Snorkeling Around Grand Turk

You can grab your gear and snorkel off of pretty much every beach on Grand Turk, but if you want to experience the best of the best, plan to spend some time traveling by boat to the deep water reef systems. 

If you've never been snorkeling before, Grand Turk is the perfect place to start.  As mentioned above, you can bring a snorkeling kit with you any time you hit the beach, and wade in for some snorkeling any time the mood hits you.  There are a few spots in particular such as The Library in Cockburn Town and Governor's Beach really shine thanks to shallow reefs and diverse marine life that includes snappers, parrotfish, grunts, turtles, and both hard and soft coral.  

In addition to snorkeling near the shore, you can also hit up some offshore reefs, especially those that surround the Caicos Cays.  Most of the island's dive operators will let snorkelers ride along with them when they take divers out, but there are also a few tour guides that specialize in snorkeling tours.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to see what's down below you might want to check out Gibbs Cay. The landscape of this site varies so that you'll have different sites to see right along the shore and about 150 feet out. Closer to where the surf breaks you'll often encounter southern stingrays in the sand flats, while further out in water depths of five to 15 feet is a coral reef where you'll spot barracuda, permit, trunk fish and lemon sharks. This snorkeling site is situated in the southeastern part of Grand Turk.

Old Pier is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. This site is renowned for its divers marine life in waters that extend from 10 to 25 feet deep. The creatures you can expect to see include southern stingrays, frogfish, octopus, sea horses, and peacock flounder.

A third location to consider is Gregorian Wall. Recommended for advanced snorkelers only, this site begins at 20 feet deep and is home to some of the larger sea creatures you might hope to see in the area. Great visibility allows you to see plankton, hogfish, parrotfish, barracuda, and Nassau grouper.

A fourth place where you can go snorkeling is The Library. The reef fall starts at around 15 feet deep and give snorkelers a chance to view both hard and soft corals that are home to wrasse, snappers, sergeant majors, barracuda, parrotfish, and grunts. You may also encounter a sea turtle. If you want to check it out, this site is located in the western part of Grand Turk.

Check the table just below for summary info concerning 4 of the most popular locations where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Grand Turk
Site Location
Gibbs Cay 2.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Cockburn Town
Old Pier 1.6 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town
Gregorian Wall 2.8 mi. North of Central Cockburn Town
The Library 0.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Cockburn Town

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're ready to snorkel during a boat trip, you might want to contact TI Reef Adventure. At TI Reef Adventure, you can expect positive customer service and a long list of activities. Their staff is environmentally conscious and interested in showcasing their island's natural beauty.

Check out the chart below for details on the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Grand Turk
Name Type Phone Location Island
TI Reef Adventure Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (649) 441-7710 Central Grand Turk Grand Turk

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a place that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to check with Crystal Seas Adventures. For two hours your guide will take you snorkeling to two different sites known for their clear waters that are so calm even the little ones can get involved. They are located in the central part of Grand Turk.

A second company catering to snorkelers is Papa J Tours. Whether you're interested in signing up for an excursion created to offer tourists the most exhilarating sailing and snorkeling experience possible, or you'd like to charter the boat for a private trip, this operator has you covered.

Take a moment to read the following chart for a summary of 2 firms that offer services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services On Grand Turk
Name Phone Location
Crystal Seas Adventures (649) 946-6977 Central Grand Turk
Papa J Tours (649) 231-0400 1.8 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town

For more information concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" check out our exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling page.

You don't have to be an experienced snorkeler to enjoy the waters of Grand Turk, but at the same time, the underwater landscape will easily capture the interest of experienced snorkelers.  No matter your skill level, snorkeling should for sure be made a priority during your visit to the island. 

 

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