Walls & Walls, West Caicos:
This uninhabited island boasts 10 kilometres/six miles of protected walls, plunging to a depth of 1,800 metres/6,000 feet. Look for sponges, coral
formations, grouper, reef fish, turtles, and stingrays, as well as the occasional sighting of reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, manta rays, and hammerheads.
This channel opens onto the outer West Reef, making for a combination of reef life (including octopus, lobster, large nassau grouper, and jewfish) and
pelagic visitors. Look for giant stingrays, eagle rays, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, and manta rays.
Noted for numerous eagle rays and reef sharks, this site also boasts sea fans and abundant coral of many species.
Famous for its giant barrel sponges and elkhorn corals, this site also offers a chance to spot eagle rays, sharks, and other pelagic swimmers. This dive is
best attempted during the winter (February and March), as tradewinds during the rest of the year render diving conditions unfavorable.
Though it used to serve as a hide-away for pirates, this area is now a sanctuary for seabirds instead. Corals and sponges grow especially large here, and
divers regularly spot eagle rays, manta rays, or hammerhead sharks. During the months of January through March, sightings of humpback whales are common.
Nurse sharks also visit the site regularly during their mating season (July through September).
A vertical wall contoured with coral formations and canyons, this site features giant barrel sponges, sea fans, nassau groupers, eagle rays, and
occasionally a larger shark.
West Sand Spits:
This location is another hot spot during the whale season (January through March), but should only be attempted with calm seas. While waiting for whales,
divers can enjoy lush corals, large stingrays and pelagic fish, and multicolored reef fish.
Grace Bay and Pine Cay:
This grouping of close dive sites in the Alexandra National Park is conveniently clustered for a multi-dive day (or day-and-night). Enjoy pristine reefs,
grouper, lobster, turtles, reef sharks and nurse sharks. This is also a prime site for night diving to view nocturnal life.
At the interface between the islands’ shallow reefs and the abyss of the Turks Island Passage stand incredible walls, accessible year-round, with a
proliferation of corals, sponges, reef fish and pelagic swimmers. This area is most famous for the humpback whales migratory path to Dominican breeding
grounds during winter months.