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Humpback whales in the Turks Islands Passage.

Grand Turk Whale Watching

Activity Information
Seasonal
Our Opinion
Although Grand Turk isn’t quite as great a spot for whale watching as Salt Cay is, sightings are regular in the winter months. Often a possibility on a whale watching cruise, a snorkeling encounters will be an unforgettable experience.
4 star rating for Grand Turk Whale Watching by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands

Although you might not initially expect it, Grand Turk (and the nearby island of Salt Cay) offers great humpback whale watching during the January to April winter months.

Humpback whale breaching off Grand Turk. Photo by Kaieri Photography.

Every year, humpback whales migrate from the northern Atlantic to the warmer northern Caribbean waters to give birth and to mate.

The Turks and Caicos Islands are situated on an underwater plateau rises 11,000 feet (3,350 meters) from the surrounding ocean floor. Much of this extensive subterranean shelf is relatively shallow, but a deep channel splits this plateau and separates the Turks Islands from the Caicos Islands. Whales are funnelled through this passage and consequently migrate quite close to Grand Turk.

Whale Watching Tours

Quite a few local businesses offer whale watching tours. Most of these trips are afternoon excursions, but custom tours can easily be arranged.

Although not guaranteed, it’s possible that you’ll get the opportunity to snorkel with the whales, and we highly recommend that you take advantage of the chance if possible.

Guidelines

  • Humpback whales are wild animals and thus may be unpredictable. Do not chase or closely approach whales.
  • Wear snorkelling vests when in the water.
  • As should be the practice with all animals, do not harass or disturb the whales.

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