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Tauchen in Grenada

Grenada ist eine Insel „über den Wind“ und gehört zu den kleinen Antillen. Bergseen, Wasserfälle, tropische Vegetation, Palmen, Reggae und Strände, deren Namen schon Zauber versprechen (Grande Anse), kennzeichnen dieses Karibik-Paradies. Und natürlich seine Top-Tauchgebiete, die so nahezu alles bieten, was das Tauchen in der Karibik so attraktiv macht. Dass der Service bisweilen etwas "locker" gesehen wird, ist eben halt "Reggae".

Die letzen Reiseberichte unser Nutzer - immer einen Blick wert:

Wir waren von Mitte Februar bis Anfang März 2011 auf Grenada und hatten uns nach Internet-Recherchen für Scubatech Grenada als Basis entschieden.
Wir haben die Entscheidung nicht bereut. Schon der email-Kontakt mit Buchungsanfrage und organisatorischen Fragen wurde von Sabine ausgesprochen nett und mit vielen kompetenten Informationen zu Insel + Hotels etc. geführt.
Der Empfang auf der Basis, Einchecken und Einweisung in den Tauchbetrieb waren sehr persönlich und freundlich. Logbuch und ärztliches Attest wurden intensiv besprochen.
Zur Basis: Die Basis ist relativ klein, der Service umfassend, sehr freundlich und persönlich. Vom pünktlichen Abholen im Hotel über Fertigmachen der Ausrüstung vor dem Tauchen und Ausspülen nach dem Tauchen (wer das nicht wollte, musste es nur sagen, dann konnte er das natürlich auch selbst tun) bis zum Angebot, beim Einkaufen auch mal was aus dem Supermarkt mitzubringen. Schön war auch, daß es für das Boot einen Steg in einer geschützten Bucht gibt, was Ein- und Aussteigen angenehm gemacht hat – wir haben das auf Grenada auch anders gesehen, da „durften“ Taucher schon mal bei Seegang vor unserem Hotel an Land schwimmen und hatten sichtlich wenig Spaß dabei.
Das Leih-Equipment sah gut aus, näheres kann ich nicht sagen, wir hatten eigene Ausrüstung dabei. Von der Technik her hatten wir nie Probleme, Nitrox war „for free“, Flaschen immer in Ordnung und mit über 200 bar gefüllt.
Mit etwas Flexibilität konnte man seine Tauchgänge super planen und die Plätze abstimmen, die man sehen wollte. Die Empfehlungen von Carsten und Jochen waren immer gut und auf unser Erfahrungsniveau abgestimmt. Wenn mal Taucher von einem Kreuzfahrtschiff abgeholt werden sollten, wusste man das rechtzeitig vorher und konnte entscheiden, ob man mit will (Marine Park mit den Skulpturen ist z.B. ganz nett – aber öfter als einmal haben wir dort nicht hingemusst). Wir waren so oft nur zu zweit oder zu dritt auf dem Boot und hatten einen Guide für uns. Die Gruppen waren eh nie größer als 3-4 Taucher pro Guide, wir hatten damit immer ziemlich relaxte Tauchgänge und konnten meist die angepeilten 60 Minuten unter Wasser bleiben.
Das Boot war/ist eine Zehnmeter- Piroge mit Sonnenschutz (haben wir meist als Regenschutz gebraucht, aber dafür konnte die Basis ja nun wirklich nichts) und Klappleiter zum Einsteigen. Der Platz war nicht üppig, wenn 8-10 Taucher/Schnorchler dabei waren und die Ablagemöglichkeiten sind da naturgemäß beschränkt, aber erstens waren wir meist weniger Leute und zweitens war das bei den meist recht kurzen Ausfahrten (zwischen 10 und 40 Minuten) nicht wirklich von Bedeutung.
Zu den Tauchplätzen: Wer Wracks mag, kommt ziemlich auf seine Kosten, die Beschreibungen der Tauchplätze auf der homepage von Scubatech kann man gut zur Info nutzen. Die Bianca C. ist schon beeindruckend, der TG aber tiefenbedingt auch mit NITROX recht kurz und anspruchsvoll, zumal es da durchaus eine ordentliche Strömung geben kann und man gegen die am Bojenseil abtauchen muß.
Die Plätze auf der Karibik-Seite waren bei unserem Besuch wetterbedingt von der Sicht her nicht so gut, aber es gab eigentlich immer bunte Schwärme Creole Wrasses und andere Schwarmfische, meist auch Muränen, ab und zu Schildkröten, Barrakudas und auch Adlerrochen zu sehen. Der Bewuchs ist lange nicht so bunt wie in Ägypten oder auf den Malediven, aber das sollte man wissen, wenn man sich für die Karibik als Ziel entscheidet und man kann eigentlich immer etwas Interessantes entdecken, wenn man sich mit offenen Augen umschaut.
Auf der Atlantik-Seite war die See meist etwas rauh, aber dafür die Sicht besser und die Ausfahrt von der Basis in der Regel recht kurz.
Uns hat dort das Shark-Reef gut gefallen, es gab immer etwas Neues zu sehen, Ammenhaie in allen Größen, Stechrochen, Flötenfische, Massen Creole Wrasses, große Seespinnen usw. Beim letzten Tauchgang hatten wir 60 Minuten den Gesang von Buckelwalen als Begleitung, die Wale selbst aber leider nicht gesehen.
Ein schöner Platz war auch Fishermens Paradise, an der Schnittstelle zwischen Karibik und Atlantik, der aber sinnvoll nur betaucht werden kann, wenn die Strömung nicht zu stark ist. Das Felsriff ist nicht sehr groß, aber wir haben dort von einem richtig massigen Ammenhai über große Schwärme bis zu Adlerrochen alles gesehen, was angekündigt war.
Fazit: Grenada hat uns als Insel mit interessanter Natur und überaus freundlichen Menschen sehr gut gefallen. Für einen reinen Tauchurlaub ist es eigentlich zu schade, man verpasst viel zu viel, wenn man sich nicht auch über Wasser umschaut.
Tauchen würden wir auf Grenada immer wieder mit Scubatech. Service, Kompetenz und Freundlichkeit haben wir selten so erlebt, wie bei Sabine, Carsten und Jochen, Käpt’n Sao und Pearl. Vielen Dank dafür und 6 von 6 Flossen.


