You don’t have to be a veteran scuba diver to find the notion of swimming through crystal-clear tropical waters and among the ribs of the skeleton of a long-forgotten ship sprawled on white sand appealing. But you’d be forgiven if you believe such an aquatic adventure is the exclusive domain of only the most experienced divers!
The island nation of Grenada is known as the “Shipwreck Capital of the Caribbean,” so great are the variety and quantity of sunken vessels that dot the idyllic waters that gently lap its palm-fringed beaches. But unlike many others ships’ graveyards around the world, these dive sites are not restricted to pros but instead are available to divers with all levels of experience.
From the time Christopher Columbus sighted Grenada in 1498, the island was first under the Spanish flag, then under French and British rule, until it finally gained independence in 1974. Fought over by the colonial powers, visited by pirates and lashed by hurricanes, the waters around the lush island became a nautical burial ground.
Today, with smaller wrecks lying in shallow to medium depths suitable for novices, and enormous wrecks (like the 600-foot passenger liner MV Bianca C that sank off Grand Anse in 1961 and lies in only 100 feet of water, beckoning more experienced explorers), the island is renowned for its accessible and varied wreck diving.
Yet the more than 20 shipwrecks are not the only attractions in Grenada—its warm and clear waters, numerous reefs and even underwater sculpture garden offer great fun for divers and snorkellers alike.
This package includes seven nights of air-conditioned accommodation at the True Blue Bay Boutique Resort on the island’s south coast, five days of two-tank boat dives, round-trip airport transfers, hotel tax and service fees. So if you’ve ever fantasized you’re Jacques Cousteau in hiding, this trip is your chance to make it real.
CARADONNA DIVE ADVENTURES
- Phone: 800.330.6611
- Length/Departs: 8 days / year-round
- Accommodation: Hotels
- Starting Price: $1,423
- Difficulty: Easy