Pure Grenada Dive Fest – Lionfish Awareness

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The final day of Pure Grenada Dive Fest saw all the local dive centres compete in a lionfish hunt. We were diving with Aquanauts and once we had all our equipment sorted and loaded onto their spacious boat, conversation switched to the serious business of which dive site might have the most lionfish to remove from the reefs. Our guides decided on the wonderfully named, Whibbles (that had us thinking of Blackadder!) and then Southend.

We were simply going to explore the reef and enjoy the marine life that these sites have in abundance, whilst the guides patrolled the reef with their spears looking for their prey. Whilst lionfish are beautiful fish, we learned that they reproduce extremely quickly and have no natural predators in the Caribbean, hence the hunts that go on to reduce their numbers.

Our dives rewarded us with nurse sharks, moray eels and several octopus, and our guides had an impressive haul of lionfish to show for their work. The lionfish were not going to go to waste, as they were dropped off to be cleaned and cooked in time for the closing ceremony later that evening.

We had a date with a waterfall in the afternoon. Grenada is a stunning island above water too, and we wanted to experience some of the forest and waterfalls that are famous here. Our friends at Eco Divers had volunteered to assist, and so soon we found ourselves winding up through the lush countryside, anbd then cooling off under the powerful water tumbling down from above.

Pure Grenada Dive Fest ended with a bang with a lively party to celebrate what had been a superb week. Divers, guides and dive shop owners all gathered at the Coconuts Beach Restaurant for live music, great food (including the lionfish caught that day) and lots of fun.


Read more about our trip to Grenada in the new WINTER 2020 edition of Dive Travel Adventures magazine! You can find out where you can obtain your personal printed copy HERE or download a digital version for free, right HERE!

If you want to join in on all the fun at Pure Grenada Dive Fest 2020, save the date: 3rd – 9th October 2020. Watch out for more information coming soon here.

For more information on Grenada visit the Pure Grenada website by clicking here.

Dive Centres featured in this blog:

Aquanauts

Eco Dive Grenada

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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