Located in the heart of the Caribbean, Carriacou is a friendly small island, just a short hop away from Grenada. With miles of sandy beaches and an interior of extensive forests, you will find no glitzy resorts or tourist traps on Carriacou!
Coral reefs surround the island, providing a base for beautiful sandy beaches - Carriacou is perfect for walks, snorkelling and sun bathing. The weather is warm and sunny all year round with air temperatures ranging from 23°C (73°F) during winter to 30°C (86°F) in the summer, and sea temperatures never falling below 25°C (77°F).
Carriacou is also close to the famous Tobago Cays, which provided the setting for the film Pirates of The Caribbean. The Tobago Cays Marine Park is also a turtle sanctuary, where you can swim & snorkel with hawksbill and green turtles.
Carriacou is home to over beautiful 30 dive sites: From exciting drifts to gentle reefs & wrecks, most dives are suitable for all levels of divers. Depths range from 12m/40ft down to a maximum of 30m/100ft, and visibility is usually excellent.
During the summer the Caribbean sea tends to be very calm. Water temperature is around 29°C/84°F requiring only a 3mm or 5mm shorty wetsuit. If you intend to bring your own mask & fins, we recommend getting a black-skirted mask (this will reduce reflections inside the mask and improve your focus) and open-heel fins with boots.
Deefer Diving Carriacou is a long-term partner of Caribbean Reef Buddy, and provides the scuba equipment, dive boat and training courses for our volunteers. Deefer Diving is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort, and offers the full range of courses right up to PADI Instructor level.
Carriacou is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches and calm turquoise water for those who like to relax in the sun and work on their tan. The word “Carriacou” is based on the Carib-Indian word meaning “Island of Reefs”, and as such, the island offers gorgeous snorkelling in several easily-accessible locations.
Here are some of the things you may want to check out on and around the island (additional costs may apply):
• Guided tours of the island.
• Beaches like Anse La Roche, Paradise Beach and Petite Carenage.
• Island trips and beach BBQs.
• Kite surfing on Union Island with our friends at the JT Pro Centre.
• Visit to the legendary bar on Happy Island!
• A nature walk through mangroves and the nature park at High North.
Our nearest international airport is Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND) in St. George’s, Grenada, which receives direct fights from the UK and US, as well as Canada and Germany. Check with the airlines directly for availability. Once in Grenada, you can catch the Osprey Ferry or an SVG Air flight to Carriacou.
The ferry leaves daily at 9 am (8 am on Sundays) from Grenada and takes approximately 2 hours to get here. The ticket price is $30 USD. There are also three flights a day from Maurice Bishop Airport to Lauriston Airport (CRU) in Carriacou; it takes about 30 minutes and costs $87 USD, however there is a 20 kg (44 lbs) luggage restriction for the flight. There are no luggage restrictions for the ferry.
Depending on the time your flight arrives, there may be a requirement for an overnight stay in Grenada. Please factor this into your travel plans to ensure you arrive in time to start your programme. A member of the Reef Buddy team will be waiting to meet you as you step off the ferry in Carriacou. In the event of an overnight stay in Grenada, we offer a discounted rate of USD $35 per person per night (room only) at the Sea Breeze Hotel located on Grande Anse beach.