Shore Day Trip Live Aboard
Country: Turks and Caicos Area: Turks and Caicos
Water Temp: 23 - 30°C (73 - 86°F)
Visibility: 15 - 40m (49 - 131 ft)
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The fishing capital of the islands, South Caicos attracts those interested in birdlife, fishing, diving, fresh seafood and history
South Caicos is part of the group of islands that makes up the Turks and Caicos Islands. Located at the southern tip of the Bahamas most people see these islands as being located in the Caribbean Sea they are actually part of the Atlantic Ocean but this doesn’t affect the beautiful sunshine and warm waters!
The Turks and Caicos are surrounded by an extensive coral reef system which provides some excellent dive sites and marine life. Although often overlooked for more popular or well known dive destinations, this may be to the islands advantage as this means the dive sites aren’t super busy every day, and it is perfect for those who want to escape the stress and busyness of a crowded city.
The climate of the Turks and Caicos Islands is mostly dry, sunny and pretty constant throughout the year, which gives a perfect year round diving season. The water temperature varies from its coolest towards the end of winter of 23C to 30C in the peak summer months.
Turks and Caicos is one of the few destinations in the world where you can have the chance of swimming with Humpback Whales. These whales pass by from January to March on their migration to Silver Banks in the Dominican Republic to mate and calve. As well as memorable whale encounters, the waters around Provo also offer the chance to swim with dolphins. One Bottlenose dolphin in particular named “Jojo” is a famous resident of these waters since the 1980’s. Jojo is wild but very friendly, frequently visiting divers and seems to really enjoy human interaction.
The islands have two international airports with one of them on the island of Providenciales and the other on Grand Turk. These airports have connections to many cities all over the US. A lot of visitors also arrive at the islands on cruise ships, as this is on a Caribbean cruise route and most stop at Grand Turk. It is also possible to island hop between a lot of these islands by either boat or sea plane.