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Sizzling Summer Specials in Grenada! Summer 2012 news

Sizzling Summer Specials in Grenada,
‘The Spice of the Caribbean’

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July 6, 2012. (Grenada, W.I.)? Heat things up this summer with a trip to Grenada, ‘The Spice of the Caribbean.’ Take advantage of Grenada’s summer specials and enjoy the countless luxuries and activities, from scuba diving to sightseeing, which the island has to offer.

Throughout the coming months, there are specials available at various properties around the island, which make a Grenadian getaway even more enticing. Specials include:

  • Blue Horizons Garden Resort ? Visit Blue Horizons Garden Resort this summer and enjoy a self-catering suite with resort amenities. This special includes seven nights, daily continental breakfast, welcome drinks, round-trip transportation to the airport, scuba diving lessons, a three-hour sightseeing tour and yoga for beginners.
  • The Flamboyant Hotel & Villas ? Specials are available throughout the summer at The Flamboyant. Book room only for US$ 50, room and full breakfast for US$ 72 or US$ 110, or all-inclusive for US$ 145. Prices are daily per person, based on double occupancy. Rates include all taxes and service charge. Use booking code SUMMER12. For travel until July 31, and August 16 through November 30.
  • Laluna ? Stay for seven nights and pay for six at this chic property. Upon booking at least seven nights in a Cottage Suite including breakfast and dinner (excluding drinks), enjoy a free night at Laluna!
  • LaSource ? From August 5 ? 18, this all-inclusive resort will feature Trevor Laurency, a fully qualified fitness and holistic instructor, who will be teaching a wide range of physical fitness and well-being classes.
  • Spice Island Beach Resort ? Book your stay at the luxurious Spice Island Beach Resort and receive complimentary nights. Book seven nights and pay for six; book 14 nights and pay for 12; or book 21 nights and pay for 18 though October 31, 2012.
  • True Blue Bay Resort & Villas ? Book early and take advantage of True Blue Bay’s summer specials. When you book at least three nights in July, September or October you will receive 30% off.

These specials are offered at the perfect time to thoroughly enjoy Grenada, as the season is filled with special events including the Rainbow City Festival, Carriacou Regatta and Carnival.

About Grenada Board of Tourism?
The Grenada Board of Tourism’s objective is to market and promote Grenada as a preferred year round Caribbean tourist destination, while providing technical and managerial support to the travel trade, industry partners and airlines. For more information on Grenada, contact the Grenada Board of Tourism at 416-595-1339, email at tourism@grenadaconsulate.com or visit www.grenadagrenadines.com. To receive the Grenada Board of Tourism’s regular newsletter please visit the website.

How to Get to Grenada from Canada
Grenada can be reached via Caribbean Airlines with their year-round twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) direct flight from Toronto to Grenada. Air Canada Vacations 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 to April. AC operates year-round daily flights from Toronto to Barbados (Saturday & Sunday departures from Montreal) with connections on LIAT to Grenada. WestJet operates a flight from Toronto to Barbados with connections on LIAT to Grenada. Sunwing offers charter flights at select times of the year. Titan Tours and G.G. Tours offer seasonal flights to Grenada. Alitours (www.alitours.com) and Total Vacations (www.totalvacations.ca) offers year-round land arrangements.

Alliouagana Festival of the Word, Montserrat. Nov 12-14, 2010

Dear Friends
 
In just about a fortnight from now we will be into the 2nd Alliouagana Festival of the Word which takes place from Friday November 12 to Sunday November 14, 2010.  We hope that as many persons as possible will find this Programme interesting and will try to find the time to attend and participate in all of the planned activities.  Attached is the Programme for the Weekend and you will note that the Pre-Festival Symposium on Thursday November 11 is in honour of the late Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell.  Kindly help with getting this information to as many persons as possible.
 
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have further questions.
 
