The Bohio Dive Resort is a small yet full-featured resort and water sports operator on the quiet Pillory Beach on Grand Turk. As the name suggests, the complex has a heavy emphasis on scuba diving, yet non-divers will appreciate the great beach, comfortable amenities and water sports.
The resort compex features 16 rooms, two restaurants, a swimming pool, and a great laid-back ambiance.
Grand Turk is home to some incredible reefs, and before the advent of the cruise port diving was the main tourism drive on the island.
All of the main islands in the Turks and Caicos offer a unique underwater aspect, and Grand Turk’s feature is the ease of access of many dive sites. It’s possible to jump on a boat and be at a great reef in just minutes.
Bohio Dive Resort offers several great perks and amenities for divers. As a PADI certified dive shop, there are onsite professional dive instructors, the full range of rental gear, and a great selection of dive training courses.
There’s options whether you’re just beginning, looking to polish your underwater skills, or want to advance with a specialty course. Choose from Discover Scuba Diving (DSD), Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Nitrox, navigation, and more.
As a full-service dive shop, the resort also has the vessels and knowledgeable staff to be able to provide boat and snorkelling tours, which are available to both guests staying at the resort as well as cruise ship guests.
Although Grand Turk hides some spectacular reefs, most sites are too far off to be suitable for shore snorkelling. Boat trips are a great way to visit the shallow snorkelling sites that are scattered around the Turks Islands.
Another great attraction is Gibbs Cay, a tiny uninhabited island that’s a haven for southern brown stingrays. The stingrays flock to meet the boats that land on the island’s small beach, which creates a great opportunity to watch and photograph these interesting marine animals.
During the winter months, the majestic humpback whale makes its appearance. Due to their location near the deep Columbus Passage that separates the Turks Islands from the Caicos Islands, whales are naturally funnelled near Grand Turk and Salt Cay. Combined with the warm and clear ocean water that surrounds our islands, whale watching is excellent from Grand Turk. It’s also often possible to snorkel with the whales – a truly unforgettable experience.
There are two eateries at the Bohio Dive Reosrt; the Guanahani Restaurant with a refined atmosphere, and the causal Ike and Donkey Beach Bar.
There’s live music several days per week as well.
The Bohio Dive Resort features 16 rooms. 8 are standard rooms with 2 queen beds each, and 8 have single king beds. 4 of the king rooms also feature kitchenettes.
All rooms include air conditioning, private balcony, WiFi, TV, and refrigerator.
The resort also features a fresh water swimming pool. Bicycles are available for rent, and are an ideal way to explore the nearby oceanfront Cockburn Town.
The resort is perfectly situated on the best section of Pillory Beach, which offers a clean sandy ocean floor near the beach, and snorkelling reefs farther out.
Pillory Beach and much of the west coast of Grand Turk is part of the Columbus Landfall National Park.
To obtain the best rates, it’s advisable to research prices online (so you’ll have knowledge of the published rates), and then contact the local resort directly for their offer. The local accommodation can save significant amounts by not having to pay third-party booking commissions, and they’re often happy to pass some of the savings back to you.
A 12% government tax is applicable on accommodation rates. There are no other government-sanctioned taxes.
All international flights to the Turks and Caicos land at the Providenciales International Airport on the island of Providenciales. Providenciales supports the majority of development in the Turks and Caicos, and is home to the famous Grace Bay Beach.
To get to Grand Turk, it’s necessary to take a domestic flight from Providenciales to the Grand Turk JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT). Bohio Dive Resort is typically able to handle local flight reservations, which makes the transfer a bit easier. Contact the resort when booking for details.
At only six miles (9.7km) across on its longest dimension, Grand Turk is a very small island. Most guests won’t require a rental car as the island’s main settlement of Cockburn Town is only a ten minute walk from the resort.
If you’re looking to explore a bit farther, cars, golf carts and scooters are all great ways to get around.
In addition to the typical nightly rates, the Bohio Dive Resort also offers all-inclusive packages for both divers and non-divers. These deals include accommodation, breakfast and lunch, transport from Providenciales to Grand Turk, and airport transport.
Dive packages include 10 dives (5 days of two tank morning diving), with the possibility of additional dives at extra cost.
Found to the north of Cockburn Town, Pillory Beach continues up the coast two miles (3.2km) towards the Lighthouse and North Reef. The water here tends to be shallow and not great for swimming, but it’s one of the better spots for snorkeling from shore on Grand Turk.