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Diving in Grenada

Grenada has electric drift diving, mind-blowing macro marine life and the biggest, baddest shipwreck in the Caribbean.

Diving in Grenada

Quick facts

Found near Venezuela and on the border between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Grenada and its little sisters Carriacou and and Petite Martinique offer some of the best diving in the region. Amazing shipwrecks, colorful reefs and exciting drifts create a diver’s wonderland. Most of the dive sites are concentrated around the south and west coasts. And perhaps the most famous site of them all is the Bianca C. This dive site features a 600-foot luxury liner that was sunk by an explosion in 1961. Today, the “Titanic of the Caribbean” lies at a depth of 165 feet (50 meters), but the top of the ship reaches to 75 feet (23 meters). The main deck sits between 90 and 125 feet (28 and 38 meters), meaning that it is reachable within advanced recreational dive limits. Tidal currents can make this dive a challenge, so it is best to follow the advice of a local divemaster. In addition, there are lots of other wrecks that litter Grenada’s seascape, both naturally lost and purposely-sunk. You could easily dive just wrecks on Grenada, but you would miss reefs, walls and the underwater sculpture parks that are prolific marine ecosystems. Drift past encrusted whip corals and an assortment of sponges and sea fans while watching schools of jack, rainbow runners and Creole wrasse. For beginners, the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park represents perhaps the best opportunity in the Caribbean to practice your bubbles. Here artist Jason DeCaires has created more than 50 sculptures of locals and placed them underwater. The artwork is now becoming an artificial reef, and divers can marvel at the variety of corals that are already transforming the sculptures beyond recognition.

Recommended training

The PADI Wreck Diver, PADI Deep Diver and PADI Drift Diver courses will help you visit the unique wrecks and drop-offs of Grenada.

When to go

Scuba diving in Grenada is great year-round. The air temperatures range from 27°C/80°F in winter to 30°C/87°F in summer, but there usually is a nice breeze. The dry season falls between January and May, and the rainy season is from June to December, which also encompasses the Caribbean’s hurricane season. Water temperature remains fairly steady at 26°C/79°F in winter and 28°C/83°F in summer. Plus, visibility is usually good, ranging from 15-30 metres/50-100 feet.

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Where to dive

  • Carriacou

    From protected reefs to unbelievable biodiversity, Carriacou is a Caribbean Shangri-La for scuba diving. Head to the island’s marine protected area for some of the best diving in the region.

  • St. George Island

    On the gorgeous island of Grenada you will find St. George’s, the colorful capital city. Spend some time scuba diving and prowling the sandy beaches during your stay in this effortless environment.

  • St George's
USD 1,910Per person for 7 nights for 2 divers
* Bianca C – Known as the “Titanic of the Caribbean,” this giant ship caught fire in 1961 and sunk in 50 metres/165-feet of water. Although the top of the wreck is at about 23 metres/75 feet, the main deck sits between 28-38 metres/90-125 feet, so it’s an advanced dive. Over the years, some of it has collapsed, but there’s still a lot of structure to see. It’s encrusted with sponges and corals and visited by schools of jack, barracuda and spotted eagle rays. * Moliniere Underwater Sculpture Park – Jason DeCaires started the Underwater Sculpture Park in 2006 in one of Grenada’s Marine Protected Areas. With more than 50 life-size sculptures, the project shows environmental processes that turn art into an artificial reef. As marine life begins to grow on the surface of each piece, a variety of colors and patterns emerge, making a stunning visual. * Fisherman’s Paradise – Located at the southern tip of Grenada, this dive site is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. Frequented by currents, you may drift among schools of chub, spy eagle rays and southern stingrays, watch sea turtles and perhaps see big nurse sharks on almost every dive. The reef has many overhangs, ledges and caverns to explore, often inhabited by large moray eels. * Purple Rain – Creole wrasse descend like purple raindrops over patches of purple coral at this site. Follow the two fingers of this reef that run parallel to shore to see a huge variety of reef fish in addition to the wrasse. Look for sea worms as well as turtles and nurse sharks. * Sister Rocks, Carriacou – Several dive sites exist below these rocks off of Carriacou. With reefs that start shallow and gently slope down, there are healthy coral stands and lots of fish. Usually done as drift dives, you’ll likely see Creole wrasse, snappers and barracuda and large barrel sponges. These are great dives for underwater photographers. * Mabouya Whirlpool, Carriacou – At this site, you glide through spa-like bubbles that come up from the ocean floor, generated by volcanic activity. It’s a unique and popular experience. The reef begins at 8 metres/24 feet and slopes down to around 20 metres/70 feet. Look for the wreck of a small tugboat nearby. * Twin Sisters, Isle-de-Ronde – A boat ride from Grenada or Carriacou brings you to this pristine dive site. Peer into the underwater cave and swim along the dramatic drop off. Look for big fish cruising in the distance.

What to see

A variety of hard and soft corals, sponges and fans cover most of the island’s dive sites. Surrounding the wrecks, it is common to see beautiful and bright orange cup coral. On deeper dives and on many of the drift dives, you have a good chance of spotting stingrays, barracuda sea turtles, barracuda, eagle rays and nurse sharks. During reef dives, purple Creole wrasse populate the waters along with octopus, moray eels and lizardfish. In the shallows, you might find a frogfish or an elusive black seahorse lurking about.

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Country

Grenada encompasses its own large island as well as six other smaller islands, including Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The abundant and warm waters have often served as an attraction to the island as has its abundant nutmeg crop, which gave Grenada its nickname, the Spice Island. Grenada was first discovered in 1498 by Christopher Columbus. At that time, it was populated by the Carib Indians. In 1649, the French invaded from Martinique and colonized the island. Over the next few decades, the French effectively dismantled the local population. And After the Seven Years’ War, the British gained the territory in 1763. Independence was not granted until 1974 and from 1979 until 1983, the island withstood two military coups as well as an invasion by the United States. Fortunately, since 1983, the island has survived in sustained peace. Sadly, recent years have brought disastrous hurricanes to Grenada’s shores. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan damaged 90% of the island’s structures, and Hurricane Emily in 2005 hindered recovery efforts. Today, 96% of the buildings have been repaired and strengthened for future storms. It is hoped that the island will soon return to being a major supplier of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and cocoa.

Other attractions

The above the water scenery here is just as good as it is under the water. Known as Spice Island, Grenada offers visitors a variety of activities to keep busy. Exploring the island’s nutmeg industry is a must-do. Stops on this tour include a visit to Georgetown’s spice market and a tour of the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station. There is also a plethora of hiking trails in dense rainforests ending in magnificent waterfalls. To learn a bit more about the island’s tumultuous history, stop by the Grenada National Museum or Fort Matthew.

Getting there

International flights originating in North America, South America and Europe arrive and depart from Maurice Bishop International Airport on Grenada. Regional flights also use the same airport. Getting around the island is easily accomplished by bus, rental car or taxi.

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