West Caicos / Turks and Caicos

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West Caicos – is an uninhabited island with 23km²/9mi² area. On its territory there is a national park with various birds, iguanas and turtles. It is one of the most interesting dive places at Turks and Caicos archipelago. Coral walls, drift along strong currents, cracks, tunnels and arches, possibility to see various marine dwellers attract many divers. The dives are advisable for experienced divers. There are several amazing dive sites near the island: Driveway is a shallow dive site where actinia can be found at 2-3m/7-10ft depth. On swimming above a sandy slope, divers can see a coral wall and a variety of towers and relief formations that are covered with sponges and gorgonarias. Gullies is presented by caverns that start at 15m/49ft depth and end at 25m/82ft. It is often possible to see schools of various fish here. Rock Garden Interlude is a coral wall, covered with sponges. At the Anchor/Whiteface dive site divers can admire huge white actinia while swimming through the crack by 17th century anchor. Also here can be spotted reef sharks and during night dives – nurse sharks, octopuses and lobsters.

Location: Caribbean basin, west of Turks and Caicos archipelago

What to see: sponges, bright coral trees, actinia, large pelagic fish, eagle rays, mantas, dolphins, humpback whales, turtles, eels and spotted scorpaena, reef sharks. During the night dives it is possible to see nurse sharks, octopuses and lobsters.

Depth: 18-30m/59-99ft

Currents: 1-2knots

Visibility: 10-30m/33-99ft

Season for diving: All year round. The average water temperature is 28C/82F in summer and 24C/75F in winter.

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