Saturday, April 20, 2013

Barbados--Swimming With Sea Turtles

Photo courtesy of Leah Zammit

We arrived in Barbados at 8am. It was only partly sunny with some rain clouds in the distance which is unusual for Barbados. We'd chosen a cruise aboard a catamaran and swimming with giant sea turtles for today's adventure.

It was an exciting time and something we'd never have the chance to experience at home. It's one of the joys in life that you cherish forever--the first time your child experiences, well, anything. It could be ice cream, lemons or swimming with sea turtles. You love the look on their little faces, the joy, it's priceless. Today was going to be one of those days.

We disembarked quickly and efficiently and were corralled on to a waiting tour bus. The ride was short and bizarre. They drive on the left (wrong :)) side of the road and I just couldn't get used to it during the 5 minute ride.

We boarded the catamaran and we were off!

The water was turquoise, the air was warm and wet against my skin, I was content. I looked at the faces of my children knowing that every second would be a first for them.


The crew members went over the rules, passed out the snorkeling gear and before long we had anchored in a little peace of heaven. Dark clouds loomed but I was hopeful. The sun did shine down on our little adventure and I knew it would.

The "turtle whisperer", aka- the guy with the bag of fish, was swimming among us and he started tossing fish in the water. Before long a fellow passenger shouted "turtle!" and, in unison, the entire school of humans dove down for a peek.

My family and I dove down right along with them. My camera was poised and ready. I swam around making my way thru fellow turtle hunters.

I searched about to make sure my kids stayed in view-- they were all there. Suddenly my son started to wave and point frantically-- I turned in the direction he was pointing and a giant turtle came into view. I raised my camera and started snapping. It swam toward me and I reached out and touched its large, smooth shell.

It was so graceful as it moved effortlessly thru the water. What a treat!

Despite a few clouds and a brief shower, it was a fantastic adventure for the whole family!!!  I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to experience this with my children. 

See you next time!!!


+Michelle Morrissette Cucchiaro
+My Baked Stuffed Life


  1. Wow Michelle, it sounds like you and your lovely children really enjoyed your day. The sea turtles are truly amazing and beautiful creatures.

  2. It was the best day ever!! We loved Barbados! What a beautiful island!!