SIX OF THE BEST
The Underwater Sculpture Park at Moliniere Bay, Grenada
This is an exciting concept in the world of marine conservation and scuba diving Grenadian-borne artist Jason Taylor has created an underwater world of art installations depicting Grenada’s colourful history and folklore.
Bianca C, Grenada
The Bianca C is a 200m-long cruise ship which sank off Grenada on 24 October 1961. The large coral-encrusted wreck attracts a multitude of marine life, including barracuda, turtles, grouper and the occasional eagle ray or shark.
Anse Chastanet, St Lucia
The Anse Chastanet marine park and resort is set in lush jungle in a private bay. and is home to more than 150 different species of fish, which include scorpionfish, moray eels, parrotfish and needlefish.
Mushroom Forest, Curacao
Diving at the Mushroom Forest dive site is like entering a fairytale land as it is packed with giant sponges, which dwarf even the largest divers. These bizarre and colourful 3m-tall formations have been carved out of star coral by years of erosion.
West Caicos Walls, Turks and Caicos
The reef walls off the small, uninhabited island of West Caicos drop dramatically to below 300m. Among the sheer wall drops are huge under hanging gardens of coral and colourful sponges. An incredible diversity of life is attracted to this area.
The RMS Rhone Wreck, British Virgin Islands
The major pull for divers in the British Virgin Islands is the area known as ‘wreck alley’, particularly as this is home to the famous 85m-long RMS Rhone wreck. This former Royal Mail Steamer sank in a hurricane in 1897. Highlights of this dive include the exposed cannon, large bronze propeller and mast, complete with crow’s-nest.