The Caribbean’s “Spice Island” is Unlike Any Other: 13 Tours for Exploring Grenada

Known as the “Spice Island,” Grenada doesn’t shirk away from local flavor, welcoming tourists to its shores by plane and sea. With just one day in port, my boyfriend and I were worried that we wouldn’t have enough time to experience all that the island has to offer, so we booked one of the best Grenada tours to help fit in the highlights.

While we weren’t able to visit all three islands that compose the country of Grenada (Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique), the good news is that with our half-day of snorkeling and sailing, we had a few hours leftover to stroll St. George’s’ famous spice market, see a historic church, and hike up to a beautiful viewpoint of the city.

Not bad for a last-minute addition to the itinerary for our chaotic and ever-changing Viking Ocean cruise (that’s another story for a different day).

Travel blogger Eva Phan on a catamaran during one of the best Grenada tours.

We sailed away feeling satisfied with our leisurely day on the island, which is synonymous with natural beauty and quiet, luxurious escapes thanks to its 45 beaches of glittering white and moody black volcanic sand.

Before we settled on our morning of snorkeling, I spent hours researching the best Grenada tours for half- and full-day tours. These are among the best to book, based on my personal experience and findings:

Half-Day Tours in Grenada

Underwater sculpture park snorkeling tour in Grenada.

1. 4-Hour Snorkeling with Underwater Sculpture Park Tour

Grenada’s most fascinating snorkeling site is its underwater sculpture park. Opened in 2006, the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park by Jason deCaires Taylor is the first of its kind. Earning status as one of National Geographic’s 25 Wonders of the World, 75 sculptures decorate the ocean floor, covering 800 square meters.

When visiting Grenada, I knew I had to visit this curious site. The easiest way to do so is on this 4-hour snorkeling tour, which is a version of the excursion I booked. Lunch is included, as is an open bar of rum punch and beer when you’re done snorkeling.

Plan your Caribbean cruise outfits accordingly if you’re taking this excursion. You’ll need a swimsuit, coverup, sunglasses, and water-resistant sandals or shoes. Bring tons of reef-safe sunscreen—I ran out and got absolutely fried to a crisp on this excursion.

If you’re planning on exploring St. George’s after, bring a change of clothes for the end of the tour so that you don’t need to go all the way back onto the ship or to your hotel, like I did.

St. George's Grenada from above during a driving tour.

2. Half-Day Grenada River Tubing Adventure and Annandale Falls

I’m all for active excursions. I’d so much rather be hiking, canyoning, or snorkeling than be shuttled around in a van all day.

If you’re the same, turn your attention to this half-day excursion in Grenada which starts at Annandale Falls for swimming and relaxing before driving through the Grand Etang Forest Reserve to the Balthazar River, where you’ll let the current carry you on tubes like a natural Lazy River.

Transportation to and from convenient hotels is included, but the use of towels and bug spray is not, so you’ll need to pack your own. Turkish towels are perfect for excursions like this because they fold up much smaller than a regular towel, making them easy to throw in a backpack or beach bag.

Grenada coastline during a tour.

3. ATV Adventure Through Mt. Hartman National Park

Riding an ATV through Grenada is a far more rugged, adventurous way to see it than a typical tour bus. A couple friends of mine did a similar excursion in Dominica on their honeymoon, and absolutely loved it.

Hop on 4-wheelers with this tour to discover Grenada’s less-frequented coastline. Your ride will go through Mt. Hartman National Park, which contains 154 acres of property and is best known for its doves. Along the way, you’ll stop at viewpoints and Magazine Beach (Rex Beach, Concrete Strip) to take in the scenery and local vegetation.

Helmets are provided, along with transportation to and from your hotel. If you’re visiting Grenada on a cruise, you’ll be met at the cruise terminal.

To drive an ATV on this excursion, you must be at least 21 and have a valid driver’s license. Passengers must be at least 12 years old.

St. George's Grenada during a sunset cruise.

4. Sunset & Champagne Cruise on a Classic Schooner

Of course, you don’t have to actually get in the water for swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving to enjoy Grenada’s blue waters. This sunset and champagne cruise is a leisurely way to see the island’s iconic shoreview.

The cruise lasts 2.5 hours and includes an array of appetizers, an open bar, and a glass of bubbles.

Historic house in St. George's, Grenada.

5. Half-Day Concord Waterfall and Chocolate Factory Tour

Cacao trees thrive in the Caribbean Islands thanks to their tropical climate, which allows rare varieties of the plant to grow. Some of the Caribbean Islands have capitalized on this, producing local chocolate.

In Grenada, you can learn about the chocolate-making process and explore some of the island’s top landmarks and natural attractions in a half-day’s time on this Concord Waterfall and chocolate factory tour.

Take a plunge in the pool of Concord Waterfall before driving to Gouyave, a fishing village and spice processing station. Here, you’ll tour a chocolate factory, walk through cocoa fields, and partake in a tasting.

The tour passes through old plantations in Grenada’s interior before ending at Grand Etang Lake, a crater lake in the country’s largest national park. From there, you’ll be returned back to your hotel or port.

