Grenada’s little sister, Carriacou, offers some of the best diving in the Caribbean. Amazing shipwrecks, colorful reefs and exciting drifts make this tiny island a diver’s wonderland. Of the island’s 20 dive sites, 15 are located within the Sandy Island / Oyster Bay Marine Protected area (SIOBMPA).
These dives can be reached within a 10 minute boat ride from Hillsborough. Favorites among them include Sharky’s Hideaway, famed for its plentiful nursing sharks; Sisters Rock, notable for its black coral; and Whirlpool, which surrounds visitors with a wall of volcanic bubbles.
In addition to these natural environments, there are two intentionally sunk wrecks which rest within recreational limits where they promote coral growth and provide habitat for colorful species.
Divers can expect warm tropical weather year round with waters that range from 79-82°F (26-28°C) and variable visibility depending on the site. While it can rain at any point throughout the year, dry season generally lasts from December to May. June to November brings greater risk of rain.
Most dives start from a boat, but in a few areas, shore diving is possible. There is something in Carriacou for all levels of diver, from protected reef to deep walls. Everyone is sure to have a perfect experience in Carriacou at any time of year.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
The island’s airport, Lauriston Airport, welcomes small aircraft flights from Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport. There are also irregular flights to Carriacou from Barbados and St. Vincent.
The island can be travelled around by bus, rental car or taxi.