The Turks & Caicos Islands consists of the larger Caicos Islands and smaller Turks Islands. Scuba diving predominates on extensive coral reefs that surround the Islands. As a result, there are 700 fish and 60 coral species. This British Overseas Territory is in the Lucayan Archipelago of the northern Caribbean Atlantic Ocean. There are 9 named islands and 90 small islands and uninhabited cays. In addition to diving, the islands are famous for white sandy beaches and clear waters. Earliest inhabitants were Taino (also known as Lucayan) Indians until 1500. Afterward, for 200 years, control switched between pirates, the Spanish, French, and finally the British. Read our blog story: Turks and Caicos - White Sand and Wicked Wall Dives
Diving Turks & Caicos Islands
, or more commonly known as “Provo”, is the most developed island. Also, it has easy access to many miles of barrier reefs and walls. Subsequently, there’s a huge variety of marine life and corals at the dive sites. Here, expect spur and groove reef formations, walls with shelves at different levels, swim throughs, canyons and sand chutes. Likewise, the coral is vibrant, sponges and reef fish are plentiful. Sea turtles, lobsters, eels and eagle rays are common. Regularly, divers encounter reef and nurse sharks but hammerheads, lemon and bull are seen. Dolphin can be spotted and during the winter months humpback whales offshore. Northwest Point Marine National Park is equally friendly to snorkelers and divers.
is the small western most island. However, it’s both the capital and historical island of the country. The excellent diving on this island is characterized by walls. Accessibility can be by shore diving. Also, reef topography features canyons, arches, sand chutes, overhangs and swim throughs. Similarly, this island offers divers diversity and density of marine life on all its reefs. The coral is vibrant and healthy with numerous varieties of corals, sponges and invertebrates to view. Consequently, marine reef fish, eels, colorful worms, crabs, octopus, squids and shrimp are common. Pelagic animals such as various species of rays, sharks, dolphin and turtles glide by as well. Also, whale sharks and humpback whales migrate closely offshore.
Accommodations, Attractions, Activities
Providenciales has hotels, luxury resorts, all-inclusive, condo properties and liveaboards. Grand Turk is mainly small inns, suites and boutique hotels. However, accommodations on both islands appeal to all divers and vacationers.
Providenciales doesn’t have many historical attractions. Cheshire Hall, a former cotton plantation, is a site to visit. Chalk Sound National Park is a scenic inland lagoon. The National Museum and Majesty’s Prison are on Grand Turk.
Watersports are coupled with miles of beaches. Outdoor activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, golf, day tours, horseback riding and seasonal whale watching.