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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Grenada offers summer dive specials


 –Named the Wreck Diving Capital of the Caribbean by Scuba Diving magazine’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards and featuring  reefs bursting with vibrant coral gardens, as well as its renowned underwater sculpture park, Grenada is a magnet for divers who seek an assortment of underwater adventures.  Just in time for summer, many of Grenada and Carriacou’s hotels and dive operators are offering a variety of dive packages.
Among the packages and deals available to travelers are:
Explore Carriacou’s “land of many reefs” by taking advantage of Arawak Divers’ Scuba Dive package. The package includes 10 tank dives and 7 nights’ accommodations in a quaint cottage just 30 seconds from the dive shop. Rates begin at $660 per person based on double occupancy for stays from now until December 31, 2013. For more information, visit www.arawakdivers.com, e-mailarawakdivers@spiceisle.com or call 473-443-6906.
At True Blue Bay Resort’s on-site dive operator, Aquanauts Grenada, divers can choose from a variety of options when booking their Reef, Reggae, Rum Summer package. Guests booking 6 nights receive 8 dives; 7 nights receive 10 dives; or 8 nights receive 12 dives. The package includes daily continental breakfast, rum tasting, a Caribbean cooking class, a rainforest adventure tour including lunch, a farewell party with one complimentary rum drink, airport roundtrip transfers, tanks, weights and all taxes and service charges. Rates begin at $1,090(diver)/$690(non-diver) per person based on double occupancy for stays from April 15 – July 31, 2013. For more information, visit www.aquanautsgrenada.com, e-mail dive@aquanautsgrenada.com or call 477-444-1126.
At Deefer Diving Carriacou, divers can save with their Dive and Stay package. The special includes 7 days/6 nights’ accommodations at Carriacou’s Grand View Resort, daily continental breakfast, 5 days of two tank dives, equipment rental, marine park fees and airport/ferry roundtrip transfers. Weekly rates begin at $746.86 per person based on double occupancy for stays from now until December 31, 2013. For more information, visit www.deeferdiving.com, e-mail info@deeferdiving.com or call 473-443-7882.
Flamboyant Hotel & Villas and Dive Grenada are offering their Romance on the Reef package to create the perfect Caribbean wedding for divers who are looking to say “I Do” underwater. The package includes: all civil and religious arrangements; licenses; priest or magistrate fees; services for an event coordinator; roundtrip transportation to and from the registry; chairs and signing table with table cloth; decorated location for the ceremony on land and underwater; safety divers/witnesses; and boat passage to the wedding site.  Rates begin at $795. More wedding services can be added at an additional charge.  For more information, visit www.flamboyant.com, e-mail sm@flamboyant.com or call 473-444-4247.
Coyaba Beach Resort’s on-site dive shop, Eco Dive & Trek, is offering a special wherein divers who book a travel group of 9 divers get the 10th diver free and those who reserve 5 rooms receive 1 free room. The package includes one free dive with a purchase of 9 dives, complimentary continental breakfast, PADI refresher courses and free airport pick-up. The Eco Dive group special is valid now through the end of 2013, but must be booked by the end of April 2013.  For more information, visit www.ecodiveandtrek.com, e-mail dive@ecodiveandtrek.com, or call 473-444-7777.
Save money with Carriacou Lumbadive Dive Center’s 10 Boat Dive package. The package includes 7 nights’ accommodations at the Carriacou Grand View Hotel, daily continental breakfast, optional NITROX and roundtrip transfers from the airport or ferry. Rates begin at $715 per person based on double occupancy for stays from April 1 – September 30, 2013. Mention the code LUCGV2013 and receive 2 free night dives. For more information, visit www.lumbadive.com, e-mail dive@lumbadive.com or call 473-443-8566.
At Native Spirit Scuba, divers can take advantage of their ‘pay for 10 dives, receive 12 special.’ Rates begin at $743 per person for bookings from May 1 – September 30, 2013. For more information, visitwww.nativespiritscuba.com, e-mail info@nativespiritscuba.com or call 473-439-7013.
ScubaTech LTD invites families to try their Family Seahorse Summer 2013 special. The package includes: 10 dives; tanks; weights; choice of 7 or 14 nights’ accommodations at The Calabash Hotel, The Flamboyant Hotel or L’Ance aux Epines Cottages; weekly beach BBQ and sand castle competitions; weekly evening sightseeing and sunset cruise in Prickly & True Blue Bay with complimentary drinks; 20% off all PADI courses booked at ScubaTech LTD; and children 17 years and under dive for half the price. Rates begin at $793 per person based on double occupancy for stays from July 24 – August 31, 2013. For more information, visit www.scubatech-grenada.com, e-mail info@scubatech-grenada.com or call 472-439-4346.
Getting to Grenada is easy, with various airlines offering service from North America.  American Airlines offers 4 non-stop flights from Miami to Grenada on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.Caribbean Airlines operates non-stop service from New York JFK on Wednesdays and Saturdays. From Canada, Caribbean Airlines operates a weekly non-stop service from Toronto on Sundays. Delta Airlines operates seasonal service from New York JFK on Saturdays, from July 6, 2013 through August 31, 2013. Air Transat offers a seasonal non-stop flight from Toronto on Mondays, now through April 15, 2013.  Air Canada also has year round daily flights from Toronto to Barbados on Saturdays and Sundays with connections on LIAT to Grenada. In addition, West Jet operates a non-stop flight from Toronto to Barbados with connections on LIAT year round. Schedules vary seasonally, so be sure to check availability with your airline.
Recognized as the “Spice of the Caribbean,” Grenada boasts some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, delectable cuisine and spices, a tropical rainforest and a wide range of fun-filled activities such as diving, snorkeling, hiking, fishing and sailing. Romantic, natural and authentic, all of nature’s best gifts can be found in Grenada.  Grenada is a proud member of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP). The destination was listed by National Geographic Traveler, among the “Best of the World 2013” as one of the 20 Must See Places in 2013. In March 2012, the island’s Underwater Sculpture Park was recognized as one of the “Wonders of the World – Earth’s Most Awesome Places” by National Geographic. It was also cited for having both the “Best Wreck Diving” and the “Best Advanced Diving” in the Caribbean/Atlantic region by Scuba Diving magazine in the 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards. Grenada was recently recognized as one of the Top 25 Destinations in the Caribbean in the TripAdvisor’s 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards.
For more information about Grenada, please contact the Grenada Board of Tourism at 1-473-440-2279/2001, e-mail gbt@spiceisle.com, visit http://www.grenadagrenadines.com, or connect on FacebookTwitter,Flickr and/or YouTube