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Yellow goat fish on the barrier reef.

North and Middle Caicos Snorkelling

Our Opinion
The Snorkelling experience on North Caicos and Middle Caicos is highly dependent on the weather. When the ocean is calm, snorkelling at the sites listed below can be great. However, conditions at the sites near the barrier reef typically aren't optimal.
3 star rating for North and Middle Caicos Snorkelling by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
The Caicos Barrier Reef.

Located in the center of the Turks and Caicos, the large islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos are connected by a causeway. Due to the low levels of development and the extensive south side wetlands on the two islands, the only accessible beaches are found on the northern coasts.

Compared to Providenciales, the beach snorkeling on North Caicos and Middle Caicos comes up a bit short. Middle Caicos does offer some really excellent sites when the ocean conditions are flat and calm, but such conditions can be especially uncommon during the winter months. The only decent site on North Caicos is Three Marys Cays.

The water sports business options are limited on these two islands, but some quite beautiful and relatively sheltered reefs are located off the sparsely populated northeast end of Middle Caicos and can be accessed by boat.


Sea anemones on a coral head.

Unfortunately, the snorkeling gear sales and rental options on these two islands are quite limited. You may be able to find a basic mask and snorkel in one of the small gift or variety shops, but you won’t have many options to choose from.

We highly recommend bringing equipment with you. Several water sports stores on Providenciales offer great selections of masks, snorkels, fins and vests.


Below are the best locations for snorkeling from the beach on North Caicos and Middle Caicos.

Important Snorkeling Guidelines

  • Don’t touch or stand on anything. Coral is a living animal and you will likely kill or severely harm any part you contact.
  • Make sure not to brush anything with your flippers or gear.
  • Don’t take anything. This includes all shells, sand dollars, sea urchins, starfish and small pieces of coral.
  • Don’t heavily coat yourself with sun screen or other lotions before snorkeling.
  • Don’t follow closely or chase any sea life.
  • Don’t attempt to feed any sea life.
Flamingo tongue cowries on a yellow sea fan. It’s easy to miss many of the tiny and fascinating sea creatures if you don’t look carefully.