Diving in Grenada and Carriacou

The diving off Grenada and Carriacou is best described as the perfect blend of natural and man-made.

First off you find prolific coral and sponge growth smothering some of the most-pristine and healthy reefs in the Caribbean, which in turn provides a rich habitat for the likes of angelfish, snapper, wrasse, butterflyfish, damselfish, parrotfish, pufferfish, boxfish, trumpetfish, grouper and lobster. This rich diversity of marine life then brings in efficient predators such as barracuda, jacks, stingrays and various species of shark, along with elegant turtles and eagle rays.

Interspersed among these pockets of colourful coral kingdom, you then come across all manner of shipwrecks, ranging from purpose-sunk vessels like the Buccaneer, MV Hildur, Westsider and Boris to ‘genuine’ wrecks like the Shakem, Hema I, King Mitch and the newly sunk Persia II. And let’s not forget the mother of them all, the immense Bianca C, a 600-foot-long Italian liner sitting upright in 50m that has sat at the head of the islands’ vast sunken fleet ever since she went down in 1961.

And for something completely different, how about visiting an underwater work of art? Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park features lifelike representations of people that are now becoming ever-more otherworldly as they are slowly covered in encrusting marine growth, and provide a weird-and-wonderful shallow dive that is suitable for novice divers and even snorkellers.