John Gay

Go swimming with the turtles in Barbados

Go swimming with the turtles in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Turtles, rum and glistening white-sand beaches.

A toast to sun-splashed Barbados and three of its biggest attractions.

Turtle snorkels in Barbados are very popular. Tourists on a boat don snorkels and masks and quickly enter the blue-green water off the southern shore of this very British Caribbean island, which typically gets 3,000 hours of sunshine annually.

On this trip, a crew member carried some fish for turtle food.

And they quickly appeared out of nowhere at the bottom, cruising along in 20 feet of water. The shells are very colorful, with leather-like patches and markings.

They were much bigger than I had expected: bodies up...