Shark reef


Flamingozunge

Tobago, Grenada, Carriacou – May June 2011

Imagine yourself hiking through some forest area and you hear no birds singing, see no squirrels, deer, wildlife at all, a scary and terrible scene.
This idea crept into my mind on a dive in Grenada. The guide got excited and called our attention by banging wildly on his tank, only to show us the only French Angle Fish on that dive. I was surprised, in Tobago, if they would copy this for me annoying behaviour, you would hear banging all through the dive.
On my dive trips worldwide, I feel a serious decline in “wildlife” on the reefs, which surely makes you worried about our environment in the whole.

Tobago, diving with Extra Divers Speyside, run by an Italian German couple, Cinzia + Robert, they have their shop on Nabucco Resort Speyside Inn. In my week there they tried to show me nearly all available dive sites there even looking out for a new one which turned into a blue water dive, when we couldn´t find the reef. Fishlife coral and sponges are good, some places show spots of algae cover. We had tarpons, jacks, turtles, barracuda, squids once a manta cruised past. Water was 29 C, inside Speyside it was easy fun diving, a bit outside we had choppy seas and sometimes tricky currents. Vis was often poor around 10 m got better during the week. Round the corner on the Atlantic side we dove Sister Island, nearly similar to Roco Partida at Soccoro, vis was much better there, huge boulders, and drop offs round the islands, nice Gorgonia and soft coral on the walls. Surface interval most of the time we spent in a bay close to Little Tobago a bird sanctuary island. Cinzia is an excellent dive instructor and guide, she seems to have your computer all the time in her head. When you notice you are close to deco and plan to slowly go up, you will see in front of you, she already changed the dive profile, so nobody would endanger his/her no decompression time. She even dared to scold divers taking pictures, holding onto the reef. You rarely see this with dive guides, as it´s always the question, value for money – loosing customers. We had rain nearly every other day, hurricane season seems to start. They plan to turn the Speyside area into a marine park, which seems to only slowly if at all get started.
Nabucco Resort Speyside Inn is a nice but a bit run down hotel. With lots of paint and nails, you could turn it into beautiful place again. It sits across a street right next to the beach, has a small swimming pool and some beautiful cottages on a slope. Meals were good, only few European guests at that time.

