There are a number of organised ‘swim with turtles’ trips available in Barbados. Many, including Tiami Catamaran Cruises and Cool Runnings stop just off the beach by Ramshackles on Alleynes Bay where regular feeding by the crews pretty much guarantees an appearance of a good number of hawksbills.
If you have ever had the chance to swim with these wonderfully serene creatures, you will appreciate what a privilege it is. The organised trips are good but they do feel, well, ‘organised’ and the turtles tend to get crowded out by the human spectators.
Yesterday we had an altogether better turtle encounter. As we stood at the water’s edge on Mullins beach we saw the shadow of a turtle no more than 20 feet from the shore. At a guess it was relatively young at around 2 feet long and it was very happy to potter in the shallow water, coming up for a gulp of air every five minutes or so.
Together with another family we swam (and waded) with the turtle for at least 20 minutes before it went on its way. It was a wonderful experience.
Seeing the turtles is a real treat for all visitors to Barbados – whether on an organised trip or via a chance encounter.