want to go if the seas are calm. Will wait till I get there in January and decide then based on weather.

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9. Re: one day in Barbados Jan 11, 2013

Soup-er I believe that is the right thing to do. Enjoy your cruise and your day in Barbados.

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10. Re: one day in Barbados Jan 11, 2013

We will be there for a week....so will have time to decide when we see the weather......a day cruise is not enough time for us in Barbados...did that once and was disappointed that we had to leave...