Story by Amy Cassell
Photography courtesy of underwatersculpture.com and Spice Island Beach Resort
Originally appeared in the February/March 2016 issue of
One of Grenada
’s most popular attractions is not actually on
the Caribbean island, but off the coast and 25 feet below the surface. In 2006, former dive instructor Jason deCaires Taylor wanted his work to provide a benefit beyond its artistic existence, so he created dozens of concrete and rebar sculptures to double as artificial reefs. Since their installation, the pieces (including Vicissitudes
, shown above) have changed color and texture, thanks to the variety of marine life they’ve attracted. Other artists continue to contribute to the underwater gallery, which is populated by parrot fish, tubular sponges, and fireworms, offering a different type of museum experience for adventurous art admirers.
Spice Island Beach Resort
works with preferred vendors to arrange snorkel and dive tours to the sculpture park. Tour operators pick guests up from the all-inclusive, 64-room resort on Grand Anse Beach for a cruise to Moliniere Bay.
“Grenada is one of the lushest, most tropical places that isn’t too far away for U.S. travelers. The ‘spice island’ is the world’s second-largest producer of nutmeg, behind Indonesia
. A trip there wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a nutmeg factory – an exciting way to witness the island’s scenery and scents.” – Laura Schelling, Virtuoso travel advisor, Columbus, Georgia
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