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Grand Bahama: Fun-filled activities for all the family

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown



The Bahamas is not just about shark diving! Honestly! There is plenty to explore both above and below the water. We had some time to spare whilst waiting to fly to our next destination, after our diving trips, and decided to make the most of it. The Bahamas has more palm tree-lined golden beaches than anywhere we can think of, so you could just chill out, catch some sun and enjoy a Bahama Mama cocktail, but we wanted to do a couple of water-based activities that also allowed us to explore more of this island.

The tour, with Calabash Eco Adventures, combined both snorkelling and kayaking, but the wind had picked-up a little, and so our guides chose the sites best suited to the wind direction to ensure we were safe and comfortable in the water. They picked our group up from our hotel in the morning in a minibus, towing our kayaks behind. Whilst they do provide all the equipment you might need, we threw our mask, fins, snorkels, rash vests and action cameras into our bag.

Our first stop was Paradise Cove, where we were going to snorkel, and our tour bus pulled up to reveal a nice setup, with great facilities and a place to grab lunch after our time in the water. We donned our snorkelling gear and set off down the golden sand to the Caribbean Sea. Our guide told us that there were artificial reef structures, plenty of turtles and, further out, a nice reef to explore. We were not disappointed with our first turtle appearing in just a couple of minutes. It is amazing the marine life you can see in such shallow water, without needing any scuba kit. After over an hour in the water, we were ready for a spot of lunch and so grabbed a veggie burger on the deck before jumping back in the bus to take us to our next adventure.

Our afternoon was spent kayaking amongst the island’s mangrove system. This ecosystem is hugely important for the island; the mangroves act both as a barrier to the adverse weather during hurricane season and also as a nursery for young reef fish. Kayaking is a great way to explore the mangroves, gliding quietly on the still water as our guide led us on a relaxing tour through the maze of mangrove roots. Braver souls than us tried standing up and paddling, but one wobble and they were in!

To finish off our day of non-diving in Grand Bahama, we headed to Port Lucaya Marketplace. If you want to pick up some duty-free shopping, stop for a drink and watch the world go by, or fancy eating out, then this is where most people head to. It is really vibrant and we particularly liked the Rum Runner as a place to grab a cocktail of the same name and toast what was an exceptional day out of the water.

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Images and text by Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

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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