Explore an immense, flourishing coral reef ecosystem and spectacular wall diving in Turks and Caicos.
Opting for one of our Turks and Caicos dive liveaboards will bring about the pleasure of experiencing stretches of pristine marine park untouched and untainted by modern day man. Due to its protected status, the reef systems are teeming with exciting and noteworthy sea life. Channel your inner explorer and search the islandsí notorious dives sites for treasures abound. Areas such as North West Point, Grace Bay, French Cay and West Caicos may offer up common sightings that can include Caribbean Reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Hawksbill Turtles, Bottlenose Dolphins, Spotted Eagle Rays, Eels, Grunts, Snapper, Grouper, Horse-eyed Jacks, and a plethora of other common tropical Caribbean fish. If luck is on your side, it is also possible to see Blacktip Sharks, Hammerheads, Tiger Sharks, Manta Rays, and depending on the time of year, Humpback Whales. Drift along sheer walls, hover above gardens of black coral and elephant ear sponges, investigate wrecks and navigate swim-throughs. See all that Turks and Caicos has to offer underwater by way of a liveaboard dive cruise.
Turks and Caicos, an archipelago of 40 coral islands, is rich in natural beauty and cultural history. Exploring the islands and surrounding seas conjures up images of treasure maps and walking the plank in days of yore when pirates combed the area over three centuries ago. The landscape and laid back island vibe can vary greatly from island to island. Yet, what can be found consistently across the board are the unbelievable dive sites. Dive sites are plentiful and accessible, which make diving a top attraction of the islands. Located southeast of the Bahamas and surrounded by largely protected reef, the tranquil turquoise waters and dramatic ocean topography of Turks and Caicos make this a prime destination for a liveaboard dive trip.
2 liveaboards in Turks & Caicos
The Turks & Caicos Aggressor II is a world class liveaboard yacht offering year-round diving cruises. Diving amenities include a swim platform, personal gear lockers, camera tables & Nitrox.
The Turks & Caicos Ecplorer accommodates 20 passengers in 10 staterooms. Dive amenities include Nitrox, rinse tanks & camera facilities. Dive Black Coral Forest, Shark Hotel, G-Spot & Double D
Liveaboard Dive Trips In Turks & Caicos
There is no shortage of dive sites for your liveaboard to visit in and around the many islands of Turks and Caicos. In terms of a wide variety of dive sites that span a vast area, an effective and time efficient way to ensure you get the most bang for your buck is to set sail on a liveaboard dive cruise.
Liveaboard.com offers a couple of different options for sailing trips around Turks and Caicos. Tours depart from the island of Providenciales (Provo, for short) year around. Prices range from $250-$350 per day per person. The MV yachts range in length from 36.5m to 38m and can accommodate between 18 and 20 people. Traveling with a non-diver? Don't let that be a deal breaker; non-divers may be welcome and able to enjoy the views from the surface as they snorkel overhead. Enjoy the luxury of private rooms equipped with ensuite washrooms and air conditioning onboard a Turks & Caicos liveaboard.
6, 7, or 10 night tours are available. 7 night tours typically run Saturday to Saturday, with diving starting on Sunday and ending on Friday. Log up to five dives per diving day, including night dives. Tanks, belts, and weights will be provided. If needed, rental equipment is available for a cost of $150-$175 per person for the week. Proof of open water certification is necessary for diving. However, there is no minimum requirement for the number of logged dives.
All meals, alcoholic beverages, and non-alcoholic beverages are included while on board. Most meals are served buffet style and will consist of a mixture of both American and Caribbean fare. Vegetarian options will be available. Accommodations for further dietary restrictions due to religion or allergy can be arranged ahead of time.
It is important to keep in mind that itineraries for dive sites are not guaranteed. They will depend upon the captain's discretion in accordance with wind and weather conditions. For the beach and/or island enthusiast, trips ashore can be arranged at points throughout the week.
Dive Sites And Areas of Turks & Caicos
NORTH WEST POINT is a sheer wall with a dramatic drop off located off the northwest coast of Provo. Easily accessible dive sites in this area include the Black Coral Gardens, The Crack, The Dome, The Hole in the Wall, Shark Hotel, and the Amphitheater.
GRACE BAY is located off the north coast of Provo. It is protected by a 14-mile stretch of unspoiled barrier reef. Dive sites such as Aquarium, Graceland, Grouper Hole, and Coral Gables boast walls, sizable coral gardens, and an abundance of marine life.
FRENCH CAY is a small island located 29km south of Provo. Impressive vertical walls plunging to extreme depths of up to 2000 meters are a highlight of this area. Visit the spectacular and unique dive sites of Double-D, G-Spot, Rock and Roll, and West Sand Split.
WEST CAICOS is a small uninhabited island approximately 16km southeast of Provo. The plummeting walls and large pelagic fish sightings here are a big draw for liveaboard diving. There is a rich profusion of dive sites located in this area. Driveway, Gullies, Rock Garden Interlude, The Anchor/Whiteface, and Elephant Ear Canyon are several notable sites around West Caicos.
When To Go
Turks and Caicos is lovely to travel to for a liveaboard cruise year round. Low average rainfall, high average days of sunshine, consistent average water, surface, and air temperatures, serene seas and breezy trade winds mean there is really no bad time to go. If going ashore is of interest, something to keep in mind is that the lowest prices and fewest tourists will be found throughout April and May. However, the peak season prices from December through March may be well worth the additional expense, as migrating Humpback Whales are passing through the area from January through March.
Average water temperatures will typically range from 28-29C/82-84F in the summer months and 23-26C/74-78F in the winter months. Average visibility is 25m-40m. Average air temperatures will typically range from 29-32C/85-90F.
Tips For Travellers
Presentation of current certification card is required upon diving. Don't forget to bring along your dive log as well so as to track dive specs and record amazing sights seen.
English is the national language of Turks and Caicos. The boat crew members speak English. The US dollar (usd) is the national currency of the islands.
Electricity is 110-volt. American electronics are suited for this level of current, but it may be necessary to travel with an adaptor if traveling from Europe or with European electronics.
Turks and Caicos is in Eastern Standard Time Zone, and Daylight Savings Time is nationally observed.
How To Get There And Ports Of Departure
The main international airport, Providenciales International Airport, is located on the island of Provo. In addition, there are international airports located on the islands of Grand Turk and South Caicos. Airlines that fly into Provo are American Airlines, Delta, Air Canada, Jet Blue, United Airlines, WestJet, and British Airways. Direct flights are available from some locations.
The liveaboard cruises departure ports are located on Provo. Depending on the tour operator, transportation to and from the airport may be included in the package. The yacht embarks on its voyage from either Turtle Cove Marina or Caicos Marina and Shipyard.
There is a government issued departure tax of $35, due at the time of exit. This fee may be included in the cost of airfare. This should be confirmed at the time of booking, so to avoid any surprise fees upon the completion of travel.
Excluded from all tours are a port/bed tax, travel insurance, and dive insurance. Port/bed taxes range from $85 to $142. This fee is calculated according to the tour operator and length of stay. Investing in dive insurance is highly recommended.
Turks & Caicos Diving Reviews
It was great fun.Diving Turks & Caicos in May on the Turks and Caicos Aggressor II