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1. If you want to get into SCUBA then by all means get certified.

2. Your dates (8/21-8/29) are close to prime hurricane season for Caribbean locations.

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Barbados: It is out of the hurricane belt. The nicest beach is on the south side of Island. I've stayed at the 'Sandy Beach Island Resort'. They have (at least a year ago they did) an on site SCUBA operator. There are several parks and attractions on the island where you can hike.

West side of island has best snorkelling from the beach (Folkstone park). I've SCUBA'd the west side with an independent SCUBA operator. I'm sure the west side hotels offer SCUBA options, but I've never stayed at a west side hotel. I believe there are more SCUBA dive sites on the west side. The water is generally calmer on the west side for SCUBA. The south side is more exposed to the Atlantic Ocean. There are plenty of nice beaches on the west side of the island.

Parks for hiking: Orchid world, Flower Forest, Wildlife Reserve.

There are even caves on the island. Harrison's cave is a tram ride.

http://col.com/islands/barbados/default.html


Happy travels,
John
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