The following is a guest post submitted by Mia:
After a morning of much discussion about what would be our first activity in Grenada, we decided to go snorkeling. I’d never thought a non swimmer like myself would be snorkeling in Grenada.
We chose Native Spirit Scuba on Grand Anse beach to do our snorkeling. When we arrived we were greeted by the owner Adrian and 2 of his divers. We filled out the necessary waivers etc, and then we were fitted for fins, and life jackets. We hopped on June, the dive boat, and headed up the western coast. We passed Pandy Beach, Port Louis Marina and took a tour around the inner harbor and Carenage. They were all beautiful.
Our first destination was Flamingo Bay. Dozens of Sergeant Major fishes surfaced as we threw pieces of bread into the water. Although I had on a life jacket when I got into the water I panicked. Shamar our trusted guide now seeing the magnitude of my fear immediately came to my assistance.
He calmly talked to me and was able to convince me to let go of the ladder on the side of the boat. He gently took me out into the water talking to me the entire time and was able to get me to relax and follow his instructions. I began to breathe and kick as instructed… low and behold we were over 150 feet away from the boat. I was constantly reassured, that I could do it. I couldn’t believe it… I did it!
There were so many beautiful fishes of all shapes, sizes and color. I was not able to see the true beauty of the corals because the water was a little murky.
The most awesome part was the feeding frenzy that took place right around us by the the Sergeant Majors. To feel the fishes against your skin was a little icky but nonetheless a fantastic experience at the same time.
Under Water Sculpture Park
The next stop was the world’s first Under Water Sculpture Park at Molinere. I again climbed into the water but this time it was a smoother transition. The water was very cold. I hate it when it’s cold so I was even more uncomfortable for a short while.
Shamar guided me to view all the sculptures. My favorites were the 26 life sized children holding hands while facing outwards, and the child on a bike. The rough sea had shifted some of the sculptures out of place but they were breathtaking. Surprisingly I continued to snorkel on my own and witnessed even more underwater beauty.
Native Spirit Scuba Rocks!!
I can not begin to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Shamar. I can’t begin to tell you how it felt to be at ease in the sea. Even so much as to gain the confidence to snorkel alone. The Native Spirit Scuba ‘crew’ are fabulous! The snacks on board were delicious and rum punch even better. This is a 5 star recommendation. Adrian, and his guys are the best!