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.
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