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The Travel Book – TRAVEL STORIES – Swimming With Turtles In Barbados

In 2021, we want to give you some special editions of the Travel Book throughout the year. Whilst there is still so many places to write about, I think it is also really fun to write about actual experiences that I have had whilst travelling. There have been so many interesting stories so I thought what better way to celebrate them then by telling you all about them.

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Swimming With Turtles In Barbados

In 2013 we went on a cruise to the Caribbean and one of the places that we went to on this trip was Barbados. Every island that we went to we always booked excursions to get the most out of our adventure. The one thing we booked for this particular island is something I won’t ever forget.

When we arrived at the island we went on a boat that took us to another area which was where we were going to swim with the turtles. Now, the one thing I wanted to do was, if I swan with a creature I didn’t want to do it somewhere like Seaworld as I am against that sort of thing. Instead with this we went into the open sea and the turtles happened to be there.

The turtles actually came up to us and we didn’t go up to them. They are friendly creatures that wanted to see people in the sea and see what is going on. It was such a surreal experience, we didn’t go into the sea to touch them just to watch them in their natural habitat. However they wanted to come to you and ever so often you could just be swimming there and you would feel this hard shell come up to you and feel it rub against you.

I don’t have any photographs of the event but that doesn’t matter instead I have vivid memories of it. It was such a great experience to see gentle giants in the sea and would love to do it again.

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