The underwater scenery in Grenada is every bit as breathtaking as it is above the waves, and just as accessable. Most of the diving facilities in Grenada are located in the south of the island, and most of the dives sites are within 15 minutes of the Grand Anse Beach. The scuba diving in Grenada is some of the best in the Caribbean, and we boast the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean as well as an underwater volcano!
However, with PADI instructors on the island, 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 master. The water surrounding Grenada and Carriacou offer fun and excitement for all divers of all skill levels. From lazy drift dives over coral gardens to an eerie and challenging exploration of the wrecks of the Bianca C, these waters are captivating more and more visitors each year.
Sites: Grenada has at least 30 and Carriacou 20 dive sites including, reefs, wrecks and walls most within 15-20 minutes from the dive shops.
Deep: Sites vary from 20 feet/ 8 meters to 120 feet/ 40 meters.
Visibility: varies from 30 feet too 100 feet.
The most popular site is situated at Moliniere point, which is only access able by boat. From the Grand Anse beach, it usually takes about 12 minutes to get there, and offers excellent snorkeling. The reef in this area comes to within 6 feet (2 meters) of the surface, and as it is in a sheltered location, where the water is usually quite calm and clear.
Most of the local dive establishments frequent this area, and you can easily get aboard one of their boats for a one and a half hour
snorkeling trip. The normal cost is about US$35 per person.
For those of you who would prefer something a little more relaxed, you can take a taxi to either the Beach House or the Aquarium (Magazine Beach). Both of these are restaurants which are situated on the beach, and directly offshore both these areas, there is good snorkeling. The beaches tend to be not as crowded as the Grand Anse,and there is the added benefit of having a good restaurant and bar nearby.
The easiest way to get there is by taxi, and a pickup time can also be arranged with them. Of course, you can also arrange with a water taxi to take you there and back, and this would be a great way of seeing more of the coastline .
Flamingo Bay :
The wall with the most proglificfish life. Shoals of creole wrasse,yellow chromis, grunts and jack knifefish lead down the wall to 90 feet, where there are grouper, jacks and raysto be seen. The wall itself is encrusted with whip coral, an assortment of sponges and seafans, in the shallower parts of the reef, black seahorses have been sighted.
This is a dive for beginners as well as advanced divers. The reef comes up to within 10 feet of the surface in some places and is popular with snorklers. It culminates in a wall which drops to 60 feet and further out there are two wrecks, the Bucanneer and the Don Cesard.
A sloping sand wall that descends sharply to 167 feet to the north and gently to the south. This is an advanced drift dive over enchanting reef and coral formations. Traveling along the edge, schools of jack, rainbow runner and wrasse can be seen. Among the brown coral, along the top of the reef, you see turtles, eagle rays and the occassional sleeping nurse shark. Lobster and barracudas also abound.
This dive begins on a wall with a maximum depth of 23 metres. The dive becomes shallower towards the end (about 12 metres) as you reach a rock garden home to canyons, caves and overhangs. During the dive you should see lots of purple vase sponges, porcupinefish, grey angelfish, nurse sharks and occasionally giant green moray-eels as well as hundreds of copper sweepers. It is a great place for underwater photography, particularly macro shots, and is suited to both beginners and advanced divers. There can sometimes be a slight current.