We Planned Scuba Diving In Grenada
On our Windstar cruise to the Caribbean, we took it easy in many of the ports. We escaped the cold in Toronto and we really just wanted to relax, In St Kitts, we flew through the air on our zipline adventure. We snorkelled on several different port stops. But we wanted to scuba dive on a least one stop. When we visited Grenada on our cruise in the southern Caribbean, we did a great snorkel trip to see the underwater sculptures in Grenada. A quick note to Grenada Seafaris and we got a recommendation for scuba diving in Grenada.
Grenada was the only port where we were actually docked. By 8am the ship was secured to the dock. It was a short walk off the ship at the cruise port in the main harbour. When we cruised to Grenada in the past, the ships were docked on the long pier on the other side of Fort George.
We were picked up at the cruise dock by Eco Dive and Trek and taken up the coast to their base of operations at the Coyoba Beach Resort in Grand Anse.
Heading Out To Dive
We quickly did the mandatory paperwork. Since we scuba dived in St Lucia two months before, there was no issue with currency. This time I did not bring my own BCD so had to get fitted for rental. I was happy at least that the BCD had integrated weights. Even if I did need a secondary weight belt for some small weight on my back. I did not want to give up my perfect trim.
The boat backed into the bay and we all carried our gear to the boat. I was very glad the trek across the sand was not the long haul we did when we scuba dived in the Red Sea. After that dive, I was much less happy with shored based dive operations.
It was a short 20 minutes to the dive site on the other side of St. George’s. We were ready to go scuba diving in Grenada.
A Great First Dive
The first dive was a slightly deeper dive along the coral at Flamingo Bay. With the flash on the underwater camera, we could see the bright colours on the coral.
The group moved nice and slow along got reef and looked in the nooks and crannies. Our dive leader Ron did a good job of scouting. We found several different eels as they snarled at us to back up. Lobster antennas led us to the lobster dens.
The highlight of scuba diving in Grenada was the sight of the octopus all puffed out. He was beautiful. And then he scurried back into the rocks.
It was a great first dive.
Finishing Up With A Shallow Drift Dive
The boat was moved during the surface interval. We could see the shallow wreck below us when we stopped. When we dropped into the water, we headed straight for the wreck. It was a small overturned boat that was starting to grow coral. David made sure to capture the rockfish nestled into the wreck. He was so well camouflaged that you would not know he was there unless you looked close.
From there we headed out for a swim over the water grass. We kept a lookout for stingrays but on this dive we were not lucky. After what seemed forever, we hit the edge of the reef again. And a strong current. From that point on, we barely needed to kick other than to change direction or stop to see something.
The reef was in good shape and the visibility was great. We moved with the current and stopped when we found something a bit more interesting. The coral was colourful and varied. Fish swam in pairs and in large schools around us.
Just as we were preparing to stop the dive, someone spotted turtles out in the grass. The inexperienced diver in the group when off to chase the turtles. But the turtles were faster.
We climbed out after an hour. As the boat headed back to the main harbour, we dismantled our gear and packed up. The boat took us back to the dock close to our cruise ship. And they picked up some other people from our cruise ship for the afternoon dives.
It was a great morning scuba diving in Grenada.
Finally Diving With A Dive Computer
Other than David’s very expensive Citizen Dive Computer watch, we have never owned our own new dive computers. When we went on scuba diving vacations, we often rented dive computers. If we were only doing a couple of dives, we generally went without dive computers. On our recent trip scuba diving in St. Lucia, we did a very long deep dive for the first dive. On the second dive, we had to rely on the dive leader to keep us at safe limits. This did not make us comfortable.
Before we left for this trip, we finally purchased matching dive computers. We had been looking for the perfect dive computer for a long time but never found one that seemed just right. The Mares Quad dive computer finally looked like it had everything we wanted. The biggest factor we considered was the size of the display. Our underwater vision is not getting better with age. So we needed a big display that was easy to read. The Mares Quad supported air and nitrox diving. Buttons on the device were simple and easy to operate.
We took the dive computers in snorkelling for a quick leak test. And then we got a chance to try the new dive computers out when we went scuba diving in Grenada.
They were easy to operate and easy to read underwater. We were easily able to keep track of time and depth. And they even had a count down timer for the 3 minutes at the 15’ safety stop. When we were ready to fill in our dive logs, it was easy to access the dive computer and get the key dive numbers. We did not yet get the cables to connect to our computer and get a full download of dive data.
But we were very happy that we finally bought a dive computer. It would keep us safer not having to rely on others!
So Glad We Went Scuba Diving In Grenada
The scuba diving in Grenada was great. Despite the storms in the area, we found the visibility to be great. The work being done to preserve the reefs has resulted in good colour and variety of coral. There was a lot of fish around. We were just disappointed that we didn’t see the stingrays or have the turtles come closer. But we were glad we planned scuba diving in Grenada. It was a great way to get some exercise and work towards our weight loss goals for this cruise.
We headed back underwater to snorkel on our catamaran adventure in Martinique. We just couldn’t resist the lure of the underwater world!
Have you tried scuba diving in Grenada? What was your favourite dive site?
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