Sincerely
 
 
Gracelyn
 
Gracelyn Cassell
Chair
Steering Committee
Alliouagana Festival of the Word
c/o The University of the West Indies
Open Campus Montserrat
P.O.Box 256
Salem, Montserrat
Tel:               664 491 3924        / 2344 office
Fax: 664 491 8924

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Arrow’s Funeral on October 1st, 2010

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Persons Coming for Arrow’s Funeral
Increased Flights and a Ferry Service to be Organised(September 23rd, 2010 – Brades, Montserrat):  In anticipation of the significant number of persons that will be coming for the funeral on October 1, 2010 of Montserrat’s most-famous son Arrow, the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) wishes to announce increased access, both by air and sea, to cater to these travelers.  In addition to the regularly scheduled air services on Winair (www.fly-winair.com) and Fly Montserrat (www.fly-montserrat.com), several additional charter flights are being organised on Fly Montserrat.  The cost of a return ticket from Antigua on these special charters is US$250 per person.   Passengers can pay in EC$ or US$ cash or by credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover Card).   Travelers are also advised to limit the amount of luggage they will be bringing, as the aircrafts can only take a very limited amount of baggage.  Along with an increased number of flights, a return ferry service will also operate during the week leading up to the funeral on Friday October 1, 2010.  Further detailed information on dates, frequency and times of departure will be circulated, as soon as information is confirmed regarding the number of persons wanting to travel by ferry.Persons wishing to travel to Montserrat for the funeral, whether on the special air charters or by ferry, are asked to contact the Montserrat Tourist Board by email at info@montserrattourism.ms, by phone at (664) 491 2231, by fax at (664) 491 7430.  The following information would be required:          Name of person traveling          Number of persons in the travel party         Time and date of arrival into Antigua         Airline and flight no. arriving into Antigua         Time and date of Departure from Antigua         Airline and flight no. for departure from Antigua         Indicate whether desirous of traveling  by air charters or ferry          Accommodation in Montserrat where you will be staying
This travel information is necessary so that adequate return flights and ferry services can be arranged in and out of Montserrat during the period leading up to the funeral and afterwards. Persons are also asked to monitor the Getting Here section of the MTBs website at http://www.visitmontserrat.com/Getting_Here for updates on travel arrangements and also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/islandofmontserrat?ref=ts

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
 
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

GRENADA- a recipe for Romance… August 2010 news

Grenada

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Media Contacts: Maureen Wright
Lindsay Tessis;
Phone: 800-387-1399/416-440-2500; Fax: 416-440-2504 

A Recipe for Romance – Sun, Sea and a Pinch of Spice in Grenada

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August 30, 2010. (Grenada, W.I.)–The idyllic tri-island nation of Grenada is a romantic wedding and honeymoon destination, a place to live out your dream day against a backdrop of swaying palm trees and turquoise blue waters.

A destination wedding on the tropical island of Grenada takes all the stress out of planning a wedding and allows couples to focus on enjoying their special time together. Many hotels, inns and resorts throughout the Island offer special wedding and honeymoon packages which they will customize to fit each couple’s needs.

No two weddings are ever alike, as they are all designed to reflect the individuals getting married. Wedding packages will often include: transportation to and from the Registrar’s Office, ceremony decorations, bridal bouquet and buttonhole for the groom, services of a professional photographer, wedding cake and celebratory champagne.

“We warmly welcome couples to Grenada and are so pleased when they choose to spend their special day with us,” said William Joseph, director of tourism for the Grenada Board of Tourism. “We do everything we can to ensure they have a magical beginning to their marriage.”

Couples are required to arrive at least three days before their wedding and most properties will help with the necessary legal arrangements, (the cost is included in many packages). For information on planning an Island wedding and the legal requirements, visit www.grenadagrenadines.com

Whether you are looking to say ‘I do’ on Grenada’s white sand beaches, in the lush rainforest, on a sailboat in the warm waters of the Caribbean, or at one of the many beautiful Island properties, the options are endless.

About Grenada Board of Tourism

The Grenada Board of Tourism objective is to market and promote Grenada as a preferred year round Caribbean tourist destination, while also providing technical and managerial support to the travel trade, industry partners and airlines. For more information on Grenada contact the Grenada Board of Tourism office in Toronto at 416-595-1339 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              416-595-1339      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, email at tourism@grenadaconsulate.com or visit www.grenadagrenadines.com

Interested in a romantic trip to Grenada? Click the link to view the following video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t8SeKdszGo&feature=youtu.be&a

How to Get to Grenada from Canada
Grenada can be reached via Air Canada Vacations that operates a seasonal direct flight from Toronto to Grenada (Sunday departure with easy connections from major Canadian gateways available at www.aircanadavacations.com) from December until April. 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 and Trinidad with connections on LIAT to Grenada. GG Tours operates a seasonal summer charter services from July through to September with a weekly direct flight from Toronto to Grenada www.ggtours.ca, as well as Titan Tours www.titantours.com. West Jet operates a flight from Toronto to Barbados with connections on LIAT to Grenada year round.

