Surrounded by the third-largest coral reef in the world, Grand Turk is home to some of the most amazing dive sites in the Caribbean. Our world-renowned wall drops down to over 7000’ and is located just 1000’ off shore, making many of our guests’ best Turks and Caicos diving experiences just a short 10-minute boat ride. Most of the marine activity is along the upper part of the wall face, around the crest of the wall, and the reef top immediately behind the crest.
Just a few of the many dive sites you can look forward to experiencing are:
Soft white sands and large coral heads await upon first descending at Amphitheater. An easy 100’ swim to the wall and a slight turn west leads divers to a huge bowl with three sloping sides – the Amphitheater. Blue parrotfish are abundant in this area and the queen triggerfish is often seen munching on sea urchins or warding off wrasses and snappers.
Located towards the north-end of the island, The Aquarium is often one of divers favorite Grand Turk dive sites. The reef ridges rise and fall sharply, creating several sand canyons below. Boulder star coral, sea rods, brain coral, and sponges are abundant here and in particularly good health. It is common to see large Nassau groupers, longspine squirrelfish, black durgon, and green turtles in the area.
Normally found at much deeper depths, black coral is found in abundance here, due to the shadow created by the overhanging reef. Bushy black coral, feathery black coral, long curly wire coral, and black coral trees create an interestingly beautiful and tranquil Caribbean dive site. Large parrotfish and sand tilefish call Black Forest home and it is often the only site to view the Graysby grouper.
A cliff-like drop into the ocean abyss is what gives Coral Canyon its name. A gradual decline on the upper reef ridge suddenly drops to more than 150’ and spectacular views. Hard and soft corals provide a safe haven to the octopus and eel that teem below.
A 30’ deep top sandy reef gives way to wide shelf that is nearly 100’ deep. Rugged coral formations and a variety of sponges abound on this dive site, from plate and brain coral to barrel sponges and the cerulean-colored tube sponge. A variety of Caribbean fish call this Grand Turk dive site home and scrawled filefish and Spanish hogfish are often found here.
Just like the hamburger chain, Grand Turk’s McDonalds is known for its magnificent arches and is often cited as one of visitors’ favorite Caribbean dive sites. The arch is several feet wide, which allows divers room to move around and explore the bright coral and sponges located throughout. Schools of grouper and parrotfish stop by the nearby cleaning station to allow cleaner shrimp and smaller fish to remove dead skin and parasites. Green moray eels and eagle rays are also often sighted in the area.
This Turks and Caicos dive site begins with fascinating spur and groove formations on top of the reef that eventually shift into easy sloping waves. There are three swim-throughs along the site and while they can be difficult to find, they are worth the effort. Sea fans and coral heads surround the openings and oftentimes crabs, lobsters, or other crustaceans are found hiding in the crevices of the tunnels.
Two irresistible swim-throughs formed by arching coral await divers at Tunnels. Light peering in from the openings allows divers too peek into the nooks and crannies inside the tunnels. Butterflyfish and angelfish abound this site and in the summertime, it is an excellent spot for manta ray encounters.