A Return Visit To Grenada
We were excited to return to Grenada on our cruise to the southern Caribbean. On our first visit, we did a very long tour of the island. We learned why Grenada is called the Spice Island and also marvelled at the colours on the island. We had just finished a visit to Bonaire. Snorkelling in Bonaire provided us with a great oppportunity to see the fish and corals underwater. On our visit to Grenada, we got a very different snorkel experience. A chance to explore the underwater sculptures in Grenada enticed us back into the water.
The Underwater Sculptures In Bahamas
We saw our first underwater sculptures created by Jason De Caires Taylor in Nassau, Bahamas. Ocean Atlas is a very large statue located in the marine park. There are other small sculptures underwater but nothing that compares to Ocean Atlas. There is a reef close by that offers more underwater sights.
After was saw this first set of underwater sculptures, we were interested in seeing more of Taylor’s underwater work around the world. When we knew we were visiting Grenada again, we knew we wanted to explore the underwater sculptures in Grenada.
Explore the Underwater Sculptures In Grenada With Grenada Seafaris
While we were planning our cruise to the southern Caribbean, we connected with Grenada Seafaris. We had run across Suzanne from Grenada Seafaris on many Twitter chats. We were happy to find that they still had open spaces on the day we visited Grenada. So we booked online using their chat system. They were very proactive in communicating with us before we showed up.
Suzanne met us on the dock. It turned out that there were 4 other people from our cruise ship on this tour. And two others from a local resort. The Grenada Seafaris boats held only 10 people. One of the main reasons we thought this tour would be so much better than many other cruise ship excursions. It was a short walk from the cruise ship to the local dock. Howard and Kimmie brought the boat up and we all settled in.
As we went through the tour, Howard and Kimmie provided us with a lot of information about Grenada. We learned about the great efforts being made to protect the marine life. And the work that has been done to expand the underwater sculpture park. A ship was being prepared in the harbour to be sunk to create a new underwater reef. Kimmie gave us information about the sea life. If you are looking to really understand more about Grenada, plan to explore the underwater sculptures in Grenada with Grenada Seafaris!
Exploring The Underwater People Circles In Grenada
It was a short but fun high speed boat trip to the snorkel site by Moliniere Point. The RHIB had great chairs that let you be comfortable as we raced over the waves. We arrived in the bay to find several other boats already moored. Boats came and went while we were there. Everyone suited up and dropped into the water.
Kimmie took us from statue to statue and explained a little about each one as we went. The first couple of statues were very busy when a large catamaran dropped a boatload of snorkellers. Kimmie took us for a longer swim to explore the underwater sculptures in Grenada. We started at a large circle of broken sculptures. We could see the frame with some standing figures but many of the figures were laid down.
From there we moved to the Circle of Children. Much work had been done to recover and fix the broken circle. The Circle of Children was a beautiful complete statue. When you got close, the coral growth could be seen.
The last underwater circle we visited was the Vicissitudes. This large circle was intact and quite stunning as we looked at it from many different angels.
Finding The Solo Sculptures Underwater in Grenada
As we snorkelled to explore the underwater sculptures in Grenada we found a number of other solo works. The Mermaid lay on the sand bottom.
I stayed at the surface to snorkel. David was able to dive down to get closer shots. From the surface, the Nutmeg Princess and Sienna were hazy. But when David got close he saw the detail and the dense coral growth.
Christ of the Deep stood on the bottom with his arms spread wide. A similar statue also exists in the main harbour. The Correspondent was a sculpture of a man sitting at a desk far below the surface.
Scattered here and there we also saw several sculptures that looked a bit like Aztec relics.
Other Things To See When You Snorkel In Grenada
The sun came and went. So some statues had lots of light and others looked more gloomy. It also rained quite heavily while we were snorkelling. But we were wet, so who cared.
We saw some coral as we snorkelled. Curious fish came up to play. At one point we saw a giant parrot fish swim by. One by one we lost snorkellers back to the boat. Kimmie took David and I to see one more underwater treat. Just before we were ready to give up, we got immersed in a large school of fish.
It was a treat to see other things snorkelling when we went to explore the underwater sculptures in Grenada!
Finishing Up With A Tour Along The Coast
After we finished snorkelling, Howard drove the boat along the coast. We pulled into a small cove with a long sand beach. Kimmie provided us with more information about Grenada animals and the local economy.
From there the boat moved to the smaller inner harbour at St. George’s. We had visited many of the spots around St. George’s when we last visited Grenada. It was great to see the town from the water. Colourful buildings went up the hills. Boats of all sizes and types were in the harbour. High above the town we saw Fort George. We learned more about the island and people of Grenada.
It was time to head back to our ship. As we neared the dock, we could see the large Azura ship beside our cruise ship. It was a great reminder how much smaller our ship was (630 versus 3600 passengers). We bade goodbye to Howard and Kimmie. I had been great to explore the underwater sculptures in Grenada with them.
A Great Day In Grenada To Explore The Underwater Sculptures In Grenada
When we visited Grenada the last time, we missed seeing the underwater sculptures. We were so glad we planned it in advance for this trip. There are only 10 places per day with Grenada Seafaris. So if you want to explore the underwater sculptures in Grenada, you should book in advance. There are other tours that take you snorkelling in this spot. But it certainly looked like we got a much more detailed tour of the sculptures than any other group we saw.
Grenada continues to enhance its marine parks. New sculptures have been added. We didn’t have perfect visibility, but it was still easy to see the sculptures from the surface when snorkelling. We would like to go back and scuba dive the site. The new wreck being sunk will join as a dive site between two offshore reefs. That will offer even more scuba diving options.
The underwater art of Jason De Claires Taylor is very interesting. If you are in Nassau, you might also want to visit the Ocean Atlas underwater sculptures.
The next day we took a catamaran trip in St Vincents and snorkelled again. It was not quite as unusual an underwater experience as we had in Grenada.
Have you snorkelled to explore the underwater sculptures in Grenada? Which was your favourite sculpture?
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