Updated: Jul 4
–Explore Untouched Reefs, Away From the Hustle and Bustle of Providenciales–
Are you a wildlife enthusiast, a marine animal lover, or a snorkeling aficionado? If the answer is a resounding yes, then you’re in luck! As the world’s 2015 pick for top snorkeling spot, the Turks and Caicos Islands have a wealth of reefs and banks filled with lush wildlife just waiting for you to explore.
EXPLORE HIDDEN GEMS: BEACHES, REEFS, & MORE
Although you may have gotten comfortable roaming Providenciales’ many beaches and reefs, we’re here to let you in on a little known secret: the best of our islands’ treasured spots lay off the beaten track, in the coves and cays of the TCI’s 40+ low-lying coral islands. Hot spots on the mainland, such as Bight Reef and Smith’s Reef, are still definitely worth checking out, with easy beach-side access and restaurants to grab a bite at after some underwater exploration. However, you can’t wrap up your vacation without venturing out to more secluded locations, hidden gems rich with wildlife and untouched by human interference.
Here at Hydro, our guides grew up snorkeling these reefs, and have a local’s knowledge of the best spots. Some of our favorites include Grace Bay Barrier Reef, Leeward Cut (on the northeastern end of Provo), and the Caicos Banks (including the underbelly of the famous La Famille Express shipwreck).
DISCOVER EXOTIC WILDLIFE
Visiting these secluded locations, away from the busy
chatter of Provo’s beaches and reefs, heightens your chance of encountering exotic wildlife. As you strap on your snorkel and dive in, prepare to be greeted by a mirage of marine life: green/hawksbill turtles, stingrays, barracudas, blue parrotfish, and more! If you’re lucky, you might encounter dolphins or even humpback whales playing around in the shallow waters. As any snorkeling pro knows: location is key, and the diversity of marine life varies dramatically based upon it.
INTERACT WITH MARINE ANIMALS
Exploring the abandoned shipwreck, you’re likely to find clusters of starfish on the hull, whereas out by Leeward Cut chances are you’ll encounter swarms of baby lemon sharks swimming about in the small gullies & caves. Rest assured that your safety and enjoyment is our top priority, and our guides are highly experienced in facilitating safe interactions with all marine animals.
The majority of our small island nations’ secret snorkeling spots lie off-shore, and are only accessible via motorized vehicle (typically boat or jetski tours). Navigating down the coast on a ‘ski allows you to travel quickly, switch locations at your leisure, and set your own pace. Book Now! To explore some of the best snorkeling spots Turks and Caicos has to offer on one of our private, guided Jet Ski tours.