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Barbados – Piers & Jetties

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown



Most people, when you mention Barbados will think of beautiful beaches, tranquil blue sea and colourful coral reef scenes. You might, if you have read our previous blogs, or know about the region, think of ship wrecks too. But, would you think of diving any of the piers and jetties that dot the shoreline? We did. In fact, it was one of our specific requests when we heard we were heading to this iconic holiday destination. Why?

Piers and jetties offer something a little different. Their upright legs make the underwater photography change their view to portrait and as a diver you start looking more closely at your surroundings. We are not going to lie to you…many of these structures that are still in use are often a dumping ground, with trash and waste lying on the sea floor. So why the attraction? Marine life flourishes under these structures. They can provide a moody atmosphere to dive in and photograph, often with wonderful beams of sunlight bursting through the gaps above.

We dived two jetties on our recent trip, and were enchanted. The legs of each pier were covered in hard corals and bright sponges. Schools of Sergeant Major fish darted in the shallows, being pursued by barracuda. Shrimps, crabs and lobsters hide under fallen debris at the bottom, some 15m below the surface. Porcupine and squirrel fish try to blend in with the encrusted jetty posts. But the jewel in the crown of these sites are the seahorses.

We had to look hard, carefully examining each bit of coral and every discarded bit of metal work, and we were nearly out of luck, with air and time running low, when Caroline found a pair, one pink and one brown, clinging to a bit of old metal on the sea bed. It was fantastic! Having called over Christie, our guide, she then got her eye in and found 8 more in the same area! It was a real treat for our last dive in Barbados.

You need good weather conditions for these jetties, and you have to be very careful, as boat traffic will pass overhead while you are diving, so it is important to ascend close to the pier legs and then swim out to where the boat will be waiting. We loved diving the piers of Barbados, as they gave us atmospheric dives full of superb marine life. As we toured the coastline on our final day, our small group pointed out several more that looked well worth exploring. So, it might not be the first thing you think about when you are headed to Barbados, but you should certainly give the jetties and piers a go when you get there.

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Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and they are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit


Curaçao Dive Site of the Month – Smokeys (Watch Video)

Bryan Horne



New Video Release: Smokeys near Eastpoint Curaçao.

Learn about – a Top 10 Dive Site in Curacao located near Eastpoint and arguably one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean. 

It rivals the finest dive sites in Belize, Bonaire and the Cayman Islands.

Video produced and edited for Dive Curacao, by NaturePicsFilms.

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Top 5 things to do above water on a diving trip to Barbados

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown



Whilst you will want to spend as much time underwater as possible on any diving trip to Barbados, with its amazing wrecks, reefs and marine life… you will have to spend some time on dry land! So here are our top tips on what to do topside on this stunning Caribbean paradise.

1) Go Caving!

Babados offers the perfect instagram cave experiences. Two stand out from the crowd: Harrison’s Cave and Animal Flower Cave.

Harrison’s Cave offers a guided tours on a tram to allow you to safely explore these incredible underground caverns. Located in the central uplands of the island, this crystallized, limestone cave is characterized by flowing streams, deep pools of crystal clear water and towering columns.

Animal Flower Cave is named after the anemone’s that can be found in the rock pools that sit within the cavern. This is a perfect spot for a photo or two, with the wild coastline visible through the cavern windows that have been carved out by wave action.

Both these tours are great options for your non-diving day before you fly home.

2) Take in a show

I have to admit that we do not usually get excited about an evening show put on for tourists. But just a few minutes into the show at Harbour Lights and we were dancing along with locals and tourists alike. The show is great fun and is full of talented performers. The buffet dinner included with the event is perfect too, with something for everyone. They had to throw us out!

3) Head to the Beach

Barbados is packed with incredible beaches. Some are setup with entertainment, resturants and bars, others are completely deserted. So it is up to you to find your perfect one. Whether you love to surf, want to relax in the sun, or get into the party spirit – there is a beach for you waiting to be discovered.

4) Learn to cook Bajan Style

If you love your food, and are a whizz in the kitchen, then why not spend an evening with a local chef to show you how to cook some of your favourite Bajan dishes. Award winning Chef Creig Greenidge joined us in our hotel to pass on some of his secrets. An amazing evening saw us chatting about our love of Caribbean cuisine, he guided us through a three course meal, even stopping to help us work out what we could replace hard to find ingredients in the UK with. The food was incredible, but it was also a wonderful experience. Great food and wine too!

5) Rum and Food Pairing Dinner

Barbados is the home of rum. This was a perfect way to round off our trip. Set in the Rum Vault at the Colony Club Hotel, we were treated to a private 5 course meal, each course paired with a rum cocktail. Finished with some fine sipping rums and delicious chocolates. Heaven!

Of course there is so much more than these 5 we have picked. So here are a few more things you should try out: Horses on the beach on Sunday mornings; Friday night is party night at the Fish Fry; Eat out! There are too many amazing restaurants to name here. Have a Mango Chow cocktail. Do a rum distillery tour at Mount Gay or St Nicholas Abbey or try our a local craft beer. Most of all – get out and explore. Barbados has so much to offer.

Next up… we will be back underwater exploring one of our favourite diving areas – Carlisle Bay.

For more information about Barbados click here.

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