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Diving on Grenada


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Grenada, the islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique are in the eastern Caribbean, St. Vincent and the Grenadines lie to the north - Trinidad and Tobago to the South. Grenada has a wonderful location, the west coast faces the Caribbean Sea and the east coast faces the Atlantic Ocean. The Caribbean Sea is famous for its abundance of tropical species. Currents from the open ocean enrich the waters around this small island with nutrients which supports a healthy marine life. Grenada was formed by a volcano many years ago it still has an underwater volcano - and the dramatic underwater rock and coral formations provide an extra dimension for marine life.  The huge variety of habitats, in rich and varying ocean conditions, produces a staggering diversity of marine life. From the very colourful reef creatures to larger ocean roaming creatures - turtles, rays, and sharks etc. Hawksbill Turtle and the Leatherback Turtle have their nesting grounds around the islands and are a common sight in spring and summer. A large population of Nurse sharks lives around the Atlantic coast dive sites. Enjoy the excitement of meeting these fascinating creatures - up close and personal. Grenada offers one of the best opportunities you will get to encounter sharks in their natural habitat. 


              
                       Reefs, walls, wrecks, turtles, sharks,  sea horses, the largest wreck in the Caribbean and an
                     
underwater sculpture park - Grenada has some of the best diving in the world - for all divers
                                        50 excellent dive sites, many "new" sites - only recently discovered. 


    


Divers will see nearly every kind of coral, volcanic rock formations, caves and overhangs with black corals, gorgonians and huge pillars of coral. Brilliant orange and purple fairy basslets, stoplight parrotfish, surgeonfish, queen triggerfish, schools of squid, green and hawksbill turtles, stingrays, electric rays, eagle rays, barracuda, giant lobsters and giant green moray-eels and much, much more.  A staggeringly beautiful underwater world. A very special place for marine life.
From December and April Grenada's waters are visited by various whale species, including Orca whales, Curvier beaked, humpback and sperm whales. Fifteen species have been recorded in ocean around the island.  During the year pilot, Bryde's, sperm, pygmy and Sei whales can be seen as well as several varieties of dolphin.


There are more than 50 sites around Grenada and the island is known as the "Wreck diving capital of the Caribbean " with 15 wrecks to choose from in varying depths and locations around the island - including the largest wreck in the Caribbean - the Bianca C.  Most diving is off the south west coast of Grenada - around 30 dive sites close to shore. But 20 new dive sites have recently been found off Grenada's north coast - between Grenada and Carriacou, a largely undeveloped island, surrounded by magnificent, pristine reefs. Carriacou is just 15 miles north of Grenada - from the Carib Indian word for "isle of many reefs."

Grenada' south west coast, the calm side facing the Caribbean Sea, has an extensive coral reef. Boss Reef extends up to 5 miles from the harbour at St Georges to the southern tip of the island - a perfect habitat for many tropical species. Some sites can be accessed form the shore - but most are easier by boat - and the reefs, wrecks and walls are within 15 minutes of the coast. Most accommodation is in the south west of the island. You are never far from the ocean - or a dive site! Sites vary in depth from 2 metres to 45 metres. Visibility varies from 15 to 35 metres. The water temperature can vary according - Caribbean or Atlantic side - but it ranges from 25C to 28C.


The position of the islands in the ocean means that some sites can experience currents. So, there are some fantastic drift dives over some wonderful coral gardens and impressive wrecks - amongst large schools of fish - and alongside some ocean roaming creatures, sharks, rays and turtles. However there are also lots of sheltered bays - you won't miss any diving days - never a dull moment on Grenada.  

The diving in Grenada is some of the best in the Caribbean, and therefore the world. With an instructor, anyone can try it as long as they are fairly fit and can swim. Diving in Grenada is perfect for the novice and a challenge for the more experienced. The ocean surrounding Grenada and Carriacou offer fun and excitement for divers of all levels. Diving on Grenada is virtually every day of the year.  Due to the island's restrictions on over-development there is no mass tourism - no crowds on Grenada. Reefs, wrecks and walls remain unspoiled by crowds and many have yet to be explored. The diving easy and hassle free - dive sites are deserted and boat groups are very small.  Diving couldn't be more relaxed and convenient.


