Diving & Snorkelling
The diving can be categorized in 2 locations: the Caribbean sea on the Grenada boasts of unspoiled shallow and deep reefs, with a depth ranging from 10m to 35m. Several wrecks of different sizes and shapes can be explored. Most of the dive sites can be found around the southwest corner Grenada's, where also the tourism mainstream, hotels, airport and capital are located.
There is an abundance of marine life in Grenada's waters and divers might encounter stingrays, eagle rays, nurse sharks, reef sharks, hawksbill turtles, and spiny lobster and moray eels. Colourful reef fish, pelagic fish swarms and a wide variety of corals and sponges inhabited by invertebrates and other species add to the diversity.
The west coast offers more coral gardens and relaxed diving, besides gently sloping reefs there are some walls and deep wrecks, such as the wreck of the Bianca C; the "Titanic of the Caribbean". The Atlantic dive sites on the windward side of the island provide exiting drifts, surprising encounters and more pelagic fish. Some unspoiled recently rediscovered wrecks wait here for the visiting diver. No matter what site, there is very likely a chance of diving trough a "fish soup".
Visibility is very much depending on currents, precipitation and sea conditions, varying from 20 m to 50 m. Nutritious currents bring manta rays to Grenada's coasts. In summer and autumn there is whale watching with a very good chance to encounter pilot whales, humpback whales, sperm whales and pygmy whales. The boat is then almost always accompanied by several groups of dolphins.
From the about 30 dive sites in the south of Grenada, 95% are drift dives, using the gentle current to float above the reefs. Six of the dive sites are located within the newly established Grenada Marine Park, stretching from Flamingo Bay to Molinere.
Additional to the dive sites around the south coast of Grenada, there some virgin dive sites on the offshore islands of Isle de Rhonde, north of the main island. Day trips including lunches and diving to these islands are offered. Day trips to the sister island Carriacou and Petite Martinique are also available.
As there is no recompression chamber on the island, the Grenada Scuba Diving Association has implemented an emergency response plan in case of a dive accident. All operators out at sea will assist the operator in need with co-ordination and transportation to shore, where an ambulance and a hyper baric trained professional is taking care of the victim. Supportive air ambulance is available at any time and chambers in Barbados and Trinidad will assist if necessary.
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