Abundant coral reefs, shipwrecks, and plentiful marine life all make diving and snorkeling in the Turks and Caicos an experience beyond compare. The islands’ crystalline water and powdery sands aren’t the only beckoning call, for just beneath the water’s surface to hundreds of feet below, a kaleidoscope of fish and marine life wait to be discovered. Experienced and novice divers alike can choose from a myriad of locations with more than 50 species of coral and hundreds of dive sites surrounding the islands. The underwater playgrounds of the Turks and Caicos are yours to explore.
THE BEST DIVING AND SNORKELING DESTINATIONS IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS
Bight Reef: If you’re looking for snorkeling that’s good for beginners and families, Bight Reef is a wonderful destination, just offshore with water in most places only 5 feet deep. What will you see? Starfish, lobsters, stingrays, octopus, and much more depending on the season.
Smith’s Reef: Small- to large-sized marine life live on and around Smith’s Reef including green turtles, spotted eagle rays, parrot fish, eels, and a variety of vibrant coral fish. For travelers who are looking for a more secluded snorkeling experience, Smith’s Reef deserves a spot on your itinerary.
French Cay: Vertical wall drop-offs, healthy corals, and good visibility make scuba diving French Cay ideal. Divers regularly spot eagle rays, sharks, large corals, and even humpback whales during the right season. The reef is teeming with fish life and a favorite among divers.
TRAVEL TIPS FOR DIVING AND SNORKELING IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS
If you choose to snorkel and dive off one of the island’s more remote locations, keep in mind that there may not be any facilities nearby. Be sure you pack plenty of water and food to keep you going throughout the day. Also, keep a lookout for boat traffic and be sure to follow safety procedures. When diving and snorkeling, always remember that the coral and marine life are protected, so explore with care and do not touch the fish or coral.