The history of the Turks and Caicos Islands is fascinating. From shipwrecks off the coast to pirate stories, the islands have been a fascinating stop for explorers, settlers, and entrepreneurs throughout history. Turks and Caicos excursions to these nearby cays and islets bring you closer to the history of these islands.
The History of Dellis Cay
An apparition of ghostly buildings appears as you near Dellis Cay, 560-acre island between North Caicos and Providenciales. The site of an unfinished luxury hotel, this cay with its immaculate beach, was once a thriving sea sponge farm. The sea sponge is a fascinating creature that flourishes in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The cay takes its name from John Dellis who came to the islands from Greece. An experienced diver, Dellis began farming sea sponge to meet the demand for diverse uses in cleaning, bathing, shoe finishing, printing, and medical applications.
Though it was a successful industry well into the 1930’s, sponge farming in the islands eventually came to an end due to a fungal disease to the organisms. Today however, while the remains of the hotel dominate the western side of the cay, the reefs abound with a variety of sponge: giant elephant ear, purple tube, antler and rope. And Dellis Cay remains a beautiful spot to visit on your Turks and Caicos excursion around the islands.
Turks and Caicos Excursions to Dellis Cay
If you’re looking for Turks and Caicos excursion companies that tour Dellis Cay, Caicos Dream Tours fits the bill. You can cruise comfortably on any one of their fleet of boats on the beautiful azure waters, plunge in for a refreshing swim or snorkel the breathtakingly clear waters.
This excursion company takes you to historical destinations like Dellis Cay which boasts calm shallow waters ideal for snorkeling and beaches for quiet retreats and some of the best seashell beachcombing around. The crew is highly knowledgeable and eager to share about the history, wildlife, marine life and culture of the islands as well as prepare Caicos cuisine like salad with freshly caught conch or barbecued jerk chicken or even lobster (when in season).
No matter what attracts you to the islands; whether it is sea and surf, seafood, or sea sponge, you’ll leave with your own superlative (his)story to share.