Snorkeling Around Grace Bay

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.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like 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 found in western Grace Bay.

The Bight Beach is another option. 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 site to consider is Long Point. 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 following table lists more information about 6 of the best locations to enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Grace Bay
Site Location
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
Five Little Cays 3.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Grace Bay
Long Point 3.3 mi. West of Central Grace Bay

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you should consider 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 consider is Barefoot Custom Charters. Adventure excursions, sight seeing trips, snorkeling tours, and sea shelling are just a few of the fun activities hosted by Barefoot Custom Charters. Your Captain, Mike Neehuis, grew up on the island and has an extensive knowledge of the area that he is happy to share with you. They're situated in eastern Grace Bay.

Some key facts concerning boat trip providers that provide snorkeling opportunities are displayed in the following table.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Grace Bay
Name Phone Location
Barefoot Custom Charters (649) 232-7447 1.2 mi. East of Central Grace Bay
Island Vibes Tours (649) 231-8423 0.8 mi. West of Central Grace Bay

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a business that offers 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 within western Grace Bay.

A second company that offers snorkeling related services 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. With three different vessels to serve their guests, sailing and snorkeling is an event that happens multiple times daily. They even offer a glass-bottom boat ride that includes snorkeling when you want to get up close and personal with the sites you're seeing under the sea. They're located easily reached by taxi West of central Grace Bay.

Check the following table to learn more with regard to 3 firms that offer services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services Near Grace Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Big Blue Unlimited Snorkeling Tour Operator (649) 946-5034 2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay
Caicos Adventures Snorkeling Tour Operator (649) 941-3346 The Bight, 2.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay
Reef Peepers Snorkeling Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (649) 941-8605 3.5 mi. West of Central Grace Bay

For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read our comprehensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

 

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