Explore the Real Caribbean: Diving in Grenada
Tucked into the southeastern Caribbean, Grenada is a verdant, lush, mountainous paradise. Here, you’re entering the ‘real Caribbean’, full of friendly people and welcoming to all travelers. The capital city of St. George is a quaint waterfront town, set on the Caribbean Sea, refreshingly free of all the tawdry tourist trappings.
Grenada is a very lush mountainous island located in the southeastern Caribbean. We found Grenada to be “the real Caribbean” and free of streets lined with bars, t-shirt shops, and jewelry stores. The capital city of St. George’s is a quaint waterfront town overlooking the Caribbean Sea. We found the locals on Grenada to be extremely friendly and welcoming to all travelers.
Grenada is an island that offers many options to visitors. With the interior being easily accessible it gives travelers the opportunity to explore the island both underwater and on the surface.
Grenada Scuba Diving
Still largely undiscovered, Grenada is on track to become one of the best Caribbean dive destinations. Uncrowded and unspoiled, the best dive sites are only a short boat ride from shore. Plan an afternoon of relaxation – or double the time you spend in the water. There is a nice variety of dive sites, from shallow coral reefs that have little to no current to deeper water ship wrecks. Newer divers or those that have not been diving in some time will enjoy a Grenada scuba diving trip just as much as the seasoned and more experienced divers.
Wreck Diving in Grenda
One of the big draws of Grenada are the many wrecks. We found that Grenada has some the best wreck diving in the Caribbean. In fact, it has been called the “Truk Lagoon of the Caribbean”. There are many impressive wrecks, more modern ships than you’ll find in Truk, but rich with sea life. Larger pelagics like spotted eagle rays and several species of sharks are regularly seen while diving the wrecks.
The most famous of these wrecks is the Bianca C. The Bianca C is a 600ft cruise ship that succumbed to fire while in port in Grenada in 1961. The boat sits upright in 160ft of water. While 160ft is deeper than most wish to dive, the top deck of the Bianca C is located at about 110ft and well within recreational dive limits.
With dive operations offering free 30% Nitrox, divers can explore the full length of this wreck in one dive. For those more adventurous and experienced, deeper dives on the Bianca C and other wrecks can be done on any given day.
We found Grenada to be one of the most welcoming and friendliest islands in the Caribbean complete with a great underwater environment. Grenada has maintained its island charm and become a fantastic Caribbean dive destination and should be on everyone’s must dive list. Please give us a call today (1-800-737-3483) or drop us an email and let us arrange your next scuba diving getaway to Grenada.
Coyaba Beach Resort
Like most of the hotels and resorts on Grenada, Coyaba Beach Resort is located on the southern end of the island overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The rooms are exceptionally clean and comfortable. There are two restaurants in the resort for guests to choose from. The Arawakabana restaurant serves breakfast and dinner (dress code is elegantly casual) while the Carbet offers open air poolside dining (no dress code). The food was good and there was plenty of it !
The main attraction of Coyaba is that it sits right in the middle of the 2 mile long Grand Anse Beach, Grenada’s most celebrated beach.
Eco Dive & Trek is the onsite dive shop at Coyaba and they run a great operation. They have two very comfortable dive boats and offer 30% Nitrox fills at no cost. There are no docks on Grand Anse Beach and getting on and off the boat is done directly from the beach.
Coyaba and Eco Dive & Trek are both fantastic operations. Coyaba is the perfect destination for divers wanting to do two dives in the morning and relax on the beach in the afternoon. Coyaba Resort is also perfect for those traveling with non-divers.
True Blue Resort
True Blue is also located in the southern part of Grenada, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The epitome of the best boutique hotels, True Blue Beach Resort is situated strategically on a hillside, with magnificent views of the bay below.
The rooms are very spacious and very well maintained and have small kitchens or kitchenettes. The resort packages include a continental breakfast, which transcends the normal fare with waffles and a cook to order egg station. While True Blue is not set on a beach, the resort does offer free shuttle service to Grand Anse Beach, which is not far away.
Aquanauts is the on-site dive operation at True Blue Bay Resort. They are a very professional and friendly dive operation that offers individualized attention. With three very spacious dive boats and dive boat access from the resort’s dock, Aquanauts is a very comfortable place to dive from. For those interested is technical diving, they have the capability to meet most requests. Aquanauts offers free 30% Nitrox fills as well. The normal dive package includes 5 days of 2-tank boat diving but more can be added as most people end up doing a third afternoon dive when diving with Aquanauts. More on True Blue Bay Resort »