Grenada spice market during a food tour.

6. Half-Day Grenada Food Tour

Food tours are one of the best ways to try local cuisine in any destination, especially if you’re short on time.

On this Grenada food tour, you’ll try five different Grenadian dishes and drinks. Stop at local restaurants, see a live cooking demo, and learn how to use spices and herbs in new ways. You’ll get new recipe ideas to try at home.

A vegetarian option for this tour is available, and should be communicated when you book.

St. George's Grenada during a taxi tour.

7. Grenada Taxi Tour

Taxi tours are one of the most classic ways to see a Caribbean island if you’re visiting on a cruise. Taxi drivers in many Eastern Caribbean countries double as tour guides, knowing tons about local culture, history, and life. We did one of these in Dominica and another in Saint Kitts, enjoying both.

Grenada is no different. Taxi tours can be arranged at the cruise port by flagging down a driver, or you can book one in advance online here.

Most rates for taxi tours in the Caribbean are priced per person and determined by length. Expect to pay $30 to $35 USD for two people per hour. If you’re a solo traveler, you’ll likely be expected to pay a similar rate.

8. 7 Sisters Falls and Agro-Tourism Hike

Grenada’s lush rainforest lends itself to some seriously impressive farming opportunities. You can witness this firsthand on this 7 Sisters Falls and Agro-Tourism Hike.

After a city tour of St. George’s, including a walk through the local market, stop at the National Museum, and pass through the Sendall Tunnel to Carenage, you’ll drive into the island’s interior, pausing at Grand Etang Lake before continuing to 7 Sisters Falls.

The hike to 7 Sisters Falls lasts 35 to 40 minutes, during which you’ll encounter local farmers to learn about the island’s crops and spices. On your hike, you’ll also see wildlife such as Grenada’s Mona monkeys.

Trails can become muddy, so bring good hiking shoes—not sandals. If you find yourself muddy or hot, you can cool off in one of the pools at the first two waterfalls.

Grenada cruise port.

9. Grenada Spice Gardens, Rum & Chocolate Tour

This Grenada Spice Gardens, Rum, & Chocolate Tour gives tourists the opportunity to learn about how all of the country’s top food products are made.

The tour starts at the House of Chocolate, a mini-museum, and chocolatiers, to learn about the sweet’s history on the island and for sampling. You’ll do the same for rum at Clarkes Court Distillery, the second stop on the tour.

Finally, at Laura’s Herb and Spice Gardens, you’ll see how Grenada’s local fruits and spices are grown.

If you want to extend this tour, you can do so with the full-day option which also includes Annandale Falls and Grand Etang National Park and Lake.

Woman on a boat during a Grenada tour.

Full-Day Tours in Grenada

10. Full Day Tour of Granada’s History and Natural Landmarks

Full-day Grenada tours will allow you to see all of the major highlights on the island. This tour includes Concord Waterfall for swimming and a stop at Diamond Chocolate Factory (Jouvay Chocolate) to see how cocoa is made.

You’ll break for an authentic Grenadian lunch at Mount Edgecomb Boutique Hotel before continuing on to River Antoine Estate Rum Distillery to learn about rum’s 200-year-long history on the island, before ending at Grand Etang Lake.

St. George's Grenada skyline.

11. Grenada Culinary Countryside Tour

Get an in-depth look at Grenada’s cuisine on this full-day food tour. The tour kicks off with a visit to a waterfall (walking shoes required) then goes to local farms and gardens for 10 different tastings.

During the tour, you’ll learn local secrets for making Grenada’s national dish, Oil Down. This creamy coconut dish is a salted meat and vegetable stew of chicken, pigtails, vegetables, dumplings, coconut milk, and of course, spices.

Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated on this tour with a notice of at least 48 hours.

St. George's Grenada during a sailing tour.

12. All-Inclusive Full-Day Snorkeling and Sunset Cruise Tour

This all-inclusive tour hits all of Grenada’s top swimming and snorkeling spots. Lounge out on a catamaran for a day, hitting Flamingo Bay for a glimpse at reef life and the underwater sculpture park in the Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area.

Appetizers and champagne will be served at Grand Anse Beach, where you’ll enjoy the sunset. On your way back, you’ll pass through Carenage for a view of the harbor.

Travel blogger Eva Phan on a boat during a Grenada tour.

13. Private Catamaran Day Tour

Almost all catamaran tours in the Caribbean are shared, meaning you’ll be on the boat with anywhere from 15 to 40 other people, despite paying anywhere from $100 to $200 per person.

If you’re traveling with a group (or just want the luxury of being alone), charter a private catamaran instead. With this catamaran charter, from 10 am to 6 pm, you’ll sail from Halifax Harbor to Point Saline, anchoring at several highlights along the way, like the underwater sculpture park and Morne Rouge Beach.

The cruise is self-catered, so you’re allowed to bring your own food and drinks. If you’d prefer not to track down your own food, the tour company can organize catering from a chef on request.


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