Turks and Caicos Diving Excursion
Duration: Half Day
Boasting 40 different islands and cays, surrounded by crystalline turquoise waters and one of the most extensive reef systems in the world, the Turks and Caicos Islands offer unlimited choices for snorkeling and diving. If you want to explore the natural treasures under the sea during your holiday in the Caribbean, there are many diving companies and tours to choose from. Whether you are a beginner seeking training, or an experienced diver wanting freedom to plan your own dive, there’s an underwater adventure to suit everyone.
Only eight of the main Turks and Caicos Islands are inhabited, and many of the best dive spots can be found around Providenciales, West Caicos, Grand Turk, Salt Cay, South Caicos and French Cay. There are also numerous deserted islands to choose from, so your diving instructor will advise you on the best sites for your level of experience. There are many dive operators to choose from, offering excellent service and fully-trained, experienced staff. Because everyone is looking for a different diving experience, it is worth searching around for a package to suit you and your budget.
Although located in the Caribbean, about 30 miles from the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands actually lie in the Atlantic Ocean. The waters here offer excellent visibility, healthy coral reefs, spectacular vertical walls, dramatic canyons, intriguing shipwrecks and an abundance of fish and other marine life, making it a world-class diving destination. Some of the best dive sites include Grand Turk Wall, located west of Grand Turk, and between North West Point and West Caicos, where you will discover a myriad of exciting sea creatures, thick clusters of multi-coloured sponges, dramatic coral walls, reefs, caves, cages and more.
The vertical reef wall surrounding the southern edge of South Caicos Island is considered one of the best diving areas in the archipelago. Known as the big fish capital of the Turks and Caicos, the island is also popular for fishing because of the large numbers of fish found in its waters. The wall here drops to an amazing 8,000 feet, offering excellent opportunities for divers to observe the abundant marine life. French Cay is considered advanced diving territory, whereas one of the best diving areas for beginners is Grace Bay, with its shallow waters, small wall and beautiful coral formations.
Whichever dive site you visit, plenty of adventure and surprises await you. The warm, clear waters host an incredible underwater ecosystem. Depending on where you dive, you are likely to see hundreds of brightly-coloured tropical fish species as well as blue sharks, reef sharks, snapper, jacks, giant sea turtles, crabs, hammerheads, eagle rays, barracuda, African pompano and many beautiful anemones, sponges, sea fans and coral species.
One particularly popular diving area is the deep sea channel that separates the Turks Islands from the Caicos Islands. This 22-mile passage, known as Columbus Passage, is a major route for migrating humpback whales, dolphins, and eagle and manta rays. Diving along the passage walls is an experience not to be missed.
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Providenciales in Turks and Caicos has been declared the best island in the world by leading travel website TripAdvisor's annual Travellers' Choice Awards. The picturesque island climbed up from its No.2 ranking last year and knocked Ambergris Caye in Belize off its two-year-running top spot, and even out of the top 10.
A development agreement has been signed by the Turks and Caicos Islands government and Desarrollos Hotel Group for the construction of a brand new $224 million hotel, resort, casino and spa complex in Turks and Caicos. The resort will be situated the famous Grace Bay beach on the island of Providenciales and work is expected to commence this November.
British Airways has announced that it will increase the number of flights between London Gatwick and Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean this autumn. The new flights will operate on Thursdays from October, 2015 and they will go via Antigua, bringing the airline's total number of services to the country up to two every week.