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Snorkelling


Grenada has a wonderful location. The west coast faces the Caribbean Sea and the east coast faces the Atlantic Ocean. The Caribbean Sea has warm, calm water, full of colourful, tropical species. Atlantic ocean current enrich the waters around this small island with nutrients which attract larger marine creatures. The best of both worlds. Grenada was formed by a volcano many years ago and the dramatic underwater rock and coral formations provide yet another dimension for marine life. Combined with the varying ocean conditions, they provide a huge variety of habitats home to wonderful diversity of marine life. From very colourful reef creatures, parrotfish, angelfish etc., to larger ocean roaming creatures - turtles, rays, and sharks etc. The snorkelling in Grenada is some of the best in the world.  Grenada has no mass tourism - no crowds on Grenada in our out of the water. Reefs, wrecks and walls remain unspoiled by crowds and many have yet to be explored. The snorkelling couldn't be more comfortable and relaxed.
The underwater scenery in Grenada is every bit as breathtaking as it is above the surface.  Grenada has extensive coral reefs which are second to none. Peace and quiet, warm, clear water, pristine reefs, stunning wrecks and Grenada's unique Underwater Sculpture Park. Grenada does 'have it all".  Whether you like wrecks, reefs, seahorses or sharks - Grenada has something for snorkellers of all levels.


  
                         Grenada has some of the Caribbean's most dramatic and unspoiled underwater scenery.
                                Warm, clear water, pristine reefs, shipwrecks and an underwater sculpture park               
                     Grenada has some of the best snorkelling in the world with a variety of marine life to enjoy.
                       The wonderful ocean around Grenada has fun and excitement for snorkellers of all levels. 


                  


The Ocean

The visibility of the crystal clear water varies from 15 to 35 metres. The water temperature can vary according to whether it is the Caribbean or Atlantic side of the island, but it ranges from 25C to 28C even at the cooler end its nice wand warm. The Atlantic and southern coasts generally have some current, which can be strong at times. Although if you are snorkelling these coast you will probably be on a boat and they will always select sites to suit your abilities and the prevailing conditions. The accommodation we offer is on the calm side of the island, and there are lots of sheltered bays. Even when the ocean is a little choppy, you won't miss any snorkelling days.


Marine Life

There are too many species to mention, but in the clear, warm water snorkellers can expect to see creatures like : 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, sea horses, shoals of horse-eye jacks, banded coral shrimp, nudibranchs, octopuses, squirrelfish, trunkfish, Creole wrasse, southern stingrays (often more than 10 at a time), southern sennets, rainbow parrotfish, frogfish, sergeant majors, brown chromis and Creole Wrasse. Look out for "cleaning stations" staffed by hundreds of wrasse. Good snorkelling spots include the sand and sea grass beds with torpedo rays, electric rays, cushion sea stars, magnificent sea urchins, flying gurnards and head shield slugs.

Hawksbill and Leatherback turtles have nesting grounds around the islands and are a common sight in spring and summer. A large population of Nurse sharks live and breed around the Atlantic dive sites. Grenada offers one of the best spot to encounter sharks in their natural habitat. 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.

The reefs consist of large star coral boulders, black coral, fire coral, elkhorn coral, and towering pillar corals which, with the dramatic lava formations, provide shelter to a wide variety of marine life. The reefs are covered with gorgonians, ball sponges, rope sponges, sea fans, azure and purple vase sponges and glorious barrel sponges. The coral reefs are extensive and in some cases come to within a couple of metres of the surface. You will see pinnacles, the tips of underwater mountains, rising up to within 10 metres of the surface. Crystal clear water means that snorkellers will get an excellent view of the reefs and the amazing marine life that live on them. Most diving and snorkelling is off the south west coast, the calm side facing the Caribbean Sea, which has an extensive coral reef, Boss Reef, which 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. The accommodation we offer is around this south west corner, on the calm side of the island, close to the se excellent sites. There are some wonderful coral gardens, lots of colourful reef creatures and some ocean roaming creatures, sharks, rays and turtles.


