Scuba Diving Grenada
Welcome to a place where untouched beauty meets the friendly smiles of the local people.
Grenada is a rolling, mountainous island, covered with fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers. Bordered by stunning beaches, and dotted with picturesque towns, this beautiful island has long been a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa. In the interior of this volcanic island are cascading rivers and waterfalls, lush rainforests, and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain lakes imaginable.
SCUBA DIVING GRENADA
The underwater scenery in Grenada is every bit as breathtaking as it is above the waves, and just as accessible. Some say that the scuba diving in Grenada is the best in the Caribbean. They boast the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean as well as an underwater volcano! 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. There are 30 or more dive sites including, reefs, wrecks and walls most within 15-20 minutes from the dive shops.
The top diving destinations list for Grenada certainly includes diving the wreck of the Bianca C, known as the Titanic of the Caribbean. It is a 600 foot cruise ship that sank in 1961. Also ranked among the best diving sites is the Underwater Sculpture Park. It contains a series of underwater installations on the theme of Grenada’s history and folklore. Even though it may be done as a dive, the site is very shallow and lends itself to snorkeling, as well.
HIGHLIGHT DIVE AREAS
BIANCA C – A 600-foot cruise ship, sunk in 1961, lying on a sandy plain in 167 feet of water.The decks of the ship are accessible to divers at 90 feet. At times there are strong tidal currents, making this an advanced deep dive (with a checkout dive required). The ship is encrusted with sponges, as well as black, soft and hard corals. There are schools of jack, barracuda and eagle rays in abundance.
Flamingo Bay – The wall with the most prolific fish life. Shoals of creole wrasse, yellow chromis, grunts and jackknife fish lead down the wall to 90 feet, where there are grouper, jacks and rays to be seen. The wall itself is encrusted with whip coral, an assortment of sponges and sea fans, in the shallower parts of the reef.
Mollifier Reef – 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 also popular with snorkelers. It culminates in a wall which drops to 60 feet and further out there are two wrecks, the Buccaneer and the Don Cesar.
Whibble Reef – 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 occasional sleeping nurse shark. Lobster and barracudas also abound.
DIVE SEASON: Year around
VISIBILITY: 30 to 100 feet (9 to 30 m), depending upon site and season.
WATER TEMPERATURE: To 85F (29C) in the summer and 79F (26C) in the winter.
WEATHER: Temperatures range from 75 to 87 degrees. June to December is the rainy season, resulting in brief rain showers that blow through quickly. Diving and visibility are usually unaffected.
CLIMATE: Grenada’s climate is tropical. The dry season runs January-May, and the rainy season runs June-December. The average temperatures range from 24C/ 75F to 30C/ 87F, tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds.
LANGUAGE: English is the official language of Grenada.
CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS: The East Caribbean dollar is the currency used locally. It is linked to the US dollar. At the banks you will get EC$2.67 for US$l cash and EC$2.68 for US$l travelers cheques. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and a limited number of retail locations in Grenada. Most local grocery stores will accept Credit Cards.
GRATUITIES: You can show your appreciation for hard-working service staff by leaving appropriate tips. Often, hospitality workers rely heavily or even solely upon tips to make a living.
PHONE & INTERNET SERVICE: Grenada has excellent telecommunications services.
Cell Phone Tip: Check with your mobile phone carrier to see if you will be able to use your cell phone in Grenada with an international plan. Or If you have a GSM phone you can subscribe with the local company and use your mobile on the local network without worrying about roaming charges. Most hotels and resorts have Wi-fi connections available.
VISA & PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS: A passport valid for six months from the date of departure is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above wishing to visit Grenada. Travelers from Australia, the US. the UK and the EU do not need a visa. All others should check with the Grenadian Embassy in their home country to determine whether a visa is needed.
CUSTOMS: Travelers are allowed the typical items duty free as are allowed in the rest of the Caribbean.
DEPARTURE TAX: Departure taxes are normally included in the cost of an airline ticket. The departure tax amount is US$20.00.
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