Diving at Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos islands is an archipelago in the Caribbean basin that consists of 30 islands 8 of which are uninhabited. The islands are covered with various planting – mangrove jungles, pine forests, short bushes and cactuses. An endemic species of ringtail iguana lives here. The following places are interesting for visiting: scallop factory, lime caves in Middle Caicos, cotton plantation, as well as various local festivals starting with new year masquerade and finishing with the end of lobster catching season. Turks and Caicos islands are surrounded with thousands of square miles of living coral reef with hundreds of marine dwellers. That’s why this region is one of the most attractive ones for diving. Both safari and daily diving are possible. Turks and Caicos gather divers from all over the world. It is known by decent visibility that is more than 30m/98ft, diving along the coral walls, drift along strong currents and variety of marine species of various kinds and sizes. Small amount of rainfall and ocean currents bring lots of plankton to the islands’ waters. It attracts humpback whales that can be seen from December to April. Corals create arches, tunnels and grottos that make the relief even more varied. The level of difficulty can change depending on the diving place. The recommended level of qualification is AOWD or higher. Find more details and check prices for all Turks & Caicos liveaboards.

Location: Central America, Caribbean basin

What to see: it is possible to spot tiger, nurse, bluntnose sixgill sharks, hammerheads and green turtles. In summer there are groups of rays of various species such as eagle- and stingrays, dolphins and mantas. Various nudibrachs, small cancroids, colorful big gorgonarias and sponges dwell on the reef, among which the Elephant ear sponges should be mentioned.

Depth: 15-40m/49-131ft

Currents: 1-3knots

Visibility: 10-30m/33-99ft

Season for diving: All year round. The best period for visiting this place is from mid-December till the end of July. The average water temperature is 28-29C/82-84F in summer and 23-26C/74-78F in winter.

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