French Cay / Turks and Caicos

Butterfly fish

French Cay is a small uninhabited island in Turks and Caicos archipelago. Earlier this island was a shelter for pirates, although today it is inhabited only by lots of birds. Dives here are possible only during a good weather. The greater part of the dive sites are presented by picturesque coral walls along which descending is performed. From January to March it is possible to meet humpback whales near French Cay, while from July to September there is a great number of nurse sharks. The place is recommended for divers with the qualification non-less than AOWD. Double D is a coral wall covered with colorful polipuses and sponges that attract lots of fish, nudibranchs and crustaceans. Near the two hills covered with gorgonarias and anemones divers can meet scorpionfish and eagle rays. G-Spot is a coral wall covered with gorgonarias and bright orange sponges. Rock and Roll is a coral wall that starts at 13m/42ft depth. Small barracudas often come here, while lobsters hide in the cracks. The dive site is recommended for night dives. West Sand Spit is a coral wall at 13m/42ft depth covered with huge corals. Dives are possible only under good weather conditions.

Location: Caribbean basin, west of Turks and Caicos archipelago

What to see: humpback whales, nurse sharks, coral trees, polipuses, sponges, nudibranchs, crustaceans, gorgonarias, anemones, scorpionfish, angelfish, eagle rays, barracudas, lobsters, oceanic triggerfish.

Depth: 18-27m/60-90ft

Currents: 1-2knots

Visibility: >30m/98ft

Season for diving: All year round, although 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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