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.
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.
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.
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.