Divers looking for a truly unique experience in the Caribbean should head to Grenada and explore the world’s first underwater sculpture park at Moliniere Bay. At the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park, there is a range of sculptures some haunting but all so inviting to look at and explore.
This modern wonder and popular tourist attraction opened in 2006 to the general public and was founded and created by Jason deCaires Taylor, born to an English father and Guyanese mother. He is an award-winning underwater photographer, experienced scuba diver and sculptor with extraordinary talent. His passion and enthusiasm for the ocean goes back to his early years growing up in Europe and Asia — where he extensively explored the coral reefs of Malaysia.
Now listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic, the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park is part of a Marine Protected Area and is highly praised for being an artificial reef that forms a substrate for the growth of marine life. The conservationist underwater sculpture gallery which reflects Grenada’s culture and its people can be seen by snorkeling, diving and viewing from a glass bottom boat.
For viewing within the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park at Moilinere Bay, there are approximately one hundred sculpture an increase from the original sixty-five, covering an area of 800 square meters and is located two miles north of the capital St Georges. It is roughly a 10-minute boat ride from St Georges and 15 minutes from Grand Anse.
Recently added this past July was the Nutmeg Princess sculpture by artist Lene Kilde which “depicts Grenada’s first fairy tale princess emerging from a large nutmeg pod, reaching to the heavens with a handful of Grenada’s most famed spice, the nutmeg. The 11-foot tall sculpture was inspired by the 1992 book The Nutmeg Princess by Grenadian author/playwright Richardo Keens-Douglas.”
Visitors to the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park can purchase a day pass (wristband) from the Ministry of Fisheries at a cost of US$1 for snorkelers and US$2 for divers. If you organize via a dive shop or tour company, this fee is typically included in your price. The park is open daily and the sculptures are located in 5ft to 30 ft deep water.