Folkestone Marine Park


Folkestone Marine Park A haven for snorkelers, Folkestone Marine Park features an artificial reef, which was formed as a result of the sinking ship Stavronikita in 1976. Lying about 120ft beneath the waters, this ship wrecks is less than half a mile from the shoreline. Folkestone Marine Park is located between Holetown and Speightstown on the West Coast of Barbados.

Folkestone Marine Park is an underwater park that has an abundance of marine life and enjoyable underwater exploits in Barbados. Visit the marine park and view the beautiful range of sea creatures which surrounds the waters of the island. Be amazed by the size of crab and lobster skeletons on display not to mention the huge corals. Experienced scuba divers can hire boats to one of the many dive sites in the area to enjoy diving to discover exciting happenings. Or you can spend the day swimming and snorkeling.

Folkestone Marine Park has four sections for visitors to explore. These are the scientific zone, northern and south water sports zone, and recreational zone. The exciting recreational zone is where visitors can snorkel around the inshore reef. Folkestone Marine Park can be visited all through the year, as the fantastic coral reefs and incredible diving spots makes it the perfect choice for a diving, snorkeling or scuba diving vacation in Barbados.

Other than the sinking wreckage, Folkestone Museum provides visitors with an educational forum about the sea creatures. A large aquarium displaying many interesting and rare marine species can also be seen. There is also a photographic exhibition on marine life.
Within the grounds of the marine park exciting tennis and basketball courts, picnic benches, a snack shop, a creative children’s playground of marine themes, are available for waterless activity. A great place to have a picnic and enjoy a fun underwater experience, Folkestone Marine Park is a must when in Barbados.

All activities at the marine park are protected by law, hence no removals of marine object are allowed. Folkestone Marine Park is open Mondays through Fridays, between 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays to Sundays, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. A small fee is charged for admission to the marine museum.

Discover the Bajan waters and snorkel through the Folkestone Marine Park to see beautiful fish, sea anemones, sea lilies, corals and sponges.