This page refers to the lagoon and national park. For the residential region, see Chalk Sound.
Chalk Sound is a scenic natural lagoon on the southwest of Providenciales that has the unique feature of having hundreds of small rocky islands in shallow brilliant turquoise water.
Although the sound is nearly landlocked, the water here is clean and algae free.
Because of its status as a National Park, powered watercraft use is not allowed in Chalk Sound. At this time, the main attraction for most visitors is sightseeing by road on the southern side.
Nearly all of the islands with a decent amount of vegetation have Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas. These large lizards eke out an existence by foraging for fruits, plants, prickly pear cactuses and the occasional insect. Unlike the iguanas found on the other islands in the country which dig burrows in the sand, the iguanas on the Chalk Sound islands make their homes by cleaning out the existing holes and crevices in the rock.
Bonefish and barracudas are common in the water, and stingrays and small lemon sharks can occasionally be sighted. Bird life isn’t as abundant here as at some of the other wetland areas in the country, but the far western side of the lagoon at times can have large numbers gulls and terns, and some herons.
Unfortunately, no provisions have been made for designated scenic overlooks, public parking, or launching areas for kayaks in Chalk Sound, so it can be difficult to really appreciate the area. Over the years, uncoordinated development and clear cut bulldozing of lots has also greatly diminished the natural beauty of Chalk Sound.
Although not part of the national park, the scenic Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay beaches are considered to be part of the Chalk Sound area and are defiantly worth a visit. Both of these beaches offer shallow calm water, and can be a great choice when visiting with children.
To get to Sapodilla Bay Beach, take the first left after turning on to Chalk Sound Drive from South Dock Road. This road is unpaved and will be found about 100 feet down Chalk Sound Drive. Taylor Bay Beach is accessed off of Ocean Point Drive.
On calm days Chalk Sound is one of the finest areas for the paddle watersports, but the area is exposed to the regular tradewinds blowing from the east. This causes choppy conditions at times, and can possibly make for a tiring return journey if you initially head downwind. It’s often most pleasant to begin your journey into the wind, so you don’t have to fight it back.
If you are taking your kayak or SUP board to Chalk Sound by car, one of the best launch spots can be found by following Chalk Sound Drive for about three miles, turning right on to Oleander Circle and continuing until you reach the water. Although the coast here is rocky, this location is near the largest group of small islands in Chalk Sound, along with an underwater cave system.
When launching and moving between the small islands, beware of the razor sharp limestone formations at the waters edge as they can easily cause lacerations or damage your watercraft.
If you are visiting and would like to kayak in Chalk Sound, a few options are available. Las Brisas Restaurant (part of Neptune Villas) is the only business located in Chalk Sound offering kayak rentals, with rates by the hour. Reservations recommended. Most of the vacation villas on the water in Chalk Sound offer complimentary kayak use for guests. If you would prefer to have a guided tour, arrangements can be made through local eco tour business Big Blue Unlimited.
Chalk Sound is a National Park and a protected area. These guidelines should be followed:
There are two things to be aware of if you venture into the vegetation around Chalk Sound or on the small islands.
Due to the limestone makeup of the area, there are countless small holes and sharp rock formations in the area. Care should be taken to avoid injury.
The Coral Sumac, also known as Poisonwood, is a poisonous tree that’s very common in the coastal vegetation found around Chalk Sound. Touching this plant can cause rashes, and any contact with the sap of this tree will result in serious blisters and skin issues.