Airport: (Airport Code: GND) Maurice Bishop International Airport is on the main island of Grenada, located on a peninsula in the extreme southwest corner in the Point Salines area. It is about 4 miles from the capital of St. George.
Currency: Grenada’s Currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (code = XCD).
The XCD is pegged to the US dollar at about US$1 = EC$2.68. That means if the US dollar goes up the EC dollar goes up , and vice versa.
Climate: Average temperatures range from 24°C/ 75°F to 30°C/ 87°F, tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds. The lowest temperatures occur between January and April. The driest season is between January and May. Even during the rainy season, from June to December, it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day.
Water Temperature: Grenada’s water temperature remains fairly consistent throughout the year at 26°C (79°F) in December to 29°C (84°F) in July
Language: English is the official language of Grenada.
Signature Dive Sites:
Bianca C: The Bianca C, known locally as the ‘Titanic of the Caribbean’, due to its sheer size and presence, has very few rivals in the realms of warm water wreck diving. Diving Magazines and experts have listed the Bianca C as one of the ‘top ten’ wreck dive sites in the world. This enormous 600` Cruise Liner sank in 1961 and sits upright on her keel in 50 meters (165′) of water. The opportunity to dive into one of her upper deck swimming pools is a particular thrill.
Boss Reef: This extensive reef system extends up to 5 miles from the harbour at St Georges to the southernmost aspect of the island and offers a number of enjoyable dives. The upper reef with its rolling topography is home to Lobster, Spotted Moray eels, trunkfish and often a passing green or hawksbill turtle. Further along the reef, a series of sandy valleys demarcate the reef and an enormous Green Moray makes his home. Amongst the plate coral look out for large crab and Banded Coral shrimp. On occasion a resting nurse shark or sting ray may be seen. A distinctive hole arising at around 14 meters and dropping down to 18 meters is a popular hangout for Barracuda.
Buccaneer Wreck: This former sloop lies elegantly on her starboard side in 72 feet just a short swim from Molinere Reef. Her retained superstructure allows a brief but entertaining swim -through and the chain locker is home to an engaging octopus. This wreck is a popular site for Barracuda and great for photography.
Dragon Bay: Located within a sheltered bay in Grenada’s Marine Protected Area this dive is ideal for divers of all levels. A series of sand channels guide you down northwards and outwards over to a sloping reef. This colorful reef enjoys some has some beautiful sponges and reef fish and is a common spot for octopus. Deeper down look out for southern sting ray and lobster.
Fiona Wreck: The wreck of this previous barge sits upright and affords a wreck diving opportunity in shallow water. A keen – eyed exploration of her hold and surrounds reveals a good array of critters including Banded coral shrimp, anemone and nudibranches.
Fisherman’s Paradise: This dive is located off of Point Salines where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. The currents can be strong and as such the diving is limited to certain times of the month and more suited to advanced divers. The reef has some superb topography with a number of swim throughs and ledges frequently inhabited by large moray eels and nurse sharks. Divers will enjoy a host of fish including shoals of Atlantic Spade fish and large grouper. It is also a great spot for rays and turtles.
Flamingo Bay: This dive site is located within the most northern part of Grenada’s Marine Protected Area and is one of the top sites on the island. Ideally suited to divers of all levels the reef is a treasure trove of marine species, including Elkhorn coral and ball, rope and barrel sponges. Fish life includes Spotted Drums, Yellow Tail snapper, Bar jacks, Banded Jaw fish and not infrequently Long Snout sea horse and pipefish.
Grand Mal: This reef dive within the protective bay of Grand Mal allows divers to explore an interesting series of pinnacles and Pillar corals. It is a popular spot for Southern Stingray.
Happy Valley: Centrally located within Grenada’s Marine Protected Area this vibrant wall dive enjoys some superb sponge and soft corals with good examples of Black and Whip corals. We enjoy frequent sightings of French Angel fish, large grouper and a plethora of reef fish. Along the reef look out for a very old Admiralty anchor, festooned with coral.
Hema 1: This coastal freighter sank in rough seas during passage to Trinidad and is located 3 miles off the south coast of Grenada. Influenced by strong currents, this exciting dive offers sightings of Nurse and Reef shark and majestic Spotted Eagle rays hovering over the wreck. This is an advanced dive given the currents and depth.
Hildur Wreck: This cargo ship, one of our few deliberately placed artificial reef sites, was retrieved from the corner of the lagoon in St Georges in 2007. Located in Grand Mal Bay she has become a popular haunt for large grouper, Great Barracuda and a frequently sighted shoal of Atlantic Spade fish. Due to her depth she is for Advanced Divers only.
Japanese Gardens: This shallow dive site, comprised of a series of coral formations interspersed with sand channels, very much creates the feeling of a garden. The reef enjoys some colorful soft coral growth and is a good site to see both green and hawksbill turtles, porcupine fish, lobster and an occasional resting nurse shark.
Kahonee Reef: This shallow coral reef plateau is ideally suited to both newer divers and photographers. Its gentle topography very much lends itself to taking your time and enjoying the extensive array of chromis, wrasse, and squirrel fish. Divers may often come across a feeding hawksbill concealed within the barrel sponges and gorgonian sea fans.
Kapsis Wreck: This sailing yacht is located at the southernmost tip of Grenada. She sank during Hurricane Ivan and is situated amid a shallow reef of fascinating swim throughs. She merits a brief visit as her most prominent feature is the exposed ‘head’ which unfailingly entertains the most serious of divers.
