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Welcome to Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, a hidden gem with unspoiled beauty offering a lifestyle so pure and authentic that visitors will feel instantly renewed. Famed for aromatic spices, organic chocolate, and warm, friendly people, the tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is the Caribbean travellers search for.

Adventures in Nature

With a mountainous, volcanic landscape framed by turquoise blue seas, Grenada is home to a plethora of natural wonders. Sparkling waterfalls, peaceful rivers and warm sulphur springs await visitors in the lush rainforest. Out on the water, paddleboarding, kayaking, and sailing are popular activities. For a truly out-of-this-world experience, venture underwater to uncover the magic beneath the cerulean blue waves.

A year-round scuba diving destination, Grenada and Carriacou offer some of the best diving in the region. There are more than fifty dive sites within a short boat ride of the shore, providing an opportunity to explore an amazing biodiversity of colourful marine life and pristine coral reefs in varied topography. With more than 20 wreck dives, Grenada has graciously accepted the title of “Wreck Capital of the Caribbean” with its most famous being the Bianca C shipwreck.

Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park, the first of its kind in the world, was created by Jason deCaires Taylor as a sustainable environment project for corals and marine life to inhabit.  The Underwater Sculpture Park can be experienced by diving, snorkelling and from a glass bottom boat. 

A Culinary Delight

Widely known as the “Spice of the Caribbean”, the destination has long been famous for its production of high-quality spices and cocoa. Fully embracing the identity of “Spice”, the integration of spices into Grenada’s cuisine has resulted in an overall robust and flavorful national food profile. From fine dining to casual beachside restaurants to street food, it is undeniable that Grenadians have a taste and flair for delicious food. and, as a result, became the World Food Travel Association’s first Culinary Capital.

Three Islands; one unique destination

Easily accessible by sea and air, Grenada’s sister islands Carriacou and Petite Martinique are a true escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life! Carriacou is the old-time Caribbean that dreams are made of, full of colourful houses and even more colourful people. Expect spectacular snorkelling and pristine beaches, rich West African and Scottish culture, and unique traditions such as string band music, big drum dancing, wooden boat building and launching, and Shakespeare Mas. Petite Martinique – only one square mile – is one big family that always looks forward to visitors.  Sweeping views of outlying islands and utter tranquillity endear visitors to Petite Martinique immediately. 

Sustainability is central to Grenada’s value set as a destination, and this is the thread that weaves through many of our experiences. In 2022, the Grenada Tourism Authority launched its Voluntourism programme, an initiative that helps travellers foster meaningful connections in the spaces they visit. Voluntourism opportunities include coral reef restoration, turtle research, lionfish hunts and beach clean-ups, and community learn-to-swim classes. There is also an annual Dive & Conservation Festival focused on local aquatic and terrestrial conservation efforts.

Volunteering opportunites in Grenada

Ital Cabin, Grenada 

Located on a picturesque organic farm bordering the Grand Etang Rain Forest Reserve, overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea, this vegan experience embraces the principles of permaculture, cultivating a diverse array of fruits, vegetables, and herbs in harmony with the natural ecosystem. As you step onto the property, the intoxicating scents of freshly grown spices and produce and vibrant flowers greet you, instantly connecting you with the essence of the island – Pure Grenada.

This farm-to-table journey begins with an informative and immersive tour of the sustainable farm guided by passionate farmers and knowledgeable chefs. Learn about the island’s unique approaches to innovative agricultural practices and food production systems and witness the care that goes into nurturing the crops, all grown without any pesticides or harmful chemicals.

Once you’ve connected with the origins of the ingredients, it’s time to embark on a culinary adventure like no other. Join the talented vegan chefs to create culinary art with the freshest organic harvests that pays homage to Grenadian traditions while pushing the boundaries of health, wellness, and plant-based cuisine.

To complement the dining experience, this experience offers an impressive selection of tropical fruit-infused mocktails, juices, and local healthy snack alternatives. Feel the refreshing breeze and immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of the open-air dining area, where you’ll relish your meal while overlooking the breathtaking panorama of the farm, Grenada’s Rain Forest Reserve, and the glittering Caribbean Sea beyond.

Every element at of this vegan farm to table experience is thoughtfully designed to minimize environmental impact, from composting food waste to using solar power. The commitment to sustainability and compassion extends beyond the kitchen, as curators actively engage in community initiatives and supports local farmers and artisans.

Here, compassion and dedication converge to create a truly meaningful voluntourism experience!

