Best Places to View Turks and Caicos Sunsets
As the sun sets here in the islands, the skies are painted with shades of pink, orange and red. So what’s the science behind nature’s artistry? The sun’s light has to pass through the atmosphere to reach our eyes. More of the short wavelength colours like blues and green are scattered, and you see more of the longer wavelength pink, orange and red hues. The results of this process are a glorious spectacle to behold.
Taylor Bay: Located on the southwest coast of Providenciales, this lovely spot boasts pristine, shallow water for daytime activities and is a delightful setting to watch the night sky.
Leeward Beach: This beautiful stretch of landscape on the northeast end of Providenciales is one of the finest beaches in the islands.
Catch the Green Flash!
The green flash is a unique atmospheric event that takes place at sunset in the Turks and Caicos. You might witness this unique trick of nature while cruising the islands. The spectacle typically occurs at sunset when a green spot is visible above the rim of the sun’s orb. The light refraction at this time is at its greatest. Violet and blue wavelengths have scattered; a “flash” of green remains.
How to See the Green Flash During Your Sunset Cruise in Turks and Caicos
If you happen to be cruising between Providenciales and its neighboring cays, there are 2 conditions that should be met in order to experience the green flash.
- the sky is clean and clear, and
- you have a flat horizon lower than your viewpoint
Sunsets and Green Flashes are not the Only Exciting Natural Phenomenon
Local boating operators offer delightful cruises that allow you and your friends to relax under a spectacular sunset sky. And if the time of the month is right, 3 to 5 days after a full moon, you might catch a glimpse of a fascinating natural phenomenon. About an hour after sunset, the water can take on a greenish glow. This unique marine display is actually the result of small marine glow worms beginning a mating ritual and only occurs at certain times each month.
Best Sunset Cruises in Turks and Caicos
Caicos Dream Tours is one of Providenciales top-rated and best-loved charter boat company offering the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of cruising and snorkeling capped off with a sunset view as you arrive back to shore.
The friendly boating excursion company also offers a Sunset Cruise excursion that will leave you breathless. You’ll board a double-deck boat departing at 5:45 pm from Blue Haven Marina and will enjoy a panoramic view of the islands. Refreshments including rum punch, cold beer, red or white wine as well as assorted fruits, cheese, and crackers are provided as well as delightful onboard music.
When the sun sets on another delightful island day, opportunities to enjoy the bounty of nature will only continue when you glide into the evening on a sunset cruise in Turks and Caicos.