January 16, 2013
With over fifty different dive sites to choose from, Grenada is one underwater playground we can’t quite get enough of. Just beyond the pristine white sands lies a wealth of deep-sea scenery special enough to tempt even the most demanding of divers – from beginners right through to experienced scuba enthusiasts. And conveniently enough, being the Caribbean and all, Grenada is a year-round diving destination – meaning when the weather turns bitter back home these dive spots are always ready and waiting.
Aside from a wealth of colourful reef and deep sloping walls, Grenada also boasts some of the world’s best wreck-dives. Dubbed “the wreck diving capital of the Caribbean”, Grenada offers everything from large low-lying vessels to small fishing boats set in shallow water. There are over twenty different wrecks dotted about Grenada’s palm-fringed shores, but the most majestic of all has to be The Bianca C.
Known locally as the Titanic of the Caribbean, this colossal 180 metre cruise liner has been submerged since 1961, when it caught fire after an enormous explosion in the ship’s boiler room. Now home to all sorts of marine life – from spotted Eagle Rays to Moray Eels, Spadefish, Barracuda and the odd Reef or Nurse Shark (don’t worry, they’re far more friendly than they look), Bianca C is also a fantastic place to see aquatic life. A word of warning for novice divers though, this is a particularly deep wreck so scuba trips are usually restricted to advanced divers only.
Less experienced divers should make sure to check out Quarter Wreck, just off of Quarantine Point. A large cargo vessel (which still retains an intact propeller), and also a popular spot for lobster and stingrays, this is a great place to put your underwater photography skills to the test.
And if wrecks aren’t quite your thing, how about a swim round an underwater sculpture park? Modelled on original works by British sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor, these impressive underwater sculptures were designed to display different elements of Grenadian culture and folklore. Made mostly out of concrete and rebar, the figures are set in shallow water so are easily accessible to all diving abilities. Having formed an artificial reef now colonised by fish, coral and sponges, the sculpture park at Moliniere Bay has become one of Grenada’ s most popular dive spots.