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Liveaboard Diving in Turks & Caicos

Scattered throughout the Caribbean Sea, the sparsely populated islands of Turks & Caicos feature pleasant diving on protected and untouched reefs in crystalline waters.

Turks and Caicos Islands liveaboards

Turks & Caicos consists of 40 islands to the southeast of the Bahamas. Much of the country is uninhabited and protected, although some islands boast luxury diving resorts. However, the best dive sites in the Turks & Caicos can be spread over a considerable distance. Therefore, liveaboards are an excellent choice for scuba divers visiting the country. The Turks & Caicos Explorer II is a luxurious yacht traversing Caribbean waters. On this liveaboard, you’ll sail in style whether you choose one of the VIP staterooms, the main deck staterooms or the lower deck staterooms. The Aggressor Fleet also operates a boats in Turks & Caicos, namely the Turks & Caicos Aggressor II. This steel-hulled ship offers the reliability and convenience the Aggressor Fleet is known for. Either liveaboard will give you a holiday to remember in this Caribbean wonderland.

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Diving in Turks & Caicos

Quick facts

Often thought of as the little sister to the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos deserves its own spot on your scuba diving bucket list. As you drift along the islands’ walls, you’ll most likely encounter nurse sharks, turtles, dolphins, eagle rays, eels, Caribbean reef sharks, jacks, grouper and snapper. You might also be able to check off other pelagic species from your list, including hammerheads, tiger sharks, manta rays and, if you’re lucky, humpback whales. Turks & Caicos is home to a mix of underwater environments, but the very best sites are either barrier reefs or dramatic drop-offs. In many areas, you’ll drift dive past vertical and coral lined walls that drop off to infinity. Pelagic species may join you from time to time. At other locations, you might see beds of colorful soft corals which are part of a 14-mile barrier reef. Canyons, swim-throughs and small wrecks round out impressive liveaboard itineraries. Because many of the dive sites around Turks & Caicos are shallow reefs or walls with little to no current, all levels are welcome on liveaboards in the country. You’ll be required to show your Open Water certification card, but no further certification is necessary.


November to May

The best time to dive in the Turks & Caicos is from late November to May. From November to May, water temperatures average between 73-79°F (23-26°C) but during the summer months, your dive computer will read between 82-84°F (28-29°C). Like water temperature, visibility can vary from island to island. Because you’ll be diving from a liveaboard, you’ll experience the best visibility in this part of the world. Visibility at remote dive sites can reach up to 100 feet (30m) although more often you’ll have visibility between 50-65 feet (15-20m). Another great advantage to diving between November and May is that you might run into a humpback whale which migrate through the area from January to March. And you’ll find the best liveaboard deals during the low season in April and May. With that said, Turks & Caicos is great for diving year-round. However, from June until early November, hurricanes are a distinct possibility throughout the Caribbean Sea. While it is unlikely that your trip will be influenced by one of these massive storms, be sure to also buy trip insurance in the case that your liveaboard is canceled due to inclement weather. Finally, surface conditions during hurricane season and rainy season are likely to be at their worst. If you are prone to seasickness, it is recommended that you visit during dry season from November to May.

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How to Get to Turks & Caicos

Providenciales International Airport is the main port of entry for Turks & Caicos and is located on the island of Provo. Several international airlines operate in the area although direct flights are rare. Most liveaboards depart from the island of Provo, and many boats can arrange transfers to and from the airport for an additional fee. Popular ports include Turtle Cove Marina and Caicos Marina and Shipyard.

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