Carriacou is the largest of the Grenadines, a necklace of islands scattered between St. Vincent and Grenada.
People here are very friendly and love to stop and chat. There are no glitzy malls here and no mega resort hotels! The whole island has a family feel to it, that makes you feel at home straight away. All the beaches are public, so you can go wherever you like and there is never any jostling for space! Inland volcanic actions have created an interesting topography of wooded hills and volcanic cliffs rising up dramatically in places. There are many paths and walks to be found, which are popular with bird watchers and wildlife spotters. Out to sea, there are a number of beautiful offshore cays, which are only a few minutes boat ride away. Carriacou is also close to the famous Tobago Cays, which provided the setting for the film Pirates of The Caribbean. The Tobago Cays Marine Park is also a turtle sanctuary, where you can swim & snorkel with hawksbill and green turtles. We can arrange boat trips and tours for you!
The weather is warm and sunny all year round, with air temperatures ranging from 23°C (73°F) during winter to 30°C (86°F) maximum in the summer, and sea temperature never falling below 25°C (77°F).
People in Carriacou love to celebrate! For just a few days a year people come from far afield to join in, and there are parties most nights.
During festival time Carriacou erupts in a profusion of colours and sounds! People from all over the world come to join in the fun celebrations and parties! Dates can vary, so please refer to the Pure Grenada Events page for the latest events calendar.
Please note that the island can get very noisy and crowded during festival time, and accommodation may be difficult to find. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday, we suggest that you book your stay outside festival dates.
Carriacou is a small island 23 miles north of Grenada. Grenada (GND) is connected to international airports by major airlines - it's then just a short hop to Carriacou. Carriacou can also be easily reached from Barbados (BGI) via Union Island!
From Grenada by Air
SVG Air, an operator out of St Vincent, provides a shuttle service from Grenada to Lauriston Airport, Carriacou 3 times a day. Flight time is around 20 minutes. Lauriston airport is around 5 minutes taxi ride from the dive centre in Hillsborough. The small plane fills up fast, so we recommend booking your flight well in advance! To book, visit the SVG website www.svgair.com or phone (+1 473) 444-3549.
From Grenada by Sea
The Osprey ferry runs Grenada to Carriacou every morning. Sailing time is usually around 2 hours, but depends on sea conditions. There is no extra charge for large luggage, although things like bicycles and boxes for rebreathers are charged a small additional fee. The sailing schedule is: Grenada to Carriacou daily at 9 am (8 am on Sundays) and Carriacou to Grenada daily at 3 pm. Visit the Osprey Lines website www.ospreylines.com for more information.
From Barbados via Union Island
There are 2 SVG flights every day from Barbados to Union Island. It's just 4 miles from Union Island to Carriacou. Water taxis are available at either end and journey time usually takes no more than 40 minutes. We can even come to pick you up! Just send us a message to check availability!