Diving in the Turks and Caicos: An Overview

Located to the southeast of the Bahamas, the Turks & Caicos Islands are made up of eight major islands and numerous uninhabited smaller ones, known as 'cays'. They are renowned for their numerous white sandy beaches and healthy coral reefs, and are consistently rated among the top diving locations in the Caribbean. The islands' capital, Providenciales, is just over an hour's flight from Miami and is well connected with other cities in the US and Europe so this less visited part of the Caribbean is well worth a visit.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Beautiful white sand and the bluest of blue seas
  • More than 1,000 square miles of coral reef encircling the islands, excellent wall diving and a healthy marine environment
  • A friendly hammerhead (if you know where to find him)

Luxury Turks and Caicos Diving Holidays

The Turks & Caicos Islands are surrounded by one of the most extensive coral reef systems in the world, primarily walls, and its good condition makes this a premier diving destination. Add to this, excellent visibility for much of the year, abundant marine life, and excellent accommodation and you are on to a winner.

The coral reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park are right offshore from Amanyara, and for the truly dedicated diver, the Turks & Caicos Aggressor allows access to further flung dive sites that can't be reached in day trips from any of the island hotels.

Back on dry land there are excellent spas offering a range of treatments for the rejuvenation of body and mind, as well as yoga. Island hopping visits to feed the stingrays, see the Iguanas and catch up with Jo Jo the wild playful dolphin are also possible.

Finally, there's good snorkelling in the shallow turquoise waters, catamarans, Laser sailboats, boogie boards and sea kayaks and an 18-hole championship golf course to tempt you away from the poolside.


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Original Highlight

Conch fritters (delicious fried shellfish snacks). Yes, you can get them elsewhere in the Caribbean, but they are so good in Turks and Caicos they even host an annual Conch festival to celebrate this deliciously unhealthy snack.

Alex, Original Diver

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 27°C / 80°F
  • Rainfall — 4cm / 1.6 inches
  • Water Temp. — 26°C / 78°F
Flight from London

8:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -5 hrs


Top picks for Turks & Caicos

Amanyara

Amanyara

Turks & Caicos

Amanyara is located on a private 1,000 foot white-sand beach on the northwest coast of Providenciales, the capital island of the Turks and Caicos.

Where to stay

Picture of diving wrecks off Turks and Caicos Aggressor II

Turks and Caicos Aggressor II

Turks & Caicos

From late January to late March each year you can join a Turks and Caicos whale snorkelling trip onboard the Aggressor II to snorkel with humpback whales around Silver Banks. An awesome snorkelling experience.

Where to stay

I just want you to know how pleased we were with the organization of our trip. It really was seamless from start to finish and exactly what I was looking for: no stress, no worry, perfect execution, wonderfully beautiful hotels and exotic locales.

Alastair & Wing

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