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Snorkelling can be one of the main reasons for trips to the Caribbean. One of the issues that seems to be relevant to the whole matter, is the adventurousness of the individual snorkeler. For example some people do not like going more than 10m from the beach, whereas some (perhaps foolhardily what with Jet Skiers etc.) will often go out 300m from the shore looking for the right experience. Therefore when reading people’s opinions it is often difficult to get a true idea of each location.
In Grenada there are many opportunities to swim on reefs, but most are in a pretty poor condition through fishing. In general the reefs seemed pretty mashed up, and quite a dearth of larger fish (30cm+), mainly being inhabited by juvenile’s but of considerable number.
East Coast – Near Crochu, which has some good rocky shores and a couple of reefs 100m's offshore. Due to wave action the waters can get a bit murky, but once 30m of shore it can be quite reasonable. The close in reefs show considerable flattening by nets, with the fish very spooked by swimmers. In addition large Atlantic coast swells can preclude any major off-shore exploration, but still an enjoyable time.
Tobago Cays – Whilst the reefs do seem in slightly better condition than most in Grenada, with some Coral regrowth, again not much in the way of quantity of larger reef fish (Angels etc.). A potential good spot is a drift snorkel down the south side of Petit Tabac, about 150m offshore, in about 7m of water, where the reefs are in much better condition, but again only small fish. You can see up to a dozen turtles at a time in the area reserved for them, the Western portion having the largest numbers.
West Coast - The Rex seems to have the best references on Snorkelling. There are several reef clusters all the way down the beach from the Rex, south to the Aquarium restaurant. The best parts are about 150 m straight out from the Rex Pool (6m deep). 100-200m out level with the South end of the Rex Resort (6-8m deep, with 2m Sting Ray, Small Angels, Barracuda, Turtles). 50-150m out, level with the Aquarium and South of there. It must be said the current is quite strong, especially around the Aquarium, and you can easily get was washed down to the next beach South, and result either in a twenty minute strenuous swim back or even longer walk around the headland.
The best hard and soft corals are at the Marine Reserve in Flamingo Bay. You can drive there, which is a bit of an adventure as there is zero signage for Flamingo bay. Once you find the Sculpture park turn sign after leaving St George , take the next turning (about 500m) on the left downhill. 150m down this very narrow road, there are a set of steps down to the beach (quite steep and slick), with parking for about two cars. Taking one of the many offered boat trips could provide better ease of access. The best part of the bay is the far left side (when looking out). However, fish life is still small and spooky.
The only safety warning, is there are Lionfish 4m out from the Rex beach, and you not want to go anywhere near them if you can help it, therefore considerable care needs to be taken when entering and exiting the waters.
Hog Island (subject of a separate article) has some pretty good snorkeling where visitors can see live coral and many different species of sponge. There is a large range of fish to see as well, although not too many large ones. On the island itself visitors may be lucky enough to hear a Grenadian Dove (they're very shy) and see an Osprey or two. The island can be reached by boat or kayak from Whisper Cove Marina.