Snorkel / SNUBA / Swim in the Turks and Caicos Islands
Perhaps scuba diving is not for you! No need to miss out entirely on the gorgeous underwater world. With the proper snorkel gear and just a little practice, you can enjoy our shallow-water fish and corals.
You may be fortunate to see the Turks and Caicos Islands National Treasure JoJo in Grace Bay.
Full watersports facilities offer snorkelling instruction and practice sessions. Equipment is for sale or lease at various locations. Sailing charters and power boat charters provide snorkelling equipment for use on their excursions.
Our shallow reefs offer excellent and exciting snorkelling relatively close to shore. Some favourite sites are easily accessible from the beach. Smith’s Reef near Turtle Cove and the Bight Reef are popular with visitors. Out towards Northwest Point, Malcolm Roads is a worthwhile out of the way snorkel destination.
Wild bottle nose dolphins swimming free in the Turks and Caicos. Photo by Lawrence Wahba.
While you can snorkel anywhere, you will see the most interesting creatures over coral heads, darker areas in the water, and along jetties. Your dive or excursion operator can direct you to our most popular snorkel sites. Guide books or cards to help you identify the various fishes, turtles, rays, corals, sponges, gorgonians and sea shells you will encounter are readily available.
In order to preserve our underwater world for others it is important to avoid killing any corals by touching or standing on them. If you are not a strong swimmer floatation devices can be used. Nothing may be removed from the marine parks and reserves and nothing should be left behind. Underwater cameras are a popular way to record your sightings.
Swim a little deeper with the turtles. Photo provided by SNUBA TCI.
Go beyond snorkelling, diving for beginners. SNUBA with JODI our Island PRO since 2004. Does the whole family just love snorkelling? Why not try SNUBA - related to its counterpart, SCUBA, however, with SNUBA, the individual is not self contained, but the tank floats on a raft at the surface. That’s Surface Nexus Underwater Breathing Apparatus. As a SNUBA participant you’ll be one of a small group exploring Provo’s fascinating fringing reef teeming with sea life including turtles, rays, and countless colourful fish. Your introduction takes place on the beach in front of the WINDSONG where you’ll be set up and escorted into the waters of the Bight Reef for a burst of excitement on a personalized guided tour at a maximum depth of twenty feet! OR you can SNUBA on our half day BOAT TOUR to pristine reefs. SNUBA is absolutely perfect for the family (age 8 and up) that loves to snorkel and wants to try something entirely new. We are fully licensed and insured. Ask for JODI's Underwater Adventure.
PROVO SWIM SCHOOL - ISR
Jill Swann has been teaching babies and young kids (6 months to six years of age) to swim for many years. Open to residents and visitors’ children, these swimming classes give children the confidence and abilities to enjoy the water safely. The Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue program teaches babies and very young children how to save themselves, if they find themselves in the water alone.
If you do not wish to get wet or cannot or do not wish to swim, you may still enjoy our underwater world in the air-conditioned comfort of the Undersea Explorer Semi-Submarine.