Iguana Island Snorkeling Cruise
Duration: Half Day
The Turks and Caicos Islands is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking destinations in the Caribbean. Comprising 40 islands and cays, scattered within two main groups of tropical islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the diversity and natural beauty here attracts many a holiday maker and honeymooner seeking relaxation, seclusion and a small piece of paradise. This tour will introduce you to deserted islands and crystal clear waters, where you will come face to face with some of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ most fascinating and beautiful wildlife species.
Enjoy cruising in comfort as our catamaran glides through sparkling turquoise waters, past secluded paradise islands on the way to our first stop of the tour, Little Water Cay. This tiny island is otherwise known as the Island of the Rock Iguanas, aptly named because of its only habitants, the rare endemic Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana. This unique lizard can be found nowhere else in the world, aside from several islands in the Bahamas nearby.
The Turks and Caicos Islands host the largest and healthiest population of rock iguanas in the Caribbean, and more than 50,000 can be found here. The highest remaining population reside on Little Water Cay, which was declared a sanctuary to protect this endangered species. Visitors can tour the island by walking along a boardwalk which was built specifically to promote eco-tourism, providing a unique opportunity for tourists to get close to these fascinating, rare creatures without damaging their fragile habitat.
After visiting Little Water Cay, you will get the chance to discover the Turks and Caicos Islands’ beautiful underwater wildlife when we stop at a nearby coral reef for snorkeling. The crystalline waters surrounding the archipelago host one of the most extensive coral reef systems in the world, as well as dramatic walls, shipwrecks, caves and an abundance of marine life, giving the Turks and Caicos Islands a reputation as a world-class diving destination.
This trip will give you a glimpse of this breathtaking and diverse undersea world as you discover a myriad of colourful sponges and coral species, and swim with schools of tropical fish such as blue tangs, trumpetfish, Nassau groupers, angel fish, clown fish and butterfly fish. Other exciting sea creatures also likely to be spotted include hawksbill turtles, octopus, sea snails, giant manta and eagle rays, sea cucumbers and many other fascinating life forms. Snorkeling is an experience not to be missed during your holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Back on the boat, sit back and relax with a rum punch; or get up and dance the night away to the sounds of Caribbean island music as we sail away into the sunset. This is what a Caribbean holiday is all about.
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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.