Many of the popular island activities involve water, so why not learn to snorkel on Providenciales during your trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands. There’s nothing quite like experiencing snorkeling for the first time.
I had never put on a mask or snorkel before. I was nervous about breathing through the snorkel tube. My heart was beating fast. But when we plunged into the water and the most colourful little fish swam past my nose, I was hooked! Learning how to snorkel is just one of many Providenciales island activities that brings you nose to nose with the underwater world that has drawn millions of visitors to the islands.
Snorkel on Providenciales
There are spectacular sites to snorkel throughout the islands and enthusiastic operators who will supply you with gear and expertise to ensure you have a memorable time. Your knowleadable crew will indicate to you the flow of the current, show you the safe snorkeling zone, advise you to swim with a buddy, and provide you with a summary of what to expect as you submerge into the brilliant blue.
The Turks and Caicos Islands boasts the third largest reef in the world. Here amidst diverse and colourful coral, brilliant fish swim, sea turtles, rays, and barracuda power by, and a whole host of other fascinating marine life thrive. Smith’s Reef and Coral Gardens are popular sites for even the novice snorkeler. For the more experienced, Northwest Point and Malcolm Road Beach are exhilarating.
If you are snorkeling for the very first time, don’t be in a rush to swim away from the boat. The buoyancy of the ocean water makes learning how to snorkel quite easy. All you have to do is dip your face in the water and simply hover. Once your eyes are accustomed to the water and your breath is regulated, you can gently move your legs to propel forward. Remember to breathe evenly and enjoy the beauty that is all around you. Expect that you will see many fish swimming underneath your body, and that you may see larger fish from time to time. In the Turks and Caicos waters you will sometimes see turtles, barracuda, and even a dolphin. As you feel more comfortable you can begin to explore a wider area, always keeping your awareness on your snorkel buddy and on the location of the boat. If you have an underwater camera, capture a selfie of your snorkeling adventure!
A great way to reach snorkel sites is by charter boat, and Caicos Dream Tours receives accolades for having friendly staff, well equipped boats, and memorable excursions. The Snorkel and Conch Cruise is a half day excursion where you’ll enjoy snorkeling the Caicos reef as well as Half Moon Bay. Lunch is included featuring conch salad beautifully prepared from fresh conch caught during the trip. The Dream Day Getaway, a full day trip includes snorkeling at Pine Cay and a delicious beach barbecue at a picturesque uninhabited island.
The unparalleled underwater world of the Turks and Caicos Islands awaits you. Even if you’re new to a mask and snorkel, it’s definitely an experience you won’t want to miss.