The Best Snorkelling Spots in Grenada

Known for its historic shipwrecks and vibrant coral reefs, Grenada is unforgettable for the keen snorkeller
Known for its historic shipwrecks and vibrant coral reefs, Grenada is unforgettable for the keen snorkeller | © Findlay / Alamy Stock Photo
Judith Baker

Snorkelling in Grenada opens up a magical world of coral reefs, shipwrecks, sculpture parks and shoals of multi-coloured fish. Known for its marine conservation initiatives, there is no better place to dive in and explore what lies beneath the Caribbean Sea – with a snorkel in tow.


Beat the crowds by exploring these top snorkeling sites in Grenada. Alternatively, navigate your way to Ocean Atlas by joining us on a Sailing Trip in the Bahamas or British Virgin Islands.

Molinere Bay Underwater Sculpture Park

Designed by British sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor, this underwater sculpture park was one of the first of its kind – and a must for Grenada snorkellers. As well as tropical fish, there are over 60 statues that sit at depths of 5m-9m (16.4ft-29.5ft). Confident swimmers can get as close to them as they like. Everyone has their favourite here – from Vicissitudes, a circle of children holding hands to the Lost Correspondent, a man sitting at a desk with a typewriter.

Levera Beach – on the northeast coast – lies within the Levera National Park. Dive off your boat and swim above the coral reef, which is also accessible from the beach. The water is super clear here, especially when the Atlantic is calm. Strong swimmers can head out to Sugar Loaf Island – about 300m (984ft) from the main island – but the main draw here is the opportunity to spot nesting sea turtles between May and September.

Carriacou

The shallow waters and calm clear conditions on the island of Carriacou make this a family-friendly spot for Grenada snorkelling. All ages will love looking for starfish on the idyllic Paradise Beach. Don’t miss the chance to make the short journey to Sandy Island – spot boulders overgrown by sponge and coral, home to barracuda, parrotfish, triggerfish and occasionally, hawksbill turtles.

Dragon Bay

Alongside fascinating, eerie volcanic formations, Dragon Bay – on the southwest coast of Grenada – also has some of the best-conserved coral reefs on the island. Stop here to spot octopus, eels, lobsters, morays and gorgeous little seahorses. Snorkellers will swim through shoals of sergeant majors and fluttering reef fish. Nearby Flamingo Bay is also worth a visit to see sea fans and gaudy tropical fish.

Magazine Beach

Also known as Aquarium Beach – because of its clear water and abundance of fish – Magazine Beach in the south of Grenada is ideal for those looking for easy, safe snorkelling. Just 45m (147ft) from the shore, it’s perfect for everyone to access. On top of that, the reef is one of the best in the area. During the week, it’s a quiet spot – go on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a lively local barbeque at the popular restaurant, the Aquarium, right on the beach itself.

Morne Rouge Beach

Also called BBC Beach after the former Blancos Beach Club, Morne Rouge is often cited as one of the best beaches on the island – thanks to its clear calm waters, soft clean sand and secluded position, south of the very popular Grand Anse Beach. It’s an ideal place for snorkelling beginners as well as children. Look out for eels, urchins and starfish on the sandy bottom. This spot is a favourite not just for snorkelling, but also for sunbathing, swimming and picnicking away from the crowds.

Hog Island

On the southeast coast, you’ll find Hog Island which is part of a marine protected area where snorkellers can find reef sharks, sea urchins and conch – the large, pink mollusc which is an iconic food of the Caribbean. On Sundays, there is a barbeque at Roger’s Barefoot Beach Bar with live music – depending on the season. Watch out for dive boats when out snorkelling as this is a popular area for scuba divers exploring shipwrecks on the seafloor.

La Sagesse

La Sagesse is a secluded beach in the southeast of Grenada, which feels remote even though it is just a few minutes walk from the main road. There are three beaches here – each with beautiful coral reefs to spy through your snorkel mask. You’ll also find the La Sagesse Nature Center nearby, so you’ll hear tropical birdsong and smell fragrant plants as you swim. There is a beach restaurant to enjoy snacks after an energetic dip, too.

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