Friday, December 9th, 2016

Diving Into Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos first came onto my radar in the early 2000s.  At that time, it was the offbeat Caribbean destination — the place where people in the know would choose instead over the overly done Jamaica or the Bahamas.

Fast forward a decade, and Turks and Caicos is tremendously more popular today.  Turks and Caicos has made it into most travelers’ minds, and tourism has been steadily increasing.

While most tourists head to Turks and Caicos for sun, sand, and sea — and those sugary white beaches are LEGENDARY — tourists in the know that this is where you can find the best dive sites in the Caribbean.

Just look at some of the images you can capture!

If you haven’t already invested in an underwater camera, make sure you do so before coming to the islands.

The capital of Providenciales — affectionately nicknamed Provo — is home to most dive operators in Turks and Caicos.  Dive locations are all over the islands — named everything from the Football Field to Highway to Heaven, Whiteface, and The Crack.

So what can you expect to see?  Sharks — benign nurse sharks, reef sharks, maybe a tiger shark if you’re lucky.  Lots of colorful grouper.  Humpback whales.  And if you’re really lucky, you’ll get to see a turtle or two during your trip.

Not into the idea of diving?  There’s always snorkeling.  You can’t get quite as close as you could if you were diving, but it’s still a great way to see the colorful underworld of Turks and Caicos.

So where to stay in Turks and Caicos?  Club Med is pretty well known with their Turquoise resort.  As you’d expect, diving is very big here.  Less expected?  They have full circus activities, including a flying trapeeze, a tightrope to walk, and clown-esque juggling classes!

Today, Turks and Caicos is a slice of Caribbean heaven for people whose idea of an island vacation includes far more than relaxing on the beach all day.  I know I would be bored out of my mind without any activities to do, so this makes a nice alternative to most Caribbean destinations.

So as soon as I decide to head to the Caribbean for life either underneath the surface of the water or high up in the air, Turks and Caicos will definitely be the spot.

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