While our team of dive specialists love a 'research' trip to
Grenada at any time of the year, a visit in early August is always
extra special. The first Monday and Tuesday of every August are
dedicated to Spicemas - Grenada's
ten-day carnival. The vibrant colours of the reefs are matched
onshore by the explosion of colour that comes with a Caribbean
carnival in full swing.
Grenada's signature dive is one for the metalheads - the wreck
of the Bianca C. Dubbed the 'Titanic of the Caribbean' due to its
imposing size, the 600ft-long former cruise liner sank in 1961 and
sits upright in 50 metres of water. Over the years, the Bianca C
has been listed as one of the top ten worldwide wreck sites by
several diving magazines, and upon descending, you'll immediately
realise why. Dives usually start at the cruise ship's swimming pool
before heading towards the funnel and foremast. As you swim or
drift towards the bow area, keep your eyes open for spotted eagle
rays, reef and nurse sharks, schools of Atlantic spadefish,
well-fed moray eels and spiralling barracuda. The wreck lies
between a healthy reef and the blue and is visited by denizens of
both. The wreck's depth and openness to current make this a dive
for the more experienced diver.
Another of the deeper wrecks, the MV Shakem, falls into the
territory of the more advanced diving in Grenada. The cargo ship
took on water and sank in 2001, and now sits intact on the sea bed
in 30 metres of water. Covered in colourful corals and sponges,
divers with the necessary experience and certification can explore
the captain's cabin and the engine room, while the propellers and
anchor are also well-visited areas.
The extensive Wibbles Reef is located a little further offshore
than some of Grenada's other dive sites and is a little deeper.
With the dive often involving a swift drift in addition to the
depth, the conditions at Wibbles Reef can be a bit more advanced.
Diving in Grenada features plenty of colourful reef fish, and
Wibbles is no different. Keep an eye out for the purple-hued creole
wrasse and striking French angelfish as you drift along.