Animal Flower Cave © Garybembridge
The waters around Barbados are a treasure trove of marine life. In the far north of the island is the Animal Flower Cave (in the parish of St Lucy) where sea anemones abound in cave pools deep enough to swim in. Scuba divers flock to the Folkestone Marine Park, which has an artificial reef created by the deliberate sinking of the ship Stavronikita in 1976. Less adventurous snorkellers enjoy swimming in the Recreational Zone of the park on a reef that is home to numerous fish and marine species, corals and sponges. The Park also has a museum and an aquarium. It is situated in St James, near Holetown. The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is mainly a monkey sanctuary set in a natural mahogany wood in the parish of St Peter. Green monkeys provide entertainment for visitors as they play in a natural environment. There are also ducks, turtles, tortoises, birds, peacocks, otters, raccoons and deer roaming the woods.