Top things to do in Barbados

Barbados is world-renowned for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and its glitz & glamour, but there is so much more to explore! Take a look at our top 4 things to do in Barbados.

Oistins Fish Fry
Guide Price £35 per person

Oistins Fish Fry

Oistins is an active fishing town on the South Coast of Barbados, and it is a hub of activity on weekend evenings. On Friday night, the most popular event is the ‘fish fry’ at Oistins Bay Gardens. This is one of the must-do activities of any stay, an unforgettable evening of fun and food. The food is the main draw here, incredible fish dishes (tuna, swordfish, marlin, mahi-mahi and flying fish), lobster, and chicken, all served in an extremely informal setting. You can have your fish grilled or fried, depending on which vendor you choose from, and it’s all cooked on the spot in front of you. There is plenty of seating in the heart of the action and here you’ll find locals as well as tourists, all enjoying the fish and the vibe. There are also arts and craft items on sale, including jewellery, pottery, ceramics, leather craft, wood carvings, straw craft, clothing, and original paintings and prints. There is a large stage in the centre of the complex, where DJ’s play their sets including mixes of reggae, country and western, and calypso; and dancers show their moves off to the crowds. Sometimes there’s a live band, and you can dance the night away should you wish to. The transfer from the West coast is around half an hour, and can book a return shuttle from your hotel.


Harrison's Cave Tour
Guide Price £99 per person

Harrison's Cave Tour

Harrison’s Cave is located in the centre of Barbados and is a natural phenomenon unique to the tropical world. Venture deep beneath the earth’s surface and explore one of Barbados’ natural treasures while your knowledgeable guide takes you on a tour of the living cave. Specially designed tram-like transport takes you down through the underground tunnels to a sight so beautiful, that few can compare. In the specially lighted caverns at Harrison’s Cave, view the majestic stalactites and stalagmites which have been growing from the floors and ceilings for many centuries. You will hear the rushing streams and witness the calm glassy pools as you make your way through. There are exhibits and interactive displays for adults and children alike. These are strategically placed throughout the journey. Comfortable footwear is a must as there will be plenty of opportunities for you to disembark and get a closer look at the marvellous formations of this natural wonder. You can pre-book a tour with us that includes a transfer from your hotel, and the tour lasts approximately half a day.
 

Catamaran Cruise with Turtle Swim
Guide Price £115 per person

Barbados Catamaran Cruise

The seas around Barbados are crystal clear and one of the best ways to enjoy it is on a catamaran excursion which combines incredible snorkeling, picture perfect sailing, and a friendly crew. There is a maximum of 26 passengers per sailing, which means you get to enjoy a more exclusive experience and avoid the crowds typically associated with snorkel tours. You will begin your sailing trip with snacks and canapes, while relaxing on deck and enjoying the views. Your first stop will be out at sea and you will get a chance to enter the waters and snorkel with turtles. The hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles call Barbados home and are readily seen along the island’s west coast as this is where they do their feeding and nesting. These impressive sea creatures can grow up to 5 foot long and weigh around 400lbs. Due to the calmness of the west coast waters and the friendliness of the sea turtles, visitors are able to swim freely with them. All of your snorkelling equipment will be provided, and don’t forget your camera to snap this once in a lifetime event. Your next snorkelling stop will be at one of the many beautiful reefs or shipwrecks. You can once again enter the warm waters and experience some of the colourful marine life on offer. Once you get back on board you will drop anchor just off the coast of a stunning beach where you can relax and enjoy a Bajan buffet lunch. All of your alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on the cruise are included so enjoy the day sipping on some famous rum punch while enjoying the typical Bajan hospitality by the crew on board. The cruise lasts approximately 5 hours, and will include transfers from your hotel.
 

Mount Gay Rum Factory
Guide Price £89 per person

Mount Gay Rum Barbados

The Mount Gay Rum Factory is the oldest distillery on the island and a visit here is a must from all rum lovers. Mount Gay is one of the rum brands in the world and dates back to 1703. This is a tour that takes visitors and locals back in time to expose the very heart of the closely guarded secret behind Barbados’ finest and oldest spirit. The first step of your rum education is to take a look behind the scenes of the distillery which uses its own combination of traditional and innovative methods to produce the most delicious product possible. You also get a chance to visit the bottling factory to find out how thousands of bottles are produced each day. Once the tour is over you will sit down for your own tasting session with explanations on the different blends from a Mount Gay expert the perfect chance to decide which is your favourite. You will then head to the shaded veranda overlooking the ocean for a sumptuous Bajan feast accompanied by specially made rum cocktails Before you leave there is a chance to visit the famous gift shop with very well priced bottles of your favourites to take away with you. The tour is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays and includes a transfer from your hotel.

Start planning your dream Barbados holiday today. Call us on 0161 888 5611, email islands@fcholidays.com or browse through our range of inspirational Barbados itineries

 

 

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