Like most of the dive sites in the Turks and Caicos, Grand Turk diving is mainly characterized by wall sites. The transitions from the typical shallow sandy bottoms (usually 40-50ft or 12-15m) to the very deep water differ, with some sites offering sheer drops and others, shelves or a more gradual edge. Reef architecture is amazing, featuring canyons, arches, sand chutes, overhangs and swim-throughs. Sharks, rays, turtles, reef fish and vibrant coral are abundant.
Grand Turk is a convenient place for diving. Nearly all of the popular dive sites are located close off the west coast of Grand Turk in the Columbus Landfall National Park, which includes the beach and waters fronting the Grand Turk Cruise Center and the country’s capital of Cockburn Town. Most of the accommodations and dive operators are located on the beach in the Cockburn Town area and it’s often only a couple minute boat ride out to the common dive sites.
For a diving dedicated vacation, one of the packages offered by a local dive operator will be the most economical way to get in a lot of dives. For the best price, we recommend contacting the business directly.
The main Grand Turk dive companies all offer the full range of recreation dive gear for rent, but quantities may be limited on days when a cruise ship is in port. PADI certified courses up to Advanced Open Water Diver are available. See Learning to Scuba Dive.
Dive excursions offered through the cruise lines are convenient as they’re easy to arrange and depart from the cruise center, but groups are large and dive boats can get crowded.
If you’d rather dive in a smaller group, consider contacting one of Grand Turk’s dive operators on your own. Most companies provide complimentary shuttle service from the cruise center.
If you are a beginner diver (or you don't have much experience), find out what the ratio of divers to divermasters will be. PADI typically recommends a ratio of 8:1 (8 divers to 1 divemaster).