Duration: Half Day
If you want to enjoy the diversity of the Caribbean’s native wildlife both above and beneath the water during your holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands, this tour is an ideal choice. Not only will you be snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, but you will also get the opportunity to visit the Island of the Rock Iguanas, a sanctuary for this rare endemic species.
The Island of the Rock Iguanas is Little Water Cay, a tiny uninhabited island which is part of the Princess Alexandra National Park. The 6500 acre protected reserve runs along Providenciales Island’s north coast, stretching between Thompson Cove and Leeward Point. The area also includes the famous Grace Bay, a 12 mile beach of glorious powdery white sand, which we will cruise past as we make our way by boat to Little Water Cay.
The Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana is found nowhere else in the world, aside from several islands in the Bahamas nearby. More than 50,000 rock iguanas can be found in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the healthiest and largest population in the Caribbean. Little Water Cay hosts the highest density, however, after being declared a sanctuary for this rare indigenous lizard. To promote tourism here, a boardwalk was built throughout the island. Visitors can tour the island by walking along this boardwalk, but stepping off it is forbidden. This tour is a unique opportunity for tourists to get up close to these fascinating creatures without damaging their fragile habitat.
Our next stop is a deserted island and a beautiful secluded beach, where you can spend time relaxing, swimming or snorkeling before enjoying a delicious, freshly prepared Conch salad. The Turks and Caicos Islands comprise a total of 40 paradise islands and cays, so there are many to choose from. Each one is blessed with pristine white-sand beaches, swaying palms and alluring turquoise waters.
Snorkeling is one of the best ways to explore the Turks and Caicos Island’s majestic underwater world, which hosts one of the largest reef systems in the world. Abundant with healthy corals and marine life, the diversity here offers plenty of surprises. Marvel at the breathtaking natural beauty all around you as schools of tropical fish of all shapes and sizes swim in and out of brightly-coloured coral reefs covered with sponges and sea fans. You may also be lucky enough to spot hawksbill turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, manta rays, octopus and a myriad of other exciting sea creatures on your underwater adventure.
This eco-friendly tour is a wonderful way to discover and appreciate this country’s fascinating wildlife.
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The tropical island nation of Turks and Caicos has become the fastest-growing tourist destination in the Caribbean. According to the State of The Industry Report 2016 released by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), the number of international visitor arrivals to the islands in 2016 totalled 453,612, which was a 17.5 per cent increase compared to the previous year.
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.