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Located in the heart of the Caribbean West Indies, Carriacou is a friendly small island that makes people instantly feel welcome.

Caribbean Reef Buddy Accommodation & Food


Your Reef Buddy volunteer package includes half board guest house accommodation based on 2 people sharing a room. Our guest house is located in the heart of Hillsborough, just a stone's throw from the beach and within easy walking distance of the shops and the dive centre, so that your stay will be relaxed, comfortable and fun.

Mishka, the owner / manager is a true Caribbean gem, her and her partner Tim, will be on hand to ensure your stay is as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

All rooms have free Wif-Fi, kitchenettes, en-suite bathrooms and fans to keep you cool. All have balcony access where you can enjoy the breeze on an evening. Water taxis to Sandy Island and buses which can take you all around the island are available closeby, for when you want to spend an afternoon exploring.

You will be provided with breakfast every morning, usually comprising of cereals, toast, eggs, bacon, fresh juices, tea and coffee. When you return from your diving activities you can expect delicious dishes such as home-made lasagne, burgers and traditional meals from the West Indies - such as the famous rotis and Oil Downs! For those volunteers with special dietary requirements, please ensure you include this as part of your application.

Please take look at our FAQ page for more useful island information.

Carriacou Isle of Reefs


Located in the heart of the Caribbean West Indies, Carriacou is a friendly small island, just a short hop away from Grenada. With miles of sandy beaches and an interior of extensive forests, you will find no glitzy resorts or tourist traps on Carriacou!

Coral reefs surround the island, providing a base for our beautiful sandy beaches - Carriacou is perfect for beach walks, snorkelling and sun bathing. 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 temperatures never falling below 25°C (77°F).

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!

Carriacou is just a short trip from Grenada and Union Island - take a look at our Getting Here FAQ page for details of airlines & ferries.

Click here to view Carriacou on Google Maps.

Deefer Diving Carriacou PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort


Deefer Diving is a long-term partner of Caribbean Reef Buddy, and provides the scuba equipment, dive boat and training courses for our volunteers. Deefer Diving has 5 PADI instructors on staff, and operates two catamaran dive boats.

With years of experience and heaps of enthusiasm for all things scuba diving and underwater creatures, Deefer Diving is a great place to learn to dive and continue your diving education. Located in Hillsborough, Deefer Diving is Carriacou’s premier dive centre.

Designed by divers for divers, Deefer Diving’s catamaran Bobcat has proved to be a resounding success since its launch in June 2013. At 29.6 ft long and 16 ft wide, Bobcat offers a 180 sq ft shaded dive deck and a 150 sq ft sun deck. With the catamaran design providing a stable platform in most seas, Bobcat can take up to 8 divers in addition to staff on a two tank dive to any of Carriacou’s 33 dive sites. MV Jacquito is a Glacier Bay catamaran, fitted out to carry up to 6 divers. Powered by two 150 HP engines, Jacquito is great for trips to the islands to the South of Carriacou, as well as trips to the beautiful Tobago Cays.

Deefer Diving is also a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort, providing professional level training. For more information, please visit the Deefer Diving Carriacou website

Carriacou Dive Sites


Thirty-three beautiful dive sites can be found on the Caribbean side of Carriacou: From exciting drifts to gentle reefs & wrecks, most dives are suitable for all levels of divers. Depths range from 12m/40ft down to a maximum of 30m/100 ft. Visibility is very good during the summer months, with excellent opportunities for underwater photography.

All of Carriacou's dive sites boast a spectacular arrays of vibrant corals and schooling fish that have made the Caribbean a famous diving hotspot. Nurse sharks, stingrays and turtles are frequently sighted, with dive sites ranging from tranquil and sheltered for beginners and UW photography enthusiasts to exciting deep wreck dives and fast drifts for those that love a challenge. Most of the dive sites are less than 10 minutes’ boat trip from the dive centre in Hillsborough.

During the summer the Caribbean sea tends to be very calm. Water temperature is around 29°C/84°F requiring only a 3mm or 5mm shorty wetsuit. If you intend to bring your own mask & fins, we recommend getting a black-skirted mask (this will reduce reflections inside the mask and improve your focus) and open-heel fins with boots. More information about diving in Carriacou can be found on the Deefer Diving website.


Deefer Diving Carriacou

Deefer Diving Carriacou

Caribbean Reef Buddy training activities are supported by Deefer Diving Carriacou, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort.
Canadore College, Ontario

Canadore College

Caribbean Reef Buddy facilitates Canadore College marine ecology field trips and dive training in Carriacou.

GEF Small Grants Programme

The Caribbean Reef Buddy Lionfish Containment Project is funded by the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) which is implemented by UNDP.
Ocean Spirits, Grenada

Ocean Spirits, Grenada

Ocean Spirits run an active turtle conservation project based in Grenada,
Working Abroad UK

Working Abroad UK

The Caribbean Reef Buddy sign up process is handled by Working Abroad UK.
Reef Check Worldwide

Reef Check Worldwide

Reef Check works to protect tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs through education, research and conservation.