The idyllic Turks and Caicos islands harbor a vast array of underwater wonders and some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the Caribbean. Whether you’re setting sail on a snorkeling cruise or jumping in as a seasoned diver, here are the top spots that you won’t want to miss.
At the western end of Grand Turk and just a 10-minute boat ride offshore, the Wall is where the continental shelf makes a steep plunge into the deeper parts of the ocean. Dramatic arches, coral gardens, and abundant sea life make this a must for divers and snorkelers alike. Night diving is also popular here, as the bioluminescence makes for incredible, otherworldly viewing.
Located just off Governor’s Beach, Chief Ministers is renowned for its abundant sea life. Snorkelers and divers can spot schools of groupers, manta rays, eagle rays, and even migratory whales and reef sharks, while exploring the underwater landscape of coral formations, sea cucumbers, and sponges.
The shallow reef of Gibbs Cay offers an extraordinary opportunity to swim and snorkel alongside southern stingrays, accompanied by an expert guide. Combine it with a catamaran cruise around Gibbs Cay Island, part of the Turks and Caicos’ Land and Sea National Park.