Turks and Caicos

turks and caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory located in the eastern Caribbean, southeast of the Bahamas. The islands consist of 40 islands and cays, with only eight of them inhabited. Grand Turk is home to Cockburn Town, the capital of Turks and Caicos. Although Grand Turk is home to the capital, Providenciales is the most populous island.

Turks and Caicos is a popular destination for tourists who are attracted to its crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches and excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities. Some of the most popular activities in the Turks and Caicos include exploring the islands’ pristine beaches, snorkeling in the world-famous coral reefs and enjoying water sports such as kayaking, paddleboarding and jet skiing.

The islands’ natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle make it a top destination for travelers seeking relaxation and adventure in the Caribbean.

What To Expect

Scuba Diving

The Turks and Caicos Islands are surrounded by clear, turquoise waters home to vast coral reef ecosystems. The coral reef ecosystems are protected, creating thriving reefs making it great for divers and snorkelers to enjoy. Turks and Caicos is known for its amazing wall diving, with walls reaching down thousands of feet deep. 

There is something for everyone, with calm conditions, reefs, walls, wrecks, tropical fish and thriving reefs. It’s a bucket list dive destination.   

Keep your eye out for:

  • Humpback whales (in season)
  • Variety of shark species
  • Sea turtles
  • Seahorses
  • Octopus
  • Spotted eagle rays
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Conservation Efforts

The Turks and Caicos Islands are working to develop and implement more conservation efforts to protect their stunning natural environment. One organization, the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund, is a nonprofit organization that helps with preserving the marine environment through conservation work, education and installing mooring systems for boats. The Turks and Caicos Reef Fund has also been a leader in monitoring and treating stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD).

Upcoming Trips

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. This full-service resort offers luxury amenities with a small island vibe.

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Osprey Beach Hotel

Want a room with a view? Say no more. The Osyprey Beach Hotel is nestled right on golden Grand Turk sands. Let the ocean waves lull you to sleep each night, or spend some downtime with your feet up, taking in the view right from your beachfront room. Of course, the mouth-watering and tempting local and international dishes will eventually draw you to the restaurant on site. Or you may want to wander down to the poolside to sip on a tropical cocktail or cool drink.
 

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Grand Turk

Grand Turk is home to world-class diving. The island has a laid-back atmosphere with friendly and welcoming locals. It is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral reefs. Take a trip to Grand Turk for unforgettable scenery, world-renowned diving, and the friendliest people. 

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Providenciales

Providenciales is known for luxurious resorts, pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. The island’s community is known for its friendly and welcoming nature, with a strong sense of community. The culture is a reflection of the stunning natural beauty, the influences of its history and the diverse community that calls it home.  

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South Caicos

South Caicos is an unspoiled eco-oasis. It is a unique island with a rich cultural heritage, unspoiled natural beauty and a secluded location. The island is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The natural beauty of the island includes stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life, making it a paradise for snorkeling, diving and fishing enthusiasts. South Caicos offers a unique and authentic Caribbean experience that is unlike any other in the region.

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Culture

On the Turks and Caicos Islands, the islanders are known for their warm hospitality. Social life revolves around family, church and community events. There is a rich culture that can be seen throughout the music, cuisine and arts. The islands themselves are full of tropical flowers, white sand beaches and turquoise waters.  

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Kayak Through the Mangroves in Providenciales

For an eco-focused adventure, head to Mangrove Cay, an area that is almost entirely surrounded by red mangroves. This nature reserve is a haven for marine life and different bird species. While kayaking, visitors may be able to spot juvenile lemon sharks, nurse sharks, small turtles, stingrays, starfish and a variety of juvenile fish. Bird enthusiasts will also enjoy kayaking through this great ecosystem because of the variety of birds that can be found here. 

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Whale Watch in Grand Turk

Grand Turk is a great destination for humpback whale watching. Every year, humpback whales migrate from the northern Atlantic to the warmer northern Caribbean waters to give birth and to mate. The mothers and calves are frequently spotted, especially during winter months. With chances to see these majestic creatures both above and below water, head to Grand Turk for this wonderful opportunity.  

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Long Cay in South Caicos

Visitors can head to Long Cay to enjoy crystal-clear waters and white sand beaches. While swimming or snorkeling in the waters, there is a chance to see barracudas, small sharks, turtles, stingrays, eagle rays and more! Long Cay is the perfect peaceful island getaway.  

What prior travelers say
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“All the fun without any of the hassle! We used to book our own private trips but going through Diventures gives us the opportunity to go to try out new places without having to do all the research and planning. And with the added bonus of making awesome new friends along the way!”
– Kathleen K.

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Know Before You Go

Dive Insurance

Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommen purchasing DAN dive insurance.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.

Currency

The official currency of Turks and Caicos is the U.S. dollar (USD). Credit cards are also widely accepted.

Gratuity

A gratuity of 10-15% is customary, but many leave more when they feel the service was outstanding. If you are disappointed with the service, you should inform the captain of your feelings right away so he may rectify the situation.

Passport

Must be valid 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.

Visa

For visits under 90 days, no visa is required to visit Turks and Caicos.

Health

No vaccinations are required. Dengue and chikungunya are the main risks. There is no vaccination so we highly recommend taking measures to avoid mosquito bites (repellent, long-sleeved t-shirt and long pants). We recommend you check with your physician before departure.

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