If you are chartering, or thinking of chartering, from our Grenada base, you might be considering the Grenadines as your sailing area, and for good reason. However, Grenada itself has “not to be missed” islands to visit. So, whether you stop along the way, to or from the Grenadines, or decide to stay within Grenada territory as an alternative, check out Carriacou and especially the Sandy Island Marine Park.
Sandy Island Marine Park is an uninhabited island that remains untouched by human hands. You won’t find a bar here or a restaurant. You won’t even find the boat boys offering BBQs. It is the essence of unspoilt. It has a beautiful sandy beach and its crystal-clear waters are a favorite amongst snorkelers. The local community works hard to look after it’s ecosystem and we encourage you to.
The Government of Grenada through the ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs established the Sandy Island Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA) in July 2010. SIOBMPA comprises of 787 hectares of extensive reef systems with a wide variety of coral species, extensive mangrove forest and sea-grass beds . SIOBMPA aims to lower the human impacts on the marine environment and provide benefits to both fisheries and conservation, by protecting the coral reefs. It is considered to be one of the most important marine ecosystems in the region and a culturally significant area for the people of Carriacou.
This is why you must use a mooring ball when staying at Sandy Island. SIOBMPA has recently installed a new moorings field and the revenue it generates will help to keep the moorings maintained. Moorings cost US$10.00, or EC$25.00, and will be collected by the friendly park rangers. It is a small price to pay to help protect the reefs, for a peaceful night and for some great snorkeling!