Dive Grenada, next to Grand Anse at Flamboyant Hotel is run by Helen and Phil a British couple. Dive operation is efficient and very safety aware. Their boat is a bit small, the captain stunning in his efforts to keep you from harm in any way. Dive sites inside the Bay were poor, too shallow for my taste, vis rather modest, not much fish life around (see top). They have their marine park with it´s sculptures at Molliniere, nice to see once and tick off. The wreck dives they offer are good, there is the quite famous Bianca C, the Shakem and Veronica L. where you will find better fishlife around, some barracuda, jacks. Round the corner near the airport, the reef is much better, nice hard coral + sponges, some fish life, hiding lobster and nurse sharks. It´s easy diving, calm surface, 29 C, sunny.
Flamboyant Hotel is a huge place on the cliff side of Grand Anse with beautiful rooms. Awesome view from your room across the whole bay and St. George. Swimming pool and good beach, meals were not up to the standard the hotel provides, maybe due to low season.

Carriacou Silver Diving run by a German couple Claudia and “Max” Werner Nagel. Their shop is on the main street next to the beach. They have a small boat and trips to the dive site take only 1o min or less. Most dives are between 9 and 15 m inside the bay, which is called SIOBMA = Sandy Island Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area. On your dives you immediately notice, there is something wrong with the reef besides areas with brownish algae cover. Fish are extremely shy, and only few times you will find species bigger than a hand. Your idea immediately is – spear gun fishing – which seems to be right, even though this is a marine park. We saw some sting rays, eagle rays, small turtles. Two nice smaller wrecks are inside the bay where you can do a bit of cruising inside, a tug and John D. wreck. My last day we went to Sister Island,
which turned out to be the best site on my whole vacation. Abundant soft coral, sponges, good fish life around the islands on the off shore side. Until we encountered a huge fishing net stuck in the coral reaching down from 2o to about 35 m. Three smaller nurse sharks, one white tip, a turtle and a big lobster already got entangled and died. Another nurse shark still moved it´s gills, I managed to free it from the net, but it was so weak, couldn´t swim on it´s own, I placed it in a sandy area and hoped it would survive. This happens in a protected area where officials claim to have wardens patrolling the sites and warn with fines by breaches of MPA rules! I offered Max help to remove the net, he refused, afraid he might find his dive boat gone the next morning, the engine destroyed or his house set on fire. The only chance he saw in a letter to the chairman of the marine park, which he did at once and I will follow. How long will it then take these guys to do something? Each day more fish will die inside the net!
Green Roof Inn is a small very nice place on a rise about 10 min. outside Hillsborough, where you are surrounded by trees and flowers with an awesome view over the whole bay and it´s little islands. Rooms are modest, they have two nice cottages in the garden. Meals are served on a terrace overlooking garden, slopes and beaches.
Tobago, Grenada, Carriacou – May June 2011

Imagine yourself hiking through some forest area and you hear no birds singing, see no squirrels, deer, wildlife at all, a scary and terrible scene.
This idea crept into my mind on a dive in Grenada. The guide got excited and called our attention by banging wildly on his tank, only to show us the only French Angle Fish on that dive. I was surprised, in Tobago, if they would copy this for me annoying behaviour, you would hear banging all through the dive.
On my dive trips worldwide, I feel a serious decline in “wildlife” on the reefs, which surely makes you worried about our environment in the whole.

Tobago, diving with Extra Divers Speyside, run by an Italian German couple, Cinzia + Robert, they have their shop on Nabucco Resort Speyside Inn. In my week there they tried to show me nearly all available dive sites there even looking out for a new one which turned into a blue water dive, when we couldn´t find the reef. Fishlife coral and sponges are good, some places show spots of algae cover. We had tarpons, jacks, turtles, barracuda, squids once a manta cruised past. Water was 29 C, inside Speyside it was easy fun diving, a bit outside we had choppy seas and sometimes tricky currents. Vis was often poor around 10 m got better during the week. Round the corner on the Atlantic side we dove Sister Island, nearly similar to Roco Partida at Soccoro, vis was much better there, huge boulders, and drop offs round the islands, nice Gorgonia and soft coral on the walls. Surface interval most of the time we spent in a bay close to Little Tobago a bird sanctuary island. Cinzia is an excellent dive instructor and guide, she seems to have your computer all the time in her head. When you notice you are close to deco and plan to slowly go up, you will see in front of you, she already changed the dive profile, so nobody would endanger his/her no decompression time. She even dared to scold divers taking pictures, holding onto the reef. You rarely see this with dive guides, as it´s always the question, value for money – loosing customers. We had rain nearly every other day, hurricane season seems to start. They plan to turn the Speyside area into a marine park, which seems to only slowly if at all get started.
Nabucco Resort Speyside Inn is a nice but a bit run down hotel. With lots of paint and nails, you could turn it into beautiful place again. It sits across a street right next to the beach, has a small swimming pool and some beautiful cottages on a slope. Meals were good, only few European guests at that time.

