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The Turks & Caicos Islands are located 575 miles southeast of Miami, and were first populated by the Lucayan or Arawak Indians. Columbus claimed the islands for Spain in 1492, which then in 1670 ceded them to Britain. Dependencies of the Bahamas until 1874, the islands were subsequently controlled by the Jamaican government. In 1962 the islands became a British Commonwealth Colony, which they remain today.
WHY WE LOVE DIVING IN TURKS & CAICOS
In January through March migrating turtles, dolphins, rays and even humpback whales can be seen.
Clear warm waters year round
TURKS & CAICOS GALLERY
Winter average of 24°C / 76°F
Summer average of 28°C / 82°F
Rainy season September to December
Flight from LONDON via ANTIGUA 12 hours
GMT - 4 hours
No visa required
English and French
US Dollar accepted
Diving in Turks & Caicos
The islands of the Turks and Caicos are surrounded by turquoise water and contain over 1,000 square miles of living coral reef. An amazing destination for divers from all over the world, the Turks and Caicos Islands are known for incredible underwater visibility, beautiful wall dives, and an abundance of marine life of all sizes within their boundaries. Low annual rainfall and reliable ocean currents contribute to the remarkable visibility, as well as provide nutrients for the many large pelagics common in these waters.
Expect to see Caribbean reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, jacks, grouper, and turtles. Hammerheads and blacktips are spotted on a frequent basis, with the occasional manta rays and dolphin. Famous for its spectacular walls filled with huge gorgonian fans, barrel sponges, hard-coral arches and macro life, the Turks & Caicos Islands truly offer a dive experience for everyone!
Though some of the dive sites are outside the boundaries of the Princess Alexandra National Park, which provides strict protection for much of the marine life surrounding Provo, all of the dive operators in the area enthusiastically support marine conservation and preservation which ensure that the waters of the Turks & Caicos will remain pristine for future generations.
The French Cay and West Sand Split areas are located approximately six miles apart, and these dive areas offer pristine coral formations, sandy bottoms where stingrays, schools of goatfish, various species of sharks, ocean trigger and sargassum file fishes are found. This area also gives divers another opportunity to see the big guys out in the blue. The sandy plateaus holds large barrel sponges, massive brain corals, beautiful sea fans and pillars of coral. This area truly is a jewel of the Turks & Caicos.
One of our favourite Caribbean encounters is the Goliath Grouper. Here they can grow
to be as large as a small car!!
Winter average of 26°C / 79°F
Summer average of 28° C / 83°F
15 to 45m / 50 to 150 ft avg