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

Deane's Dock

Victoria Street, Balfour Town, Salt Cay
The concrete breakwater at Deane's Dock, Salt Cay.

Found at Balfour Town on Salt Cay, this small harbour is the only port and marina on the island.

This harbour 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 centre of activity on the tiny island.

Although not quite as vibrant as some of the actual reefs in the region, the snorkelling 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.


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.

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.

General information for the Balfour Town area

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.