Grenada and Carriacou

    Grenada has electric drift diving, mind-blowing macro marine life and the biggest and baddest shipwreck in the Caribbean – the Bianca C, a 183metre/600-foot luxury liner. There are lots of 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. Sister islands, Carriacou and Petite Martinque, also offer fabulous diving opportunities. Drift past encrusted whip corals and an assortment of sponges and sea fans while watching schools of jack, rainbow runners and Creole wrasse. Above the water, Grenada is known as the Spice Island and there are numerous waterfalls and forests to explore

    Great Dives

    • 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.

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    Dive Summary

    Visibility – Visibility is usually good and ranges from 15-30 metres/50-100 feet.

    Water Temperature – The water averages 26°C/79°F in winter and 28°C/83°F in summer.

    Weather – The air temperate ranges from 27°C/80°F in winter to 30°C/87°F in summer, but there usually is a nice breeze. The dry season is between January and May and the rainy season is from June to December, which encompasses the Caribbean’s hurricane season.

    Featured Creatures – Bright orange cup coral covers most of the shady portions of the many wrecks off Grenada. Look for spotted eagle rays, stingrays, sea turtles, barracuda and nurse sharks to glide by. The colorful Creole wrasse are plentiful and you may see octopus, moray eels and lizardfish lurking about.

    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.

    Travel Info

    Note - Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.

    Language – English and Patois (Creole) are widely spoken.

    Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC). Credit cards are widely accepted.

    Major Airports – International and regional flights arrive and depart from the Maurice Bishop International Airport in Grenada. You take an interisland flight to Carriacou.

    Electricity and Internet – 230 volts, 50Hz, though hotels may have 110 volt, 50Hz outlets. There are good internet facilities in Grenada.

    Topside Attractions – A visit to the spice market in Georgetown and a tour of the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station are must dos on the Spice Island. There are numerous hiking trails through the forest to magnificent waterfalls. Stop by Fort Matthew or Grenada National Museum for a bit of island history.

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