The islands of Turks and Caicos are a magical place for divers of all levels and abilities. Turks and Caicos are widely considered to have the finest diving in the world, and it’s one of the most exotic destinations in the Caribbean. Many of the underwater regions remain unexploited, and with many miles of reefs and calcium-rich warm tropical water, the area is ideal for those in search of massive thriving reefs full of diverse aquatic life. Entire flourishing ecosystems live amidst the reefs and scattered ship wrecks, offering an abundance of excellent dive spots. So, leave the powdery white beaches behind and enter the pristine waters to experience the secret underwater world that awaits.
North Caicos: Boasts fewer divers and is highlighted by the private island of Pine Cay just offshore.
South Caicos: Known for its various species of large fish such as the large pelagics. Much of the regions best diving is found off of South Caicos.
West Caicos: Features long walls of coral and diverse varieties of sponges like purple tube, antler, and rope. Divers can explore the shipwreck at Molasses Reef and get up close to lobster, octopus, and sharks in Sandbore Channel.
Grand Turk: Known for its wall diving for advanced divers, the sea wall drops off into murky depths past black coral, rare types of anemone, purple sponges, and more. The area is also good for spotting sea turtles and even humpback whales in the winter. At 85-feet you can dive Amphitheater with it orange reefs that are the territory of whales, sharks, and manta rays. See the black coral at Black Forest, a shipwreck at Jasmine Rose, and turtles at the Tunnels.
Providenciales: Features the Northwest Point Marine Park which is home to all sorts of aquatic life surrounded by walls of coral. Dive the Coral Stairway (which looks like a staircase that ends in a sandy bed) and is home to barracuda, eagle rays, and hawksbill turtles. At a depth of 50-feet you will find Chimney, a 10-foot wide hole filled with garden eels. Shark Hotel is a great spot to see reef sharks and blacktip sharks. The nearby uninhabited island of French Cay is quiet and home to the site Rock ‘n Roll, a giant mound of coral surrounded by sharks, eagle rays, moray eels, and sponges. Other popular dive sites include Dax Canyon and Lost Reef.
Salt Cay: A prime spot to watch the migration of humpback whales, one of the best shipwrecks in the area is here – it’s the resting place of the HMS Endymion, a British warship sunk in the 1700′s. The ship is covered by less than 30-feet of water and you can still see all the old cannons and anchors. Other popular sites in the area include Coral Canyon, Kelly’s Folly, Northwest Drop Off, Turtle Gardens, Rookery with its nurse sharks, and Point Pleasant with its cavern