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Scuba Diving Turks and Caicos

Including Grand Turk, South Caicos, West Caicos, Providenciales, and Salt Cay

Diving Turks and Caicos articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving Turks and Caicos Overview

This island group, south of the Bahamas and north of the Virgins, features awesome walls and clear water. Provo, the glitzy island, has spectacular beaches, but it's an hour's boat ride to the better diving of South or West Caicos. Grand Turk is a funky, laid-back island that has a wall right offshore and occasional fishy surprises. Salt Cay has pretty diving and the boats visit Grand Turk’s wall. Bring a long-sleeved shirt during the winter; it can get cool in the evenings. The flight to Provo from Miami is a little over an hour. In September 2007, Hurricane Ike damaged more than 80 percent of the structures on both Grand Turk and Salt Caye and no reports here were divers visiting after the Ike.

Turks and Caicos Seasonal Dive Planner

During the rainy season, June through November, average monthly rainfall averages about 2.5 inches a month. The dry season runs from January to May, and the monthly average drops to about 1 inch. Winter temperatures can drop to 60° but average about 77°. Bring a jacket for evenings. I've been diving here in the winter when the wind was kicking up and it felt chilly. Northers can disrupt the diving periodically. Summer brings temperatures back up into the 90s. Water temperatures range from a low of 71° in winter to a high in the low 80s during summer.

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Diving Turks and Caicos Feature Articles and Reader Reports

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Turks and Caicos Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II Review [same] [N/A] John Miller 2016/09
Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II Review [same] [N/A] David Gere 2015/12
Turks & Caicos Aggressor II Review [same] [N/A] Bill Martin 2016/07
Dive Provo Review Royal West Indies [N/A] Manuel Campano 2016/08
Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II Review [same] West Caicos&French Cay Phil Hampton 2016/07
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Diving Turks and Caicos Articles - Land Based

Dolphins in Grand Turk Home Swimming Pools?, 7/16
Gnomes Below?, 10/13

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Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica, plus advice about Mabul diving and your passport pages, 10/11
Kiribati, Yeah; Kri, Nay, important updates for dive travelers, 5/06
Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, Unspoiled for another month, 1/06
Thumbs Down, 2/05
Old Providence, The Caribbean, the most prolific fish in the hemisphere, 3/03
South Caicos Ocean Haven, a return to yesteryear, 5/01
Provo Off the Beaten Path, Flamingo Divers leaves Grace Bay behind, 8/00
Diving the Wild West Caicos, going the extra distance with Fifi, 9/99
Turks & Caicos Hideaway, Languid Salt Cay is my kind of place., 7/98
The Grand Turk of the Turks & Caicos, Caribbean charm of yesterday, 6/98
Trouble in the Turks & Caicos, Divers complain of overcharges and underservice, 6/97
Club Carib, South Caicos, Diving on the edge beyond the big-name resorts, 1/97

Diving Turks and Caicos Articles - Liveaboards

Turks and Caicos Explorer II, great boat, great food, but degraded reefs, 6/16
Whats Going on with the Aggressor Fleet?, $500 vouchers may not be enough to quiet complaints, 8/15
Turks & Caicos Explorer II, Plenty of fish - - and mysterious gnomes, 10/13

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Turks & Caicos Explorer II, the best of the Caribbean, 8/06
Dancing in a Sea of Diversity, Aboard the Sea Dancer in the Turks & Caicos, 8/97

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Turks and Caicos
Including Grand Turk, South Caicos, West Caicos, Providenciales, and Salt Cay

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.

Coral Reefs of the Caribbean A Guide to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean
by Mark Spalding

This book doubles as a guide to the natural history of the coral reefs and a diver's travel guide. In addition to providing information about some of the most popular diving and snorkeling, it also offers practical suggestions to divers who want to protect these sites. Author Mark Spalding, a coral reef scientist who has worked on coral reefs in over thirty countries, delves into the eco-problems with a focus on what each person can do to protect the reefs. The guide section covers 35 dive destinations with key information on the reefs, marine parks, remote places, and unusual species as well as excellent maps and a photographic field guide of the marine flora and fauna.
Order Now at a reduced price of only $16.47.

Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida. Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach

Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.

Click here to buy it at Amazon via our website -- our profits go to save the reefs.

World Atlas of Coral Reefs
by Mark D. Spalding, Corinna Ravilious, Edmund P. Green, United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center.

If there is one book that belongs in every traveling diver's library, this is it. The superb World Atlas of Coral Reefs has everything you want to know about the reefs from Costa Rica and Cuba to the Coral Sea and Cayman. The information is specific and up to date. The photos, maps and layout superb. And the price, for this 424 page, full color, hard bound volume, is a steal at $31.50

The Atlas was released in September by the United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center to document and conserve the world's coral reefs. Clearly written with divers in mind, it's an invaluable resource for global travelers. Here's what you'll find.

  • 94 maps, including global maps of biodiversity and reef stresses, regional maps showing 3-D bathymetry and high resolution maps showing reefs, mangroves, population centers, dive centers and protected areas.
  • 280 color photographs, showing reefs, wildlife, people and places, Including 84 photographs taken from space by Shuttle astronauts.
  • Text explaining the formation, structure and ecology of coral reefs; their various uses and abuses at the hands of humans; and the techniques used in coral reef mapping.
  • Detailed texts describing the distribution and status of coral reefs in every country.
  • Data tables listing information on biodiversity, human use, and protected areas. These include statistics on coral reef area, biodiversity, fish consumption, and threats.

For example, you can learn about pollution damage to the reefs at Providenciales and the lack of human impact, as well. Or, where extensive bleaching took place in Honduras 1998. You'll read that Milne Bay in Papua New Guineas has the most extensive reef system in that country and where, in Fiji, the bumphead parrotfish and tridachna clams will not be found, thanks to overfishing. Order now.

Reef Fish ID Reef Creature ID Reef Coral ID

The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach

The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. You'll get the best prices has to offer, speedy delivery, and the knowledge that a large hunk of our profit will go to preserve coral reefs.

* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)

You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.

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