Diving in Turks and Caicos
Providenciales has the advantage of being within access to over 70 miles (112km) of barrier reefs and walls. Because of this, there’s a huge variety in the dive sites. Locations off Grace Bay Beach tend to have spur and groove reef formations with shelves at different levels, West Caicos offers sheer edges, and some spots in the south banks even offer undercut walls. Swim-throughs, canyons and sand chutes can be found at many dive sites. The diving in Turks and Caicos will open you doors on this fantastic environment.
Explore an Extraordinary Fauna When Diving in the Turks and Caicos Islands
As is common with the reefs in Turks and Caicos, coral is vibrant and reef fish are plentiful. Turtles, lobsters, eels and rays are common, and even the occasional dolphin can be spotted. Most of the sharks sighted around Providenciales are Caribbean Reef Sharks, but hammerheads, Lemon Sharks, Nurse Sharks and Bull Sharks are sometimes seen, mostly off the Northwest Point and west coast dive sites. During the winter months, Humpback Whales are sometimes seen in the deeper water off Providenciales.
Diving With Small Groups
Diving in Turks and Caicos is very popular. Providenciales is fortunate in having many excellent dive operators. Unlike so many other dive destinations, smaller dive boats are the norm and groups rarely exceed eight people.
Dive boats tend to be busiest during the peak tourist season of December and January. If you plan to visit during this period, we highly recommend that you reserve well in advance.
Certifications from all of the main organizations (PADI, NAUI, SSI, TDI, SDI, IANTD) are recognized by local dive companies.
All of the main dive operators on Providenciales offer the complete range of recreational dive equipment for rent and it generally tends to be gear in excellent condition. Equipment sales are mostly limited to masks, fins, snorkels and accessories. All of the main dive companies offer Nitrox.