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The pretty island of Providenciales or Provo is known for its excellent scuba diving and natural beauty.
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Providenciales or Provo is one of the best and most popular dive destinations in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This well developed 25 miles long island has an international airport, all sorts of accommodations, a shopping center and many other tourist facilities. However, it is still possible to find deserted stretches of some of the whitest beaches you have ever seen. The southwest is home to the Pigeon Pond and Frenchman's Creek Nature Reserve, a great and protected natural park known for its birdlife and remoteness. In the east you will find several cays such as Little Water Cay, Donna Cay, Mangrove Cay, Water Cay and Pine Cay, before crossing over towards middle Caicos. Pine Cay offers fresh water lakes and some of the best beaches in the Turks and Caicos islands.
The most touristic bay is Grace Bay with its fine resorts and bungalows. You can visit Princess Alexandra Marine Park and Turtle Cove. The south shore is more quiet offering beautiful locations such as Long Bay, Discovery Bay, Juba Point, Copper Jack and Turtle Tail. Its turquoise colored ocean, the Caicos Bank, consists out of tidal flats and swamps, great places to search for conch and lobster. There even is a conch farm worth visiting. Archeologists and historians would like the remains of some ancient buildings near Sapodilla Bay and the ruins of the Richmond Hill and Cheshire Hall Plantations.
Diving is best in the north near Grace Bay and Pine Cay, where you can find a long and abundant coral barrier reef. Another popular dive area are the drop-offs near Northwest Point going southwards towards West Caicos. A popular dive site is the Hole in the Wall on Provo's western side, a wicked narrow chimney and spectacular drop-off.
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The Pristine Reefs of the Turks and Caicos Islands
An island vacation in the Turks and Caicos is not complete without experiencing the magic of some of the world’s premier undersea formations. Created across thousands of years, the reef systems flourish in the turquoise Caribbean waters surrounding the islands. With the sun shining down on the crystal clear waters, fish are illuminated and reflective scales glitter.
The Turks and Caicos Scuba diving scene is rich in color and warm in temperature, compelling reasons for island vacationers to experience this teeming marine life community.
These reefs are home to thousands of unique fish of the Caribbean, and the ever-popular pre-historic Hawksbill Turtles. In addition to the rainbow of fish species, Divers can expect to see an array of marine life, including dolphins, eels, sharks, whales, and eagle rays.
Top Dive Sites of the TCI
Black Coral Forest, Elephant Ear Canyon, West Sand Spit, and Driveway are top coral reef destinations. Highly recommended in a trip to the TCI is a scuba diving excursion, though vacationers can also enjoy exploring the undersea world by snorkeling in the more shallow areas of these amazing reefs off Providenciales, Grand Turk, and the smaller isles and cays.
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