Snorkeling Around Providenciales

Snorkeling is popular throughout the Caribbean, but some destinations have quite a few limitations that prevent visitors from snorkeling just the way they want to.  On Providenciales, tourists will find that not only are the conditions favorable year round, and they sights to be seen are truly stunning, but also that snorkeling is great both from the beaches and at offshore locales. 

The beaches of Providenciales are great for snorkeling because of the warm waters, calm surf, and clear visibility. Every beach has a little something for snorkelers, whether it be the rays hiding in the sand, or a school of brightly colored fish swimming about a patch of sea grass.  Of course, some spots are better than others and you'll likely be most impressed by the beaches of the north coast where you can typically access some amount of coral reef by swimming out from the shore just a short distance.  The Bight Reef Snorkeling (also known as the Coral Gardens) and Smith's Reef Snorkeling are particularly notable for this possibility.

Of course, to round out your snorkeling experience, you will want to make sure you head out to deeper waters to experience the sea life at these spots.  In addition to the populated islands of the Turks and Caicos, there are many more that remain uninhabited and it is these spots that often offer the most pristine waters and thus mesmerizing snorkeling opportunities. You'll be able to access them a number of ways, including sailing to these spots, signing up for a snorkeling specific island tour, or heading out  with a group of divers and snorkel instead of scuba dive.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to exploring below the water's surface you might enjoy visiting 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. This snorkeling site is found in the central part of Providenciales.

Grace Bay Beach is another place you might enjoy. 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.

A third location to consider is Northwest Point National Park. Located within a marine park, this protected area offers healthy and amazing snorkeling opportunities. Do be aware, however, that conditions can be rough at times, so only strong swimmers should attempt this site. The rocky coast and several small coves of shallow water offer the best snorkeling.

A fourth location where you can go snorkeling is The Bight Beach. 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. If you're interested, this site is located in the central part of Providenciales.

Davy Bight Beach is a fifth location to consider. This site is great for snorkelers who want to see more than brightly colored fish. Here, you'll also encounter turtles, lobsters, and sharks gliding around the elkhorn coral and oddly shaped sponges.

View the table below for a listing of 8 of the best locations where you can go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Providenciales
Site Location
Long Point Central Providenciales
Grace Bay Beach 2.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay
Northwest Point National Park 5.1 mi. Northwest of Central Blue Hills
The Bight Beach Central Providenciales
Grace Bay Beach 1.1 mi. West 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
Davy Bight Beach 4.1 mi. Northwest of Central Blue Hills

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Silly Creek Water Sports

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

If you want to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you should consider Ocean Outback. Your captain will lead you past Osprey Rock and into a local cave with ancient treasure maps etched into the walls. A complimentary barbeque lunch, snacks, soda, water, and unlimited rum punch and beer tops off the trip.

Another option to investigate is Silly Creek Water Sports. People of all ages and skill level are sure to enjoy a day on the water with Silly Creek Water Sports. Their staff is happy to share a fun and eventful day with you and your family. They're situated in southwestern Providenciales.

Still another option is Island Vibes Tours. Luxury tours, snorkeling excursions, exploration adventures, relaxing moments, and a delicious BBQ await you at Island Vibes Tours. Their private sunset cruises and VIP tours are even more extravagant.

You can look through the chart below for a listing of boat trips and day sails that offer snorkeling opportunities.

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Providenciales
Name Phone Location
Catch the Wave Charters (649) 941-3047 2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay
Island Vibes Tours (649) 231-8423 0.8 mi. West of Central Grace Bay
Kenard Cruises (649) 332-3866 Five Cays Settlements
Ocean Outback (649) 231-0824 4.4 mi. South of Central Blue Hills
Shoreline Adventures (649) 333-4455 1.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Blue Hills
Silly Creek Water Sports (649) 432-9455 4.5 mi. South of Central Blue Hills
Sun Charters (649) 231-0624 2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a business that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you can check with 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 are found in the central part of Providenciales.

A second place worth knowing about is Caicos Adventures. The Half Day Snorkeling and Beach Cruise is available in the morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or in the afternoon from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

A third company worth contacting is Big Blue Unlimited Snorkeling. There are three tours that focus specifically on snorkeling. The first is a four hour Snorkel Eco-Tour that brings between six and 12 guests to the reefs that run between Provo and North Caicos for as much snorkeling as you can squeeze in. They're located in the eastern part of Providenciales.

Some key facts regarding 3 places that offer snorkeling related services are displayed down below.

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

To learn more about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this extensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

Providenciales and the surrounding isles offers some of the best snorkeling opportunities in all of the Caribbean.  If you've never been snorkeling before, this is the spot where you'll get hooked; and if you are well-seasoned when it comes to exploring under the sea, this is sure to become one of your favorites.  

 

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