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Grenada’s Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park
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Grenada’s Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park

Grenada offers travelers a seemingly endless variety of experiences. One of the most magical is snorkeling or diving the Underwater Sculpture Park in St. Georges, Grenada’s Molinere Bay.

Jason deCaires Taylor?
British artist, photographer, sculptor, and environmentalist Jason deCaires Taylor created most of the sculptures in the sculpture park which was opened in 2006. Born in 1974, Taylor graduated from the London Institute of Arts in 1998 with a BA Honours in Sculpture.

His permanent site-specific works span several continents and predominately explore submerged and tidal marine environments. His multi-disciplinarily sculptural works explore modern themes of conservation and environmental activism; Taylor has created several large-scale underwater “Museums” and “Sculpture Parks”, with collections of over 850 life-size public works.

The Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park
Created to help maintain the health of the ecosystem, and eventually, help restore underwater life in that area, the Underwater Sculpture Park, located along Grenada’s west coast, is among the most amazing artificial reef installations in the Caribbean. Scuba divers and snorkelers can explore the underwater sculptures, The impressive Vicissitudes—a grouping of life-size figures modeled after local school-age children, all holding hands in a circle. Located in the shallow, sandy waters of the Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area, the statues are mostly made from concrete and rebar and serve as a base for attracting new coral life. the Underwater Sculpture Park is populated with a variety of colorful fish as you swim past The Lost Correspondent to The Amerindian Petroglyphs (14 sculptures referencing indigenous art). The construction of the underwater site was managed by The Grenada Underwater Sculpture Management Inc., a non-profit organization, along with the local government, which is responsible for developing and maintaining the park.

Getting to the Underwater Sculpture Park

It’s not difficult to find the Underwater Sculpture Park once in Grenada. It is located off the coast of Moliniere Point. You can get there either by taxi, bus, or private car. Some people even take the 45-minute walk to the area from St. George’s. If you’re trying to cut costs, buses are a good option, but if you’d like to get there quickly without the hassle of waiting for a bus to go there and once you’re ready to leave, a cab or a rental is the better option. Driving from the Mt. Parnassus Inn holiday home takes under 20 minutes, while you can get there from the River Inn vacation rental in about 10 minutes. Entry to the marine protected area is free, but you may need to pay a small fee to dive. The Underwater Sculpture Park is also accessed via boat on guided tours offered by Grenada Seafaris tours. Scuba divers will have the additional experience of getting up close to the figures, which enables an intimate look at the changes wrought by time and the sea. For those who don’t wish to get wet, there’s the option of glass-bottom boat tours. From the glass bottom boat, you won’t be able to see all statues, just the ones that are close to the surface. The same accounts for when you go on a snorkeling trip. Get to see more of the sculptures by going on a scuba diving trip. It will be worth your time!

Pro Tip: Bring along a towel, swimsuit, cash, a camera, and insect repellant. Leave your jewelry at home to make sure you don’t lose any valuables while in the water! Other popular snorkel spots include Levera National Park, Moliniere Bay, and La Sagesse.

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