I don't know what I was expecting about this trip, but I was not expecting it to be so beautiful. From the bottom of the ocean to the top of the waterfalls, Grenada is gorgeous. If Kamala offers this trip next year, and you have an opportunity to see this place, take it! You won't be disappointed. I'm not very good at trip reports, so I don't really know where to start, but here goes:True Blue Bay
- Like the rest of Grenada, True Blue is a beautiful resort set around the bay. The views from the Dodgy Dock resturant were great. Have many pics of this. The food was very good and the wait staff were very friendly and accommodating. The resort was very hilly, like the rest of Grenada, and so there was a lot of walking up hills and steps, which I didn't mind at all, I need the exercise, and two swimming pools. Kudos to Jerry who had the guts to pick up a fully dressed up Wreck Wench and dump her in the infinity pool! (Too bad she was holding your camera at the time!) The entire resort staff were great. I've never been to a resort or hotel where the entire staff at the front desk knew my name by the end of the second day, and always acted like they were pleased to see you (even if they were faking it, it was nice!). I was in the Bay View rooms, and as the name implies, the view of the bay was incredible. The rooms were very nice, and had kitchens in them. Once again the SD staff set me up with two great roommates, Katatrina, and Caroline Divine. Thanks ladies, hope to see you on another trip soon.SD People
- First off, I would like to thank the world's most awesome dive buddy, Capt. Morgan, for being a great buddy above and below the water. I met Capt in Roatan last year, but this was the first time we had a chance to dive together. This is my fourth SD trip, and so I am starting to see some members on trips that I have been on trips with before. I already knew about half the people on this trip, and it was so great to see them again. But what is equally cool, is that I now know about 15 more people that are just as great! We are an extremely eclectic group, to say the least, but somehow we fit together like pieces of a puzzle. I have never been so depressed about ending a vacation in my entire life, it was so sad saying goodbye to everyone. I wish you all lived in Houston! We've made some great memories, and will most definitely make many more.Aquanauts
- I can't say enough about this dive op. They satisfied one of my
most important requirements, which is, they let us have nice long dives. They were very professional, and safety conscious, and best of all, Fun! Paul, Charlene, and Kenny were on the "Reef" boat (which also dived the wrecks), and they were all equally wonderful. Kenny was a great help on the boat with equipment, and Charlene and Paul were great at finding stuff underwater to show us. For the first time, I saw a seahorse, and there were several of them! They kept the atmosphere light and relaxing, we were not rushed at all. They made me feel like their entire week was dedicated to making us happy, and they joined us on their off time for dinners and a happy hour. From what I heard from the members on the wreck boat, they were also very happy with their dive staff.The Diving
- I thought the diving was great. The vis was pretty good most of the time. I am embarrassed to say that I am completely inadequate at sea life identification, so I'll leave it to others to tell you what we actually saw. What I do know is that I saw lots of eels, some sea horses, a very few angels, one frog fish, tons of squid, and some naked ladies!Day Trips
- Although diving is my number one priority, Grenada has much more to offer. The SD staff had some suggested tours outlined for those who wanted to see the sights, and many of us did. My first outing was a tour to the Rum Distillery
, with about 8 of my closest friends! Our guide took us through the very interesting process of making rum, from smashing the sugar cane with the ancient water wheel, and the fermenting process, all of which seemed to be very umm, how shall I say... disgusting!
I'm sure this process would never fly with the FDA. The end result is a very potentially deadly concoction that is not allowed on airplanes because of it's explosive properties. So we all had a shot at the end of the tour, and some of us bought a fifth of the less toxic blend, which is just legal enough for air flight.
The spice market
is a good place to get a real feel for the local culture. In a big square in the middle of town the local venders gather to sell fresh fruit and vegetables, and of course spices. It is a good place to go to pick up some souvenirs, and the venders are more than willing to negotiate the prices. The vendors are a bit aggressive, so you just sort of get what you want, and leave.
One of the highlights of my trip was the trip to the Seven Sisters waterfalls
with Debbie, Mark and Kelly. Keith our driver let us out at the bottom of the trail and pointed in the direction we should hike, so off we went. We were soon joined by Super Butterfly, who became our guide. SB was a very good guide, sharing information with us about the plant life on the way, and always on the lookout for the elusive Mona Monkey, which sadly to say, we never did see. The falls were absolutely beautiful, and worth every step to get up there to see them. On another trip a group of us visited the Concord Falls, which were very nice, and you could drive all the way to them so no hiking required, but the Seven Sisters were much nicer and worth the effort.Fish Friday
takes place every week in the town of Gouve (not sure about the spelling), where local venders set up booths down a couple of streets and sell fish prepared in a thousand different ways. You just stroll down the streets until you see something that looks good. I found one booth that was selling tuna cabobs. It was the only booth where I saw fish that was not fried, and they were outstanding! This is where we met Sue, the Peace Corps volunteer who told me about Father Mallaghan's Home for boys
. Father Mallaghan's Home for boys is where we took the school supplies.
Father Mallaghan's needs a thread all it's own, so I'll save that for later.
There is so much more to tell about this trip, hopefully the pics will fill in the gaps. Congratulations Stan for winning the Tacky Tourist contest. There were some great runner ups, TravelGal, Orcaman, Capt Morgan, etc.
Thank you Orcaman for being our videographer. I can't wait to see it. I will get my pics to you ASAP. I can't tell you how grateful I am that you provide this service, so that I can just enjoy my trip without trying to capture every thing on my own camera.
Thank you WreckWench and Fingrabber, for all your hard work. You have outdone yourself, this trip was a great adventure!
P.S. I already miss you all so much.
Edited by ScubaPunk, 18 June 2007 - 10:39 AM.