Dive Grenada, next to Grand Anse at Flamboyant Hotel is run by Helen and Phil a British couple. Dive operation is efficient and very safety aware. Their boat is a bit small, the captain stunning in his efforts to keep you from harm in any way. Dive sites inside the Bay were poor, too shallow for my taste, vis rather modest, not much fish life around (see top). They have their marine park with it´s sculptures at Molliniere, nice to see once and tick off. The wreck dives they offer are good, there is the quite famous Bianca C, the Shakem and Veronica L. where you will find better fishlife around, some barracuda, jacks. Round the corner near the airport, the reef is much better, nice hard coral + sponges, some fish life, hiding lobster and nurse sharks. It´s easy diving, calm surface, 29 C, sunny.
Flamboyant Hotel is a huge place on the cliff side of Grand Anse with beautiful rooms. Awesome view from your room across the whole bay and St. George. Swimming pool and good beach, meals were not up to the standard the hotel provides, maybe due to low season.

Carriacou Silver Diving run by a German couple Claudia and “Max” Werner Nagel. Their shop is on the main street next to the beach. They have a small boat and trips to the dive site take only 1o min or less. Most dives are between 9 and 15 m inside the bay, which is called SIOBMA = Sandy Island Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area. On your dives you immediately notice, there is something wrong with the reef besides areas with brownish algae cover. Fish are extremely shy, and only few times you will find species bigger than a hand. Your idea immediately is – spear gun fishing – which seems to be right, even though this is a marine park. We saw some sting rays, eagle rays, small turtles. Two nice smaller wrecks are inside the bay where you can do a bit of cruising inside, a tug and John D. wreck. My last day we went to Sister Island,
which turned out to be the best site on my whole vacation. Abundant soft coral, sponges, good fish life around the islands on the off shore side. Until we encountered a huge fishing net stuck in the coral reaching down from 2o to about 35 m. Three smaller nurse sharks, one white tip, a turtle and a big lobster already got entangled and died. Another nurse shark still moved it´s gills, I managed to free it from the net, but it was so weak, couldn´t swim on it´s own, I placed it in a sandy area and hoped it would survive. This happens in a protected area where officials claim to have wardens patrolling the sites and warn with fines by breaches of MPA rules! I offered Max help to remove the net, he refused, afraid he might find his dive boat gone the next morning, the engine destroyed or his house set on fire. The only chance he saw in a letter to the chairman of the marine park, which he did at once and I will follow. How long will it then take these guys to do something? Each day more fish will die inside the net!
Green Roof Inn is a small very nice place on a rise about 10 min. outside Hillsborough, where you are surrounded by trees and flowers with an awesome view over the whole bay and it´s little islands. Rooms are modest, they have two nice cottages in the garden. Meals are served on a terrace overlooking garden, slopes and beaches.
Ich war Ende Februar/Anfang März auf Grenada und habe mit Scuba Tech 10 TG gemacht. Was soll man bei den vorherigen Beschreibungen und guten Bewertungen noch viel Neues schreiben, außer dass ich alles nur bestätigen kann. Das Tauchen ist schön und entspannend, Nitrox for free, super Tauchgebiete wie Bianca C, Shark Reef,Purple Rain Reef, Veronica und Shakem. Sabine hilft sehr hilfsbereit und sehr kompetent mit Rat und Tat bei allen Fragen zu Grenada, Karsten und Jochen sind super Guides und die DM Trainee, Lynn, war ein toller Buddy. Wenn man will, wird einem alle Arbeit abgenommen, aber man kann auch alles selber machen. Der Aufenthalt war sehr angenehm, man war unter Freunden oder in einer netten Familie. Die TG-Gruppen sind immer sehr klein und die Planng erfolgt nach individuellen Wünschen, das Breefing war informativ, gut und effizient, die Sicherheit stand grundsätzlich immer an erster Stelle.Alles in allem ein sehr freundliches, kompetentes und hoch professionelles Team, nicht zu vergessen, das die Basis, meiner Meinung nach als einzige auf Grenada, über einen schönen Steg zum Boot verfügt und man sich nicht durch die Brandung aufs Boot quälen muß, ganz abgesehen, das das Equipment auch nicht durch das Wasser transportiert werden muß. Ich kann die Basis sowohl Anfängern als auch Profis nur wärmstens empfehlen und wünsche Sabine, Jochen und Karsten alles Gute für die Zukunft mit Ihrem Team.

