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'd like to explore what's below the surface you might want to check out 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 snorkeling spot 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 found easily reached by taxi North-Northwest of central Saint George's.

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.

You can look through the table just below for a summary list of 5 of the best 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

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

If you want to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you can 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 worth investigating 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.

View the following chart for details on day sails and boat trips that offer 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

If you looking for someone that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to check with Island Water World. With over 40 successful years in the business, Island Water World is a leading distributor of boating supplies in the Caribbean. They have several locations throughout the region, including this one in St. George's. They are found in Saint George's.

A second company catering to snorkelers is 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.

A third place to consider 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. They're located in Grand Anse, a short distance away South-Southwest of central Saint George's.

Be sure to look through the following chart to read more about 5 companies 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
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

For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read 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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