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 enjoy 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 situated 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're interested, this site is located easily reached by taxi North-Northwest of central Saint George's.

Dragon Bay is a fifth option 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.

Summary information concerning 5 of the best places to experience snorkeling in this area are listed here:

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 best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you want 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 consider 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. Spin tradition on its heels by booking this 73 foot wooden schooner and its crew to show you around the Grenadines, Tobago Cays, Sandy Island, and more. You help set the itinerary in order to create the perfect getaway from you, while enjoying the opportunity to stay in their comfortable cabins and see more of the region that you would have imagined possible.

Take a moment to look through this table for more information about boat trips and day sails that offer snorkeling.

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're looking for someone that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to contact 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 situated in Saint George's.

Another place catering to snorkelers 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.

A third company worth contacting 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.

Information about 6 companies that offer snorkeling services can be seen in the chart below.

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 about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling article.

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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