GRENADA SCUBA DIVING AND SNORKELLING
The most convenient snorkelling is found in the
area just south of Grand Anse beach. This said, however, visitors
should know that the real centre of dive activity is around
Grenada's sister island, Carriacou. Although largely undeveloped,
Carriacou is accessible by boat and plane, offers a number of
accommodations, and is encircled by marvellous, pristine reefs.
Grenada’s largest reef at
five miles long running from the entrance to St. George’s harbour parallel
to Grand Anse beach past Point Salines. The top of the reef is a wide
shallow plateau with gently sloping sides, descending to 75’ on the
seaward side and 55’ on the shoreward side. The gentle slope is fringed
all the way to the sandy bottom with spectacular plate coral formations. The
best fish life tends to be seen at around 40’ to 50’, with large schools
of Brown Chromis and Wrasse. Barracuda, either in small schools or
larger individuals can be seen along with good sized Yellow Fin Tuna.
The Buccaneer Depth 70 to 85
A small 42 schooner lying on a sandy seabed just off
Molinaire Reef. This dive is usually combined with either a dive at Molinaire or a
dive from Grand Mal. The wreck itself offers great photo / video opportunities as the hull
is covered in white soft corals with an uncanny resemblance to Heather.
Depth 30’ to 110’+
A stunning wall dive starting at 30’ and dropping of well beyond dive limits. This dramatic wall is so called because as you dive along it’s full length to the other side is open sea with the bluest water imaginable, keeping an eye on this vast expanse of water is highly recommended as Turtles, Sharks and other large fish are often spotted swimming by. If that wasn’t enough this dive also features a swim through cavern in which divers can surface!
Diamond Rock (wall) Depth 35’ to 95’
A short but extremely pretty vertical coral wall. The dive starts at one end of the wall ending up at the other by way of a large crevice running top to bottom half way along the wall. Diving this crevice surrounded on three sides by coral really is a stunning experience. Marine life includes frequent sightings of the two regular puffer fish, which are guaranteed to amaze with their size.
Dragon Bay Max. Depth 75’
An easy dive for all levels of experience, featuring deep sand channels cutting into volcanic rock with stunning black corals at around 40’ – 50’. This dive leads into Molinaire Bay and at the intersection of both bays / reefs there are usually huge schools of fish, which are a great attraction with all divers as diving in the midst of these schools of fish is an unforgettable experience
Depth 20’ – 70’
Frigate Rock Depth 40’ to 90’
Another dive with stunning coral reef features, due to water clarity colours are much more evident than usual even at depth. Marine life to look out for includes large Barracuda with several up to six’ long being seen regularly.
Grand Mal Max. Depth 90’M
A wall dive with a maximum depth of 90’ usually dived to 75. This reef tends to be dived heading North to Molinaire bay. There are stunning coral stacks rising from the sandy bottom all along the reef wall, which make this and excellent fun D.P.V. dive, usually incorporating the Wreck of the Buccaneer.
The west coast of the
island is edged by one long offshore
reef, and the reef itself is marked by the 600-foot wreck of the
Bianca C, a cruise liner that went down here in 1961.