Regional Grenada

St. Patrick – The Historical & Hospitality Parish; St. Andrew – The Green Parish; St. David – The Pure Spice Parish; St. Mark – The Natural Foods & Wellness Parish; St John – The Fish & Nightlife Parish; Carriacou & Petit Martinique – The Original Culture Parish.

Grenada, a Green Destination for the Eco-Conscious

Media Contacts: Maureen Wright;
Phone: 800-387-1399/416-440-2500; Fax: 416-440-2504

Grenada, a Green Destination for the Eco-Conscious

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July 29, 2010. (Grenada, W.I.)–For the environmentally conscious traveler, Grenada is the perfect vacation option, with many hiking trails, pristine beaches, rainforests, waterfalls and sustainable activities to take-part in.

One of the gems of the Caribbean, Grenada is a part of the Windward Islands, located about 100 miles north of Venezuela. The temperature on the Island ranges from 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit year round. With its unique vegetation, topography and diverse wildlife, the country has gone to great lengths to protect this stunning natural environment.

“As Grenadians, we are extremely proud of our beautiful and sustainable island,” said William Joseph, director of tourism for the Grenada Board of Tourism. “I hope that visitors take the opportunity to experience the diversity of Grenada, from its lush rainforests and secluded beaches to its natural waterfalls.”

The development in Grenada has been unobtrusive; none of the Island’s hotels (that are all family owned with no large hotel chains on the Island) exceed the height of the palm trees, allowing for unobstructed views of the beaches and beautiful surroundings. One ninth of the land mass is dedicated to wildlife sanctuaries and rainforest parks.

If you are looking to discover beaches, you’ve come to the right spot. Dotted with small bays and inlets, Grenada and Carriacou are full of stunning white and black sand beaches and with over 40+ dive sites, it is home to some of the best diving in the Caribbean. The world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park can be found here and the sculptures that have been submerged have helped to regenerate marine life. For those looking for further active exploration and adventure there are many other options on land that exist.

Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve is one of the Island’s most popular locations for bird watching, hiking and trekking. Located in the interior of the Island, up in the mountains, the area is home to several ecological subsystems. Stop by the Grand Etang Lake during your visit to the park, located at 531 meters above sea level, it is a water-filled crater from one of the Island’s extinct volcanoes.

During a visit to the Park you’re likely to see a variety of animals and species of birds. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see the mona monkey while hiking in the Grand Etang. This small primate was first introduced to Grenada from West Africa during the time of slavery. Hikes through Grand Etang can range in length from 15 minutes to a number of hours.

Visit La Sagesse Nature Centre, on Grenada’s south-west coast, for some of the best bird watching on the island. The government protects the mangrove swamps found along the beaches of La Sagesse, in order to maintain their natural wildlife and vegetation. For a different perspective, go river tubing and spend time floating down the Bathazar River, while taking in the lush vegetation as you glide along.

For a truly unique experience, watch the majestic leatherback turtles as they lay their eggs on Levera Beach, a protected area from May to September. Turtle watching can be arranged through Ocean Spirits, a not-for-profit established in 1999 to protect Grenada’s turtles.

For those looking to get outdoors and experience an island with so much on offer in terms of natural wonders, no other country can compare to Grenada, ‘the Spice of the Caribbean.’

About Grenada Board of Tourism
The Grenada Board of Tourism objective is to market and promote Grenada as a preferred year round Caribbean tourist destination, while also providing technical and managerial support to the travel trade, industry partners and airlines. For more information on Grenada contact the Grenada Board of Tourism office in Toronto at  416-595-1339  416-595-1339 , email at tourism@grenadaconsulate.com or visit www.grenadagrenadines.com

How to Get to Grenada from Canada
Grenada can be reached via Air Canada Vacations that operates a seasonal direct flight from Toronto to Grenada (Sunday departure with easy connections from major Canadian gateways available at www.aircanadavacations.com) from December until April. 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 and Trinidad with connections on LIAT to Grenada. GG Tours operates a seasonal summer charter services from July through to September with a weekly direct flight from Toronto to Grenada www.ggtours.ca, as well as Titan Tours www.titantours.com. West Jet operates a flight from Toronto to Barbados with connections on LIAT to Grenada year round.

