There is an entire world on Grenada that you won’t want to leave undiscovered – the underwater world. Just below the surface of the ocean are coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, dive sites, and amazing sites that can only be explored with a dive mask.
Grenada is a great diving location due to the 30 to 100 foot range of visibility. The best way to explore what lies beneath is by planning a diving tour during your Grenada vacation. These tours may cost between $35 and $1500(USD) and include transportation, equipment, and knowledgeable guides who are able to take you to sites you may not have otherwise known about.
Before you plan your underwater adventure, it is important to note the differences between diving and snorkeling. Though the two activities are often spoken of in the same breath, they are two very distinct sports.
Snorkeling requires very little equiptment or preparation. Diving is a bit more complicated. When one scuba dives, they make use of an air tank attached to a BCD (Buoyancy Control Device), which allows them to actually breath under water. This affords them the opportunity to explore depths much deeper than snorkelers can reach.
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Scuba Diving can be an exciting, easy to learn, and safe activity if you learn the basics with a professional dive center. There are several different options available to get you started, ranging between one and four days of training. The Discover Scuba Diving Experience course teaches you the most important skills you can learn sans certification. After this class, you will be ready to go out on a dive with your instructor. The Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver courses go into more detail, which will allow you to gain certification and begin diving on your own. Prices for these courses run between $100(USD) and $550(USD).
You'll find 7 dive operators, some dive shops, and at least 34 different dive sites to choose from.
The dive shops worth looking into can be seen here:
|Aquanauts Grenada||(473) 444-1126||1.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Grand Anse||Grenada|
|Deefer Diving Carriacou||(473) 443-7882||Hillsborough, Northeastern part of Grenada||Carriacou|
|Scubatech Dive Center||(473) 439-4346||1.5 mi. South of Central Grand Anse||Grenada|
If you'd like to go diving, you can check with Lumbadive. This dive center, which is run by a couple originally from Quebec, Canada, offers "VIP Treatment" for each diver they work with. This means quality training and equipment, friendly guides, and taking all of your personal needs into consideration when planning the course and dive schedule. They are found on Carriacou, in northern Grenada.
Another option is Dive Grenada Scuba Centre. A PADI 5-Star Facility and BSAC resort, Dive Grenada has been talking about a lot in the news recently thanks to the fact that it is facilitating the creation of an artificial reef. On a daily basis, this center offers PADI scuba training, as well as small group dives. You can reach them at (473) 444-1092.
A third option is Devotion 2 Ocean. The most comprehensive watersports facility on the island, D2O is also the only 5 Star Instructor Development Center. The facility's prime location puts guests just moments from some of the top dive sites around. They're located in Grand Anse, in southwestern Grenada.
Review the chart below to obtain information about the area's dive operators.
|(473) 444-1127||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George||Grenada|
|Arawak Divers||(473) 443-6906||Hillsborough, Northeastern part of Grenada||Carriacou|
|Devotion 2 Ocean||(473) 444-3483||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George||Grenada|
|Dive Grenada Scuba Centre||(473) 444-1092||0.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grand Anse||Grenada|
|Eco Dive & Trek||(473) 232-7777||0.5 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown St. George||Grenada|
|Lumbadive||(473) 443-8566||3.0 mi. South West of Central Hillsborough||Carriacou|
|Native Spirit Scuba||(473) 439-7013||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George||Grenada|
View the chart below for information concerning the approximate cost of typical dive services in this area.
|Offering Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Discover Scuba||$ 110.0||$ 135.0|
|Double Tank Dive||$ 98.0||$ 136.0|
|Night Dive||$ 46.0||$ 100.0|
|Open Water Certification||$ 405.0||$ 550.0|
|Single Tank Dive||$ 55.0||$ 78.0|
A few key facts regarding some of the area's major dive sites are provided in this table:
To learn more about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both experienced divers and beginners, read this exhaustive Caribbean diving page.
In 2006 Grenada opened an Underwater Sculpture Park, the brain child of England’s Jason Taylor. The sculptures tell the story of Grenada’s history, as well as showcases folklore and different aspects of Grenada’s culture. Since the sculptures were first placed in the shallow waters, they have become artificial reef, and snorkelers and divers have the unique opportunity of not only viewing the unique artwork, but marine life as well.
There are a few tips that both snorkelers and divers will find are worth noting.
Pick your poison. Whether you choose to snorkel, dive, or both, the beauty to be discovered under Grenada’s waters is unparalleled.
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