Deane's Dock as seen from Little Bluff Lookout Deane's Dock and Balfour Town as seen from Little Bluff Lookout, Salt Cay.
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Deane's Dock Victoria Street, Balfour Town, Salt Cay

the breakwater at Deane's Dock on Salt Cay
The concrete breakwater at Deane's Dock, Salt Cay.

Caution: Be extremely careful when walking on the concrete breakwater as certain sections may become slippery due to standing water and algae. Some parts have broken concrete with structural rebar showing.

Found at Balfour Town on Salt Cay, this small harbor is the only port and marina on the island. Typically, this harbor is very quiet. However, when the ferry arrives from Grand Turk, it becomes a bit livelier.

This harbor is located on the typically sheltered western (leeward) side of Salt Cay. A concrete pier and breakwater wraps around much of Deane’s Dock and provides protection from the ocean swells.

Along with the Salt Cay Community Ferry, Deane’s Dock is also the headquarters of Salt Cay Divers and several local fishing boats. It is the center of activity on the tiny island. Coral Reef Bar and Grill fronts the small beach inside the marina.

Although not quite as vibrant as some of the actual reefs in the region, the snorkeling off the pier is sheltered and interesting.

Yachts and Cruising

If you’re interested in cruising the Turks and Caicos Islands and waters around Salt Cay, check out Getting to the Turks and Caicos by Yacht.

The ocean off the west coast of Salt Cay near Deane’s Dock is the best location near the island to anchor due to its typically sheltered conditions from the constant eastern trade winds. Another popular site is the leeward of Big Sand Cay, an uninhabited yet breathtakingly beautiful little cay.

Fuel can be expansive and limited on Salt Cay, so if you’re cruising in the archipelago, consider refuelling on Providenciales, Grand Turk, or South Caicos. Providenciales offers the greatest selection of marinas and services, including maintenance, repairs, and catering. There are also several marine and fishing shops as well.

There is no port-of-entry on Salt Cay. After entering the Turks and Caicos, it’s a requirement to promptly visit at a port-of-entry to clear customs and immigration. Travel into Deane’s Dock is straight forward, yet there isn’t great room for error. We advise that all but the smallest vessels moor outside the harbor confines.

History

1700s cannon at Deane's Dock, Salt Cay
A cannon from the HMS Endymion wreck stands guard over Deane's Dock.

Deane’s Dock is one of the oldest points of development in the Turks and Caicos, with the location having played an important role in sea salt production for hundreds of years.

In 1896, the current design and construction of the site (including the breakwater pier) was completed.

Over the years, Deane’s Dock naturally decayed and received serious damage from Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Long overdue, the site saw refurbishment in 2010, and again after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

The site is named after Victorian-era salt producer James Deane, or possibly a descendent of his, as several namesake public servants, namely a police constable and a teacher, were also on Salt Cay around the period of the harbor’s construction.

A small cannon salvaged from the HMS Endymion wreck can be seen on the southwestern side of the harbor.

Map & Location

Deane’s Dock is located on the north-western side of Balfour Town, at the junction of the beachfront Victoria Street and Airport Road, the two largest roads on the island.

Located in Balfour Town

The small settlement of Balfour Town is found on the northwest coast of Salt Cay. Many of the island’s essential infrastructure and businesses are found here including the airport and the main port of Deane’s Dock. More about Balfour Town →