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're ready to explore below the water's surface 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 located 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 experience it for yourself, you'll find this site located in the western part of Grand Turk.

Take a minute to read the following chart for a listing of 4 of the most popular locations where you can go 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 Services

If you're looking for someone that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to check with 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. They are located in the southern part of Grand Turk.

A second company catering to snorkelers is 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.

Some details regarding a couple of firms that offer snorkeling services are provided here:

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

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for both "old pros" and beginners, read this 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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