Turks and Caicos Dive Sites
There are two liveaboard cruises to the Turks and Caicos area where you can enjoy the fantastic visibility of the islands where diving with sharks is common.
Turks and Caicos dive sites are known for the great underwater visibility, wall dives and signifiant amount of marine life.
Located southeast of Miami, the Turks and Caicos waters have over 1,000 square miles of living coral reef.
Caribbean reef sharks are common so diving with sharks is possible onboard your liveaboard cruise. Spotted eagle rays, manta rays, jacks, grouper and turtles are also regularly sighted in the islands waters.
Other shark species are black tips, tiger sharks and scalloped hammerheads. The walls are very picturesque with gorgonian fans, barrel sponges, hard-coral arches and some macro life.
The Turks and Caicos dive areas are considered to be Providenciales, West Caicos and the French Cay and West Sand Spit areas.
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The Providenciales offer some of the best dives in the Turks and Caicos and is home to the Princess Alexandra National park where the area is protected.
A stunning wall site that descends vertically to form the amphitheatre by having an undercut that goes back by 4m. The site has pillar coral, elephant ear sponges, plate coral and black coral around the undercut. Lobsters, schooling jackfish and flamingo tongues are common on the soft corals on the top of the wall. 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.
Black Coral Forest
Black Coral Forest has plate corals and sea fans with a ledge in the deep water leading into the blue. Black coral is covering the top of the wall where grunts and parrotfish can be found.
Hole in the Wall
As the name would suggest a hole in the reef that forms a vertical swim through starting at 17 to 30m where the exit is, space is limited inside so one diver at a time can enter. The exit is into blue water as the site has a drop off into the deep, here it is possible to see sharks and eagle rays. Look for lobsters and schooling reef fish here.
Is a deep crevice that cuts the wall from 15m to 30m, there is 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
This is the remnants of what was once a set for a French TV game show at 5 to 10m of depth and a replica of mad max Thunderdome, and it is an excellent area for night dives. The dome is covered in clams, scallops and Christmas tree worms with bennies, cleaning shrimp and other small marine life.
There are resident barracuda, angelfish and lobster, and the area has some coral bommies around.
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants is a deep water channel between Provo and West Caicos with nutrient-rich waters ideal for spotting larger pelagic life like sharks, eagle and manta rays in the blue water.
Shark Hotel is a place for spotting reef sharks, a wall site descending to 30m with a plateau at the base to form a shelf before it drops off to the blue. There is a swim through at 27m that descends to 40m with the exit over the 2000m drop-off.
Diving is also good in the shallow, with the top of the wall at 12m covered in plate and pillar corals with abundant reef fish.
This easy dive site with a sand chute leading to a sloping wall where the groupers are found. There is a large coral bommie in the centre of the sand chute where you can see barracuda, tangs, and lobsters on the site
Starting at 12m of depth with an unusual stairway like wall formation that gives the site its name. This descends to 30m of depth then to a drop-off and blue water, there are no sand patches here which is unusual for the area. Look for turtles, jackfish and barracuda along the wall formation as well as eagle rays that may be seen here.
Aquarium is a spur and groove formation with sand chutes and reef descending to around 30m. Many reef fish are found here including grunts, Atlantic spadefish and snappers, in the crevices look for lobsters and moray eels.
West Caicos Highlights
This island that is southwest of Provo is uninhabited. The underwater scenery has pristine corals with some pelagic life.
Driveway is a sandy bottom area with coral bommies at about 12m, this leads to a reef and ledge where a wall is formed descending into the deep water. There are black coral and good sponge life here with purple tube sponges. Jawfish, morays, groupers, cowfish, and large Nassau groupers can be seen here.
Is named from the cut in the reef meaning it forms two sections distinct from each other before the drop off is reached. The wall is covered in corals and sponges with many cleaning stations divers can see french angelfish, anemones, turtles and even redounded lobster.
Pot of Gold
Pot of Gold is just north of the gully and named after the many rainbow coloured reef fish found on the site. It is a reef descending into a drop off with a sheer wall. Humpback whales have been heard and even seen here underwater.
Highway to Heaven
This is a deeper site that begins with a friend of Garden eels in 16m of water in a sand chute that leads to archways and a wall. There are swim-through at 30m and some rare rope sponge species. The site had frequent shark sightings and stingrays, and there are many scorpionfish, spadefish and eagle rays.
Magic Mushroom named after the coral formation looking like a giant mushroom, has sand chutes, rope sponges, black coral and a sheer wall. Look for conch, moray eels, queen triggerfish and a huge colony of black coral at 22m.
Named after the white cliffs on land that marks the entrance area to the dive site. It is a wall dive covered in corals, sponges and pillar coral. Reef life includes french angelfish, longnose butterfly fish, groupers, barracuda and Nassau Grouper.
There is a large anchor embedded in a crack in the wall from the 1800’s at about 21m and a resident nurse shark that patrols the area.
The site is also suitable for night dives with lobsters, octopus and nurse sharks.
Elephant Ear Canyon
Elephant Ear Canyon has the largest known elephant ear sponge in the Turks and Caicos at almost 3m in diameter at 32m of depth. The site is a reef leading to a wall with sand chutes, there are garden eels, stingrays and tilefish to be seen here.
Rock Garden Interlude
Rock Garden Interlude has a sandy plateau at the top of a wall with stingrays, flounders and coral shrimps. The staghorn coral is home to grunts, snappers, groupers and conch as well as many juvenile fish and turtles.
Southwest Reef is a vertical wall starting at 18m, with huge barrel sponges and gorgonian sea fans. There are many sightings of reef sharks and eagle rays here.
French Cay and West Sand Spits Highlights
These two locations are only 6 miles from each other and offer pristine corals and plenty of marine life on a sandy substrate.
Named after the gorgonian sea fans and soft corals found in this site along with Barrel sponges on the sheer wall. At the summit of the wall are stingrays, cowfish, yellow snapper and queen triggerfish. The cold water coming from the deep area brings in reef sharks, groupers, barracuda and jackfish.
Named for the two pinnacles rising from the seabed which are surrounded by reef fish. Eagle rays can often be seen here, and there are scorpionfish, jacks black durgon and groupers.
Half Mile Reef
Half Mile Reef is as the name would suggest a reef is about half a mile long to the east of French Cay. It sits in a bowl area so is protected from any currents. There are two very large, 2.5m, elephant ear sponges and schooling barracuda and snappers.
During your cruise, there is a chance to visit Turtle Cove.
Marine Park and Conservation in the Turks and Caicos
Princess Alexandra National Park is 6532 acres of coastal and marine national park off the north coast of Providenciales. It was founded in 1992 as a national park. There are restricted uses of this area which help to preserve the underwater environment.