Diving in the Turks & Caicos Islands gives you a window into breathtaking marine life.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are home to one of the longest coral reefs in the world. There are an incredible number of opportunities to view wildlife under the water here. You can try “beginner” courses at Coral Gardens right off Grace Bay Beach, or head to the to sea mounts with the chance to encounter migrating humpback whales in the Turks and Caicos passage.
Here are some suggestions for self-guided tours, or popular spots to visit for snorkeling and diving.
Turks and Caicos Barrier Reef
A barrier reef protects Provo’s leeward coast, to the north of Grace Bay Beach (the north, Leeward coast of Providenciales). The deep blue ocean on the north side of the reef is over a thousand feet deep, and features an incredible wall suitable for exploration by experienced scuba divers.
The turquoise side is about ten to twenty feet deep with numerous coral heads rising to within inches of the water’s surface.
Also known as Bight Reef, the Coral Gardens snorkeling area just down the beach from the Sands at Grace Bay is one of the most famous and popular snorkeling areas in the Turks and Caicos. The shallow waters that can be accessed right from the beach, the diversity of fish, and clearly marked-out boundaries make this a great spot to bring children.
Smith’s Reef is actually an array of reefs located close to Turtle Cove, a resort area to the west of Provo and the international airport. Smith’s Reef is somewhat isolated and is little harder to find than other popular areas. This means the reefs will be less busy than Bight Reef, but Smith’s Reef is also harder to find.