Diving on the wreck of the cargo ship Veronica L. (Grenada)

Categories: Travel reports, Central America & the Caribbean, Grenada

After our sea day yesterday we arrived in Grenada this morning.

Grenada

Diving with AIDA & Aquanauts Grenada

On Grenada we had also decided for a diving trip with the AIDA dive center. And since we liked the first dives in Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire so much, we were also very much looking forward to today 🙂

When you think of the best diving spots in the world, you might think of other destinations than Grenada. But the small island state with its beaches, crystal clear water and tropical rainforest is considered the Eldorado for wreck divers in the Caribbean. There are more than a dozen wrecks around the island. And with that it was also clear where we went for our first dive – to the shipwreck of the cargo ship Veronica L. As with our diving trip on Bonaire, a local diving center Aquanauts Grenada has again laid out directly at the harbour, so we had to walk only a few meters to the dive boat.

The diving equipment and the bottles were already on board and it could start right away. To our surprise, we were only six divers, which promised a quiet and relaxed dive. We prefer smaller dive groups, because it is not so spooky and you have enough space on the dive boat. We were accompanied again by two AIDA diving instructors and two local guides.

The diving spot “Shipwreck of Veronica L.”

The first dive spot was the shipwreck of Veronica L., a 40 m long and beautifully overgrown cargo ship, which lies upright on the Boss Reef not far from the port city of St. George’s at a depth of about 15 meters. The ship was confiscated in the early 1990s, but was neglected in the following years. So it slammed into the harbour of St. George’s and was later sunk as an artificial reef when it stood in the way. Even if the view was not optimal, the outlines of the wreck could be seen from adistance.

The closer one came, the more powerful it was in front of you. Around the striking bridge and the loading crane were large blue schools of fish to be seen, who turned their rounds comfortably. In many places, the wreck is overgrown with colorful sponges and corals, which provide the fish with their habitat. The cargo hold of the freighter was empty, but it was a good way to dive in and see which creatures you can discover there. For example, a small black-and-white moray eels lurked out of the ground and a hedgehog fish swam leisurely along the edge and posed for our camera. The dive at The Veronica L. was a really very relaxed dive, as there was hardly any current and the wreck is at a pleasant depth.

The dive spot “Northern Exposure”

During the one-hour surface break we got a fruit punch from the crew and were able to warm ourselves a bit in the Caribbean sun. Even if the water has a pleasant temperature of 28 degrees, after one hour in the cool wet one is still looking forward to a few minutes of sun 🙂

For the second dive we went to the dive site Northern Exposure, which is also part of the Boss Reef and is characterized by hard and soft corals. In addition to many colorful fish, we have seen here, among other things, a black and white moraine, a lobster, again a spherical hedgehog fish and a trumpet fish.

The video of our two dives in Grenada

Here you can find the video of our two dives in Grenada.

All travelogues from our AIDA Cruise (Caribbean Sea)

If you read the list of islands that AIDA is heading for on the route Caribbean Islands, you might think it was a dream for a moment: Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Antigua. To reach eleven islands in 14 days is already a house number. But that was also the reason for us to choose this route. A cruise is predestined to get to know the Caribbean with its thousands of dream islands in a relaxed way. Here you can find all travel reports of our 14-day Caribbean cruise with AIDAdiva.
AIDAdiva CruiseDay 01 Dominican Republic: Punta Cana – Short stopover before our cruise
Day 02 Dominican Republic: AIDAdiva – Our 14-Day Cruise in the Caribbean Sea
Day 03 Day at Sea
Day 04 Aruba: ABC Islands – Diving at the Renaissance Plane Wreck
Day 04 Aruba: Oranjestad – Tourist Attractions & Things to Do by your own
Day 05 Curaçao: Curacao – Island Tour, Attractions & the best Photo spots
Day 05 Curaçao: Ocean Encounters Curacao – Diving with Dolphins
Day 06 Bonaire: ABC Islands – Diving in Bonaire National Marine Park
Day 06 Bonaire: Kralendijk – Travel Guide & Things to Do
Day 07 Day at Sea
Day 08 Grenada: Diving on the wreck of the cargo ship Veronica L.
Day 08 Grenada: Molinere Bay – Diving at the Underwater Sculpture Park
Day 08 Grenada: Saint George’s – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo spots
Day 09 St. Vincent: Kingstown & Hiking La Soufriére Volcano
Day 10 Barbados: Wreck diving in Carlisle Bay Marine Park
Day 10 Barbados: Snorkeling with turtles in Carlisle Bay
Day 11 St. Lucia: Diving in the Caribbean with Scuba Steve’s Diving
Day 12 Dominica: Dolphins, Whale-Watching & the capital Roseau
Day 13 Guadeloupe: An island tour & the town of Pointe-a-Pietre
Day 14 Antigua: St. John’s, Nelson’s Dockyard & Fort Berkeley
Day 15 Day at Sea
Day 16 Dominican Republic: Punta Cana – Relax one day on the Beach
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