One of the many perks of staying in Grace Bay is that the snorkeling is great. You can stick to the beach right in front of your resort and have a great time, but if you're like most snorkelers, this won't be quiet enough. Fortunately, you are just moments away from dozens of other sites known for their unbelievable snorkeling opportunities.
Most local accommodations encourage their guests to do some snorkeling, and even go so far as to offer the equipment to them free of charge. You can take the gear and spend hours happily exploring the clear, shallow waters of the Grace Bay area, usually right in front of your hotel. There area a few groupings coral throughout where you'll be able to see sprightly fish swimming about, and this should keep your quite happy and satisfied. It may also make you yearn to see more.
Grace Bay is located on the island of Providenciales, which is known for having great snorkeling from a number of beaches thanks to shallow reef systems and are ready to be explored almost as soon as you enter the water. If you head north you'll encounter the Princess Alexandra National Park which is home to not one, but two shallow reefs.
Another option is to explore the waters that surround one of the island chains many uninhabited cays and islets. Most dive operations and boat charters as well as a few tour guides make daily trips from Grace Bay to allow guests the opportunity to explore these pristine outlying reefs. You will find yourself spending anywhere between $40 and $150(USD) for this experience.
If you want to experience below the water's surface you might enjoy Grace Bay Beach. At what is known as one of the best beaches in the world, this coral reef is just feet from the sand and always teeming with curious fish and the occasional sea turtle. This snorkeling site is situated in western Grace Bay.
The Bight Beach is another place you might enjoy. Provo's favorite sport for snorkeling, this reef can become quite busy during days when the conditions are good. This clearly marked reef starts right off the beach in shallow waters, and is home to many fish who are so used to people that they swim up with no fear. Barracuda and sea turtles are seen on a fairly regular basis, as are stingrays and trumpetfish.
A third place to consider is. Offering what most consider to be the best snorkeling off Provo. For starters, it is calm enough for beginners, but the sites are so interesting that experienced snorkelers will enjoy themselves as well. If you snorkel during the day, you'll see sponges, coral, stingrays, and turtles, but if you opt for a night snorkel you'll encounter sea snails, sea worms, prawns, squid, an octopus.
The table just below offers more details concerning 6 of the most popular places to enjoy snorkeling in this area.
|Grace Bay Beach||1.1 mi. West of Central Grace Bay|
|Grace Bay Beach||The Bight, 2.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay|
|The Bight Beach||2.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay|
|Blue Haven Beach||2.2 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay|
|3.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Grace Bay|
|3.3 mi. West of Central Grace Bay|
Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.
If you're hoping to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you can check with Island Vibes Tours. Island Vibes Tours is happy to show you the Turks and Caicos Islands like you've never seen them before. With them you will be introduced to majestic waters, gorgeous reefs, and breathtaking sunsets.
Another option to investigate is Caicos Dream Tours. Caicos Dream Tours is an exclusive excursion and watersports company. With them, you will embark on a wonderful experience that will eventually be a great vacation memory. They're found in the heart of Grace Bay.
A third option is Barefoot Custom Charters. The 30' custom sailing catamaran at Barefoot Custom Charters caters their charters to suit your every desire. There is plenty to do and see upon the Caribbean waters near Turks and Caicos.
Information concerning boat operators that provide snorkeling can be found in the chart below.
|Barefoot Custom Charters||(649) 232-7447||1.2 mi. East of Central Grace Bay|
|Caicos Dream Tours||(649) 231-7274||Central Grace Bay|
|Island Vibes Tours||(649) 231-8423||0.8 mi. West of Central Grace Bay|
If you looking for someone offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to check with Caicos Adventures. The Half Day Snorkeling and Beach Cruise is available in the morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They are located in western Grace Bay.
Another company catering to snorkelers is Big Blue Unlimited. Snorkeling is an important part of many of the adventures this impressive tour company has to offer, whether you sign up for a sailing adventure, kayak tour, or a trip that focuses specifically on the sport.
A third place to consider is Reef Peepers Snorkeling. The Half Day Reef Peepers Snorkeling Adventure lasts for three hours and takes guests out on a power catamaran to do some snorkeling. Included is your transportation, conch salad, chips and salsa, beverages, and snorkeling gear. They're located within taxi range West-Southwest of central Grace Bay.
The following table has some key facts about 3 companies that offer snorkeling related services.
|Big Blue Unlimited||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(649) 946-5034||2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales|
|Caicos Adventures||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(649) 941-3346||The Bight, 2.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay||Providenciales|
|Reef Peepers Snorkeling||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(649) 941-8605||None, 5.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay|
For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" check out this detailed Caribbean snorkeling article.
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