Regaldive Team Member John was lucky enough to spend a week on Grenada recently. Here's what he has to say:
I just got back from a great trip to the Caribbean island of Grenada and I’m pleased to say I had a fantastic time. I know it’s often said, but Grenada really has got something for everyone. Plenty of nice reefs and a good variety of wrecks for divers. The non- diver will not feel left out also, with plenty to see and do if wanted, or just time to relax on some beautiful beaches.
Staying at a couple of the hotels we feature and visiting the others was nice, just to see what lovely hotels we send our guests to. True Blue Bay was probably my favourite hotel as it’s a little bit different with its bright colours and interesting artworks. Blue Horizons Resort was also nice with great views from the rooms up the hillside, but still just a short walk from the wonderful Grand Anse Beach.
A quick look around the Flamboyant Hotel confirmed its spectacular location and I also met a group of Regal guests there and they were very pleased with their accommodation choice. Of course there is also Spice island Beach Resort if you feel like splashing out on some luxury.
The first day full day on the island was a non-diving day and an island tour was arranged. This was a great way to see a good snapshot of island life and natural beauty. The centre of the island is mountainous and covered in forest. There are plenty of waterfalls to explore, some a short walk from the road and some a bit of a trek through the forest. Interesting stops also included the chocolate estate, rum distillery and nutmeg processing plant.
So how was the diving? Again there is something for every type of diver, variety being the key. The location of Aquanauts Dive Centre is perfect for exploring the dive sites on both the Atlantic and Caribbean sides of the island and most can be reached in 10 to 20 minute boat rides.
Grenada is known for its wrecks, the most famous being the Bianca C, the largest wreck in the Caribbean. It’s a must dive for any wreck fans, although experience is required due to its depth. We also dived some smaller freighters, like the Shakem and Hema 1. I was really pleased to take some nice seahorse pictures on the Shakem. The Hema 1 was a very intense dive. As it followed the Bianca C we didn’t get a great deal of bottom time, but a lot was crammed into 20 minutes - nurse sharks, a blacktip shark, turtle and a lovely big spotted eagle ray.
There’s plenty for the reef lover to enjoy as well. I think I counted six different species of moray eel, some of which I’d never seen before. Of course it’s always great to find seahorses and I also saw my first ever frogfish. If you are not a fan of cold water diving you might like to know the water was a pleasant 27 degrees! The sculpture park is also worth a visit and its shallow depths are great for snorkelers too.
Aquanauts Dive Centre certainly looked after us very well; a very friendly and professional dive operation. I was also impressed that requests from guests were accommodated - the group I mentioned wanted to dive the Bianca C a couple of times and that was easily sorted.
So I suppose I ought to finish by recommending the best way to relax at the end of a day of diving or sightseeing. There is a drink that is the perfect way to end the day and that is a Rum Punch made with locally distilled Rum. Be careful though, as they are often made with the 80% proof version! All in all, I'd really recommend Grenada for anyone looking for a combination of great diving, good value for money, with lots to see and do topside... which makes for the perfect holiday I'd say!