The Turks and Caicos Islands is comprised of 40 islands and cays and are only 37 miles long, of which eight are inhabited. The two main islands are the Grand Turk (Turks Islands) and the Providenciales (Caicos Islands). The islands are located 575 miles south-east from Florida and just below the Bahamas chain of islands. The waters that surround the islands are from the Atlantic Ocean not the Caribbean Sea.
Turks and Caicos Islands is ranked as one of the premier diving locations in the world thanks to its extensive coral reef systems spanning 65 miles across and 200 miles long sporting spectacular diving sites with crystal clear water visibility reaching up to 200 feet.
Even if the islands offer unique diving experiences, they somehow share one common trait, breathtaking wall dives. Advance divers can experience an exhilarating steep drop off in Provo whose waters are teeming with rich marine life such as parrotfish, clown wrasse, angelfish and chance encounters with Caribbean reef sharks. There are also tube sponges and black coral.
French Cay sports breathtaking sights of breeding nurse sharks and migrating queen conch in June perfect for all levels of divers.
Turks and Caicos actively participates in marine conservation efforts. Visiting divers to the islands are encouraged to observe, respect and enjoy the pristine natural beauty of the marine environment by not disturbing the reef in the area. It is prohibited to drop anchors in any of the marine parks with Providenciales Princess Alexandra National park being the largest.
Turks and Caicos practically steps it up by planning to create artificial coral reefs in the waters of Grace Bay, Providenciales to provide protection for juvenile fish which are also seen at Smith's Reef, just outside the Turtle Cove.
Turks and Caicos has a sub tropical climate.
The water temperature hovers around 24°C/75F from January to March and around 29éC/84F from June to October.
The average water visibility ranges from 50 to 150 feet.
Natural hazards include hurricanes.
The main point of entry to the Turks and Caicos Islands is through Providenciales International Airport, its main international airport. Some of the airlines offering direct flights from many western cities are American Airlines, Delta, US Airways, Air Canada, British Airways, WestJet Airlines, and Air Canada.
There are also various cruise ships docking at the terminal in Grand Turk.
For those with yachts, there are a number of mooring facilities in Providenciales but you must call ahead before docking.
There are buses, taxis, and rental cars in the main islands. Note that the driving is on the left lane.
The general transportation system of Turks and Caicos is exceptional.
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