Barbados For Kids, Part 1

When taking the kids with you on a holiday to Barbados, it is important to find exciting things for them to do. Of course there is the beach, where hours can be spent playing in the sand or surfing the waves, but there will be days when you want to do something different, or simply want a break from the sun.

Catamaran sailing and swimming with the turtles

There are several catamaran trips available but we like Cool Runnings. They offer a lunch cruise from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Price includes pick up from villa, drinks, lunch and two snorkeling stops, one of which allows you to feed and swim with the turtles.

Highland Adventure Centre

Bicycle and horseback riding tours, plus shorter hikes for the children. Also, paddock rides on retired thoroughbred horses, a children’s playground, and zoo with monkeys, sheep, mongoose, peacocks, and rabbits. Great location for children’s parties and events.

Atlantis Submarine

Your quest begins when you board the shuttle vessel “Ocean Quest” as you sit back and enjoy the seven-minute scenic cruise to the Atlantis Submarine as the Atlantis crew gives an informative talk.

Once arriving at the dive site, you are treated to the sight of the Submarine surfacing. Then you will make the easy transfer from the Ocean Quest to the Atlantis.

First the submarine will dive to 55 feet to view the beautiful coral reef and the abundance of marine life, including spectacular coral, sponge, and colorful fish through large, clear viewing windows. The 45-minute underwater journey is narrated by a knowledgeable co-pilot who will point out and explain the amazing sea life as well as give a history of Atlantis and the submarine itself. The submarine then descends to depths of 115 to 150 feet to view a sunken shipwreck.

After resurfacing, you are transferred back onboard the Ocean Quest for the return to Shallow Draught.

As a special bonus, your adult ticket aboard the Atlantis Submarine includes one free lunch or a t-shirt. All guests receive a complimentary drink as well as free transportation to and from their hotel.

Kids must be 3ft tall and tour takes about 2 ½ hours, operating daily with morning and afternoon dive times.

These are just a few suggestions for having fun with your kids in Barbados. Enjoy the sun and surf, and delight in the many attractions on the island.

By Harriet

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