Perhaps the island with the most wrecks in the Caribbean, Grenada's seascape is littered with top wrecks, including the biggest and baddest, the 183-meter/600-foot ex-luxury liner, the Bianca C. This world-class wreck sits on its keel in 50 meters/165 feet of water, with the decks at 36 meters/120 feet, so it's an advanced dive, but worth the effort. The wreck literally crawls with life. You could easily spend an entire week in Grenada and never see a reef, although the reefs here are also quite prolific and harbor everything from napping nurse sharks to seahorses. Above the water, Grenada is known as the spice island because of all the nutmeg, cacao, and other spices that seem to prefer this island as a place to grow. There are also numerous lovely waterfalls, forests full of monkeys, some great hikes and forts.
When to go:
The best diving is between November and June. Between July and October, the visibility may be reduced by the outflow from the Orinoco river in Venezuela.
When to Get the Best Deals:
August to November.
What to Pack:
A 3/2 mm wetsuit, hiking shoes that can get wet for the waterfall hikes, mosquito repellent, sunscreen and DAN card.
Seasonal averages: 26°C/79°F in winter and 28°C/83°F in summer.
Seasonal averages: 27°C/80°F in winter and 30°C/87°F in summer.
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD). Credit cards are widely accepted.
A valid passport. Check with local immigration offices for visa requirements.
A departure tax of EC$60 or US$22.35 is added to your airfare.
No immunizations necessary.
What to Eat:
Grenada grows lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices. In fact, it's known as the Isle of Spice and this shows in many delicious local specialties, such as callaloo (taro leaf and crab) soup, pepper pot, lambie (conch) souse and roti (curry-spiced wraps). Try some nutmeg ice cream or other spice-infused flavor.
What to Drink:
The three popular local rums are Westerhall, Rivers Rum and Clarke's Court - all good mixed with local fruit juices. Try some cocoa tea with breakfast - made from local cocoa and spices.
Fort St. George, nutmeg processing plants, waterfalls hikes, and the spice market in Georgetown. Also, the Guoyave Fish Fry will make a local of you.
Customs and Culture:
Grenada has a fairly laid back culture.
Carnival highlights the year's festivals. But, many top music acts come to Grenada and should not be missed.
Electricity and Internet:
The supply current is 230 volts and 50 Hz. Good internet facilities with both mobile and portable connections work in Grenada.
Drink the water?
Water is safe in most places.
English and Creole.
Amazing Marine Life
Orange Cup Corals:
These bright orange corals cover most of the shady portion of the many wrecks off Grenada.
Wily and secretive, the octopus is often found in holes and crannies of reefs and wrecks.
Spotted Eagle Ray:
Often seen hovering in the current above the wrecks.
Rivers of these purple and gold fish flow over the reefs, especially in the late afternoon.
These rays often hang out on sandy bottoms, but can also be seen swimming around the reefs.
Hawksbill and green turtles can be found swimming in leisurely fashion or napping under ledges on many reefs.
These predatory fish are often seen on the reefs and wrecks. They can swim at incredible speeds and can grow up to two meters/six feet in length.
Most often found in holes, caves, and wrecks, moray eels sometimes venture out so divers can see their entire snakelike length.
Take a close look under ledges and around reef structures for nurse sharks.
These fish lurk on the sand and reef. Makes a great photo, especially if you can get close to see its teeth-filled maw.
Top Dive Spots
Rhum Runner Wreck, Windmills Reef:
This sunken, sponge-encrusted catamaran rests at the edge of a dramatically peaked reef. Look for grey angelfish, queen angelfish, horse-eye jacks, sea plumes, stony and plate corals, gorgonian sea sprays, green moray eels, lizardfish, creole wrasse, barracuda, and hawksbill turtles.
A deep wreck recommended only for advanced divers, this sunken minesweeper offers open holds, ladders and swim-throughs for the adventurous diver. Sharks, rays, and turtles are common sightings.
Underwater Sculpture Park:
Sculptor Jason Taylor introduced a series of underwater sculptures to this reef. His artistry is now working in combination with the reef's ecological processes, resulting in colorfully-encrusted statues.
Located within a Marine Protected Area, this reef is riddled with gullies and channels, which shelter lobster, scorpionfish, moray eels, yellow-headed jawfish, seahorses and frogfish.
Located within the Marine Protected Area, this reef is a treasure trove of marine life. Look for elkhorn coral, barrel sponges, rope sponges, spotted drums, yellow-tail snapper, bar jacks, banded jawfish, seahorses, pipefish, creole wrasse, yellow chromis, grunts, knifefish, grouper and whip corals.
Noted for vividly colored sponges and octopus, this reef also features stingrays, lobster, angelfish, grunts, flamingo-tongue snails, sea urchins, and soldierfish.
MV Hema 1:
Five kilometers/three miles off Grenada's coast, this sunken freighter offers adventure for the advanced diver who is accomplished enough to deal with its depth and open-water currents. The currents bring their own reward in the form of nurse sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, and spotted eagle rays haunting the wreck.
Known locally as the "Titanic of the Caribbean," this 183-mere/600-foot cruise liner rests at 50 meters/165 feet. The wreck itself (complete with upper-deck swimming pools) provides fascinating views, attended by encrusting deep-water invertebrates and pelagic visitors such as spotted eagle rays, Caribbean reef sharks, and great barracuda.
MV Veronica L:
A favorite with underwater photographers, this wreck is gaily decorated with soft corals and sponges. Look for seahorses, moray eels, and frogfish. Resting at a depth of 14 meters/45 feet, this wreck is also recommended as a night dive.
Another photographers' favorite, this sunken sailboat festooned with corals is often visited by barracuda.