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Grenada
is the ultimate in sensory destinations. The islandís fragrant spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, clover, ginger and cocoa, perfume the air, while verdant rolling hills, mountains, and azure water views offer visitors artisan views at every turn. The melodic songs of exotic tropical birds and rare tropical flowers offer a warm welcome for travelers from far and wide. Grenada is located in the Eastern Caribbean, only 100 miles north of Venezuela, to the north of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and to the south of Trinidad and Tobago.

Grenada, and its sister islands: Carracou, and Petit Martinique, make up this nation of unique islands located in the Eastern Caribbean. Grenada is by far the largest island offering visitors mountainous, volcanic terrain with Mount St. Catherine, which reaches over 2,750 feet. This unusual geography is the most varied of all in the Caribbean. Crater Lakes offer a staggering variety of plant and animal life such as dwarf forests, mountain rainforests, dry forests and lowlands that lead to mangrove coasts and onto brilliant white sandy beaches. Framed by sparkling blue waters and graceful coral reefs, the landscape gives way to a plethora of tropical birds, tiny frogs and lizards, while rare orchids punctuate the dense rainforest providing shelter for a wide variety of animals; the broad-winged hawk, swift, opossums, armadillos, mongooses, and the mona monkey. The most famous beach of all is Grand Anse, as its smooth expansive beach stretches for two-miles and gently curves around to Grand Anse Bay. Grenada is only 100 miles north of Venezuela, to the north of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and to the south of Trinidad and Tobago. Colorful Saturday markets; year-round festivals and fairs, complimented by an easy-going and friendly people, complete with a rich history and culture weave the tapestry of St. George, Grenadaís capital city. This city has earned the reputation of being one of the loveliest cities in the Caribbean as its horseshoe shaped harbor is sprinkled with pastel houses and terra cotta tiled warehouses, very traditional for this old-world city. Centuries-old spice plantations and rum distilleries still use the methods of days-gone-by, emphasizing quality over quantity, an integrity that is widespread and gives the island its own unique flair.

Dive Sites

There are over 30 different dive sites across Grenada. Here are some descriptions about a few of them!

Marine Park
Dive the first established part of Grenada's Marine Park north of St.George's and enjoy easy diving in protected bays, a place for divers and snorkelers alike.
Happy Hill -- Wall dive with the most prolific fish life close to shore. Shoals of fish patrol the edge of the reef facing into the current. The wall itself is overgrown with deep water sea fans and sea whips and hiding place for moray eels and lobster. At the edge of the wall you may encounter large school of southern sennets.
Dragon Bay -- A good varied dive with interesting marine life at whichever depth you choose. Sand channels cut into angular volcanic rocks give attractive terrain at shallower depth while dipping over the reef down the slope at 45 feet black corals add to the scenery. Beautiful angelfish and lots of flamingo tongues are crowding this place.
Bucaneer Wreck -- The wreck of a 43 foot yacht was deliberately sunk as a dive site. It is only small but houses colorful marine life. Bushy black corals trees grow on the deck and inside the hull in white, orange and green varieties. While telesto adorns much of the superstructure and there are any number of encrusting sponges and tunicates.

Shark Diving
Get in the excitement of meeting these fascinating creatures up close and personal. Grenada offers one of the best spot to encounter sharks in their natural habit.
Shark Reef -- The gentle slope drops down to a 60 feet deep sandy flat bottom, where you might spot sting rays. Most of the nurse sharks sighted here however were found in the shallows, hiding under corals and stones. Sometimes you will loose count on the sharks and turtles, some other day you will see a few only. But the reef itself is beautiful and always steaming of fish and marine life.

Wreck San Juan (advanced) -- The recently rediscovered wreck of an 80 ft. inter island fishing vessel, also known as the Shark Wreck lies almost undamaged in 90 feet of water. Due to its location two miles off Grenada's south on the Atlantic side, mostly strong currents sweep over it.
A school of rainbow runners will guide you the way to the small boat laying in the middle of nowhere on a plateau. The 1975 sunken vessel is packed by nurse sharks of all sizes you may imagine up to 9 feet.

King Mitch (advanced) -- Advanced diving at its best; currents, blue water descent, depth, 4 miles out in the Atlantic ocean! The former US Navy minesweeper turned cargo vessel sank 1981 after the ship leaked and the bilge pump failed. However all crew survived and today nurse sharks, reef sharks, eagle rays, sting rays, turtles and swarms of barracudas and other pelagic fish meet here.

