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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.

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.

Advantages of Snorkeling Cruise over Snorkeling from the Shore

Snorkelling at the cliffs of West Caicos.

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.

Private Snorkelling Charters

If you’re looking for a bit more tranquillity, a private charter can be the perfect choice. On such an excursion, you’ll be able to spend the day how you’d like, and not according to someone else’s schedule.

Coral, fish and anemones at West Caicos.

A custom charter also opens the possibility of visiting cays and locations that are a bit too far out for common cruises. An example is the southwest side of West Caicos and the West Caicos Marine National Park. This exquisite coastline features some of the best underwater visibility around, cliff jumping sites, and even the Victorian-era ruins of Yankee Town to explore. This coast is renowned for its beautiful scuba diving sites, and the marine cliff here, where the ocean depth abruptly drops from 50 feet (15m) into the thousands, is one of the finest wall diving locations in the region.

French Cay is another interesting location. This tiny round island is a single speck of ground on the remote southern Caicos Banks. Designated a wildlife sanctuary, the birdlife here is vibrant, and the waters around the cay are teeming with conch, shells, stingrays and nurse sharks.

A private tour can also make sense for larger families and groups, as the per-person rates will be comparable to the shared and regularly-scheduled trips.

Humpback Whale Watching

During the winter months, there’s an opportunity for an amazing and unforgettable experience – snorkelling with migrating humpback whales.

Due to the greater distance to the feasible whale watching locations as well as the unpredictability of sightings, booking a private boat tour is the only option for this activity.

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.
The Atabeyra
Take a four and a half hour snorkelling and beach cruise along the Caicos barrier reef. Snorkel equipment and refreshments included.
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.
Sail Provo
Sail Provo offers a four hour tour of snorkelling sites along the barrier reef off the north coast of Providenciales.
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.
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!
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.
Caicos Catalyst
Full-day and half day snorkelling cruises are offered.