Feel the serene calm waves roll over your feet. A beautiful marine park is waiting for you to explore. South Caicos has some of the most well-preserved and isolated diving spots in the world. The Admiral Cockburn National Park offers stunning views. Once you see the turquoise waters, you’ll know you’re in paradise.
Must Do Activities
The island is also known for its amazing coral reef system and is considered one of the healthiest in the world. The reef is teaming with hawksbill turtles, large schools of jacks, and eagle rays. When you reach the surface, you’ll already anticipate your next dive of the day. South Caicos includes 22 dive sites.
The Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park is home to a part of a barrier reef system and a variety of colorful marine life. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to spot turtles, eagle rays, and sharks.
Long Cay is an uninhabited island a short boat ride from Cockburn Harbour. Out of Turks and Caicos’ 100 named islands and cay, Long Cay is one of the most scenic. To the east of the island, waters can get as deep as 5,000 feet.
Where To Stay
Imagine yourself relaxing by the pool, margarita in hand, watching the sunset after a day of diving. Well, you don’t have to imagine at East Bay Resort. This resort is perched on the best beach in South Caicos and is surrounded by the natural landscape of Admiral Cockburn National Park.
Best Dive Sites
South Caicos is one of the most well-preserved diving spots in the world. Divers have opportunities to see marine-life year round.
Diving with experienced and knowledgable East Bay Resort divers enhances each dive as they know the best places to go and how to spot creatures that are otherwise easy to miss. They will ensure that all the details are taken care of for you, including setting up your dive gear each day.
Best Time To Visit
February through April are the best times to visit the island. It’s a perfect spring break vacation for families with young children. The busiest month is December when everyone is on holiday break. Even during the most popular months, you will still be able to find relaxation on the warm beaches. South Caicos isn’t known for partygoers or excessive loud noise.
Know Before You Go
In most cases, the piped water is perfectly safe to drink, yet bottled water is the common choice due to the poor taste of piped water. Piped water in the Turks and Caicos almost always originates from one of two sources: reverse osmosis desalination, and rainfall collection.
On the Turks and Caicos Islands, U.S. Plugs – 120V, 60Hz, are used. Converters and adapters are only required for 220V European visitors.
English is the official language of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Haitian and Dominican immigrants speak Haitian Creole (a French-derived) and Spanish, respectively.
The US Dollar is the only accepted currency in the islands. Most local businesses and restaurants accept credit cards. However, two of the favorite spots (sand bar and poop deck) only have cash, so bring a little extra.
When you’re staying at a hotel or resort, there is a 10% service charge added to the bill. That is a baseline ‘tip’ for all service staff to share. If the service was extra good, leaving an additional cash tip in the room at the end of your stay/meal is a nice gesture but not required. For restaurants, check your bill or ask the staff whether or not a service charge is included. Many restaurants automatically charge anywhere from 10 % to 15%. Tipping rates are similar to what they are in North America. However, it is up to your discretion how much to tip. As far as tipping for diving goes, $10 per tank is customary.