I had to go all the way to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies of the Caribbean. There, a new concept that combines art and coral’s protection has been developed. It’s what they call an underwater sculpture park and it has 68 different attractions dispersed along the shallow waters off Moliniere Point. It’s a great place to go snorkelling.
Created by the british sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the aim of the project was to build an artifitial barrier where the coral and other marine life could migrate to and find a new home in an area that was highly devastated by the Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Every person visiting the area must pay the conservation fee of 1 USD. To see the sculptures you can choose between diving or snorkelling. Being the deepest sculpture at 25 feet / 10 meters, diving isn’t really necessary.
The cost of diving didn’t fit my budget this time so I opted for snorkelling. To make it even cheaper I decided to swim to Moliniere Point rather than paying for a boat and a guide. This way resulted to be very exciting as I had to find the sculptures by myself with the consequent “WOW” every time I spotted one 😉
WHAT WE LIKED THE MOST
- Some sculptures have a lot of growth, making them quite beautiful.
- Almost nobody there. I only saw one boat during the time I was in the water.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE THAT MUCH
- It’s a long swim from the Dragon Bay
- It’s a bit tricky to find the sculptures
- You need to take a bus to Dragon Bay. From St George it’s about 2 EC or you can walk on the road as I did (45-50 minutes).
- Once in Dragon Bay you can hire a local guide with a boat to take you snorkelling for 40 EC.
- If you are a good swimmer and have your own gear, you can swim to the next bay to the south. That’s where the sculptures are. Don’t go too deep. They are in the shallows.
- There is a ranger with a boat driving around. He will be the one collecting the conservation fee (1USD or 2.63 EC)
If you are a good swimmer, you don’t really need a boat to take you there from Dragon Bay. But if you are not up for the swim, you can hire a local guide with a boat on the spot to take you there.
The water is warm all year around, so come anytime!
You need to take a bus from St George to Dragon Bay (or walk for 45 minutes on the road). You pay the 1USD (or 2.63 EC) to the ranger who is on a boat.
I found this revolutionary idea quite interesting. Art and coral protection come together in a very new concept providing the visitor with a very different experience that what traditional snorkelling does.
It’s also kind of a game of searching for the lost treasure, especially if you go independently. So if you are in Grenada don’t miss the opportunity to explore its underwater sculpture park. You won’t be dissapointed.
Location: Moliniere Point. Grenada
Price: 1 USD park fee.
Useful Notes: If you don’t want to swim all the way to where the sculptures are, you can hire a boat to take you there.