Abundant Marine Life
The alluring turquoise waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands feature a vast, thriving coral reef ecosystem and lots of walls. Whether you’re looking for breathtaking walls or wrecks, scuba diving in the Turks and Caicos is both accessible and impressive. Just south of the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos are actually 40 different islands and cays, but just eight are inhabited. The Columbus Passage, a 35-kilometre/22-mile-wide channel, separates the Turks Islands from the Caicos Islands. This deep passage is a water highway for migrating fish, rays, turtles, dolphins and Humpback whales from January through March. Providenciales, known as Provo, is the most developed island with a wide range of accommodations, restaurants and amenities. A large portion of the coast is protected by the National Parks Ordinance, which results in pristine dive sites with abundant marine life. Grand Turk is the capital island and is a popular stop for cruise ships and tourists alike. But, the main attraction here is diving. With protected reefs dropping well past recreational dive limits just offshore, it’s easy to see why this is a diver’s paradise.
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Visibility – The waters around Turks and Caicos are usually clear with 25-40 metres/80-130 feet of visibility.
Water Temperature – The warm water around the islands averages 28-29°C/82-84° F in summer and 23-26°C/74-78 °F in winter.
Weather – With an average of 350 days of sunshine annually, Turks and Caicos is a great place to dive year-round. Average air temperature ranges between 29-32°C/85-90°F with trade winds that keep the climate comfortable. The islands seldom experience trouble with hurricane season, which runs from June through October.
Featured Creatures – With abundant marine life, you’re nearly guaranteed a thrill on every dive. Expect to see Caribbean reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, hawksbill turtles, eels, grouper, horse-eyed jacks and a variety of tropical fish. You can often see humpback whales from January through March.
Recommended Training – Most of the dive operators offer enriched air nitrox, so having your PADI Enriched Air Diver certification is a good idea. The PADI Underwater Naturalist course will help you enjoy all the different life you see on the walls. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer and PADI Deep Diver courses will also add to your dive experiences.
Language – English is the official language.
Currency – The United States dollar (USD) is the official currency. Credit or debit cards are accepted in most places.
Major Airports – Providenciales International Airport is where international flights arrive and you take short hops to the outer island domestic airports.
Electricity and Internet – The voltage is 110 volts, 60 Hz. Internet is available at the larger hotels and internet cafés.
Topside Attractions – Grace Bay Beach on Provo is an ideal place to unwind and soak up the Caribbean sunshine. Visit the Conch Farm to learn about the Queen Conch’s life. Check out The Hole, a limestone chimney with a saltwater pool at the bottom. Stop by the Grand Turk Cruise Center for dining and shopping. Take a tour of the Turks and Caicos National Museum to experience the rich culture and diversity of the islands.
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