FROM THE EDITORLocated at the southernmost tip of the Windward Islands, just 100 miles north of Venezuela and outside of the hurricane belt, Grenada and Carriacou provide a safe, quiet and family-friendly year-round getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life. There is much to do on land, but it is underwater where the islands really come into their own. Between them, they boast a veritable fleet of sunken ships - with the enormous 180-metre-long Italian liner Bianca C as an impressive flagship – alongside some of the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean, and both habitats (man-made and natural) support a diverse range of marine life, including various species of turtle and shark, eagle rays, stingrays, barracuda, tarpon and all the usual reef suspects. The islands could be purpose-made for dive groups. From a diving perspective, you have a rich selection of sites to choose from, in depths to suit all levels of experience, and with reefs, wrecks and marine life aplenty, there is something for everyone. And for any non-diving members of the party – or when you just want to let your gills dry out - the islands boast a multitude of topside activities and attractions, from historic forts, run distilleries and cocoa plantations to magnificent waterfalls, national parks and mountains. Grenada and Carriacou are also great spots for couples. I have fond memories of Grenada as it was the first place I visited with my now-wife many years ago. Whether you are both exploring beneath the waves, enjoying a romantic stroll along a stunning beach, or trekking through lush rainforest to some remote waterfall, there is much to bring you together. Once two becomes three or more, and you have a family in tow, then Grenada and Carriacou unveils its ‘fun side’, and children will love the off-road safaris, river tubing, snorkelling and other adrenaline activities.

The islands offer plenty to lure you in, and while you can choose to stay on one or the other, a twin-centre holiday taking in both Grenada and Carriacou should be high on your bucket list.

Mark Evans
Editor-in-Chief, Scuba Diver