The Natural Wonders of Barbados
There's so much natural beauty to appreciate on this island so just picked out a few that are always a favourite with our guest!
Always on the top of the list, and for good reason, is Harrison’s Cave. In the parish of St. Thomas, you can find yourself in one of the most spectacular natural formations, the underground caves. Board one of the electric trams or grab your helmets and knee guards and get your hands and knees dirty as you explore the thousand year old stalactites and stalagmites, the graceful waterfalls, the crystal clear pools and the other breathtaking cave formations. These magnificent underground caves are worth the visit.
This tiny uninhabited island in the Atlantic Ocean is located 30 metres away from the most easterly point of Barbados. Sitting at about 100 feet in length, it is said that the best swimmers sometimes wade out to the island during low tide. This is not recommended, however, due to the turbulent waters.
Welchman Hall Gully
If you love greenery; tall majestic trees, native plants and beautiful flowers, then a slight hike through the leafy canopy of Welchman Hall Gully is the adventure for you. As you tread through the gully you will get a sense of what the first settlers to Barbados would have seen over 300 years ago. The gully is actually connected to Harrison’s Cave and was used as an entrance to the caves many years ago. Today, you can enjoy this 30-45 minute trek through this marvelous rainforest, watch the monkeys as they feed and maybe get a bite to eat at the Chunky Monkey Cafe.
Animal Flower Cave
This wonder found in the beautiful parish of St. Lucy is the only accessible sea cave on the island. It provides a breathtaking view out to the Atlantic Ocean and amazing salt water pools, some deep enough to take a dip in. While this is the real crowd pleaser, you can always feel free to stroll the path to the cliffs where you can observe the rough waves beating against the rocks and perhaps a few fishermen catching their dinner. You can, of course, always pick up a few local souvenirs from the close by shops or grab a bite at the open-air restaurant.
In the parish of St. Joseph is the world-renowned Bathsheba. While this hot spot is particularly known for its surfing action at the “Soup Bowl”, with local and international competitions being held here, it’s on this list for a completely different reason. The stunning rock formations right off the coast will take your breath away. We suggest visiting at dawn. The dazzling sunrise in comparison with the rugged rocks and ocean is a site to behold!
With over 1,000 orchids on display, a plethora of other Caribbean plants and flowers and about six acres to roam on, Orchid World is the place to be. The ethereal flowers and the steady sound of the waterfall are guaranteed to put you in a relaxed mood and if you’re so inclined, have a rest at one of their bench stops to take it all in.
Wrecks at Carlisle Bay
Less than 2 meters out from the beach there are all of 6 shipwrecks to explore, but while the wrecks themselves are not a natural wonder, it’s what lives among them that are. Down here, there are all different species of fish and critters and they use the wreck as the foundation for building their reef. Snorkelling down here is almost more spectacular than above ground and you’re almost guaranteed to see a turtle gliding by.