The Best Aquatic Activities in Turks and Caicos
Of all the islands in the Caribbean and tropical Atlantic, the Turks and Caicos Islands is among the best-kept secrets. With its stunning beaches, swaying palm trees, ocean breezes and brilliant turquoise water, these islands offer more to see and do than you can shake a kayak paddle at. Here are some water activities that are available on the islands.
What Lies Beneath
In spite of all that gorgeous sand and sunshine, some of the islands’ most spectacular scenery is found underwater. So it’s no coincidence that people come from all over the world to snorkel and scuba dive here. With a 14-mile barrier reef and underwater wall that plunges more than 7,000 feet into the depths, the seascape found beneath the waves is nothing less than breathtaking.
Extending across the entire leeward side of Grand Turk, the Grand Turk Wall is one of the most popular dive sites in the Caribbean. There are more than 40 dive sites to choose from. As you go deeper, the ecosystem changes and corals, sea sponges, grouper and reef fish are replaced by more bizarre inhabitants of the ocean depths.
If you aren’t ready to dive into the deep waters, then Gibbs Cay, an uninhabited island just a few minutes from Grand Turk, is a good choice. You’ll swim in crystal-clear water and see stingrays, barracuda and lots of other reef fish that are just bursting with color. Or check out the barrier reef along Provo’s north shore.
Make Some Waves
There is nothing quite like the feeling of whizzing across the warm, sun-drenched waters of the Caribbean on a Jet Ski. You’re free to go where you want, when you want and as fast as you want, and there is nothing but water and sky all-around. Take yourself on an adventure to explore uninhabited cays, hidden beaches and even shipwrecks.
With a Jet Ski, you can check out the wreck of the La Famille Express, a freighter grounded by a hurricane in 2008 off Long Bay Beach. Or jet over to the West Barbour Bluff coast and see the spectacular sea cliffs along with old inscriptions in the rocks, a cave, a cool beach and lots of local wildlife. There are plenty of places in the islands that offer Jet Ski rentals, and guided tours are also available.
Take to the Air
If you go parasailing in Turks and Caicos, you won’t be able to stop bragging about it to your friends when you get back home. Head to Grace Bay Beach and ride high above the ocean to see an entirely different perspective on the amazing island scenery. You’ll see the barrier reef below, and there’s a good chance you’ll see dolphins, rays, sea turtles and sharks as they swim beneath you. Most rides last 10-15 minutes, but some operators offer longer flights.
An Angler’s Paradise
Like to fish? You’ve come to the right place. Turks and Caicos offer countless places to throw in a line and see what bites on the other end. And you can choose the type of fishing you’d like to do — reef and bottom fishing, bonefishing, shore fishing, diving for conch and lobster, and lionfish hunting are some of the options. Reel in a tarpon, barracuda, redfish, snook, snapper, grouper, jack or maybe even a shark. If you’re after a bigger quarry, try a deep-sea fishing expedition. You never know — you might come home with an award-winning tuna, wahoo, marlin or sailfish!
Getting Away From It All
Relaxing on the open water is one of the best ways to unwind on a tropical island getaway. And there are plenty of options for boat rental that will get you out on the crystal-clear sea. Kayaks, Hobie cats and motorized boats are among the more popular choices. Head to the south coast of Provo, as all of the boat rental companies work from there. If you’d like to be in the water instead, try a sea scooter, which is a battery-powered submersible that will gently pull you along at a slow but steady speed. Put on your mask and fins and get ready to explore the explosion of marine life in the beautiful coastal waters.
So Get Out of That Beach Chair…
The clear, warm waters surrounding Turks and Caicos are both beautiful and inviting. There are so many ways to enjoy it! Along with what’s already been mentioned, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, surfing, windsurfing, tubing, snuba, sub winging, flyboarding — and, of course, swimming — are great ways to get the most out of your tropical island vacation.