Marine Park

The Grenada government has imposed restrictions to protect the underwater world around the three islands. The Marine Protected Area (MPA) is a protected marine park just north of St George with good reef diving, in protected bays, great for divers and snorkellers. The reef comes to within a couple of metres of the surface - and has a covering of mixed black, soft and hard corals. Schools of jack, barracuda and many spotted eagle rays. Along the top of the reef, you see turtles, eagle rays and the occasional sleeping nurse shark. The unique 'Underwater Sculpture Park' is in Moliniere Bay, in the Marine Park.  'National Geographic' recognized the Sculpture Park as one of the 'Earth's Most Awesome Places'.  For more information on Grenada's unique Underwater Sculpture Park - click this link
Moliniere reef is known to have the most fish life. The wall itself is encrusted with whip coral, an assortment of sponges and sea fans, in the shallower parts of the reef, black seahorses have been sighted.
Angel Reef is just 5 minutes from shore - a series of reefs with some small caves and crevices. Wonderful marine growth upon the rocks, stingrays, angelfish, octopus and many more
Dragon Bay is ideal for divers of all levels - this colourful reef enjoys some has some beautiful sponges, reef fish and octopus.  These are just a few of the many reefs see the Dive Sites link for a map of the sites.


Wrecks

The most famous wreck is the Bianca C, the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean, a cruise ship that sank in 1961. Divers are stunned by her sheer size.  The decks of the Bianca C are accessible to divers, in 27m. Of water. The ship is encrusted with sponges, soft and hard corals - with schools of jack, barracuda and spotted eagle rays. The Bianca C is listed as one of the top ten wreck sites in the world by several diving magazines and international experts. In 1961, when the Bianca C sank, hundreds of Grenadians rushed to the aid of those onboard, feeding, sheltering and clothing them as needed.  Today, a statue known as the 'Christ of the Deep' still stands on the Carenage, the quayside, in the capital St. George's as an expression of gratitude for the great acts of kindness to the people of Grenada. All the 15 wrecks are now artificial reefs and, thanks to the nutritionally rich ocean, a successful habitat for many different species of marine life - including rare sightings of species like the Black Brotula - and some of the more elusive ocean roaming species.


You can select the "Dive Sites" link for a map of the dive sites - from experience probably one of the best on the web! A text box will give the name of the site - if you click the text it has a link to amore information about that site.

Some of our favourites:
Hema 1 Wreck -  to the south of Grenada - a large cargo vessel - great dive.
Shakem Wreck - another cargo ship - which sank within sight of St George's harbour - intact on the sea bed.
Shark Reef - the clue is in the name - don't worry, no great whites  
Veronica Wreck - very popular - beautiful wreck encrusted with colourful soft corals, sponges and marine life. Close run thing between Veronica and Hema as the best on the island.


Boats go out three times a day - a short ride to so many sites - you can have as busy a dive schedule as you want. Most sites can only be reached by boat, but some are accessible from shore. All the boats are very well equipped, and small and so diving/snorkelling is in small groups, typically 6 divers.  We boarded our boat from the Grand Anse beach - and a nice easy 10 minute ride took us to Moliniere bay. The dive centres are generally on the excellent beaches in the south west - Grand Anse being the main one. Non divers can enjoy the creature comforts and the best beaches - while divers enjoy some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world. Divers and snorkellers can enjoy many sites together. Diving couldn't be more relaxed and convenient. Dive centres also offer technical and Rebreather diving - night dives - nitrox (often free) - underwater scooters and a free shuttle service from your hotel (if needed).  


There is no mass tourism lots of dive sites, all of them quiet - divers can focus on enjoying the marine life without having to worry "which boat is it?" - or having to jostle with other divers. Diving the Caribbean like it used to be a fun diving experience. The underwater scenery in Grenada is every bit as breathtaking as it is above the surface. Grenada has an extensive array of coral reefs, which are second to none There is wreck diving in Grenada for all levels of diver - from the most recently qualified to the more adventurous and experienced. Warm, clear water, deserted dive sites, pristine reefs, stunning wrecks, exhilarating drift dives, relaxed photographic dives and Grenada's unique Underwater Sculpture Park. Grenada does 'have it all".  Whether you like wrecks, reefs, seahorses or sharks - Grenada has lots to offer to divers of all levels.


Grenada really is a very special place for divers and snorkellers.