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 see below the water's surface you might want to visit 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 place you might enjoy. 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 site 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 where you can 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 experience it for yourself, 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.

Take a look at the following table for information concerning 5 of the most popular places to enjoy 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

Island Windjammers

Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you might want to check with 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. With over 21 different tours available, this tour operator is the largest on the island. They also have been in business for over 35 years and can guarantee they know their stuff. They're located in the heart of Saint George's.

Still another 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.

Take a moment to read the table below for more information about boat trip providers that provide snorkeling opportunities.

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

Grenada Seafaris Adventure

If you looking for a place offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you should check out Eco Dive & Trek. You don't have to go through scuba training to enjoy the wonders under the sea. This watersports operator offers snorkeling classes, excursions, and rentals to their guests. They are located in Saint George's.

Another company 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. Depending on your schedule, they offer two dives each morning at 8:15 a.m. and one in the afternoon at 1:00 p.m. They're located in Morne Rouge, easily reached by taxi South West of central Saint George's.

Take a minute to read the table just below for a list of 6 firms that offer services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Saint George's
Name Type Phone Location
Devotion 2 Ocean Snorkeling Tour Operator (473) 444-3483 Grand Anse, 2.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Saint George's
Dive Grenada Scuba Centre Snorkeling Tour Operator (473) 444-1092 Morne Rouge, 2.7 mi. South West of Central Saint George's
Eco Dive & Trek Snorkeling Tour Operator (473) 232-7777 0.5 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown St. George
Grenada Seafaris Adventure Snorkeling Tour Operator (473) 405-7800 0.4 mi. Southeast of Downtown St. George
Island Water World Watersports Equipment Shop (473) 435-2150 ext. 1 0.7 mi. Southeast of Downtown St. George
Native Spirit Scuba Snorkeling Tour Operator (473) 439-7013 Grand Anse, 2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Saint George's

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this detailed guide to 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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