Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Last updated on April 1, 2023
At the southwestern end of Magazine Beach, the area in front of the Aquarium Restaurant, known as Aquarium Beach, is where some of the easiest snorkeling in Grenada can be found, with a variety of corals and good-sized shoals of fish. Boxfish, tangs, moray eels and wrasse are among the most common sightings in the shallows.
Aquarium Beach is located at the southwestern end of Magazine Beach. Magazine Beach fronts the Royalton Grenada Resort, but access to the beach is open to all. To the northeast the entry to the water can be difficult in places due to shallow water reefs, but at the southwestern end of the beach it is generally very easy.
The beach in front of the restaurant is relatively steeply sloping but this becomes more gentle the further away from the rocky headland you move. The beach is of clean sand, which shelves onto rock and reef outcrops, with some surge noticeable in the shallow waters.
Swim straight out from the beach and then swim towards the headland for the more interesting seabed.
Once you are over the mixed boulder and rock seabed you will find some sizable elkhorn coral, also plenty of seafans mixed in with large fire corals. This area also has large shoals of surgeonfish, blue tang and juvenile sergeant majors.
If you have the opportunity to get down close to the seabed you will find that many of the overhangs and holes in the rocks are occupied by moray eels, including several chain moray. Other species you will encounter include the inquisitive smooth trunkfish, orangespotted filefish and bluehead wrasse.
The Aquarium Restaurant is ideally placed behind the beach for a shower, drinks and a seafood meal. Beware, the restaurant tends to get jammed for Sunday lunch, so book ahead. The Royalton Grenada Resort, just a 300 meters beach walk to Aquarium Beach, is the closest accommodation.
These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.
This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
The data contained in this website is for general information purposes only, and is not legal advice. It is intended to provide snorkelers with the information that will enable them to engage in safe and enjoyable snorkeling, and it is not meant as a substitute for swim level, physical condition, experience, or local knowledge. Remember that all marine activities, including snorkeling, are potentially dangerous, and that you enter the water at your own risk. You must take an individual weather, sea conditions and hazards assessment before entering the water. If snorkeling conditions are degraded, postpone your snorkeling or select an alternate site. Know and obey local laws and regulations, including regulated areas, protected species, wildlife interaction and dive flag laws.
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