Sailing, Snorkeling and frolicking with sea turtles is a popular adventure tour for all ages
Bridgetown, Barbados (PRWEB) December 07, 2012
Barbados offers a wide range of family adventure tours; from water sports and fun sea-side holiday activities to a roster of tours and attractions, gourmet dining and accommodation for every budget. Swimming with the Turtles, which was recently featured by Adventure-Travel-Destinations.com (ADT), is one of the most popular vacation activities for families, couples and adults of all ages.
Snorkeling, diving and floating with the turtles have become a special feature of the island, which has mandated a stringent conservation and turtle protection program. The conservation and environmental protection programs have resulted in a healthy population of sea turtles living along the inshore reefs and laying eggs along the sandy beaches.
The most popular of the Barbados turtles is the Green Sea Turtle which, while thriving on the island, is classified as one of the world’s endangered species. Not long ago, these beautiful and majestic mammals were harvested by local fishermen. Turtle meat was on hotel menus and the eggs were a delicacy. The shells were used to make costume jewelry and ornaments. Some poaching still exists and in the nesting seasons turtle protection volunteers and the coastal conservation authority patrol the beaches at night to document and protect nesting areas where turtles lay their eggs.
The turtle sailing tours are a day on the sea. The tour leaves the dock at around 10 am and returns in the afternoon. It includes lunch, drinks, music, dance and several stops to swim, snorkel and enjoy the sea and all of its marine life, shipwrecks and coral structures. Children and adults of all ages swim with the sea turtles that are fed by the professional and friendly crew. Some of the tour companies have special family packages and in some cases kids sail free. There are several catamaran cruises, dive boats and private motor boat trips that operate on the island. “Kids Sail Free” is offered by Tiami Catamaran Cruises at this time.
Snorkeling and scuba diving operators also visit the turtles, which are truly beautiful to watch as they glide along the sea bed and angle up to the surface to breathe every 20 minutes or so. The lifestyle of the turtles is fascinating. They emerge from eggs buried a foot in the sand, sometimes 100 in a nest, and make their way to the ocean. Very few survive the ordeal and many are picked up by birds, dogs and fish. Those that make it, swim out to the deep water where they live on floating islands of seaweed for 5 years before returning to Barbados.
Everyone can enjoy the Family Adventure Tours featured by Adventure-Travel-Destinations.com which currently features Barbados holidays - swim with the turtles.
The Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia is the largest website covering the island with over 150,000 pages of travel and holiday information, vacation videos and photos. It offers visitors a rich, interactive experience, with bookable maps, holiday themes, packages and a central booking system where travelers can search for activities and accommodation of interest, add to a compare list, save, share and book online.
For more information about the tour on Barbados island and the packages offered by Family Adventure Tours, visit http://barbados.org/swimming-turtles-barbados.htm or the ATD blog at http://adventure-travel-destinations.com/family-adventure-tours/.
Video of Family Turtle Swim Adventures: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX_5N1Hi9Ao. The video catches an amazing image of turtles kissing underwater; a delightful moment.
More on Turtles’ life: http://party-destinations.com/life-of-the-green-back-sea-turtle .
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