During your visit to Port Louis Marina in Grenada, make sure you spend some time seeing what the underwater has to offer! You could easily dive just wrecks on Grenada, but you would miss reefs, walls and the underwater sculpture parks that are prolific marine ecosystems.
Grenada and its little sister islands Carriacou and Petite Martinique offer some of the best diving in the region. Amazing shipwrecks, colourful reefs and exciting drifts create a diver’s wonderland.
Picture credit: Eco Dive
Most of the dive sites are concentrated around the south and west coasts. And perhaps the most famous site of them all is the Bianca C. This dive site features a 600-foot luxury liner that was sunk by an explosion in 1961.
Today, the “Titanic of the Caribbean” lies at a depth of 165 feet (50 meters), but the top of the ship reaches to 75 feet (23 meters). The main deck sits between 90 and 125 feet (28 and 38 meters), meaning that it is reachable within advanced recreational dive limits. Tidal currents can make this dive a challenge, so it is best to follow the advice of a local divemaster.
Picture credit: Hugh Whyte at Tyrell Bay
Did you know...?
In 2018 Grenada, often referred to as the ‘Wreck Capital of the Caribbean,’ has added 2 new vessels to its ever-expanding portfolio:
In March 2018 the MV Anina sank to her final resting place on a sandy bottom near to the famous Purple Rain reef. Successfully scuttled as an artificial reef, the wreck sank undamaged and came to rest on its starboard side at a depth of 30m (100ft).
The Tyrrel Bay patrol boat, donate by the US government, was sunk in September 2018 approximately one mile off Grand Anse Beach close to Boss Reef.
Picture credit: Eco Dive
In addition, there are lots of other wrecks that litter Grenada’s seascape, both naturally lost and purposely-sunk. Drift past encrusted whip corals and an assortment of sponges and sea fans while watching schools of jack, rainbow runners and Creole wrasse.
For beginners, the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park represents perhaps the best opportunity in the Caribbean to practice your bubbles. Here artist Jason DeCaires has created more than 50 sculptures of locals and placed them underwater. The artwork is now becoming an artificial reef, and divers can marvel at the variety of corals that are already transforming the sculptures beyond recognition.
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