Es gibt wenig nachzutragen zu den vorhergehenden Kommentaren. Ich war Ende Februar Anfang März 2012 in Grenada und habe 10 TG mit Scuba Tech gemacht. Der Service ist hervorragend, sehr familiär und freundlich und lässt keine Wünsche offen. Sabine, Karsten und Jochen stehen zu allen Fragen rund ums Tauchen und auch sonstigen Aktivitäten auf der Insel immer zur Verfügung. Alle auf der Basis kümmern sich sehr herzlich um die Gäste. Das Briefing ist umfassend und effizient, die Tauchgänge sind ohne Ausnahme superschön und entspannend, herausragend waren die Shakem, Bianca C und vor allem das Shark Reef, aber auch das Purple Rain Reef und der Unterwasserpark ist sehenswert. Alle TG werden auf die persönlichen Wünsche und die jeweilige Wetterlage abgestimmt, die Tauchgruppen waren immer nur sehr klein, d. h. max 4 Taucheer inklusive Guide, meistens waren wir zu Zweit oder zu Dritt. Ich kann diese Basis sowohl für Anfänger als auch für erfahrende Taucher nur voll und ganz empfehlen, als Besonderheit ist hervorzuheben, dass Scuba Tech die einzige Basis auf Grenada ist, die einen Steg für das an Bord gehen hat, bei allen anderen Basen muß man sich mehr oder weniger mühsam durch die Brandung zum ankernden Boot ´vorkämpfen´,abgesehen davon, dass das Gerät und die Flaschen(leer oder gefüllt) durch das Wasser an Bord gezogen werden und dies dem Equipment sicherlich eher abträglich ist, wobei bei Scuba Tech alles locker an Bord gebracht wird undman sehr bequm und relaxed zum Tauchen geht. Ich würde auf Grenada immer wieder mit Scuba Tech zum Tauchen gehen.