King Mitch: The second of our Atlantic wrecks, this dive is world-class. This converted minesweeper lies on her side in 110 feet of water and offers a host of holds, ladders and walkways for exploration. The wreck is near-guaranteed to offer encounters with sharks, rays and turtles. Given the depth and current this is an advanced dive.
Molinere Reef: Molinere Reef is located within Grenada’s Marine Protected Area and is a topographically interesting dive. The reef is interspersed with a series of with a series of gullies and sand channels. The outermost aspect of the reef incorporates a small wall where lobster, Scorpion fish and Moray eels are frequently seen. In the shallows, divers may enjoy a variety of marine life; Yellow Headed Jawfish, Seahorse and frogfish are not infrequently seen. The shallower innermost aspect of the reef is the location of Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park.
Northern Exposure: On starting this dive at a shallow sand patch look out for the eel garden and a range of crustaceans including large conch. The dive takes you north over the brow of a ridge and along its north eastern aspect as you follow a gently sloping reef accompanied by a constant stream of Schoolmasters, Yellow Tail snapper, Spanish Hogfish and an occasional Porcupine fish. The latter part of dive takes you through a garden of Azure Vase sponges.
Purple Rain: This gentle drift dive, at times gentle at others exhilarating, offers a wealth of diverse soft coral, glorious barrel sponges and notably a variety of file fish. Join hawksbill turtles, rays and great barracuda as you ride along in a shower of vivid purple Creole wrasse. This really is one of Grenada’s most pristine reefs.
Quarter Wreck: This dive takes in the stern portion of a larger cargo vessel which is located in shallow water just off Quarantine point. The wreck retains her propeller and is a popular photo opportunity. A swim just a few minutes over the surrounding reef will allow you to locate the ship’s engine. Look out for lobster and sting ray along the way.
Red Buoy: Located just outside St Georges harbor, this reef wall reveals a plethora of more than 20 coral-encrusted admiralty anchors, some dating back to the 1800’s. One is very much aware of Grenada’s history as a trading post for generations of seafarers.
Red Reef: This dive on the southern aspect of Grenada explores a series of coral islands. It is a favored spot for Atlantic and Southern stingray and large lobster. The reef affords shelter from the Atlantic currents for nurse sharks and they may often be found resting within and beneath the coral ledges.
Rum Runner: This large catamaran was a popular day charter boat in former years. Located on the edge of a fascinatingly peaked reef she is home to a pair of large Grey angelfish and frequently hosts shoals of Horse Eye Jacks and the occasional rum bottle.
Shakem Wreck: This 180 feet cargo ship took on water and sank in 2001. In transit with a cargo of cement she sank within sight of the harbor at St Georges and sits intact on the sea bed. The bridge, captains quarters and engine room remain intact and are a popular diversion for the competent diver. Her propeller, crane and foremast afford some great pictures. Decorated with large gorgonian sea fans and soft corals she is an attractive dive and well worth a repeat visit.
Shark Reef: Though shallow in depth, this reef is located on the Atlantic side of Grenada just south of Glovers Island and as such can be subject to strong currents and considerable surface swell. A rugged reef, divers may enjoy some sizeable brain coral and pillar coral formations. The topography affords a degree of shelter for the many lobster and nurse sharks usually seen here. It is also a good location for sting rays, queen trigger fish and turtles.
Southern Comfort: This gently sloping reef offers a relaxed dive and an opportunity to observe frequent cleaning stations staffed by cleaner wrasse, Neon gobies (two to each brain coral) and Pederson cleaner shrimp. It is also a good site for Spotted Moray eels and a riot of smaller reef fish including Blue Chromis, Squirrel fish, Parrot fish and a range of Butterfly fish.
Underwater Sculpture Park: Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park is based on the original sculptures of British sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor.
A series of underwater works encapsulate Grenada’s colorful history, culture and folklore. Fashioned mainly from simple substrates including concrete and rebar the sculptures have created an artificial reef ideal now colonized by fish, corals and sponges.
Located in clear and shallow water and dappled by sunlight they allow a thrilling interaction and are a delight to appreciators of both art and nature.
Unity Courier: The 3 parts of this ship wreck lie in close proximity and are heavily colonized by a range of marine life. A short swim south will located the ship’s 2 boilers and an area favored by 2 Great anemones, The reef and surrounding sandy patches are popular with sting ray and some sizeable conch.
Valleys: From its start point in the shallows, the dive follows a gently sloping sandy channel down to an open sandy patch bordered by a reef of plate coral. From here the dive heads westwards following the reef and crossing a series of sandy valleys. At its lower reaches the reef has a moonscape appearance. The dive is a good location for Moray eels, crab and lobster and above the reef schools of French Grunts, Brown Chromis and Creole Wrasse.
Veronica L Wreck: This much- loved and highly photogenic wreck is festooned with colorful soft corals, sponges and marine life. The open hold, crane and surrounds of this 25 meter cargo ship are home to Seahorse, Moray eels and on occasion, frog fish. Shallow in depth, it can be enjoyed by divers of all levels. This wreck makes a fantastic night dive.
Whibble Reef: This extensive reef is typically explored as a good-paced drift dive. Rather deeper and situated a little further offshore, is a good dive for pelagic species including huge schools of hunting Horse Eye Jacks and Great Barracuda. Hawksbill turtles and Spotted Eagle rays may also be regularly seen.
Windmill Shallows: The topography of this reef is impressive; in places it becomes a narrow ridge of plate coral just 30 feet in width. It is located on the outermost aspect of Grenada’s reef system with a drop off down into the blue. Good tidal currents mean that it is a choice location for grouper and other larger reef fish.