with Phil Saye from Dive Grenada:
In November 2016, we were thrilled to announce the opening of the Dive Grenada center, the island’s leading dive operator, on the grounds of Mount Cinnamon. This Award Winning PADI 5* facility is proactively improving the marine environment by creating Grenada’s first artificial reef, and as Grenada is quickly emerging as the most sought-after diving destination, Dive Grenada is known for its accessibility to a variety of dive sites – majority of which are just 10 minutes from the beach – and its capability to accommodate all skill levels. Dive Grenada’s very experienced staff are dedicated to providing customers with a memorable scuba diving and snorkel experience while in Grenada.
With an illustrious career in the Royal Navy and diver in far-flung corners of the globe including the Antarctic, the Maldives and Scapa Flow, we’ve asked Phil Saye, the owner of Dive Grenada, his personal insight on “Why Dive in Grenada?”
- How long has Dive Grenada been in business?
- Dive Grenada is 30 years old this year as it was formed in 1987, I have owned it since 2004.
- When did you come to Grenada and what has kept you here?
- I came to Grenada on vacation in the late 1990s and fell in love with the Island, I returned in 2003 for an open ended vacation and stayed for 8 months, just as I was about to leave to return to the UK and look for my next career, Dive Grenada came up for sale, and I bought it and the rest is history as they say….
- How is Grenada diving different from anywhere else in the world?
- What has kept me here is, the outstanding diving, Grenada being very safe and the low crime rate, an all year destination even during the rainy season when we get relatively little rain. The beautiful natural beauty and the diversification of the flora and fauna both above and below the water. The authentic, friendly and helpful Grenadian people who really make living here a joy.
- What is your personal favorite diving spot in Grenada and why?
- Living in Grenada compared to any other place is like comparing night and day, Grenada really is the best place to live for its safety, all year beautiful weather, and its genuine authenticity. My favorite diving spot, is the Marine Protected Area (MPA), which covers 8 different dive sites and is home to the unique Underwater Sculpture Park which I have been closely involved with since its inception in 2006. The MPA is home to a wide biodiversity of marine life including regular siting’s of turtles and seahorses, two of my personal favorites.
You can find Phil on site at the Dive Centre and on hand for helpful advice and assistance. He is passionate about diving and the underwater environment, committed to sharing this with as many people as he can. He enjoys an unrivaled knowledge of local marine life and his infectious enthusiasm for the subject has made him a popular lecturer at St. Georges University as well as local schools.