SVG Air: daily flights between St.Lucia and St.Vincent

SVG AIR INTRODUCES DAILY FLIGHTS BETWEEN ST. LUCIA AND ST. VINCENT

 New York, NY, June 3, 2010 – SVG Air reaches new heights this summer with the launch of daily flights between St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ E.T. Joshua Airport (SVD) on the main island of St. Vincent.  The service will operate a five-seat Aero Commander, a seven-seat Cessna 402C, a nine-seat Islander, and a 19-seat Twin Otter, departing every day (seven days a week) at 4:15PM, and arriving St. Vincent at 4:35PM.  The return flight departs St. Vincent at 10:30AM, arriving St. Lucia at 10:50AM.  Roundtrip fare is $310 per adult, and $260 per child (10 and younger), including taxes and fuel charges.  “We’re proud to pioneer a service that will increase the number of overseas arrivals to St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” said Paul Gravel, SVG Air’s Managing Director.  “With this quick hop over in place, we’re providing maximum convenience for travelers flying between St. Lucia and St. Vincent as well as for those continuing on from St. Vincent to the pristine Grenadines.”

About SVG Air

SVG Air is the second largest air carrier in the Eastern Caribbean.  Based in St. Vincent, Barbados, St. Lucia, and Grenada, and with hangar facilities in Kingstown, Bequia and Canouan, the company operates scheduled and chartered flights throughout the Caribbean.  Specific gateways are: Barbados, Nevis, Bequia, Canouan, St Vincent, St. Kitts, St. Marten, Union Island, Mustique, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Barts, Anguilla, Martinique, Guyana, and Jamaica.  For more information, please visit www.SVGAir.com.

About St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A collection of 32 unspoiled islands and cays in the secluded Eastern Caribbean, St. Vincent and the Grenadines boasts the best of what the authentic Caribbean is renowned for: pristine white and black sand beaches; tranquil waters for exceptional diving, sailing and snorkeling; a verdant topography for family-friendly soft adventure activities; private island retreats for destination weddings and honeymoons; historic sites that unveil a colorful culture; friendly people; and vibrant carnivals and regattas.   

The Grenadines stretch for 45 miles south from the main island of St. Vincent and include eight inhabited islands: Young Island, Bequia, Union, Mayreau, Mustique, Canouan, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent.  Tobago Cays is a horseshoe shaped reef that shields five deserted islets and is renowned as a sailing and snorkeling mecca.  For more information, please visit www.discoversvg.com.

Grenada. May 2010 news

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Grenada is a history aficionado’s dream

 

May 28, 2010. (Grenada, W.I.)–A trip to ‘the Spice of the Caribbean’ is an historical and cultural journey. Part of the Windward Islands, the tri-island nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique was first sighted by Christopher Columbus back in 1498 and it is steeped in rich history, unbeknownst to many visitors.

The Arawak speaking Amerindians from South America are thought to have been the first settlers in Grenada. These original inhabitants spent their lives working in agriculture and fishing, crafting jewelry and musical instruments, and building boats. These trades and traditions still play an influential role in today’s society.

There is a strong French influence in Grenada that goes back to 1649. The name Grenada dates back to this time, when the French named the country ‘la Grenade.’ This name originated in Granada, Spain, in the 1500’s.

After the British seized control in 1763, the country became known as Grenada. It was not until February 7, 1974, that Grenada received its independence from Britain, a day that is proudly celebrated each year with beach parties, sporting events and official speeches and presentations.

Inhabitants on the tiny island of Carriacou can be traced back as early as 1000 A.D., when Arawaks and then Caribs settled there. Written records from 1656 suggest that the name came from the Carib term, Kayryouacou, meaning ‘land surrounded by reef.’ The island has many unique customs and traditions and was once home to a village of Scottish boat builders.

“We are extremely proud of our history and culture in Grenada,” said William Joseph, director of tourism for the Grenada Board of Tourism. “We hope visitors will take the opportunity to explore some of our historical sites and really understand Grenada’s culture in this context.”

When visiting Grenada there are numerous historical sites that visitors can explore for the opportunity to step back in time, including:

Belmont Estate: This 300 year old plantation is found in Belmont, St. Patrick’s, and is home to a museum, gardens and an old cemetery.

