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Sandals Grenada

Discussion in 'Diving Trips and Locations' started by JohnL, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. JohnL

    JohnL Well-Known Member

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    Overall, the boat was excellent – capable of taking up to 20 divers, stable with lots of shade, two heads and proper safety equipment. Briefings were taken seriously, with divers not paying attention stopping the brief and told off! The dive leaders were mostly OK other than one youngster who had a head a big as a bucket. Support staff on the boat were excellent, managing swift entry to the water – wind and current made this important as was a prompt descent for the group.

    Kit was tired, with the bcds well-used and mouthpieces needing to be checked. Dive centre fins were full foot; I’d taken my own. I lost a mouthpiece lug as I was about to enter the water one day and had to swap to the octopus on another – never changed regs at depth before and, although I knew it wasn’t difficult, I was happy when it went smoothly with my buddy a metre away.

    The promised Nitrox never arrived. Initially, I was told that they didn’t provide it – later the boss told me that they were awaiting a compressor specialist, who, when he’d been, told them that they needed a part that would arrive on 11th June, not a lot of help for me! I did see a few Nitrox cylinders, so maybe I was being told the truth.

    I did 12 dives, generally two dives in a morning, starting at 9am only five to ten minutes away from base. The “special” dives were at 7am, which is too early for me and I saved US$55 per dive. I did most dive sites twice. The only deep one was Anina, a recent wreck, on its side at a 30m bottom – nice enough, strictly no penetration allowed. The other dives were 15-20m reefs, typically with light current at the bottom. One, Black Forest, had a strong current that we fought the first time and as a drift dive the second – air consumption dropped from 23 to 16! I found that the most enjoyable was to get as close to the reefs as possible, both to keep out of the current and see more fish – a couple had sand gullies that you could drop into and spot the fish under the reef edges. Visibility was 15-20m.

    Not that many fish, more than the Med but less than Madeira. As well as small reef fish, a few lion fish, puffers, a sharp-tailed snake eel and a couple of turtles. The shark was up-current – so I didn’t chase that and there were larger fish at a distance that I couldn’t identify.

    Perhaps the best part was that the water at 28 degrees could be dived without a wet suit – it was about 50:50 with the Brits tending to be in shirt and swim shorts. Always the risk of finding a jelly fish or scraping a bit of coral but the freedom of not having to adjust your buoyancy I find wonderful.

    Sandals is a well-run resort with ten restaurants to choose from, lots of activities on shore and water or loungers by the beach or pools to fry on. Entertainment every evening, not our thing, although we did watch volunteers being humiliated on the Beach Party evening in a dance contest. Our room was spacious with a large shower room and a big bath on the balcony with curtains so that you could bath outside with privacy. We also had two small swimming pools below us that were screened by shrubs and rarely used by others. The grounds were immaculately kept with lots of colourful plants. Tree frogs and crickets called at night.

    So, summing up, if you want easy no-stress diving in an inclusive adult-only resort, it’s for you. Grenada prides itself on being a friendly island and this comes across in all the people you meet – from the dive team, restaurant and bar staff to maids, gardeners and pool maintenance. We think that we will return.
     
  2. nickb

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    I know one shouldn't hold a grudge forever and they've relented over their original policy of forbidding same-sex couples. However, I strongly suspect that was only because of the sustained bad press they got for doing so and therefore I'd only ever visit a Sandals resort if someone held a grudge against me and dragged my cold, dead body there.
     
  3. JohnL

    JohnL Well-Known Member

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    Nick, following your comment, I have found that much of the Caribbean has yet to acknowledge the LGBT community and, in Grenada, male to male sex is illegal, with a maximum jail sentence of 10 years. It is an interesting decision, as a business, whether you should be condoning possible illegal activities. I think that your target should be the homophobic nature of the country.

    There were a few same-sex couples there who appeared to be enjoying themselves and being treated, as far as I could tell, as the rest of the guests.

    Personally, I welcome diversity of colour, creed and life-style and have difficulty in understanding those that don't.
     
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    Tribal Chestnut Well-Known Member
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    Wow! Didn’t realise that re. LGBT discrimination over there in this day and age.

    Surprising the amount of coverage Muslim countries get with their backwards, uncivilised attitudes, culture and laws, yet I was completely unaware of the situation in the Carribean.
     
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    Tribal Chestnut Well-Known Member
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    I think I’d also make a point of penetrating the wreck, even if I didn’t want to.
     
  6. nickb

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    Sandals ended their discrimination only after sustained protest, the withdrawing of promotions by large corporations and the resulting bad press. This was done in 2004.

    So, for the past 14 years, they've been 'condoning possible illegal activities' if 'male to male sex' is how you summarise homosexuality.

    I try to choose not to visit countries that have oppressive or discriminatory attitudes and that extends to companies that choose to do business in those countries. Of course, that is difficult with multinational companies, but when they state such policies in their promotional materials, as Sandals did, it becomes a no-brainer.
     
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