Wir waren von Mitte Februar bis Anfang März 2011 auf Grenada und hatten uns nach Internet-Recherchen für Scubatech Grenada als Basis entschieden.
Wir haben die Entscheidung nicht bereut. Schon der email-Kontakt mit Buchungsanfrage und organisatorischen Fragen wurde von Sabine ausgesprochen nett und mit vielen kompetenten Informationen zu Insel + Hotels etc. geführt.
Der Empfang auf der Basis, Einchecken und Einweisung in den Tauchbetrieb waren sehr persönlich und freundlich. Logbuch und ärztliches Attest wurden intensiv besprochen.
Zur Basis: Die Basis ist relativ klein, der Service umfassend, sehr freundlich und persönlich. Vom pünktlichen Abholen im Hotel über Fertigmachen der Ausrüstung vor dem Tauchen und Ausspülen nach dem Tauchen (wer das nicht wollte, musste es nur sagen, dann konnte er das natürlich auch selbst tun) bis zum Angebot, beim Einkaufen auch mal was aus dem Supermarkt mitzubringen. Schön war auch, daß es für das Boot einen Steg in einer geschützten Bucht gibt, was Ein- und Aussteigen angenehm gemacht hat – wir haben das auf Grenada auch anders gesehen, da „durften“ Taucher schon mal bei Seegang vor unserem Hotel an Land schwimmen und hatten sichtlich wenig Spaß dabei.
Das Leih-Equipment sah gut aus, näheres kann ich nicht sagen, wir hatten eigene Ausrüstung dabei. Von der Technik her hatten wir nie Probleme, Nitrox war „for free“, Flaschen immer in Ordnung und mit über 200 bar gefüllt.
Mit etwas Flexibilität konnte man seine Tauchgänge super planen und die Plätze abstimmen, die man sehen wollte. Die Empfehlungen von Carsten und Jochen waren immer gut und auf unser Erfahrungsniveau abgestimmt. Wenn mal Taucher von einem Kreuzfahrtschiff abgeholt werden sollten, wusste man das rechtzeitig vorher und konnte entscheiden, ob man mit will (Marine Park mit den Skulpturen ist z.B. ganz nett – aber öfter als einmal haben wir dort nicht hingemusst). Wir waren so oft nur zu zweit oder zu dritt auf dem Boot und hatten einen Guide für uns. Die Gruppen waren eh nie größer als 3-4 Taucher pro Guide, wir hatten damit immer ziemlich relaxte Tauchgänge und konnten meist die angepeilten 60 Minuten unter Wasser bleiben.
Das Boot war/ist eine Zehnmeter- Piroge mit Sonnenschutz (haben wir meist als Regenschutz gebraucht, aber dafür konnte die Basis ja nun wirklich nichts) und Klappleiter zum Einsteigen. Der Platz war nicht üppig, wenn 8-10 Taucher/Schnorchler dabei waren und die Ablagemöglichkeiten sind da naturgemäß beschränkt, aber erstens waren wir meist weniger Leute und zweitens war das bei den meist recht kurzen Ausfahrten (zwischen 10 und 40 Minuten) nicht wirklich von Bedeutung.
Zu den Tauchplätzen: Wer Wracks mag, kommt ziemlich auf seine Kosten, die Beschreibungen der Tauchplätze auf der homepage von Scubatech kann man gut zur Info nutzen. Die Bianca C. ist schon beeindruckend, der TG aber tiefenbedingt auch mit NITROX recht kurz und anspruchsvoll, zumal es da durchaus eine ordentliche Strömung geben kann und man gegen die am Bojenseil abtauchen muß.
Die Plätze auf der Karibik-Seite waren bei unserem Besuch wetterbedingt von der Sicht her nicht so gut, aber es gab eigentlich immer bunte Schwärme Creole Wrasses und andere Schwarmfische, meist auch Muränen, ab und zu Schildkröten, Barrakudas und auch Adlerrochen zu sehen. Der Bewuchs ist lange nicht so bunt wie in Ägypten oder auf den Malediven, aber das sollte man wissen, wenn man sich für die Karibik als Ziel entscheidet und man kann eigentlich immer etwas Interessantes entdecken, wenn man sich mit offenen Augen umschaut.
Auf der Atlantik-Seite war die See meist etwas rauh, aber dafür die Sicht besser und die Ausfahrt von der Basis in der Regel recht kurz.
Uns hat dort das Shark-Reef gut gefallen, es gab immer etwas Neues zu sehen, Ammenhaie in allen Größen, Stechrochen, Flötenfische, Massen Creole Wrasses, große Seespinnen usw. Beim letzten Tauchgang hatten wir 60 Minuten den Gesang von Buckelwalen als Begleitung, die Wale selbst aber leider nicht gesehen.
Ein schöner Platz war auch Fishermens Paradise, an der Schnittstelle zwischen Karibik und Atlantik, der aber sinnvoll nur betaucht werden kann, wenn die Strömung nicht zu stark ist. Das Felsriff ist nicht sehr groß, aber wir haben dort von einem richtig massigen Ammenhai über große Schwärme bis zu Adlerrochen alles gesehen, was angekündigt war.
Fazit: Grenada hat uns als Insel mit interessanter Natur und überaus freundlichen Menschen sehr gut gefallen. Für einen reinen Tauchurlaub ist es eigentlich zu schade, man verpasst viel zu viel, wenn man sich nicht auch über Wasser umschaut.
Tauchen würden wir auf Grenada immer wieder mit Scubatech. Service, Kompetenz und Freundlichkeit haben wir selten so erlebt, wie bei Sabine, Carsten und Jochen, Käpt’n Sao und Pearl. Vielen Dank dafür und 6 von 6 Flossen.


Shark reef


Flamingozunge

Tobago, Grenada, Carriacou – May June 2011

Imagine yourself hiking through some forest area and you hear no birds singing, see no squirrels, deer, wildlife at all, a scary and terrible scene.
This idea crept into my mind on a dive in Grenada. The guide got excited and called our attention by banging wildly on his tank, only to show us the only French Angle Fish on that dive. I was surprised, in Tobago, if they would copy this for me annoying behaviour, you would hear banging all through the dive.
On my dive trips worldwide, I feel a serious decline in “wildlife” on the reefs, which surely makes you worried about our environment in the whole.

