Turks and Caicos

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Turks and Caicos in a Nutshell


Offering the best of Caribbean wall diving, Turks and Caicos hosts a thriving underwater ecosystem and turquoise waters. 

Intro to Turks and Caicos


Turks and Caicos is a group of 40 islands and cays located just 550 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. With its close vicinity to North America and the allure of white sand beaches, warm Caribbean waters, and colorful marine life, the Turks and Caicos group is a popular dive travel destination.
 

8 of the 40 cays and islands in Turks and Caicos are inhabited, but each offers its own unique character. Of these, 3 islands tend to be favored by divers:

Providenciales:

Ahe most well-known, developed, and populated of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Providenciales, often referred to as simply "Provo," serves as the center of tourism.

Grand Turk:

Capitol of the territory, Grand Turk boasts topside history and cultural charm.  Its turquoise waters and protected, plunging reefs make it a premier dive destination.

Salt Cay:

Boasting wrecks, caverns, and wall dives, not to mention humpback whales, Salt Cay offers a varied range of dive sites.

 

 

 

Diving Conditions


Diving is available year-round in Turks and Caicos.  Topside weather is in the high 80s with an occasional shower between June and October, while November to May are in the lower 80s with no rain.  Water temps range in the mid 70s to 80s yearlong.  Visibility ranges from 50 - 150ft. 

 

Underwater Video from Turks and Caicos

 




Turks and Caicos Topside Activities


Visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities including kayaking, bird watching, snorkeling, whale watching, eco-tourism, golf, conch tasting, and cultural and historical exploration.
Several islands have unique characteristics and special attractions to explore:

North Caicos:

Connected by causeway to Middle Caicos, North Caicos features historical ruins and excellent beaches.

Middle Caicos:

Sparsely populated, Middle Caicos features intriguing natural sights, including the Caribbean's largest cave network, Conch Bar Caves.

South Caicos:

This island is the Turks and Caicos fishing epicenter, known for its conch and lobster.

French Cay:

An island bird sanctuary, formerly a hideout for pirates.

 



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We were guests at Aggressor Boat. This was one of our best dives considering the weather, service, crew, food, other guests and harmony, and of course a lot of fun underwater with great visibility. Our captain Amanda was excellent in communicating with the guests as well as the crew; she was an amazing leader and manager. The crew were not only professional in managing daily operations on the boat and underwater, but also maintained joy and excitement throughout the trip, with huge sense of humor. We have awesome movies and shots of a variety of fish (including a lot of sharks!) and coral life. There are so many other destinations we haven't been yet and would like to go. But because of this very satisfying and pleasant experience, we seriously consider to go back, again.

Visited on 08/2014 - Submitted on 10/30/2014
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Turks Caicos is a beautiful place - white sand beaches, gorgeous corals, sea fans, Grey Reef Sharks, and great dive centers! We stayed in a private condo on Providenciales. We There's some super fun dives sites like the Thunderdome (old French TV show set) and a couple natural tubes/caverns to explore!

Topside is quiet, the local cuisine specializes in Conch - a big marine snail that is farmed on island - it's great as ceviche or fried up! Quiet island of Providenciales was sweet and people are friendly. I really wanted to adopt a Potcake Pup (Potcake is the term for a street dog, eating the caked on rice and starches in the bottom of a pot) - there are dogs all around but none of them were aggressive. Wish I could have taken them all home!

On the dives I saw tons of flamingo tongue snails, sea fans, reef sharks, and big groupers - the sharks and gorgeous sponges were my favorite on the trip!

Visited on 09/2007 - Submitted on 08/04/2014
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TURKS AND CAICOS REVIEW

Quick review of a trip to TCI during the month of July 2014. Stayed at an all inclusive with the family for 10 days.

The dive shop at the resort required an orientation (in pool if you haven't dove for 6+ months, around a table if you have). I did the 20 minute topside orientation, and then they will allow you to sign up for as many dive days as you would like, with a limit of two-tanks per day. Other dives were available at an additional cost (night dives, private charters, etc.). I signed up for dives each day (all two tank dives).

I won't go into each site we dove, but I will say that if you have the good fortune to be on boats going to the North West Point, you won't be sorry. The boat ride is about 40 minutes each way, but well worth it. The alternative is diving in Grace Bay (a 5-10 minute boat ride). Grace Bay had some great sites (Arawak, Grouper Hole, Aquarium, Pinnacle and others), but the sites on the NW Point were amazing.

Highlights for me were Tiki Wall, Eel Garden, Land of Giants. These were wall dives, and it was amazing to swin over the ledge and then look down on blue water as far as you could see. There was not bottom, just blue. The DM's did make a point of warning the divers to check the depth gauging often. With no thermocline or dramatic change in the light levels, it was tough to know that you were at 100' depths. Coming from California diving, it was great to dive in no wetsuit and have 83 degree water at the surface and at 100'.

With regard to the dive operation. I would give the boat captains and all of the DMs I dove with 5 stars. They were eager to make sure we had safe and fun dives. By the end of the first day of diving, I felt like I knew them, and they knew me. All of them remembered and used my name for the rest of the 10 days, which was a nice touch.

My one observation about the operation, was that it had to cater to both novice and advanced divers at the same time. Each DM on the boat (up to 3) could have anywhere from 6-8 divers with them. What I found was that it would be a mix of advanced and novice divers. At first I was a bit let down thinking we would have to dive to the skills of the least experienced diver, but what I found was that the DM would watch them closely, and then allow the more advanced divers to do their own thing. I was able to buddy up with other divers of more advanced levels and then go off on our own and stretch our dives out to 60 minutes, while the less more novice divers were getting 35-40 minute dives. Overall, the diving turned out to be a real highlight for me, and the DMs and captains were GREAT.

Word of advice, if you have your own gear, bring it. I brought my own fins, mask, snorkel, dive computer, but left my regs/BCD at home thinking it would be a drag to carry the extra gear. While the regs/BCDs (Oceanic BCD and Scuba Pro regs) at the resort were fine (and included in the cost of the trip), they were not mine.

Dive gear is sort of like underwear...way better if you can wear your own and not someone else's.

Bottom line for me was that diving in Turks and Caicos was a real treat. I will have this on my list of places to return to, and look forward to more Carribean diving in the future.

Visited on 07/2014 - Submitted on 08/04/2014