Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Turks & Caicos Islands

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Turks & Caicos Islands

Scuba diving information in Turks & Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands are surrounded by one of the most extensive coral reef systems worldwide, 104 km across and 322 km long. As a result, the islands are consistently ranked as one of the premier diving locations in the world. Visibility up to 60 meters, pristine reefs, abundant tropical flora and fauna, fish and other marine life, quality diving services and easy conditions make the Turks and Caicos Islands a world class diving destination. There is exceptional wall diving starting in shallow turquoise water and dropping off into the deep blue. The reef is relatively close to the beach which makes for accessible beach dives. Shipwrecks, old and new further increase the multiplicity of the islands as an outstanding diving destination. Under the National Parks Ordinance, vast areas have been set aside as marine park and fisheries reserves, and mooring buoys have been established at all dive sites and mooring areas to avoid any possible damage from anchors. Divers visiting Turks and Caicos are encouraged to observe, respect and enjoy the pristine natural beauty of the marine environment and to leave the reef as healthy as they found it. Excellent diving can be found right off most of our islands, and popular dive sites include Providenciales Princess Alexandra National park, Providenciales Northwest Point, West Caicos, French Cay, Pine Cay, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, Grand Turk and Salt Cay. A 35 km-wide channel, the Columbus Passage, separates the Turks Islands from the Caicos Islands. This 24000 meters deep passage serves as a major transit line for migrating humpbacks, spotted eagle rays, manta rays, turtles and dolphins. The Turks and Caicos islands are one of the greatest diving sites in the world for its abundance of coral reefs, deep walls, and marine life. These ocean waters offer something to every divers, from novice to the expert.

Geography and climate

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory consisting of two groups of tropical islands, the larger Caicos Islands and the smaller Turks Islands. The Turks and Caicos Islands lie southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas island chain and north of the island of Hispaniola. The eight main islands and more than 299 smaller islands have a total land area of 616.3 km². There are two main islands, Grand Turk and Providenciales. These islands are 885 km south from Florida. Turks and Caicos are technically located in the Atlantic Ocean and not the Caribbean Sea. Turks and Caicos Islands features a relatively dry and sunny marine tropical climate with relatively consistent temperatures throughout the course of the year. The average temperature ranges between 29-32 °C from June to October. From November to May the average temperature is 27-29°C. Water temperature in the summer is 28-29°C and in winter about 23-26°C. Sunshine and breezy cooling winds are the norm in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The island gets less than 1270 mm of rainfall a year. Most rainfall occurs during the hurricane season, from June to November.

Entry requirements

To enter Turks and Caicos, a valid passport and a round ticket are required. Visas are not required by Australian, British, Canadian, EU and USA citizens for stays in Turks and Caicos of up to 30 days.

Health and safety

WE recommend that you vaccinate against Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis B. Turks and Caicos have one of the lowest crime rates and highest crime-solved rates in the Caribbean.

Time zone

UTC -5

Communications

Public card-phones are in operation on all the islands. Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Public access is available in Internet kiosks located at the airport and in Internet cafés around the islands.

Power and Electricity

110V/60Hz North American plug.

Scuba Diving locations in Turks & Caicos Islands

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Turks & Caicos Islands? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Turks & Caicos Islands, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

Turks & Caicos Islands

Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Turks & Caicos Islands

Which locations in Turks & Caicos Islands have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Turks & Caicos Islands and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Turks & Caicos Islands

Which marine species can I observe in Turks & Caicos Islands? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Turks & Caicos Islands

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Turks & Caicos Islands? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Turks & Caicos Islands.

Scuba Diving centers in Turks & Caicos Islands

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Turks & Caicos Islands? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Turks & Caicos Islands. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

There are no diving centers available

Liveaboards in Turks & Caicos Islands

Which liveaboard can I dive with in Turks & Caicos Islands? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Turks & Caicos Islands. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in Turks & Caicos Islands

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Turks & Caicos Islands? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Turks & Caicos Islands. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

There are no accommodation available