Cruising Barbados with the #1 Action Charters

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Lunchtime cruise and snorkeling with the turtles with Action Charters

What a day to be cruising Barbados with Action Charters!

Sunny, warm with blue skies and enough wind for sailing, perfect for cruising Barbados.

Our Cruise With Action Charters

What a great tour to do on one of your Barbados Holidays, a catamaran cruise with Action Charters on their popular 5-hour turtle – snorkel and lunch cruise. We were collected from our pick-up point by James and driven to our departure point in Bridgetown near Chamberlain Bridge. On the way, we collected passengers from various hotels including the famous Sandals Barbados.

Our catamaran Stiletto was at the dock waiting for us to board.  Crew members Sean and Eric were on hand to settle us in and to ensure that we were relaxed and ready for our first drink of the day.  The choice was difficult with so many options available from the Open Bar that included local beer, cocktails, soft drinks, juices and of course Rum Punch!

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Enjoying the calm waters near Carlisle Bay

We were in great hands today as our Captain was none other than Graham Allen, owner of Action Charters. Ropes off, anchor up and we sailed out of Bridgetown towards Carlisle Bay for our first snorkel of the day amongst the turtles.  A full safety briefing was held by Graham as well as the highlights of our itinerary and hopefully what we should expect to see at each spot.

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Snorkelling at Carlisle Bay

When it came to our first snorkel there were a few of us who were novices, Graham ensured that we had inflatable swim vests fitted correctly and gave us a demonstration on how to handle our masks.

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Hawksbill Turtle

As if on queue, our first hawksbill turtle appeared and seemed to enjoy swimming around us and having his or her photo taken. You could not wish for more – silvery sands, warm turquoise waters, turtles, colourful fish and this was only our first swim of the day with more to come!

Back on board, we sailed towards Folkestone Marine Park along Barbados’s famous west coast. Time for more refreshments; snorkelling works up an appetite, and the local homemade banana bread and coconut rum punch hit the spot.

Barbados is famous for its ‘flying fish’.  These fish actually have wings and they do fly, we saw hundreds of smaller ones as we sailed up the coast.  They can grow up to 12 inches in length. When not flying out of the water the ‘flying fish’ use their fins to propel themselves escaping from many of their predators.  ‘Flying Fish’ is Barbados’s National Dish and is served with Cou Cou which is similar to polenta and is made from corn meal and okra.

The beauty of the west coast beaches are definitely better viewed from the ocean.  Graham pointed out the highlights of the island as we sailed the coastline of stunning beaches, pointing out the expensive resorts and even  One Sandy Lane where famous celebrities such as Rihanna and Simon Cowell have stayed.

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Amazing what you can see around the coastline of Barbados

Those who snorkeled in the Marine Park were delighted to be able to swim amongst schools of colourful fish in and around the shipwreck and on the reef.

As lunchtime was drawing near we pulled up anchor and sailed towards the beach of Sandy Lane Barbados Hotel. All beaches are public in Barbados even those that are located in the front of the most expensive hotels. What a great spot to have lunch.  The Sandy Lane Hotel looked stunning from our position on the water.

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Our scrumptious lunch

Our tasty buffet lunch included green salad, coleslaw, potato salad, rice and beans, bread, macaroni,  chicken and fish with drinks and chilled wine from the Open Bar.

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Lunchtime with a great view

Time was given after lunch to have a final swim, a walk along the beach, or shop at the Sandy Lane Barbados Hotel or just laze away the afternoon on board Stiletto which many of us did.

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Returning back to Bridgetown

Unfortunately, all great things must end, well not that quickly, as we still had to sail back to Bridgetown, whilst enjoying more Coconut Rum and listening to the great music on board. Not one of us wanted to leave Stiletto and its crew, it was such a memorable experience for us all, but James was there already to whisk us back home.

Cruising Barbados with Action Charters is one of the highlights of our things to do in Barbados.

We would like to thank Graham and his crew Sean and Eric for looking after us so well on board Stiletto.  We have done a few Catamaran Cruises around the world in our travels and although they were professional companies there was a feeling of nervousness on the day. Not once, even as one of us was a snorkeling novice (Jane), did we feel nervous or apprehensive when snorkeling or sailing.  We would also like to thank Graham’s daughter Johanna for her organisation behind the scenes to allow us to enjoy our complimentary Action Charters Tour.  As always, our opinions are our own.

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Other tours on offer with Action Charters:

  • 3 hour Turtle – Snorkel Tour
  • 3-hour Sunset Cruise
  • Private Charters for Corporate or Party Events

Where to stay in Barbados – Barbados Hotels

There are many Barbados Hotels to choose from.

We have put together a few recommendations of Barbados all-inclusive hotels for you to choose from:

Sandals Barbados– couples only.

Turtle Beach

Sea Breeze Beach Hotel

Click here for availability on other hotels in Barbados.


Barbados Weather

There are 2 seasons in Barbados – dry and wet.  The rainy season can start around May and finish in December.  The Caribbean is prone to hurricanes during July through to November.

The temperature in Barbados stays roughly the same throughout the year – low temperatures around mid to low 20s and highs up to 30 degrees.

For more information on Barbados:

Our Extensive Barbados Insiders Guide

Williams Round Island Tour

Lickrish Barbados Food Walking Tour

Tapas Restaurant

Mount Gay Rum Food and Pairing Tour

Banks Beer Brewery Tour

Sitar Indian Restaurant

Car Rental in Barbados

If you require car rental in Barbados we can recommend using

Flights to Barbados

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  • Penny says:

    Sounds like a perfect day

  • Sue Robson says:

    Stiletto is definitely the best turtle cruise catamaran in Barbados. There’s always loads of fish and turtles to swim with and the food is amazing. Perfect day out

  • Action Charters are surely a great company to cruise with in Barbados. You have shared some valuable information about the Eastern Carribean island. It seems like a perfect holiday destination. I must say that your pictures are epic.

  • Ohhh I love sailing excursions, especially on catamarans! That turtle you saw is just lovely! I have not, been lucky enough to see a turtle that close up. This tour seems quite amazing.

  • Daniel says:

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Action Charters. It sure sounds like a great choice for taking a cruise in Barbados. Unfortunately, I haven’t explored this part of the world at all (yet) but I would love to do it someday and when I do, I’ll definitely come back to this article. Thank you for sharing

  • Adele Gee says:

    The clear blue waters look so inviting and clear! We did a catamaran cruise off Dominican Republic and can confirm that its a nice relaxing way to get to a destination. Its good to know that you feel like you are in safe hands with Action Charters.

  • Raghav says:

    I was in Barbados for a day as part of a cruise but loved the island a lot. We took a similar tour in Bonaire, and even though I loved that one, the food laid out by Action Charters looks so much more delicious. I shall keep them in mind whenever I am back in that part of the world.

  • Lisa says:

    I was in Barbados many years ago and in Bahamas last year, and didn’t do a cruise like this. It looks like an awesome activity and a great way to see the landscape too. Your lunch looks really tasty too!

    • Hi Lisa
      Thank you for your comments.
      It is a great activity for Barbados – water is warm, snorkeling with the turtles is so much fun. Yes, the food was yummy!
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • blair villanueva says:

    Wow this is a wonderful summer experience you had. I would love to cruise in this beautiful ocean and experience snorkeling with family and friends, and enjoy good food. Now checking for my best free schedule for this opportunity 😀

  • Aareeba says:

    Your pictures are outstanding. I loved the way you explained everything in detail which makes it easy to anyone traveling to barbodas . We are definitely gonna try snorkeling with turtles there. Thanks a lot for sharing this information with us

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