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Pristine beaches, luxurious villas, and proximity to the U.S east coast, make the islands of Turks and Caicos an ideal tropical getaway. What not everyone knows, is that the white sand beaches are formed by the healthy reef systems just under the surface! These reefs are spectacular and designate Turks and Caicos a diver’s paradise!
Turks and Caicos is surrounded by 340 miles of barrier reef —- naturally, there are countless dive spots to explore. With 100+ feet of visibility and warm water temperatures year-round, you’ll want to hit them all. For now, we have compiled some of our favorites!
French Cay is teeming with marine life and has one of the most drastic walls! It begins at 40 feet and has both sheer and sloped drops 6000 feet into the abyss. The reefs here are very healthy and high sunlight makes for massive coral growth. This attracts tons of fish, and in turn larger sea-life with frequent sightings of sharks, grouper, eagle rays, and turtles.
Diver is face-to-face with a large grouper
The Hole in the Wall lives up to its name and is a very unique experience. This “hole” has room for one person at a time to enter it from 50 feet and swim down until you emerge from the wall face at 95 feet. It’s not for the faint of heart but popping out into the deep blue water is an incredible feeling and large sheet coral are abundant here!
Amphitheatre has large pillar coral and a great abundance of horse-eyed jacks. These fish can be found swirling in schools composed of a few hundred individuals. The fish move as one and the synchronous rotations are quite mesmerizing. Elephant sponges, black coral, and rare orange rope sponges also make this a site worth visiting.
Horse-eyed Jacks swirling in large school
Salt Cay is world-renowned for its location on the Humpback whale migratory path from the North Atlantic to the Dominican Republic. From January to March, over 1500 Humpback whales will traverse this passage in addition to manta rays, dolphins, and turtles. This is one of the last places in the world you can scuba dive with these majestic creatures and hear their melodic songs.
Humpback whale surfaces for air in Salt Cay
Highway to Heaven is a dive site on the uninhabited island of West Caicos. This particular site begins with a large colony of garden eels and is also popular for the many stingray that play in the sand. Nearby is a giant orange elephant ear sponge 12 feet in diameter!
GraceLand is one of the dive spots on the 14 mile barrier reef that protects Grace Bay. Its smaller walls and shallower reefs make it a perfect spot for beginners and night dives. A sand chute and swim through leads you to the wall where giant barrel sponges protrude and pregnant reef sharks roam. Many other terrific dive sites are located along this reef and are extremely convenient for those staying in Grace Bay villas.
Barrier reef that protects Grace Bay
If the underwater world isn’t calling you (yet), snorkeling, golfing, luxury dining, shopping, beach lounging, etc. make for great ways to spend your time in Turks and Caicos. With that said, learning to scuba dive unlocks a whole new world where you can explore the ocean’s depths and get close and personal with marine life. The water and reefs makes for an incredible diving experience with many different options for varying levels. High visibility and calm currents make it extra great for beginners —- What better place to become scuba certified than here!
To truly enjoy what these reefs have to offer, a quality dive operator is essential! We are happy to provide recommendations and find someone who fits your agenda perfectly. We can also book the best villas in close proximity to these world-renowned dive sites!
Along with my my Blue Sky Luxury Travels team, I offer customized travel packages that can get you back to enjoying life and luxury in gorgeous destinations this year. Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to send you more information.
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