The GSPCA’s mission is to provide love, care, and support to canine companions that have found themselves in challenging situations. As a volunteer, you will have the unique opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of these four-legged friends. Beyond the rewarding work with the dogs, you will have ample opportunities to explore Grenada’s breathtaking landscapes, savour local delicacies, and connect with the warm-hearted community that supports this mission.

Areas of assistance include:

Canine Enrichment: Spend quality time with rescue dogs, engaging in playtime, gentle walks, and stimulating activities that promote physical and mental well-being. Your love and attention will help socialize the dogs, increasing their chances of finding forever homes.

Veterinary Support: Under the guidance of our skilled veterinarians, you will learn about basic health checks, grooming, and administering medications, ensuring the dogs receive the best care possible during their stay.

Training and Rehabilitation: Participate in positive reinforcement training sessions, where you’ll help dogs learn basic commands and overcome any behavioural challenges they might have developed due to past experiences.

Shelter Maintenance: A clean and comfortable environment is crucial for the well-being of the furry residents. You’ll assist in keeping their living spaces tidy, creating a safe haven for them while they wait for their forever families.

At the end of your volunteer experience with GSPCA, you’ll leave with cherished memories, knowing that you’ve made a significant impact on the lives of these vulnerable animals. Your compassion and dedication will have helped provide them with the love and care they need on their journey to finding loving homes.

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The Annandale Waterfall Garden Community Project offers an inspiring volunteer experience that combines the beauty of Grenadian nature with the spirit of community development and environmental conservation.

Nestled within the enchanting landscapes of Grenada, the Annandale Waterfall Garden Community Project is a collaborative effort between passionate locals, dedicated volunteers, and eco-conscious organizations. This initiative aims to create a sustainable and thriving garden oasis around the magnificent Annandale Waterfall, while simultaneously empowering the neighbouring community through the financial empowerment of a neighbouring educational institution, communication learning and improved livelihoods.

As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the heart of this transformative project. Your days will be filled with purposeful activities, such as planting vegetables, medicinal herbs, fruit and native trees, creating eco-friendly walkways, and maintaining the vibrant gardens around the waterfall. Under the guidance of experienced specialists, you’ll learn about the delicate ecosystems of Grenada and the essential role of preserving the island’s rich biodiversity.

The highlight of your experience will undoubtedly be the moments shared with the friendly locals. Engage in cultural exchanges, partake in local herbal medicine workshops, and savour authentic Grenadian cuisine. You’ll gain insights into their way of life, and stories of their heritage.

After days of hard work and rewarding interactions, take time to unwind and refresh by plunging into the refreshing waters of the Annandale Waterfall. These moments of tranquillity will help you connect with the natural beauty of Grenada and reflect on the significance of your participation in this community-driven endeavour.

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Grenada, known for its stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters, however these beaches face the global challenge of marine debris and plastic pollution. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to be part of the solution and contribute to the conservation of this ecological treasure.

Each day begins with meaningful action; Armed with gloves, trash bags, and a sense of purpose, you’ll head to the beach, where you’ll be greeted by the breathtaking sight of sun-kissed sands and turquoise waters.

As the sun rises, you’ll embark on the beach cleanup mission, walking along the shoreline to collect plastic debris, discarded fishing gear, and other waste that threatens the marine ecosystem. The beauty of this volunteer experience lies not only in the impact you’ll make but also in the connections forged with fellow volunteers, locals, and the environment.

Throughout the cleanup, local marine experts will share their knowledge about the importance of marine conservation, the impact of plastic pollution on marine life, and the steps being taken to protect Grenada’s natural treasures.

After a rewarding morning of beach cleanup, you’ll have the chance to unwind and relax on the very sands you’ve worked to protect. Take a refreshing dip in the Caribbean Sea, bask in the sun, or explore nearby coastal wonders like coral reefs and hidden coves.

Carriacou is renowned for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life. However, this paradise faces environmental challenges, particularly the degradation of its mangrove ecosystems. As a volunteer, you will play a vital role in preserving and restoring these invaluable habitats that are essential for the island’s ecological balance.

The Mangrove Planting Project is a collaborative effort between passionate volunteers like yourself and local conservation organizations committed to safeguarding Carriacou’s natural wonders.

During your stay, you’ll embark on a series of enriching activities, including:

Mangrove Nursery Care: Begin your journey by nurturing young mangrove saplings in a specialized nursery. Learn about the different mangrove species native to the area and the crucial role they play in protecting coastlines, providing shelter for marine life, and mitigating climate change.

