September 18, 2018

The best kept scuba diving secret in Barbados


Did I ever tell you about the time my brother and I dived around a sunken submarine in Barbados?  

Legend has it that this sub belonged to a tycoon who had ordered a customised sub for his yacht while he was in Barbados. When his submarine wasn't going to be ready in time for him to show it off to a group of friends who were visiting him on his yacht, he had an (empty) replica made, just so that he could show his friends what he had planned. Once they saw it, he asked for the replica to be sunk near to where his yacht was moored. Sounds ridiculous right? I didn't believe it either until my brother showed it to me while hunting lionfish on the West coast of the island. Check out the video below if you don't believe me...



Lo and behold, there it was, an approx. 40 ft long shell of a yellow submarine hub, with nothing inside! It was pretty eerie, and yet I couldn't help but start humming "Yellow Submarine" when I saw it. My only hope is that it was wrecked properly without any damage to the reef or the ocean. I don't know how long it's been there, or whether this story is true, but it was a fun, shallow dive regardless, there were quite a few fish around and my brother managed to shoot some lionfish in the process. We continued on to explore the The Pamir, which used to be a cargo ship before it was sunk off the coast. Most of its large hull still remains intact, and it's home to quite a few schools of fish, eels and lobsters.



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5 comments:

  1. Omg this is SO cool!!! Scuba diving is on my list of things to do when the kids get older

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    1. That's great! You should consider coming to Barbados and having them certified here :) It's a great place to learn!

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  2. So I actually took a submarine ride to see the sunken ships in Bim and it was so fun. I always thought it'd be even more fun to go scuba diving.

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    1. Next time you visit you should consider doing scuba diving :) Fun fact: My dad used to pilot the Atlantis Submarine in Barbados!

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  3. Wow! your post is really great and awesome pictures you captured. Thanks for sharing it.

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