Fedon’s Camp: Only accessible by foot, this site is located in the central mountain range of the Grand Etang. It was named after a French planter, who led a revolt against the British in 1795.

Fort George: Built back in 1706, Fort George offers a view of the entire skyline of the town of St. George’s.

Fort Frederick: This fort was completed in 1791 on Richmond Hill and is another perfect spot for photo opportunities, providing a spectacular view of St. George’s.

Grenada National Museum:
Housing a variety of historical artifacts, this museum is found in the remains of the old army barracks and prison, built back in 1704.

Leapers Hill: This historical landmark received its name after the last Carib Indians sacrificed themselves and leapt off the cliff edge, instead of surrendering to the French in 1651.

Plantation House:
This beautiful stone building was built back in the 18th century and is a relaxing spot to visit for lunch.

River Antoine Rum Distillery: This rum distillery is the oldest functioning water-propelled distillery in the Caribbean. The process they use here to distill rum remains much the same as it did back in the 1800’s.

The Carriacou Museum: This museum is housed in a restored cotton gin mill and provides a look at life during the British and French occupation of the islands.

Grenada is home to fiercely proud people with a rich heritage and culture. With pristine, white sand beaches, turquoise blue waters, friendly, welcoming people and truly unique historical sites, a trip to Grenada is unlike anything else.

About Grenada Board of Tourism
The Grenada Board of Tourism objective is to market and promote Grenada as a preferred year round Caribbean tourist destination, while also providing technical and managerial support to the travel trade, industry partners and airlines. For more information on Grenada contact the Grenada Board of Tourism office in Toronto at  416-595-1339  416-595-1339 , email at tourism@grenadaconsulate.com or visit www.grenadagrenadines.com

How to Get to Grenada from Canada
Grenada can be reached via Air Canada Vacations that operates a seasonal direct flight from Toronto to Grenada (Sunday departure with easy connections from major Canadian gateways available at www.aircanadavacations.com ) from December until April. 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 and Trinidad with connections on LIAT to Grenada. GG Tours and Titan Tours operate seasonal charter services (www.ggtours.ca and www.titantours.com ). West Jet operates a flight from Toronto to Barbados with connections on LIAT to Grenada year round. American Airlines operates a non-stop flight three times per week from Miami to Grenada.
 

 

Grenada : New Website Launch April 2010

April 27, 2010 (Grenada, W.I.) –Things are heating up in Grenada starting with the launch of their new, custom designed website at www.grenadagrenadines.com

The multi-lingual website (available in English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese) is the culmination of a year’s work and emphasizes the country’s vibrant culture. The site has a number of new functions including a fully featured trip planner, tour operator locator, interactive map and blog, to name a few. Each aspect helps to create an enhanced experience when visiting Grenada’s website.

“We are excited to launch our new website www.grenadagrenadines.com,” said William Joseph, the director of tourism for the Grenada Board of Tourism. “The site highlights Grenada’s famous hospitality and captures the true spirit of the country. This is just a taste of what you’ll get when you come visit Grenada!”

Trip Planner/Events: This function allows visitors to plan a trip specifically tailored to their travel needs. Through an Expedia link on the site, visitors can book any hotel or resort. Visitors to the website can also create an online profile and save trip plans each step of the way. An interactive events calendar listing all events happening in Grenada (365 days per year!) helps to refine trips.

Tour Operator Locator: This unique function allows visitors to locate affiliated tour operators anywhere in the world, providing both location and contact information.

Interactive Map: The interactive maps provide views of dive sites, marinas, historical sites, hotels and resorts.

Media and Travel Professionals: The section contains news releases and features. Travel professionals can register and create an account, so that they can easily help their clients plan trips to Grenada.

Island Blog: Stay up-to-date on what’s going on in Grenada by reading the island blog.

Visitor Experiences: A visit to www.grenadagrenadines.com is an interactive experience. Share beautiful island images with other visitors by submitting photos online, or visit the multimedia gallery to watch videos of Grenada.

