Grenada is a nation consisting of several islands of volcanic origin, and the largest of the islands is called Grenada. The islands are located in the Carribbean Sea, north of Trinidad and Tobago and south of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Most of the population lives on the island of Grenada or on Carricaou. The other main islands are Petit Martinique, Caille Island, Large Island, Saline Island, Rhode Island, Diamond Island and Frigate Island.
The climate is tropical, i.e hot and humid, with comfortable water temperatures all year round. The dive sites surrounding the islands are varied, and include reef walls, coral gardens and wrecks. Beginners as well as advanced divers can easily find suitable locations. The coral diversity is extensive and the quality of the reefs is exceptionally high. By constantly providing new nutrition, the Guyana current flowing past the coastline has enabled a fascinating ecosystem to form here.
Most of the diving facilities can be found at the south end of the island of Grenada. Grenada has over 30 great dive sites within 20 minutes from the beach. The deep varies from 20 feet (8 metres) to 120 feet (40 metres) and the visibility ranges from 30 to 100 feet. The visibility is usually at the lower end of this scale after rainfall.
One of the most popular dive sites is the wreck of Bianca C. Bianca C is a 600-fott cruise ship that sunk in 1961. She is now covered in sponges and black, hard and soft corals. The ship has attracted a lot of marine life, and you will be able to dive among schools of barracuda and jack, as well as spotted eagle rays. Bianca C is lying at 167 feet on a sandy plain, but the decks are accessible to divers, since they are at 90 feet. Be aware of the strong tidal currents that can occur in this area. Diving here is not suitable for beginners, since it’s an advanced deep dive.
For those interested in advanced drift dives, Whibble reef is a suitable choice. This dive site consists of a sloping sand wall descending very sharply to 167 feet. Along the edge you will see jack, wrasse and rainbow runner – just to mention a few. On the top of the reef is a forest of brown coral where turtles, nurse sharks, eagle rays, barracudas and lobsters live.
At the island of Grenada you can experience a very rare kind of dive – a dive inside the crater of a volcano! It is a very shallow dive and there is virtually no life inside the crater, but it’s still a truly fascinating experience. The dive site is called Grand Etang Volcano Crater Lake and is located in the Grand Etang Forest Reserve. One other interesting inland dive site is the Concord Waterfall Pool located at the Concord Falls in Grand Etang Nature Reserve. It’s a waterfall pool with a depth of 20 feet (6 metres) and a visibility of 7 feet (2 metres). You have to walk to the site on foot, but its well worth it.