Turks and Caicos Diving
Enjoy a Turks and Caicos liveaboard cruise to visit the best dive sites the area has while enjoying the view relaxing on board between dives.
Turks and Caicos diving areas covered by liveaboards cruises are the Provincials, West Caicos, French Cay and the West Sands spit area.
The Turks and Caicos are 40 different islands and cays that remain mainly uninhabited. They have over 1,000 square miles of coral reefs in the surrounding ocean. Renowned for their excellent visibility the reefs systems have been under the protection of a marine park since 1992. The result is some pristine diving conditions with plentiful coral and sponge life. Best of all the dive sites are open to all levels of divers.
During your cruise, shark diving is possible, as Caribbean reef sharks are common. Also making regular appearances are spotted eagle rays, jacks, grouper, and turtles.
On some of the Turks and Caicos dive sites, it is possible to see blacktip reef sharks, tiger sharks, hammerheads and manta rays. The walls have gorgonian fans, barrel sponges, hard coral arches and some macro life.
Take a look at the Liveaboard Cruise options below.
Turks and Caicos Diving - 2 LIVEABOARDS
Turks & Caicos Explorer II
The luxurious Turks & Caicos Explorer II is a 37 metre-long liveaboard taking divers on 7-night trips around the Turks & Caicos. At the beginning of each year, she also visits the Silver Bank in the Dominican Republic for humpback whale encounters. She comfortably accommodates up to 20 passengers in 10 double staterooms, all air-conditioned with en suite bathrooms. Guests can enjoy up to four dives a day plus a night dive. Nitrox is available on board.Book Now
Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
Dive the Turks & Caicos Islands in comfort and style aboard the luxurious 36m Turks & Caicos Aggressor, part of the world-renowned Aggressor Fleet. She accommodates a maximum of 18 guests in 9 staterooms with individual climate control. Yacht amenities include a beautiful spacious lounge and dining area and a large sun deck with hot tub, deckchairs, bluetooth stereo, shaded wet bar and grill. Dive amenities include Nitrox, camera table, charging station and a complete digital photo/video editing centre.Book Now
Located southeast of Miami, Turks & Caicos waters have over 1,000 square miles of living coral reef. The area is known for great underwater visibility, wall dives, and a large amount of marine life of all sizes seen while scuba diving Turks and Caicos.
Deep passageways offer the chance to see the larger pelagic life which includes hammerheads and manta rays, while the reefs are some to a multitude of macro life.
Best Places to Dive in the Turks and Caicos
There are three main areas for scuba diving Turks and Caicos.
Some of the best dive sites at the Turks and Caicos are in this area which is home to the Princess Alexandra National park. The park is 6532 acres of coastal and marine national park off the north coast of Providenciales. It was founded as a national park in 1992. There are restricted uses of this area which help to preserve the underwater environment.
This Island is southwest of Provo and is uninhabited, and the underwater scenery has pristine corals with some pelagic life.
These two locations are only six miles from each other and offer pristine corals on a sandy substrate. The areas both have plenty of marine life for divers to enjoy.
The Best Dive Sites in the Turks and Caicos
Located in West Caicos is a sandy bottom area with coral bommies leading to a wall descending into deep water. Jawfish, morays, groupers, cowfish, and large Nassau groupers can be seen here.
Highway to Heaven
This site has swim-thoughs and some rare rope sponge species. The site had frequent shark sightings and stingrays, and there are many scorpionfish, spadefish and eagle rays.
In French Cay is named after the gorgonian sea fans and soft corals found in this site on the sheer wall. The cold water coming from the deep area brings in reef sharks, groupers, barracuda and jackfish.
Located in the Providenciales area, this is a wall that descends vertically to form the amphitheatre with black and pillar coral. Stingrays, nurse sharks are possible to see on the wall, in the drop off it can be possible to see whale sharks, whales and manta rays.
Also in the Providenciales area, this dive site has a deep crevice that cuts the wall from 15m to 30m with a large black coral tree at the exit. The deeper area of the site has giant groupers, schools of snapper and a chance to see eagle rays and sharks
There are two liveaboard cruises to the Turks and Caicos area where you can enjoy the fantastic visibility of the islands. In the Turks and Caicos, diving with sharks is common. For more information about Turks and Caicos Dive Sites, please click on the photo.
Turks and Caicos Scuba Diving Highlights
- Common sightings - Angelfish, barracuda, black coral, parrotfish
- Special sightings - Humpback whales, eagle rays, manta rays, reef sharks
- Topography - Walls, reefs and drop-offs
- Visibility - 25 to 40m
- General information - Calm, clear water means this area is suitable for all levels of diver certifications, no minimum logged dives are required.
Best Time to Go
Turks and Caicos diving is a year-round destination with little rain in any season and warm temperatures. The busier months are the winter January to April, and this coincides with the humpback whale migration season.
Water temperatures are 28-29C in the summer and 23-26C in the winter months, so a 3mm shorty or long is usually adequate protection for most divers.
Hurricane season is June to October with August to September the highest risk.
How to Get There
The main international airport is Providenciales International Airport (PLS), the liveaboard departure ports are a short distance by land.
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What to pack
Food and drink
On entry for most nationalities
Providenciales International Airport (PLS)
Suncream, lightweight and beach apparel
27 - 32 C daytime, 20 - 24 C evenings