About Grenada Board of Tourism
– The Grenada Board of Tourism (GBT) objective is to market and promote Grenada as a preferred year round Caribbean tourist destination, while also providing technical and managerial support to the travel trade, industry partners and airlines. For more information on Grenada contact the Grenada Board of Tourism office in Toronto at  416-595-1339  416-595-1339 , email at tourism@grenadaconsulate.com or visit www.grenadagrenadines.com

How to Get to Grenada from Canada – Grenada can be reached via Air Canada Vacations that operates a seasonal direct flight from Toronto to Grenada (Sunday departure with easy connections from major Canadian gateways (www.aircanadavacations.com ). AC operates 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 and Trinidad with connections on LIAT to Grenada. GG Tours and Titan Tours operate seasonal charter services (www.ggtours.ca and www.titantours.com). West Jet operates a flight from Toronto to Barbados with connections on LIAT to Grenada year round.

Diving in Grenada. March 2010 issue

The secret is out…diving in Grenada is some of the Caribbean’s best

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March 18, 2010. (Grenada, W.I.) –The otherworldly, weightless experience of diving in Grenada and Carriacou is both exhilarating and awe-inspiring. As you drift silently through the clear blue waters of the Caribbean, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and abundant marine life, you are completely disconnected from the rest of the world, left to reflect on your incredible surroundings.

More and more people are quickly discovering that Grenada and Carriacou is home to some of the best diving in the Caribbean. In fact, it is THE tropical destination for divers.

Sharks, turtles, lobsters, stingrays, unlimited schools of small tropical fish and coral are just some of the marine life you’ll see diving. Whether you are a beginner looking to take a lesson or get your certification, or you are an experienced diver, the area has over 30 dive sites, with varying levels of difficulty, for divers to explore.

Divers have the opportunity to dive at sites in both Grenada and Carriacou. The depth of most dive sites varies from 20ft to 120ft. The deepest site, the Bianca C, is actually home to the largest wreck in the Caribbean, making for an exhilarating and challenging dive experience.

Grenada is the site of the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park. Located at Molinere Bay, the original sculptures were designed by British sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor and were submerged at a number of sites. Snorkeling or diving in the Sculpture Park is a truly magical experience and a ‘must do’ for visitors to Grenada. The sculptures have had a positive impact on the underwater ecosystem by allowing for the creation of artificial reefs.

“We are proud to be home to the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park and I only hope that visitors to the island will take the opportunity to see these unique pieces of art while in Grenada,” said William Joseph, director of tourism for the Grenada Board of Tourism. “Visitors to the island are quickly discovering that we have some of the best diving in the Caribbean and we continue to see diving grow in popularity.”

In order to ensure the maintenance and further development of the site, the Underwater Park Action Group was established. Seven new sculptures will soon be added to the Park, the first of which was recently completed. Titled ‘The Silent Cry’, the sculpture was designed to capture the feel of the trees within Grenada’s rainforest. Created by Rene Froelich and produced along with craftsman Jefferson Thomas, it is the largest sculpture to date, standing 7ft tall.

Grenada is home to numerous reputable dive operators, all of whom are regulated by the Grenada Scuba Diving Association. Members of the Diving Association all carry international affiliations such as PADI, NAUI and BSAC.

Dive companies in Grenada and Carriacou are all strongly committed to preserving the underwater environment and regulations are in place to ensure their preservation. Damaging coral by anchor, chains and other means is strictly prohibited. No marine life may be taken from the waters while diving or snorkeling and use of a spear gun, Hawaiian sling, pole spear or seine net is not permitted without the proper license.

Dive sites in Grenada include the following:

Bianca C – On this advanced deep dive you’ll explore the largest wreck in the Caribbean. The 600-foot cruise ship sank in 1961 and has become a popular dive site. At 167ft, this advanced dive requires a checkout dive.

Boss Reef – This extensive reef consists of three main dive sites, where you’ll see a variety of underwater life.

Grenada Marine Park, Happy Valley & Flamingo Bay – This sheltered bay is the perfect spot for beginner divers; close to shore some of the most abundant fish life can be found.

Hema 1 Wreck – Home to barracuda, nurse sharks, turtles and pelagic fish, this site is at a depth of 110ft.

Kick ‘em Jenny – Full of rare and plentiful marine life, Kick ‘em Jenny is a submarine volcano.

King Mitchell – This is one of the best advanced diving sites found in Grenada. Four miles out in the Atlantic Ocean, the wreck of a minesweeper can be found.

Kohanee – This is one of Grenada’s most colourful reefs and you are certain to see plenty of marine life when diving here.

