Dive Travel / Grenada
Dive Travel: Grenada
Dive Conditions: Drift diving is the norm when diving Grenada as the islands are swept by the powerful Guyana Current. Depending on the site, currents can range from a gentle drift to a blistering three-and-a-half knots. Expect visibility between 30 and 100 feet depending on the site and season. Water temperatures range from winter lows of 79 degrees to summer highs of 84.
Weather: Temperatures range from 75 to 87 degrees. June to December is the rainy season, resulting in brief rain showers that blow through quickly. Diving and visibility are usually unaffected.
Getting There: You have several options for flying into Grenada's Point Salines International Airport (code: GND). Air Jamaica offers direct flights from New York's JFK airport, as well as connecting flights through Montego Bay. American Eagle offers flights from San Juan. You can also reach the island from Trinidad on BWIA, as well was LIAT and Caribbean Star via connections from Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia and Trinidad.
Documents: A valid passport and return ticket are required. There is also an EC$50 departure tax (about US$20) payable in cash. During live-aboard cruises you will cross between territorial waters of Grenada and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. The crew handles clearing you in and out of immigration, but you will need to provide a copy of your passport photo page three weeks in advance to expedite the process.
Time: Grenada is in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone.
Health: Tap water is considered safe to drink. Bottled water is available.
Dive Safety: The nearest recompression chambers are in Barbados and Trinidad, both about 30 minutes away by air ambulance.
Currency: Grenada uses the Eastern Caribbean dollar, which is set at a fixed exchange rate of EC$2.67 to US$1. U.S. currency is also frequently accepted, though your change will be given in EC. Credit cards can be used almost anywhere.
Electricity: Standard voltage is 220 volts/50 cycles and outlets are built for British standard three-pronged plugs. You’ll need a Type G adapter and transformer for U.S. standard 110-volt devices. Some resorts (True Blue Bay Resort being one) also provide U.S. standard outlets. The M/V Wind Dancer has U.S. standard outlets and voltage.
Dive Operators: Grenada Scuba Diving Association, www.grenadascubadivingassociation.com.
For More Info: Grenada Board of Tourism, www.grenadagrenadines.com.