Sites

There are more than 50 dive sites around Grenada, 15 are wrecks in varying depths, and the island's south west coast has a superb fringing coral reef. Most diving and snorkelling is off the south west coast with around 30 excellent sites close to shore. New 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". The reef and some of the wrecks are in relatively shallow water and with fantastic visibility in crystal clear water, snorkellers can enjoy some of these historic shipwrecks. The designated dive sites vary in depth from 3 metres to 36 metres. These sites are important for snorkellers as they are internationally recognised as premium sites with interesting features and creatures - which receive recommendations from dive magazines around the world - voted for by divers.  There are site maps available you will find ours on the diving pages - the link is on the banner above. Some sites can be accessed from shore some reefs are 80 to 100 metres from the beach. Most are easier to get to by boat and most reefs, wrecks and walls, are within a 15 minute boat ride from the beach.  You can easily jump on a dive boat and enjoy an hour and a half hour snorkelling trip for around $15- $20 pp. Boats usually go out three times a day. All the boats are very well equipped and they only take small groups typically just 6 to 8 people so the sites are deserted, just you and a few (new) friends. We boarded our boat from the Grand Anse beach - and a nice easy 10 minute ride took us to Moliniere bay. The boats leave from the beaches and you can enjoy the creature comforts of the beaches and some of the best snorkelling in the world. Divers and snorkellers can enjoy many sites together. Snorkelling couldn't be more relaxed and convenient.


Wrecks

There are 15 wrecks, in varying depths, around the island. Several are in relatively shallow water, and with excellent visibility, snorkellers will enjoy these historic sites too. These fascinating wrecks have provided a new habitat for many species of marine life. They have been colonised by deep water sea fans, sea whips, sponges, soft and hard corals. There are rare sighting of species like the Black Brotula and some of the more elusive ocean roaming creatures. Schools of jack, barracuda, snappers and spotted eagle rays - stingrays, turtles and nurse sharks. Look out for coral-encrusted anchors, some dating back to the 1800's.  Bushy black corals trees grow on the decks of many wrecks with white, orange and green varieties growing on the interior walls.


Marine Protection Area

Grenada's government has introduced measures to protect the health and diversity of the underwater world around the islands. The Marine Protected Area (MPA) is just north of St George and has excellent reefs some of the best sites on the island are within the boundary of the MPA. Snorkellers will see nearly every kind of coral imaginable, along with an abundance of marine fish life, pelagic and coastal


Some favourite sites:

Moliniere Bay - known to have the most abundant marine life on the island. This is a sheltered bay and the top of the reef comes to within 2m of the surface ! The reef wall is encrusted with whip coral, black coral and an assortment of sponges and sea fans. In the shallower parts of the reef, black seahorses have been seen. The reef is home to schools of jack, barracuda and spotted eagle rays. Along the top of the reef, turtles and the occasional sleeping nurse shark.
The unique 'Underwater Sculpture Park' is in Moliniere Bay, in the Marine Park.  'National Geographic' recognised the Sculpture Park as one of the 'Earth's Most Awesome Places'.  The sculptures of local people are on the sea floor around 9 metres down. Look out for the man on the bike !  Thee crystal clear water gives you an excellent view of this spectacular sight, but on a recent trip I saw snorkellers make down to the sculptures. As artificial reefs, these sculptures are proving highly successful in attracting a stunning variety of marine life. Click here for more information on the Underwater Sculpture Park. The bay is reached by boat, around 12 minutes from Grand Anse beach. Nice easy boat ride. Look out for the little "dragons" seahorses.
Dragon Bay - ideal for all snorkellers - this colourful, shallow reef has beautiful sponges, black corals and colourful reef fish. It is a good spot for octopus, southern stingray and lobster. It is a in a sheltered bay in Grenada's Marine Protected Area. Beautiful angelfish and lots of flamingo tongues - a nice coral garden with little "dragons" seahorses.  
Flamingo Bay - one of the most beautiful sites on Grenada - a few minutes boat ride from famous Grand Anse Beach. The reef is on a shallow plateau and consists of sea rods and sea fans, large star coral boulders and several towering pillar corals. Amongst the sea rods you'll see the common Flamingo-tongue - a tiny nudi-branch of distinctive colouring or the rare fingerprint Flamingo tongue.
Aquarium Beach - a favourite spot for locals and visitors. The best snorkel site in Grenada just 50 metres from the white sandy beach. Schooling reef fish and rays can be seen here. Big leatherback turtles use the beach as nesting grounds.
Boss Reef is an extensive reef system that extends up to 5 miles from the harbour at St Georges to the southernmost tip of the island. The upper reef with its rolling topography is home to lobster, spotted moray eels, trunkfish, green turtles, hawksbill turtle and the occasionally nurse sharks and stingrays.


We work closely with the dive centres on the island and we have information on all the favourite snorkelling sites. If you want to take some boat trips, special courses or excursions, you should book in advance. Boat trips and excursions are in small groups and can get booked up. You may also wish to hire a vehicle to explore the island. We have the best rates for vehicle hire and we have worked with a reliable hire company for many years. Booking your on-island services with us is a little cheaper and we can include that into your ATOL protected holiday itinerary.