Blessed by some of the finest powdery-sand beaches and pristine seas in the Caribbean, the island of Grand Turk, capital of Turks and Caicos, also offers excellent snorkeling. It is home to the world-famous snorkeling spot known as The Wall, a teeming reef that suddenly drops off to the deep levels of the Atlantic. Aside from The Wall, Grand Turk also has uninhabited cays that feature impressive coral reef formations with gorgeous underwater activity perfect for snorkeling for all levels.
The Wall – Known as one of the best snorkeling/diving sites in the Caribbean, the Wall is a go-to spot for snorkelers and divers alike. Sitting just outside of Grace Bay on the island’s west coast, where the island’s outer reef ends, The Wall plunges into 6,000 feet into the deeper part of the blue Atlantic. Its unique underwater topography accounts for the overabundance of coral reefs and undersea life. Snorkelers can explore the area near the start of the descent to enjoy the top corals and the sea life abound. Divers who explore the deeper part of The Wall can expect to see miles of vertical coral reef drop-offs, and a parade of thermal formations.
Horizontally, The Wall scales almost the whole of Grand Turk’s length and includes dive sites with colorful names like McDonald’s, the Aquarium, Coral Garden, Library, and many more. Big pelagic like groupers, tuna, barracuda, reef shark, rays, and sea turtles are the regulars. During the winter, expect to see migratory North Atlantic humpback whales, and in the summer, Manta Rays feeding on planktons.
Chief Ministers – Almost to the south end of the island, just off of Governor’s Beach lays one of the most teeming underwater spots in all of Grand Turk. Expect to see an abundance of different types and sizes of corals, sea cucumbers, sponges and garden eels. Manta rays, eagle rays, and sea turtles also frequent the spot, while migratory whales visit on migration months. There’s sometimes a current present, but when it does it usually comes from the south and heads north, which still allows you to work the site well.
Gibbs Cay – Gibbs Cay is an uninhabited wildlife reserve located southeast of Grand Turk. To the south of the cay is the drop off reef that is cropped with Elkhorn and Staghorn corals, and beautiful gorgonians. Swim with the colorful fishes that make the reef their home, such as; angelfish, tangs, butterfly fish, chromis, and many more. After snorkeling, kick it back on the beach and spend some time with the stingrays on the shallow water. These sting rays have grown up with humans and are very friendly.
If you’re a snorkeling or diving enthusiast, don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore The Walls, and the uninhabited cays of Grand Turk on your day at port.