Underwater Sculpture Park
Molinere Bay Underwater Sculpture Park was the first of Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater gardens. It was widely acclaimed as the first of its kind. The site is now listed as one of National Geographic’s 25 Wonders of the World.
The 75 works cover an area of 800 square metres and are located in a series of sand patches and gullies between natural rock formations. At depths of 5-8 metres, they are accessible by scuba diving, snorkeling and glass bottom boats, with departures from the capital St. Georges and from Grand Anse, both a short boat ride away.
Molinere Bay suffered considerable storm damage from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and the placement of these artificial structures has provided a new base for marine life to proliferate. A long-lasting and pH neutral cement offers a stable and permanent platform which is textured to allow coral polyps to attach themselves to the sculptures.
The park draws divers and snorkelers away from the few nearby fragile reefs which were not affected by Hurricane Ivan, including adjacent Flamingo Bay, which attracts large numbers of tourists. The sculpture park was instrumental in the government designating the area a marine protected area. Entrance fees to the park now help fund park rangers to manage tourism and fishing quotas.