With a surface area of only 34 kilometres in length and 23 kilometres in width, and a population of just over 275,000 people, Barbados is one of the smaller islands in the Caribbean. Its miles of pristine coastline and its rich cultural heritage more than compensate for its size, however, as Barbados is one of the most popular Caribbean vacation spots, prized for its best Barbados beaches.
As much as Barbados exists on land, it has even more to offer in the water surrounding it. In addition to swimming, snorkelling and diving, there are numerous water tours in Barbados that introduce you to the local Caribbean sea life. A submarine tour brings you close to the colourful coral, exotic fish and colonial shipwrecks hiding just beneath the surface. And of course no Caribbean vacation is complete without a few hours to sunbathe on the deck of a boat, jumping in the water every now and then to cool down and swim with the turtles.
In order to keep the translucent waters around Barbados clear and the beaches clean, many local Barbados hotels and tour operators are committed to being environmentally friendly. Almond Beach Casuarina Hotel and Almond Beach Club and Spa, for example, are Green Globe Certified. An international organization that has helped set the standard for sustainable global tourism, Green Globe ensures that businesses meet high standards in a range of interrelated spheres, including sustainable management, social and economic stability, and cultural and environmental preservation.
Many local Barbados residents – Bajans – trace their roots back to the West African slaves who were transplanted over to work on the sugar plantations. The sugar industry is still one of the primary economic forces underpinning the economy after centuries of colonial influence. Contemporary Bajan culture is rich, warm and friendly, the foundation of the strong infrastructure the island enjoys.
“I think joining whl.travel is a great opportunity for Barefoot Travel & Tours to stand out from other international tour operators since we are based in the country in which we operate,” commented Anderson. “Our knowledge of our island, culture and people cannot be matched. We know best and will always be on hand to direct and ensure that the visitor gets to enjoy every aspect of our island. They will get the opportunity to mix and mingle with the locals and take part in activities and events on the same level that a Bajan would.”
Anderson is also no stranger to the growing international push for local sustainability; he’s been adopting and cleaning Barbados beaches for years, as well as supporting local cultural events and raising funds for a Barbados Children’s Home.
“I choose to join whl.travel because of the emphasis that is put into the care and development of the island and its people,” concluded Anderson. “Lots of other tour operators are not interested in the development or sustainability of the countries in which they operate. I also think whl.travel is a great medium through which Barbados can be noticed by travellers who are conscious about sustainable development.”