Where Are The Best Places To Snorkel & Scuba Dive In The Grenadines?
With immaculate coral cays, protected bays and shallow reefs, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the Caribbean’s snorkeling hot spots. The best snorkeling spots in the country is The Tobago Cays, a group of 5 small coral islands circled by a horseshoe-shaped coral reef.
The Grenadines Offers Many Snorkeling And Scuba Diving Spots
When you are on your yacht charter in the Grenadines there are dozens of other great spots to explore around the 32 islands composing the archipelago.
Great snorkeling spots can be found all over the Grenadines. for example, Mayreau and Canouan, surrounded by coral reefs, are two of the best islands of the Grenadines for shore snorkeling. Snorkeling is possible from the beach in Union Island, particularly at Chatham Bay, where cushion sea stars are plentiful.
For those staying in Bequia, the short boat trip to Devil’s Table is recommended, there is a shallow reef full of sponges, sea fans, lobsters and stunning tropical fish, it is a perfect addition to your sailing charter itinerary.
1. Grenada Marine Park
Turtle. Photo by @martinkrulltott
Just sailing 10 minutes from St. George’s, you will find this incredible Marine Protected Area. Dragon Bay and Flamingo Bay have coral and sponge covered boulder formations that start at the shore and gradually drop to 10m; scuba divers can explore the deeper sections.
Here you will see a good variety of reef fish and turtles. Definitely, one of the best Grenadines Snorkeling Spots.
2. Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park
Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park. Photo by SunCat. CC BY 2.0.
In this amazing park, you can find many sculptures created both by local and international artists.
You will find blue creole wrasses, sergeant majors, squids, and parrotfishes. Visit Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park!
3. Sandy Island
Carriacou. Photo by @martinkrulltott
Sandy Island is located off of the west coast of Carriacou. Snorkelers will find underwater boulder formations that are covered by coral and sponge growth. You will see many colorful schooling reef fish on this Grenadine Snorkeling Spots.
4. Chatham Bay
Shark Pool on Union Island. Photo by Mary Witzig. CC BY 2.0
Located on the northern end of Union Island you will find this great snorkeling spot! Sea stars and turtles live in the strewn reef.
5. The Bat Cove
This is one of the most visited dive sites of Grenadines Snorkeling Spots, an exciting dive into an underwater crack that begins at three feet of water. It’s a half-submerged cave in Buccament Bay, which its surface is home to hundreds of rare bats.
6. Anchor Reef
Trunkfish. Photo by @martinkrulltott
One of the top dive sites in the world, it’s a stunning coral reef formation with beautiful swim-throughs.
7. Layow Wall
Is an excellent wall dive and a must stop point on the formations of Rock Fort.
8. Capital Wrecks
Wreck. Photo by @martinkrulltott
House of three shipwrecks all amazing dive spots but the best fit for experienced divers.
South Grenadines Snorkeling Spots, where color and corals rule we can find Bequia, Mustique and Mayreau Gardens.
Bequia. Photo by @martinkrulltott
Here you’ll find a wide range of sloping reef home to sponges, eagle rays, hawksbill turtles, seahorses, lobsters, crabs, squid, barracuda, batfish, and pipefish among other magnificent species.
Devil’s Table is the most accessible snorkeling spot here, just a few minutes sail from Admiralty Bay.
Mustique. Photo by @simondolanreal
It’s coral and reefs show sights of coral shrimp and shy spotted drums, fascinating fish, and other undersea species.
11. Mayreau Gardens
Mayreau Gardens. Photo by _dChris. CC BY 2.0.
The third big coral reef found south to the Grenadines is Mayreau Gardens, a very popular snorkeling spot where garden eels, crinoids, and flamingo tongues are very common to find. Also off Mayreau is Puruni, a 1918 British gun shipwreck which you can catch sight at 40 feet of water.
12. Tobago Cays
Eagle Ray. Photo by Jason Boldero. CC BY 2.0.
These are home to lots of green turtles where you’ll have a treasured snorkeling time with these wonderful creatures. Horseshoe Reef protects and surrounds four of the five Tobago Cays and makes it great for diving and snorkeling.
Baradel is one of the idyllic Tobago Cays, where a lush green of the aptly named turtle grass spreads out like an underwater field of dreams. You will also find turtles, stingrays and eagle rays.
Nearby Mopion, just off from Petit St. Vincent, a dreamy desert island you can find Mopion Reef, this snorkeling spot can be a good place to see sharks.
Mopion. Photo by Rein Ketelaars. CC BY-SA 2.0.
Yacht charter holidays are very popular on the Grenadines and St. Vincent and very popular for water activities. One of the best places for snorkeling because of the clear blue waters, packed with fascinating creatures and caressed by warm tropical breezes.
So what are you waiting for? Book your next yacht charter holidays here and visit the best Grenadines snorkeling spots!