Tobago, diving with Extra Divers Speyside, run by an Italian German couple, Cinzia + Robert, they have their shop on Nabucco Resort Speyside Inn. In my week there they tried to show me nearly all available dive sites there even looking out for a new one which turned into a blue water dive, when we couldn´t find the reef. Fishlife coral and sponges are good, some places show spots of algae cover. We had tarpons, jacks, turtles, barracuda, squids once a manta cruised past. Water was 29 C, inside Speyside it was easy fun diving, a bit outside we had choppy seas and sometimes tricky currents. Vis was often poor around 10 m got better during the week. Round the corner on the Atlantic side we dove Sister Island, nearly similar to Roco Partida at Soccoro, vis was much better there, huge boulders, and drop offs round the islands, nice Gorgonia and soft coral on the walls. Surface interval most of the time we spent in a bay close to Little Tobago a bird sanctuary island. Cinzia is an excellent dive instructor and guide, she seems to have your computer all the time in her head. When you notice you are close to deco and plan to slowly go up, you will see in front of you, she already changed the dive profile, so nobody would endanger his/her no decompression time. She even dared to scold divers taking pictures, holding onto the reef. You rarely see this with dive guides, as it´s always the question, value for money – loosing customers. We had rain nearly every other day, hurricane season seems to start. They plan to turn the Speyside area into a marine park, which seems to only slowly if at all get started.
Nabucco Resort Speyside Inn is a nice but a bit run down hotel. With lots of paint and nails, you could turn it into beautiful place again. It sits across a street right next to the beach, has a small swimming pool and some beautiful cottages on a slope. Meals were good, only few European guests at that time.

Dive Grenada, next to Grand Anse at Flamboyant Hotel is run by Helen and Phil a British couple. Dive operation is efficient and very safety aware. Their boat is a bit small, the captain stunning in his efforts to keep you from harm in any way. Dive sites inside the Bay were poor, too shallow for my taste, vis rather modest, not much fish life around (see top). They have their marine park with it´s sculptures at Molliniere, nice to see once and tick off. The wreck dives they offer are good, there is the quite famous Bianca C, the Shakem and Veronica L. where you will find better fishlife around, some barracuda, jacks. Round the corner near the airport, the reef is much better, nice hard coral + sponges, some fish life, hiding lobster and nurse sharks. It´s easy diving, calm surface, 29 C, sunny.
Flamboyant Hotel is a huge place on the cliff side of Grand Anse with beautiful rooms. Awesome view from your room across the whole bay and St. George. Swimming pool and good beach, meals were not up to the standard the hotel provides, maybe due to low season.

Carriacou Silver Diving run by a German couple Claudia and “Max” Werner Nagel. Their shop is on the main street next to the beach. They have a small boat and trips to the dive site take only 1o min or less. Most dives are between 9 and 15 m inside the bay, which is called SIOBMA = Sandy Island Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area. On your dives you immediately notice, there is something wrong with the reef besides areas with brownish algae cover. Fish are extremely shy, and only few times you will find species bigger than a hand. Your idea immediately is – spear gun fishing – which seems to be right, even though this is a marine park. We saw some sting rays, eagle rays, small turtles. Two nice smaller wrecks are inside the bay where you can do a bit of cruising inside, a tug and John D. wreck. My last day we went to Sister Island,
which turned out to be the best site on my whole vacation. Abundant soft coral, sponges, good fish life around the islands on the off shore side. Until we encountered a huge fishing net stuck in the coral reaching down from 2o to about 35 m. Three smaller nurse sharks, one white tip, a turtle and a big lobster already got entangled and died. Another nurse shark still moved it´s gills, I managed to free it from the net, but it was so weak, couldn´t swim on it´s own, I placed it in a sandy area and hoped it would survive. This happens in a protected area where officials claim to have wardens patrolling the sites and warn with fines by breaches of MPA rules! I offered Max help to remove the net, he refused, afraid he might find his dive boat gone the next morning, the engine destroyed or his house set on fire. The only chance he saw in a letter to the chairman of the marine park, which he did at once and I will follow. How long will it then take these guys to do something? Each day more fish will die inside the net!
Green Roof Inn is a small very nice place on a rise about 10 min. outside Hillsborough, where you are surrounded by trees and flowers with an awesome view over the whole bay and it´s little islands. Rooms are modest, they have two nice cottages in the garden. Meals are served on a terrace overlooking garden, slopes and beaches.
Tobago, Grenada, Carriacou – May June 2011

Imagine yourself hiking through some forest area and you hear no birds singing, see no squirrels, deer, wildlife at all, a scary and terrible scene.
This idea crept into my mind on a dive in Grenada. The guide got excited and called our attention by banging wildly on his tank, only to show us the only French Angle Fish on that dive. I was surprised, in Tobago, if they would copy this for me annoying behaviour, you would hear banging all through the dive.
On my dive trips worldwide, I feel a serious decline in “wildlife” on the reefs, which surely makes you worried about our environment in the whole.

