The Turks and Caicos Islands lie southeast of the Bahamas, about 575 miles south of Miami and the USA mainland. While the islands are famous for their white sand beaches and Caribbean luxury resorts, TCI is also a prime (and some would say, undiscovered) snorkelling destination.
The island of Providenciales, in Turks and Caicos, is surrounded by many reefs easily accessible right from the beach.
Here are just a few of the coral reefs that are near the Somerset:
Turks and Caicos Barrier Reef
A barrier reef protects the north, Leeward coast of Providenciales. The deep blue ocean on the north side of the reef is over a thousand feet deep,and features an incredible wall suitable for exploration by experienced scuba divers.
The turquoise side is about ten to twenty feet deep with numerous coral heads rising to within inches of the water’s surface.
Bight Reef (aka Coral Gardens)
Also known as White House Reef or Coral Gardens Reef, Bight Reef is one of the most popular snorkeling site on Providenciales and is a busy, active place. The reef can be accessed right from the beach, making it a great spot to bring children.
Smith’s Reef is really several reefs located near Turtle Cove, a resort area near Provo and the airport. This reef is a little harder to find, which means it will be less busy than Bight Reef, but Smith’s Reef is also harder to find.