West Coast
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The Stav - SS Stavronikita

This is Barbados's largest and best wreck.   If you like wreck diving this is one of the best wrecks in the Caribbean.   She is 365 ft long and sits upright in 40 meters of water.   She was sunk on the 22nd November 1978 by the Barbadian Govt as a dive site.   She was prepared for penatration and at one time you could swim inside her and come out via the funnel, however her mid section now is badly collapsed and any penetration has to be done with great care.   She has some holes cut in her cargo hold that allow you to enter the cargo hold from the bottom after visiting the propeller which is at 38 mts.   Time is always an issue on this dive as she is so big and there is so much to see that you want more, it will take several dives to exlored her completely and after 5 years of diving I still don't feel like I have explored every aspect of her.   

She is covered in encrusting sponges, gorgonias and black coral strands and normally teaming with life.   The top of the forward mast is conviently situatated at  5 mts perfect for your safety stop and most divers end up circling the mast at the end of the dive.   Put it on your must dive, dive list. 

Atlantis Bank – The Buoy

This site is just off the main harbor of Bridgetown, at the very southern limit of the west coast. The Submarine visits that reef at times. Depth around 50ft. on the in-shore / shallow area, going down to +100ft. on the out-shore / edge of the reef.

This is probably one of the best dive I’ve had here in Barbados. I’ve dive this site many time and only recently have I encounter three great surprises. The first one was a huge green moray eel – when I say huge, I mean it. The second one was a rare Shy Hamlet fish – my first. And that one wears its name well, let me tell you!  The last surprise was to assist to the chase of a conch by another one in an attempt at seducing it, I suppose. Very funny. So many nice and weird things here; You’ll love it.!

Cement Plant 

The cement plant is situated on the North of Speightstown. This is one of the clubs favourite dive sites.  It is a 'muck dive' i.e there is no reef, but in amongst the old tires and pipes and piers there is a massive amount of marine life, some of it rare.  For safety reasons, diving here can only be perform when no boat is along side the peer. 

It is a very shallow dive (from ~33ft. to ~10ft.) excellent for photography.  It is a giant fish nursery and occasionally large shoals of sardines and jacks have been known to take cover under the pier legs making for the most amazing dive.  Accessible from boat (easy) as a second dive or from the shore (with a long approach swim and some times strong current).

Dropping from the south & in-shore part of the peer, you can find Sea Horses and Jaw Fish, Octopus, Moray Eels and even the odd turtle. Then you swim toward the western pillars and zigzag between them before heading back toward shore. 

Sharks Hole  MAP

Sharks hole is located on the northern part of the west coast.
As its name claims, you can occasionally spot sharks here, resting under the overhead rocks. The most common are nurse sharks and reef sharks. 

Top of the reef is ~70ft. Bottom ~100ft. Some current here, depending of conditions.  The reef runs N/S and includes corridors an a tunnel and is full of marine life, including Queen Trigger fish, File fish or Parrot fish.  You actually swim through the hole to the other side of the reef.   It is also one of the few reefs in Barbados where you see large  magnificent stag horn coral. 

The Pamir  MAP

This wreck is very close to Speighstown, on the north-west coast of the island. The vessel is about 165ft long and lies between 30ft. and 60ft. of water, the deepest point being the propeller.  There is also a yellow submarine off the port bow and some beautiful finger coral hillocks as you swim in towards the shore.   This is a great night dive site with lovely tube anomnees coming out and dancing octoputs.  

This is a very nice dive, specially for beginners and photographers. Weather and current permitting, you can swim from shore to reach the wreck site. From a dive boat, you’ll find a mooring buoy attached to the deck.