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Is The Bianca C In Grenada Worth Diving?

Discussion in 'Lesser Antilles' started by cleung, Mar 10, 2020.

  1. cleung

    cleung Manta Ray

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    I'll be heading down to Grenada in late May for a quick long weekend type of trip to get into tropical waters again after my last dive adventure in fairly colder and challenging waters of Galapagos in the fall. Just wondering if the big wreck Bianca C is worth diving. I heard it's only about a 20 minute dive due to the depth.

    I'm more into marine life rather than the wrecks themselves and if the marine life at the Bianca C is no different or worse than longer dives on Grenada, I would rather just skip it. Any thoughts from those who been there?
     
  2. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    I am not a big fan of wrecks. With that said, the Bianca C is more a wreck than it is an artificial reef. If you want to see marine growth, there are far superior wrecks that have seahorses, sponges, etc. on. Bianca C is mostly covered in a little algae. You would visit the Bianca C if you were a wreck nut.

    When the dive shop my wife and I dive with dive the Bianca C, we go to the nearby reef. That option will not be open to most folks, as we have dived with that operator enough to them to know us well and trust us.
     
  3. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

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    This describes me exactly.

    I dove the Bianca C many years ago on a liveaboard trip out of Grenada. It is unmemorable for me. I'm sure a wreck rat would have a different opinion. I don't mind the occasional wreck that is at least at a depth I can get a decent length dive and has more than metal to see, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

    My understanding is there can be some big stuff in and around that wreck, and IIRC some people on our dive spotted mantas or eagle rays. But you're not there long (and the viz was not great when we were there) which cuts your odds of lucking into seeing stuff like that.
     
  4. JohnN

    JohnN Solo Diver

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    And me too. I was on Grenada in early February and dove the Bianca C. Not really that much to see, if you like swim-throughs (I can take them or leave them), you can get into the cargo hold and swim about. Other than that, not much to see there. I will say that the paved goat trails they call roads in Grenada certainly are "interesting"
     
  5. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

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    I think all of Grenada topside is interesting. Way more than your usual sand spit.
     
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  6. cleung

    cleung Manta Ray

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    Thanks for all your comments folks. Just saw a few videos on the Bianca C and not that impressed. I'll ask the dive shop I'll be using, Native Spirits, to just stick to the sites with decent marine life regardless if there is a wreck there or not and get at least 45 min dive time.
     
  7. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    I have not much to add because I'm not into wrecks either but one of the times I dove Bianca, there was a bit of extra current. Because I'm not into wrecks, my buddies were still looking her over whilst I hung (literally) onto a rail, facing into the current. 3 large barracuda came along and hung with me. That was cool.
     
  8. jaseUK666

    jaseUK666 Nassau Grouper

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    I thought it was a great dive. I did it twice. Mind you, I did do 30 mins bottom time. Decoing with barracuda circling me was also pretty cool.
     
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  9. seeker242

    seeker242 DIR Practitioner

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    I was not noticeably impressed. Although, my local dive sites are some of the best wreck dives in the USA, so it's hard to impress me perhaps!
     
  10. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    I believe that she's started to break up more too. Some storm iirc

    My first time, I could swim in the pool, so to speak. Last time, I didn't recognize some parts of her.
     
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