Tobago, diving with Extra Divers Speyside, run by an Italian German couple, Cinzia + Robert, they have their shop on Nabucco Resort Speyside Inn. In my week there they tried to show me nearly all available dive sites there even looking out for a new one which turned into a blue water dive, when we couldn´t find the reef. Fishlife coral and sponges are good, some places show spots of algae cover. We had tarpons, jacks, turtles, barracuda, squids once a manta cruised past. Water was 29 C, inside Speyside it was easy fun diving, a bit outside we had choppy seas and sometimes tricky currents. Vis was often poor around 10 m got better during the week. Round the corner on the Atlantic side we dove Sister Island, nearly similar to Roco Partida at Soccoro, vis was much better there, huge boulders, and drop offs round the islands, nice Gorgonia and soft coral on the walls. Surface interval most of the time we spent in a bay close to Little Tobago a bird sanctuary island. Cinzia is an excellent dive instructor and guide, she seems to have your computer all the time in her head. When you notice you are close to deco and plan to slowly go up, you will see in front of you, she already changed the dive profile, so nobody would endanger his/her no decompression time. She even dared to scold divers taking pictures, holding onto the reef. You rarely see this with dive guides, as it´s always the question, value for money – loosing customers. We had rain nearly every other day, hurricane season seems to start. They plan to turn the Speyside area into a marine park, which seems to only slowly if at all get started.
Nabucco Resort Speyside Inn is a nice but a bit run down hotel. With lots of paint and nails, you could turn it into beautiful place again. It sits across a street right next to the beach, has a small swimming pool and some beautiful cottages on a slope. Meals were good, only few European guests at that time.

Dive Grenada, next to Grand Anse at Flamboyant Hotel is run by Helen and Phil a British couple. Dive operation is efficient and very safety aware. Their boat is a bit small, the captain stunning in his efforts to keep you from harm in any way. Dive sites inside the Bay were poor, too shallow for my taste, vis rather modest, not much fish life around (see top). They have their marine park with it´s sculptures at Molliniere, nice to see once and tick off. The wreck dives they offer are good, there is the quite famous Bianca C, the Shakem and Veronica L. where you will find better fishlife around, some barracuda, jacks. Round the corner near the airport, the reef is much better, nice hard coral + sponges, some fish life, hiding lobster and nurse sharks. It´s easy diving, calm surface, 29 C, sunny.
Flamboyant Hotel is a huge place on the cliff side of Grand Anse with beautiful rooms. Awesome view from your room across the whole bay and St. George. Swimming pool and good beach, meals were not up to the standard the hotel provides, maybe due to low season.

Carriacou Silver Diving run by a German couple Claudia and “Max” Werner Nagel. Their shop is on the main street next to the beach. They have a small boat and trips to the dive site take only 1o min or less. Most dives are between 9 and 15 m inside the bay, which is called SIOBMA = Sandy Island Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area. On your dives you immediately notice, there is something wrong with the reef besides areas with brownish algae cover. Fish are extremely shy, and only few times you will find species bigger than a hand. Your idea immediately is – spear gun fishing – which seems to be right, even though this is a marine park. We saw some sting rays, eagle rays, small turtles. Two nice smaller wrecks are inside the bay where you can do a bit of cruising inside, a tug and John D. wreck. My last day we went to Sister Island,
which turned out to be the best site on my whole vacation. Abundant soft coral, sponges, good fish life around the islands on the off shore side. Until we encountered a huge fishing net stuck in the coral reaching down from 2o to about 35 m. Three smaller nurse sharks, one white tip, a turtle and a big lobster already got entangled and died. Another nurse shark still moved it´s gills, I managed to free it from the net, but it was so weak, couldn´t swim on it´s own, I placed it in a sandy area and hoped it would survive. This happens in a protected area where officials claim to have wardens patrolling the sites and warn with fines by breaches of MPA rules! I offered Max help to remove the net, he refused, afraid he might find his dive boat gone the next morning, the engine destroyed or his house set on fire. The only chance he saw in a letter to the chairman of the marine park, which he did at once and I will follow. How long will it then take these guys to do something? Each day more fish will die inside the net!
Green Roof Inn is a small very nice place on a rise about 10 min. outside Hillsborough, where you are surrounded by trees and flowers with an awesome view over the whole bay and it´s little islands. Rooms are modest, they have two nice cottages in the garden. Meals are served on a terrace overlooking garden, slopes and beaches.

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