The Turks and Caicos are home to one of the longest coral reefs in the world. There are an incredible number of opportunities to view wildlife under the water here. You can try "beginner" courses at Coral Gardens right off Grace Bay Beach, or head to the to sea mounts with the chance to encounter migrating humpback whales in the Turks and Caicos passage.
Take daily trips with our friends at Ocean Vibes to Grace Bay, Northwest Point, The Channel, West Caicos, French Cay or Pine Cay. Dive site trips are based on the weather and the experience levels of our divers.
If you're not yet certified, there are dive lessons that will have you underwater in a matter of hours. Once we know you are comfortable in the pool then Ocean Vibes will schedule you for a dive.
While diving and snorkeling are popular and well-known activities, if you want to experience diving but don't yet have a certification, SNUBA is also available.
Here are some suggestions for self-guided tours, or popular spots to visit for snorkeling and diving.
A barrier reef protects Provo's leeward coast, to the north of Grace Bay Beach (the north, Leeward coast of Providenciales). The deep blue ocean on the north side of the reef is over a thousand feet deep, and features an incredible wall suitable for exploration by experienced scuba divers.
The turquoise side is about ten to twenty feet deep with numerous coral heads rising to within inches of the water’s surface.
Also known as Bight Reef, the Coral Gardens snorkeling area just down the beach from the Sands at Grace Bay is one of the most famous and popular snorkeling areas in the Turks and Caicos. The shallow waters that can be accessed right from the beach, the diversity of fish, and clearly marked-out boundaries make this a great spot to bring children.
Smith's Reef is actually an array of reefs located close to Turtle Cove, a resort area to the west of Provo and the international airport. Smith's Reef is somewhat isolated and is little harder to find than other popular areas on our island. This means the reefs will be less busy than Bight Reef, but Smith's Reef is also harder to find.