|Diving off Grenada's coast|
Known for its superior diving and snorkeling opportunities, Grenada is home to colourful and abundant marine life of large and small fish schools. On your next holiday in ‘the Spice of the Caribbean,’ don a mask and fins and get face to face with the underwater world.
A part of the Windward Islands, Grenada is home to more than 50 dive sites of varying depths and diving abilities, ranging from 20 feet to 120 feet. Beautiful coral reefs, the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean (the Bianca C) and a plethora of marine life including eagle rays, nurse sharks, turtles, sea horses and lobsters can be found here. Whether you’re a novice or master diver, there are dive sites in Grenada suitable for all levels of experience.
“We take great pride in the many spectacular diving opportunities that exist in Grenada and its sister-island of Carriacou,” said Simon Stiell, director of tourism for the Grenada Board of Tourism. We have the utmost respect for the underwater environment and do everything in our ability to ensure that this delicate ecosystem is maintained.”
If you’re simply looking to get a few dives under your belt during the trip, or you want to spend each day out in the water, there are a number of dive companies with different packages on offer. For instance, Grenada Dive Resorts offers diver-dedicated packages at LaSource – the amazing holiday – an all-inclusive resort. Packages include all features of a regular LaSource holiday combined with the professional diver services of Aquanauts Grenada. A variety of special dive packages are also available with True Blue Bay Resort. All dive shops on the island have PADI certified instructors and some also have BSAC and CMAS teachers on staff.
Grenada is home to the world’s first underwater sculpture park, a feature which makes diving and snorkeling here a truly unique experience. Based in Moilinere Bay, sculptures (by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and other Grenadian artists) have been submerged underwater and have helped to regenerate marine life. Snorkel or dive amongst the sculptures exploring Grenada’s underwater world and make sure to bring your camera!
For those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land, there are plenty of activities to occupy the time. Whether you prefer lounging on white sand beaches, hiking through the jungle, or learning how to cook unique Caribbean cuisine, you’ll leave Grenada wishing you’d had just a few more days.
How to Get to Grenada from Canada
Grenada can be reached via Air Canada Vacations that operates a seasonal non-stop flight from Toronto to Grenada (Saturday departure with easy connections from 65 Canadian gateways available at www.aircanadavacations.com) from December until mid-April 2011. New for 2011: Special weekly non-stop summer charters are available with GG Tours (www.ggtours.ca ) on Sunwing from June 29 through to September 7, 2011. AC operates year round daily flights from Toronto to Barbados (Saturday & Sunday departure from Montreal) with connections on LIAT to Grenada. Caribbean Airlines operate regularly scheduled flights from Toronto to Barbados with connections on LIAT to Grenada. West Jet operates a flight from Toronto to Barbados with connections on LIAT to Grenada year round.
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