Snorkeling Around Saint George's

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Just off the coast of Grenada, under the surface of the sea, lies a world of some of the most unique sites one could imagine. Through the lens of your snorkeling mask, as the sun lights the already clear, stunningly blue waters, you'll find inspiration and an indescribable sense of peace as you spend your day snorkeling in Saint George's.  

Indeed, most of the island's most sought after snorkeling destinations exist either in Saint George's waters or very nearby.  The most prominent is the Underwater Sculpture Park, where a series of man-made pieces have been places purposely to promote coral growth and allows sea life to flourish.  Almost every snorkeling tour brings guests here, but there area other sites you can request as well.  You'll almost always get the best views of healthy sea life within the marine life, but the choice is yours.  A typical snorkeling tour is about $35(USD).

Some people don't see a need for a snorkeling tour when they can easily rent gear for about $10(USD) or get it for free from their accommodations and check out the underwater landscape on their own.   like the nearby Grand Anse Beach are especially great for the independent snorkeler.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to explore what's below the surface you should consider a visit to Grand Mal Bay. Underwater mounts of coral here are comprised of elkhorn and other hard formations within which live snapper and tarpon among other small crustaceans and creatures. This snorkeling site is located a short distance away North-Northwest of central Saint George's.

Grand Anse Beach is another option. Two miles of snorkeling is possible off this beach, teeming with lobster, shrimp, and many other fish that are common to the area.

A third location to consider is Underwater Sculpture Park. If you can only snorkel one site around the island, make sure this is it. It is the world's first underwater are exhibition, where statues and other man made structures have been placed along the reef. Nature has begun to take over, growing over the structures and making great homes for local sea life.

A fourth place to go snorkeling is Moliniere Point. The site should be reserved for the more experienced and adventurous snorkeler because of the strong currents and drop offs. Stay close to the rocks for views of barracudas. If you want to check it out, you'll find this site located easily reached by taxi North-Northwest of central Saint George's.

Dragon Bay is a fifth site 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.

View the following table to find out more about 5 of the best locations where you can go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Saint George's
Site Location
Grand Mal Bay 1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Saint George's
Grand Anse Beach Grand Anse, 2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Saint George's
Underwater Sculpture Park 2.4 mi. Northwest of Central Saint George's
Moliniere Point 2.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Saint George's
Dragon Bay Molinere, 2.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Saint George's

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you might want to contact Island Windjammers. Choose between six, nine, and 12 nights at sea, sailing through the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, the French West Indies, and the US and British Virgin Islands. Included in your trip is your accommodations aboard, all of your meals, drinks, locally brewed beer and wine, and the use of snorkel gear.

Another option to investigate is 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. They're located in the heart of Saint George's.

A third option is Jambalaya. There is so much about this charter that sets it apart from the rest. Let the captain and crew know what you want to do and they will make it happen, from fishing to snorkeling, to stops on land for hiking and exploring, and so much more. They even offer Indian head massages on deck so you can gaze out to sea while being truly pampered.

Some key facts regarding boat operators that offer snorkeling can be found below.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Saint George's
Name Phone Location
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

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a business offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you should check out Eco Dive & Trek. If you sign up for a snorkeling trip to this operator, you'll typically be treated to sites along the west coast of the island, includng the Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area, the reef at Flamingo Bay, Happy Valley, Grand Mal, and Dragon Bay. Included in the tour is a flotation device, snorkel, mask, and fins. They are located in Saint George's.

A second place that offers snorkeling related services is Native Spirit Scuba. A small, professional company that focuses on personalized services, this watersports operator was the first of its kind on its island. Among their offerings is your choice of several full and half day snorkeling trips.

A third option is Dive Grenada Scuba Centre. Their snorkeling trips typically include visits to Grenada's Marine Protected Area which includes Dragon Bay, Flamingo Bay, and the Underwater Sculpture Park. They're located in Morne Rouge, easily reached by taxi South West of central Saint George's.

Information regarding 4 companies that offer snorkeling related services can be seen in the following chart.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Saint George's
Name Phone Location
Devotion 2 Ocean (473) 444-3483 Grand Anse, 2.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Saint George's
Dive Grenada Scuba Centre (473) 444-1092 Morne Rouge, 2.7 mi. South West of Central Saint George's
Eco Dive & Trek (473) 232-7777 0.5 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown St. George
Native Spirit Scuba (473) 439-7013 Grand Anse, 2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Saint George's

To learn more about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" check out this comprehensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

However you go about snorkeling, know that you can't go wrong.  With great conditions, clear waters, and amazing sites to see, snorkeling in Saint George's is a must.


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