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 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'd like to explore below the water's surface you might want to visit 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 snorkeling spot 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 site 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 place 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 want to check it out, you'll find this site found in the central part of Providenciales.

Davy Bight Beach is a fifth option 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.

Details concerning 8 of the most popular locations where you can experience snorkeling in this area are listed here:

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

Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you'd like to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you might want to check with Silly Creek Water Sports. The featured vessel is a 23.5' Seadoo with a bimini top. They have skis, wakeboards, snorkel gear and a tube on board.

Another option to investigate 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. They're located in Grace Bay, Providenciales.

Still another option is Kenard Cruises. With Kenard Cruises, you can book a full or half day charter, and even sign up for their dinner cruise. The full day sail includes snorkeling and goes as far out as either North Caicos or Parrot Cay.

Some details with regard to boat operators that provide snorkeling are displayed directly below.

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Providenciales
Name Phone Location
Barefoot Custom Charters (649) 232-7447 1.2 mi. East of Central Grace Bay
Caicos Dream Tours (649) 231-7274 1.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay
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 excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to contact 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 are situated in None, Providenciales.

A second company 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 place to consider 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. They're found in the eastern part of Providenciales.

View the chart below for a listing of 3 companies that offer services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services On Providenciales
Name Type Phone Location Island
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 2.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Reef Peepers Snorkeling Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (649) 941-8605 3.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Blue Hills

For more information concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" read our detailed 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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