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The unfinished Mandarin Oriental project on Dellis Cay.

Dellis Cay

The beach at Dellis Cay.

Dellis Cay is a 560 acre (2.3 sq km) island located in the string of cays between Providenciales and North Caicos. This cay is currently uninhabited without any hotels or residents.

Unfortunately, the island is marred by unfinished structures on its western beach. This uncompleted resort scheme was part of the 2008 luxury Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay Project and the future of development on the island is unsure. It's unclear when construction will resume.

The unfinished Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay Project.

A beautiful beach wraps around the northwest point of this cay, and Dellis Cay has had the reputation of best beach in the country for seashell beachcombing.

The cay was named in the late 1800s after Greek sea sponge harvester John Dellis.

Terrain and Geography

The terrain of Dellis Cay consists mainly of low-elevation sandy soil and low marine sedimentary stone bluffs. Medium-density salt-resistant coastal vegetation covers all of the solid ground that wasn’t bulldozed by the resort project.

As is the case with many of the islands in the area, the entire southern side of Dellis Cay consists of wetlands. Much of the wetlands are marine mangrove, but some of the interior ponds are brackish, which is an unusual environment in the Turks and Caicos.

Narrow channels separate Dellis Cay from Parrot Cay and Fort George Cay.