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Snorkelling on a Providenciales reef.

Providenciales Snorkelling Cruises

Our Opinion
A snorkeling boat trip typically offers a much better underwater experience than what a visit to one of the popular shore snorkeling sites does. Due to the diverse, sites, routes and boat captains, there is of course a large variance in snorkeling cruises. Snorkeling cruises offered by the dive companies typically visit the best sites. If conditions are windy, we recommend waiting for the weather to calm down if your stay allows for it.
5 star rating for Providenciales Snorkelling Cruises by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
Colourful reef fish off of Providenciales.

The Turks and Caicos offers miles of pristine barrier reefs and walls, and a snorkeling cruise can be an unforgettable way to experience them.

Snorkeling cruises operating from Grace Bay, The Bight and Turtle Cove typically visit the barrier reef and sites to the north and northeast of Providenciales. The travel times to these locations are usually between 10 and 30 minutes.

Snorkelling at the cliffs of West Caicos.

Excursion duration is usually either one third, half, or full day. One third and half day cruises typically include drinks and snacks, and full day, lunch.

Snorkelling cruises can be similar to Island Hopping and Beach BBQ Cruises (which typically offer snorkelling), but the difference is the greater emphasis on snorkelling vs. simply visiting secluded beaches.

Tours will vary in locations and overall experience. Dive companies tend to offer better dedicated snorkeling cruises, with excursions south to West Caicos and the Caicos Banks usually offering the most to see.

Snorkel gear is almost always provided free of charge, but may be a bit lacking in quality on the multi-attraction boat cruises. Bring your own gear if you have it.

Coral, fish and anemones at West Caicos.

Advantages of Snorkeling Cruise over Snorkeling from the Shore

When compared to the shore snorkeling spots in the Bight and Grace Bay, a good boat excursion should offer better visibility, more impressive coral and geological formations, and a greater chances of seeing the larger sea animals such as sharks, dolphins, eagle rays.

If you just want to see colorful reef fish, small sea creatures and a few stingrays and sea turtles, the free to access Smith's Reef and The Bight Reef are probably the better choice.

One thing to keep in mind is that your snorkeling cruise experience is largely dependent on where you go, ocean conditions, and your captain. Some cruises only stop at sites that are the same sites that you can access from the beach.

Local Businesses

Big Blue Unlimited
As an eco-adventure company, snorkelling has always been one of the main focuses of Big Blue. There are several unique excursions to choose from, including our famous Edge of the Banks snorkelling safari, boat trips out to the Caicos barrier reef, and kayak-snorkel tours.
Caicos Catalyst
Full-day and half day snorkelling cruises are offered.
Talbot's Adventures
With decades of local knowledge, Talbot’s Adventures specializes in Turks and Caicos fishing charters, boating excursions, tours and water sports with a commitment to conservation.
Dive Provo
Dive Provo offers two dedicated snorkelling trips. The half day south side excursion visit the reefs of West Caicos, French Cay and Molasses Reef and is an excellent choice for avid adventurer. The three hour northern barrier reef tour visits two site off either Grace Bay or Little Water Cay.
Island Vibes
Visit the popular Grace Bay and Caicos Cays snorkelling sites on the Island Vibes half day tour. Complimentary use of snorkel gear, drinks, snacks, and pick up and drop off. Children are half price!
Reef Peepers
Reef Peepers has the local knowledge and years of experience to take you on the trip of a lifetime. They have four boats to serve you: a 40-foot power catamaran, the glass-bottom Reef Peeper, and a 48-foot sailing catamaran, and finally the elegant Island Magic. Snorkelling cruises, sailing adventures, beach BBQs, and more are all on offer.
Sail Provo
Sail Provo offers a four hour tour of snorkelling sites along the barrier reef off the north coast of Providenciales.
The Atabeyra
Take a four and a half hour snorkelling and beach cruise along the Caicos barrier reef. Snorkel equipment and refreshments included.