Mangrove Reforestation: Venture into the heart of Carriacou’s coastal areas and estuaries, where you’ll plant the mangrove saplings you helped cultivate. Get your hands dirty as you carefully transplant these young trees into their natural habitats, contributing directly to the island’s environmental restoration.

Island Exploration: In between your conservation efforts, take some time to explore the breathtaking beauty of Carriacou. Snorkel through vibrant coral reefs, hike to picturesque viewpoints, and immerse yourself in the island’s rich cultural heritage.

As the sun sets on your volunteer experience, you’ll depart with a sense of accomplishment, knowing Your time spent with the Mangrove Planting Project will leave a lasting impact on both the environment and the local community. By contributing to the restoration and preservation of these crucial ecosystems, you will be helping to create a more sustainable future for Carriacou and its inhabitants.

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Set sail with Savvy Sailing, where eco-conscious visitors will have the opportunity to learn about sustainable recreational, sailboat operations and sailing techniques that also offer conservation conversation. This unique event combines the excitement of a trip out on the open water with valuable lessons on ways for sailors to help protect and preserve our planet’s delicate ecosystems. The participants will learn how to build boats with environmentally friendly materials, reduce carbon emissions, and explore various sailing techniques that help minimize fuel consumption and promote energy efficiency. Experienced instructors will also provide tips on navigating safely while protecting local wildlife and respecting habitats in the areas visited. Join us for an unforgettable evening of fun and relaxation on our sunset sail! Enjoy the sights as the day turns to night, with freshly prepared refreshments and snacks.

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True Blue Bay Boutique Resort
Mount Cinnamon Grenada
Green Globe Certified
Calabash Hotel
Spice Island Beach Resort
Sixsenses by La Sagresse, Grenada
7-night Sustainable Grenada Itinerary

Price includes return direct flights, private transfers, 7 nights B&B stay in a Cocoa Pod Suite in 4-star True Blue Bay Resort, ATOL protection and a free £219 donation to the charity of your choice!

Suggested itinerary

Arrive in Grenada and check-in to a sustainable eco-lodge or eco-friendly hotel for your stay.

Afternoon: Visit Belmont Estate, a historic plantation committed to sustainable agriculture. Take a tour to learn about cocoa and nutmeg production and indulge in organic, locally sourced meals at its restaurant.

Morning: Head to the Grand Etang National Park for a guided hike through the rainforest, witnessing diverse flora and fauna, and the picturesque Grand Etang Lake.

Afternoon: Visit the Grenada Chocolate Company, known for its sustainable and organic chocolate-making process. Learn about bean-to-bar production and enjoy ethically sourced chocolate treats.

Morning: Take a boat tour to the underwater sculpture park, an eco-friendly dive site that promotes marine life preservation and supports coral growth.

Afternoon: Enjoy lunch at a farm-to-table restaurant, such as De Big Fish, which emphasises locally caught and sustainable seafood.

Morning: Explore the Levera National Park and Levera Beach, a protected area for leatherback turtles. If the timing is right (usually from March to August), you might witness turtles nesting or hatching.

Afternoon: Visit the River Antoine Rum Distillery, known for using traditional and eco-friendly methods to produce its rum.

Morning: Head to the Laura Herb and Spice Garden to learn about Grenada’s rich spice heritage and organic farming practices.

Afternoon: Dine at the Spice Island Beach Resort’s Sea and Surf Terrace & Bar, which follows a farm-to-table concept, showcasing local ingredients and sustainable seafood.

Morning: Join a responsible snorkelling tour with local operators that prioritise marine conservation and educate visitors about the delicate ecosystem.

Afternoon: Visit the House of Chocolate, an educational centre that promotes sustainable cocoa farming and supports local artisans.

Morning: Explore the Mt. Hartman Dove Sanctuary, a protected area for endangered birds. Enjoy a peaceful morning of birdwatching and connecting with nature.

Afternoon: End your trip with a visit to True Blue Bay Resort’s Dodgy Dock restaurant, which focuses on sustainable practices, sourcing from local farmers and reducing waste.

Feeling inspired? Get in touch with our team of expert travel agents via the button below, or email us at [email protected]. Or take a look at the Sustainable Caribbean Supplement of Charitable Traveller Magazine for more sustainable travel ideas!  Don’t forget – every time you book a holiday with us you can donate 5% of the price to the charity of your choice for free!