Embrace nature in Grenada

Sinead Lonergan 01 February 2021
After months of being cooped up inside, we’re all looking forward to getting out and exploring. Spending time in a natural environment is proven to enhance our mood and mental wellbeing, and where better to get in touch with nature than in an island paradise such as Grenada where you can lose yourself in a tropical landscape of majestic waterfalls and lush forests.

The Waterfalls Straight from the pages of an island castaway novel, Grenada’s lush, green, undulating interiors are dotted with picturesque waterfalls. Start your day early and head to Annandale Falls. The site’s magnificent beauty makes it a popular draw for tourists, so the early start will help you beat the crowds and the midday heat. Lying back in the pool and looking up through the forest canopy gives a feeling of utter seclusion.

Another of our favourite waterfalls in Grenada takes a little more work to get to but the reward makes it well worth it. Seven Sisters Waterfall requires a 4km trip to access on foot. Along the route you’ll pass through thick jungle in which you might catch sight of some of the island’s wildlife like the nine-banded armadillos, mona monkeys, iguanas and red-legged tortoises.

Thriving National Parks Grand Etang National Park is the go-to place for keen hikers. Through the tropical landscape of towering mahogany trees, ferns and vibrant tropical flowers, you’ll find a network of trails which pass through varying elevations and terrain which house many different ecosystems. Hikes in the area range from casual half hour strolls to rigorous outings lasting several hours. At Travel Counsellors, we recommend picking a route that passes by the park’s central crater lake for the awe-inspiring view of the lake entirely encircled by dense mountainous forest.

Hugging Grenada’s north eastern shoreline, the Levera National Park is one of the most ecologically significant areas of Grenada. Its wetland ecosystem provides valuable habitat for all manner of seabirds across the Caribbean, including brown boobies and frigatebirds with their unmistakeable ballooning red neck. This rich biodiversity makes the park a magnet for wildlife spotters and anyone that’s looking to unwind within the splendours of nature.

The Beaches Grand Anse Beach is famed throughout the world for its 3km stretch of powdery white sands lined by palm trees and the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. Experienced divers can use the beach as a jumping off point to explore the wreck of the Bianca C, an Italian luxury liner, commemorating the 60th anniversary of its sinking in 2021, which sits on the seabed offshore, which is now a home to tropical fish and sea turtles. Take in a day trip out to Carricou. Lying north of the main island, this tiny islet has a much slower pace of life than Grenada and some immaculate tranquil beaches to relax on, far from the resorts of the main island.

Into the Sea The waters surrounding Grenada are truly a wonder for divers and snorkellers. The myriad of tropical fish makes every outing fresh and exciting as you inspect the diverse coral ecosystems along the seabed. Off the main island’s western coast, the world’s first underwater sculpture park was constructed in 2006, adding to Grenada’s already veritable status as one of the world’s top diving destinations. The 75 sculptures sit around three metres beneath the surface with the most famous being the encircled group of school children holding hands. As well as being visually engrossing, the statues play a role in conservation efforts with some of the entrance fees going towards marine management programmes and the statues themselves helping maintain the health of the ecosystem by providing structures for coral to grow on.

If you are interested in discussing Grenada as a future holiday destination , Get in touch. I am not a diver myself , but I would love to get a glimpse at that wreckage of the luxury liner that has been a home for the tropical fish and sea turtles for 60 years !!!