Grenada and her two neighboring islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique are located in the eastern part of the Caribbean Sea, just 100 miles north of Venezuela. These islands are shrouded under magnificent green trees, punctured by mountain tops. Grenada is also known as the "Island of spices," vast tracts of her lands are occupied by rare tropical flowers and spices including vanilla, cocoa, ginger, carnations, and nutmeg, which together comprise the main exports of this country. However, it’s not our intention to go too deep into culinary matters here, since we’re much better placed to tell you about the underwater richness of this fragrant island. The diving off Grenada is pleasantly surprising with its variety. The island isn't as popular among tourists as other Caribbean locales, so reefs, wrecks and walls remain well preserved. Off Grenada, divers will find almost all types of corals which, as ought to be expected, play host to all manner of sea inhabitants: turtles, slopes and sharks among them.
The average air temperature ranges from 24 to 30 degrees Celsius, and water temperatures 25 to 28 degrees. Because of the hilly terrain, the higher parts of the island can be colder. The dry season lasts from January to May but, even during the rainy season from June to December, rains don’t occur every day and seldom last more than an hour. Water visibility is good, from 15 to 30 meters.
Under the surface of Grenada’s waters lie some of the most untouched stretches of the Caribbean Sea. There are more than 30 suitable dive sites; offering everything from leisurely "walks" through coral gardens, to fascinating dives down to the biggest wreck in the Caribbean.
In 1961, an explosion sounded in the engine room of this luxury cruise liner. Fire quickly spread all over the ship, and people were quickly evacuated. They say that the fire raged with such a force that the hull of the liner glowed red, and the water around her began to boil. The fire raged for three days and the decision was made to tow her out and sink her. But, during the towing, the chain tore and the majestic, 200 meter-long vessel sank to the bottom. The Bianca found her final resting place 50 meters down near Whibbles reef.
Her incredible size and striking visage within the underwater world meant that the Bianca quickly became one of the most attractive destinations for wreck divers. Her huge labyrinthine corridors, several dozen rooms and thousands of tons of bent metal guard the secret of just what was behind the explosion among themselves. The outer hull of the liner is covered by black coral branches past which swim schools of reef fish. It’s possible to come upon large predatory barracudas here. The currents around the shipwreck range in intensity, with some being rather weak, while strong ones can and do make a showing; it’s necessary to be prepared for these.
Only 10 minutes by boat from Saint George and 15 minutes from Grand Anse, is an amazing underwater museum created by Jason de Caires Taylor with the assistance of the Ministry of Tourism and the Culture of Grenada. There are about 80 single and group installations located across 800 square meters at a shallow depth. Exhibits include a mystical witch (complete with the iconic hat), a rather large man who imperturbably watches TV from a sofa, a cyclist who busily pedals as his bike’s wheels spin and, slightly further on, a worker drone typing away at his desk. These statues, frozen in time, are so realistic that it seems as though these figures could come to life at any moment and join the world of the living. If you are visiting this museum for the first time, you are guaranteed to be impacted by what you see. The shallow depth allows for suitable admiration of the statues even by those who aren’t proficient divers. It’s even possible to look at the exhibits from the water’s surface by, for example, snorkeling or from a boat with a transparent bottom. This museum plays an important role not only for tourists, but also in the renewal of the coral reefs.
Diving at Shark Reef, located off the southern coast of Grenada, strongly differs from the experience you’ll get elsewhere. The strong currents flowing in from the Atlantic attract all manner of large creatures such as turtles, rays and, of course, reef and nurse sharks. Crabs and lobsters firmly cling to the sandy bottom, and bright blue starfish decorate the already rich landscape: brain corals, fans, and tubular corals are just a small part of abundant underwater life here. Dive depths range between 18-20 meters. All the above makes this dive site one of the most popular among divers.
Grenada is a small island with great potential for taking in unrivalled underwater vistas. You can dive off the main island or go beyond to take in the marvels of its neighbours. At any rate, we’re in no doubt that the diving here won't disappoint. The easy way of life and the warmth of its friendly inhabitants creates an atmosphere which is difficult to find within other popular tourist hotspots.