The Turks and Caicos
surrounded by one of the most extensive coral reef systems
worldwide (65 miles across and 200 miles long).
A 22 mile-wide
channel, the Turks Island Passage, separates the Turks
Islands from the Caicos Islands. This 7,000 foot deep
passage serves as major transit lines for migrating Humpback
Whales, Spotted Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Turtles and
visability (up to 200 feet), pristine reefs, abundant
tropical flora and fauna, fish and other marine life,
quality diving services and easy conditions make the Turks
and Caicos Islands a world class diving destination. There
is exceptional wall diving starting in shallow turquoise
water and dropping off into the deep blue gives a thrill.
Shipwrecks, old and new further increases the multiplicity
of the islands as an outstanding diving destination.
Under the National Parks Ordinance,
vast areas have been set aside as marine
park and fisheries reserves and
replenishment, and mooring buoys have been established at
all dive sites and mooring areas to avoid any possible
damage from anchors. As part of the general preservation and
protection drive, divers visiting Turks and Caicos are
encouraged to observe, respect an enjoy the pristine natural
beauty of the marine environment and to leave the reef as
healthy as they found it.
Dive Tips: While
summer waters (82 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit at the surface)
are certainly warm enough for swimsuits, protection in the
form of light cover-up (such as Lycra, Darlexx or Polartec)
is welcomed by most divers. In the winter, water
temperatures of 74 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit would suggest
the use of a 2 to 3mm (1/8 to 3/16 inch) wetsuit. Computers
are an advantage owing to the multi-level nature of diving
in the Turks and Caicos.