The scuba diving in the Turks and Caicos is some of the best in the world. The island’s surplus of coral reefs and shipwrecks is a scuba diver’s dream. The islands are surrounded by a huge barrier reef that’s the third largest in the world, with spectacular walls and wrecks. Whether you are an experienced scuba diver or you’ve never tried it before, a visit to Turks and Caicos is highly recommended for getting your flippers wet.
Providenciales is the largest inhabited island in the Turks and Caicos, so it’s an excellent place to stay if this is your first time to the islands. Look at Turks and Caicos villa rentals for some great deals. It’s often cheaper to rent a villa rather than stay in a resort hotel, especially if you have children. Beginner divers can book a PADI diving course to get started, but if you are experienced, you can jump right in.
Here is a list of some of the top diving sites on Turks and Caicos.
Providenciales is surrounded by more than 70 miles of coral reefs. There are unlimited places to dive, so you won’t be short of canyons, walls, and chutes. The marine life is varied. Look out for grey reef sharks, they are very docile and are happy to swim right next to you. You will also see plenty of parrot fish, nurse sharks, rays, and potentially humpback whales.
Eel Garden is a top dive site accessible from Providenciales. It’s on the west side of the island, but if you book a dive tour, your captain will take you straight there. The wall at Eel Garden drops a spectacular 7,000 feet, but you can swim along the top of the wall to get your bearings.
The Grand Canyon is another easy dive for newbies. The water current is slow, so you can enjoy a nice relaxing time checking out the fish and corals.
The diving here is more spectacular, but you’ll need to book a boat ride there if you are staying on Providenciales. The Gully is an exciting slot canyon between two walls where you’ll drop down 70 feet total.
Lastly, Pickering Place is a coral reef that often has dolphins, The Magic Mushroom is a wall dive around 60 feet deep, and The Rock Garden has some lovely corals and a great range of fish species.
Head out to Grand Turk and check out The Library. Book a night dive here and you’ll be amazed at the marine life that comes out to play. Look out for octopus, crab, and lobsters. The Amphitheatre is also a popular wall dive site. Make time to visit the fluorescent Coral Gardens too.
The G-Spot is a wall of living coral that’s fed by cold water rising up from the seabed. Visibility is excellent and the marine life wonderfully diverse.
Make sure you check reviews for dive operators before you book a trip.