On land, Grenada offers visitors a nice mix of natural and cultural attractions to visit – but there is a whole world off the coast that shouldn't be overlooked. Coral reef systems, ship wrecks, a volcano, and even an artistic museum exist in the waters that surround the island of Grenada. One of the best ways to make sure you get to see all of this, and more, is to plan some time to snorkel.
Snorkelers need only a dive mask, fins, a snorkel, and a body of water. Using these items, they float with their head just below the water’s surface, viewing fish that swim around them, and marine habitats in shallow areas. In addition to the typical snorkeling equipment, a new mask has come on the market that connects the snorkel to a mask that covers the entire face so snorkelers are able to breath through both their nose and their mouth. Few places have them for rent, so you'll have to buy it and bring it along with you as an investment if snorkeling is something you do frequently.
Many accommodations have snorkeling equipment available for guests, but you can also rent equipment at local dive shops. Some of the more popular scuba diving locations may also have snorkel stands loaded with everything you need.
Grenada has great snorkeling sites on both the northern and southern tips of the main island, plus surrounding Grenada's sister island's of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. From the shores of many beaches, like Grand Anse Beach, you'll have easy access to some pretty amazing underwater sites, but there are a few in particular that you should make a point to visit.
One is thenear . It is the first of its kind in the Caribbean, and it both artistic and slightly haunting. The largest underwater ship wreck, the , in the region is also located off these shores, and an underwater volcano exists to be explored as well. The best way to see these sites is to sign up with a snorkeling tour which will cost you around $35(USD) per person.
If you're looking forward to seeing what's down below you might want to check out. The reef here starts at nine feet then slopes to depths of 30 feet, then ending in a drop off. It is a bit rugged, with its sharp finger corals, but is has been noted as the "critter capital of Grenada" so there is plenty to see. This snorkeling site is located in Molinere, Grenada.
Levera Beach is another option. If you're visiting between the months of May and September, make a stop over on the Atlantic Ocean side of this national park, then head over to the beachfront where you'll find coral reef waiting for you to explore.
A third site to consider is Morne Rouge Beach. These calm waters are great for families and beginning snorkelers, and often ranks as the top beach to snorkel at on the island.
A fourth place where you can go snorkeling is La Sagesse Beach. Part of a nature center that dons the same name, this site is called one of the top snorkeling areas by the Grenada Tourism Board thanks to the coral reef that protects three different beaches. If you want to experience it for yourself, this site is situated in the southern part of Grenada.
Dragon Bay is a fifth location to consider. Located within this sheltered bay is a luminous coral garden filled with the seahorses that gave the bay their name. They are especially prominent in the summer time, and live within the soft corals that flourish here.
Details concerning 16 of the best places where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed below.
|2.8 mi. North of Central St. George's||Grenada|
|Levera Beach||3.8 mi. North of Central La Poterie||Grenada|
|Morne Rouge Beach||1.3 mi. North of Central Bamboo||Grenada|
|La Sagesse Beach||3.8 mi. Southeast of Central Mardigras||Grenada|
|Dragon Bay||1.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Mt. Gay||Grenada|
|2.0 mi. Northwest of Central Mt. Gay||Grenada|
|1.9 mi. Northwest of Central Mt. Gay||Grenada|
|1.5 mi. North of Downtown St. George||Grenada|
|1.5 mi. South West of Central Bamboo||Grenada|
|Hog Island||1.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central L' Anse aux Epines||Grenada|
|Grand Anse Beach||1.8 mi. South of Downtown St. George||Grenada|
|Sandy Island||2.6 mi. West of Central Hillsborough||Carriacou|
|3.1 mi. South West of Central Hillsborough||Carriacou|
|3.3 mi. South West of Central Hillsborough||Carriacou|
|Anse le Roche||1.4 mi. North of Central Hillsborough||Carriacou|
|2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Hillsborough||Carriacou|
For some people, the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.
If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you should consider First Impressions. For any kind of water adventure, First Impressions has the equipment and expertise you need. This group offers tours around the waters of Grenada, such as whale and dolphin sighting, snorkel and diving tours, and basic party boats, First Impressions overall offers a day of fun in the sun.
Another option to consider is Sunsation Sailing Tours. Since 1990 this tour company has been showing island guests around in a big way. Whether you prefer to head out and explore local waters for snorkeling, fishing, or sailing, go "adventure jeeping" or take a tour on foot, they have an adventure waiting for you. They're situated in Grand Anse, in southwestern Grenada.
A third option is Island Windjammers. Fully immerse yourself in life at sea when you book an extended crewed charter. Sail through the Caribbean at a relaxed pace, stopping to visit different islands, do some snorkeling, or just enjoy the sunset while you take in the beauty that surrounds you.
You can look through the table below for a list of boat trip providers that offer snorkeling opportunities.
|Aquanauts Snorkeling||(850) 303-0330||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George|
|First Impressions||(473) 440-3678||0.4 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown St. George|
|Island Windjammers||(877) 772-4549||0.4 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown St. George|
|Jambalaya||(473) 417-0773||0.4 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown St. George|
|Shadowfax Banana Boat Tours||(473) 437-3737||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George|
|Sunsation Sailing Tours||(473) 444-1594||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George|
If you're looking for someone that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you should check out Deefer Diving. While they may not specialize in snorkeling trips, this center allows snorkelers to tag along for free when a buddy is diving. You can also rent your gear from them. They are located within Hillsborough, in the northeastern part of Grenada.
Another place worth knowing about is Aquanauts Grenada. If you snorkel with them in the morning, you'll get to visit to sites, but the afternoon trip ony takes you to one. All trips include your guide, gear, a vest, fruit punch, rum punch, and fruit.
A third company worth contacting is Native Spirit Scuba. Their most popular half day snorkeling trip includes sailing from Grand Anse Bay to Carenage Harbour, and along the island's west coast. Snorkeling stops are made at Turtle Head Reef, Flamingo Bay, and the Molinier Sculpture Park. Their full day trips include the same snorkeling sites, but allow for more time sailing. They're found in Grand Anse, in the southwestern part of Grenada.
The table right below summarizes information concerning 8 places that provide services related to snorkeling.
|Aquanauts Grenada||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(473) 444-1126||0.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Bamboo||Grenada|
|Deefer Diving||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(473) 443-7882||Hillsborough, Northeastern part of Grenada||Carriacou|
|Devotion 2 Ocean||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(473) 444-3483||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George||Grenada|
|Dive Grenada Scuba Centre||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(473) 444-1092||1.4 mi. North of Central Bamboo||Grenada|
|Eco Dive & Trek||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(473) 232-7777||0.5 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown St. George||Grenada|
|Lumbadive||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(473) 443-8566||Carriacou||Carriacou|
|Native Spirit Scuba||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(473) 439-7013||1.9 mi. South of Downtown St. George||Grenada|
|Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(473) 439-4346||0.8 mi. East of Central Bamboo||Grenada|
For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this comprehensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
Some of the most interesting underwater sites in the Grenada, and if you don't get in the water to explore you're missing out. Snorkeling is a great, inexpensive way to make it happen.surround
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