Grand Canyon -- Get caught in the current between the two oceans. This is exiting rafting through an under water canyon and schools of pelagic fish. If the current washes you out in to the plain just enjoy and watch out for rays and turtles

Wreck Diving
Well that is the reason to visit Grenada during your dive vacation - the "Titanic of the Caribbean" and many other fascinating wrecks with a rich history.
Bianca C (advanced) -- The Bianca C was a 600 feet long cruise ship traveling the oceans since 1949 last owned by the Costa Line Genua/Italy. On her last voyage in October 1961 while anchoring off St. George's she caught fire after an explosion in the engine room. In a selfless response of the town all passengers and crew but two members of the crew, burnt in the initial blow, were rescued and taken care of by the hospitality of the Grenadiers. In failed attempt to tow the luxury cruise liner to shallow waters, it sank to 160 feet where it lies today. It is possible to dive the wreck right into the swimming pool at 130 feet as a no decompression dive.
Because of its size it is not possible to see her completely in one dive. The central structure has been collapsed downward and to starboard. There are plenty of deck features to explore, like the promenade decks. While moving forward you pass the davits overgrown with elegant black coral trees, delicate hydroids and sponges. The top of the bow is at 90 feet and the foremast is still standing upright usually populated with large schools of fish and circulated by barracudas, jacks and mackerels. Since sometimes strong currents floating over her and because of the depth, it is a dive for advanced and experienced divers only.

HEMA 1 --The freighter HEMA 1 sank on March 5. 2005 on its way to Trinidad. It now lays in the Atlantic current just a few miles off the south coast and soon will become one of the major dive attractions for Grenada. Already sharks have been sighted cruising the wreck, it is expected to facilitate a quick coral growth and will become home for rays, turtles, moray eels and lobsters.

Shakem Wreck (advanced) -- One of the newer wrecks in Grenada's collection, which sank on May 30th, 2001 after a troubled journey from Trinidad to Grenada overnight. The load of cement bags shifted and the vessel went down just in sight of the harbors entrance. As it lays perfectly on keel at a bottom of 110 feet with its many hatches, open bridge, hallways, galleys, cabins, freight rooms and crane it is the perfect playground for wreck lovers.

Reef Diving
Splash in the beauty of our world under water - relax in healthy coral gardens, search for well camouflaged creatures or enjoy the ride on a drift dive!
Whibbles Reef (advanced) -- The dive takes you along a sloping wall descending sharply to 170 feet. A forest of soft corals and sea rods, single brain corals sticking out, providing cleaning stations for swarming fish. Sandy aisles between the reef patches are favorable for stingrays. In the current on the edge of the reef there is usually a real fish soup to drift through.

Stingray City -- Relatively close to shore on the mouth of prickly bay, the sandy ground is a resting place for rough tail stingrays large as a carpet, southern stingrays and electric rays. In the large holes of the reef hide lobster, moray eels and margates. Atlantic spade fishes and black durgons patrol over the reef.

Windmill Shallows (advanced) -- A narrow ridge 30 feet wide, running from 60 feet at the top to 90 feet on the land ward side. On the seaward side the slope drops to 140 feet. It is a beautiful reef with abundance of marine life, both fish and coral. The site is subject to tidal currents bringing bigger fish in to feed, it is not unusual to spot rays, barracudas and turtles.


Isle de Rhonde
Fantastic unspoiled reefs around uninhabited islands north of Grenada.
Frigate Rock -- Frigate Rock builds a dramatic background for exciting dives at:
Deep Blue a wall dropping to 180 feet / 60 m and keep on sloping, depend on current the dive either starts North or south through a pristine reef stuffed with nurse sharks, lobsters and plenty of fish schooling.

Sisters Rock -- At neighboring sisters rock straight walls above and below give the impression of a fort, defended by sea gulls. This wall is soon enough turn into a beautiful healthy coral garden with bountiful marine life to discover.

Isle de Rhonde reef is an extensive reef with a beautiful coral garden in the shallows and a gentle sloop of huge star and brain corals where rays, turtles and sharks are cruising. Among the shallow soft coral forests you encounter conch shells of several sizes, lobsters and many other critters.


Advanced Diving
Exciting diving for experienced divers, dive deep, nitrox, at night or with an underwater scooter. Several sites were already mentioned above, but here are a few others!
Car Pile -- During an island clean up this pile of cars was deliberately thrown in the water to create an artificial reef, which it has become now. You find old VW Bus and Chrysler now driven by stingrays and moray eels. Nicely overgrown after a few years in our nutrition rich waters it is a great dive, with a scooter easy to cover the whole pile. If you set your compass right or follow your guide, a reef wall for enjoyable safety stops is nearby.

Rum Runner Wreck -- This recently rediscovered wreck of a work catamaran is lying in the sand of 120 feet. Offering the perfect home for some huge groupers and a collection of angel fish; queen, french and gray. Schools of rainbow runners and mackerels are passing by and sometimes a huge hawksbill turtle cruises around. You finish this dive as a drift along a close by reef.

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