Dragon Bay, Molinere Reef & Bucaneer Wreck – The wall portion of this dive is suitable for beginners along the top and advanced divers along the bottom. Inhabited by seahorses, lobsters and the occasional stingray, there is plenty to see at Molinere Reef. The reef begins at 20ft underwater, slopes to a wall at 35ft and drops to 65ft where the Bucaneer Wreck, a 43-foot yacht can be found.

Purple Rain – Home to angelfish, lobster, turtles, green moray eels and stingrays, this reef dive will not disappoint.

Quarter Wreck – This wreck lies on the edge of Grand reef and has beautiful coral formations and large schools of fish in the deeper parts.

Red Buoy – An 18th century wreck, now visible as clumps of coral, can be seen on this dive.

San Juan Wreck – Also known as shark wreck, this site is a resting spot for nurse sharks.

Shakem Wreck – The inter-island freighter visible at this dive site has been overgrown with coral and remains fully intact.

Shark Reef – At a depth of 60ft, divers will often see sleeping nurse sharks, giant channel clinging crabs, lobster, moray eels, turtles and reef sharks.

Spice Island Reef – This is the ideal spot for beginners to learn how to dive.

Three Wrecks – This site is home to the remains of a cargo ship, yet is rarely dived due to strong currents.

Veronica L. – This small cargo vessel can be found in 50ft of water schooled by Creole wrasses and chromis.

Whibble Reef – During this advanced drift dive, you’re likely to see schools of jack, runner and wrasse. Turtles, eagle rays and the occasional sleeping sand shark can also be seen among the brown coral.

Windmill Shallows – This narrow ridge is 20ft to 30ft wide and many schools of fish can be seen on this dive.

Dive sites in Carriacou include the following:

Barracuda Point – For experienced divers only, this site provides many stunning photo opportunities.

Deep Blue-Carriacou – Sloping from 27ft to 130ft, this reef sometimes has strong currents.

Divers Surprise – This reef slopes from 20ft to 75ft and barracuda, snapper, flamingo tongue, moray eels, lobster and crab can be found here.

Magic Garden – The wreck of a small tugboat can be seen on this dive, along with a rock-garden and ‘champagne’ bubbles from volcanic activity.

Millennium 2000 – As this site has no strong currents, it is well suited for beginners and night diving.

Sharky’s Hideaway – Divers can expect to see nurse sharks, along with green moray eels and porcupine fish.

Twin Sisters – This dive, for experienced divers only, is one of the most spectacular in the region.

Western Adventure – This dive site is suitable for both beginners and experienced divers. It is a good location for underwater photography, as well as night diving.

World of Dreams – When diving this reef you are likely to see stingray, angelfish, turtles and giant soft coral.

Wreck of the Westsider – This spectacular wreck dive can be found at a depth of 90ft and is suitable for experienced divers only.

The following dive sites can only be accessed during dive trips to Isle de Rhonde:

The Deep Blue – At this dive site there is a steep wall covered with beautiful sea fans and sponges. Ending in the shallow reef, you’ll see star coral boulders, which provide shelter for nurse sharks, lobsters and moray eels.

Sister Islands – This dive site is centered around a grouping of three rocks, hence the name Sister Islands.

Diamond Rock – The rock divides the currents and it is an excellent spot to see both turtles and sharks.

 

About Grenada Board of Tourism – The Grenada Board of Tourism (GBT) objective is to market and promote Grenada as a preferred year round Caribbean tourist destination, while also providing technical and managerial support to the travel trade, industry partners and airlines. For more information on Grenada contact the Grenada Board of Tourism office in Toronto at  416-595-1339  416-595-1339 , email at tourism@grenadaconsulate.com or visit www.grenadagrenadines.com

How to Get to Grenada from Canada – Grenada can be reached via Air Canada Vacations that operates a seasonal direct flight from Toronto to Grenada until April 2010 (Sunday departure with easy connections from major Canadian gateways available at www.aircanadavacations.com ). AC operates 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 and Trinidad with connections on LIAT to Grenada. GG Tours and Titan Tours operate seasonal charter services (www.ggtours.ca and www.titantours.com ). West Jet operates a flight from Toronto to Barbados with connections on LIAT to Grenada year round. American Airlines operates a non-stop flight three times per week from Miami to Grenada.