West Harbour Bluff (also known as Split Rock or Pirate's Cove) is a scenic coastal area at the southwest point of Providenciales. This area offers several interesting features, including a small peninsula with sea cliffs, an open faced cave, and about a mile of secluded beach. The West Harbour Bluff area is one of the more remote sections of Providenciales, and about a five mile drive from any developed part of the island.
The view from the top of the peninsula is quite impressive. To the north, the beaches and shallows of the Frenchman’s Creek Nature Reserve can be seen, and to the southwest, West Caicos. If you’re lucky, you may spot a shark in the water below, or find one of the 200 year-old inscriptions left in the rock by past shipwrecked sailors.
The West Harbour Bluff area is part of the Frenchman’s Creek Nature Reserve, which continues north along the coast of Providenciales for about three miles. For bird watchers, this region is frequented by Brown Pelicans, White Tailed Tropic Birds, Ospreys and Green Herons.
The West Harbour Bluff area of Providenciales is remote, so crime is a concern. See our article on Safety and Crime for more information.
Due to the limestone makeup of the location, holes and small caves abound. Beware as these are often hidden in the vegetation and can be deep.
To get to West Harbour Bluff, follow Millennium Highway from town for about three miles and then turn left on Tom Lightbourne Road (paved for about one mile). If you’re on the right road, you should get to West Harbour Bluff after six and a half miles. After a few miles, this road gets rough in places, so prepare to go slow. Be sure to bring plenty of drinking water with you when you visit the area, as it’s a long drive back out.
An alternative to driving to West Harbour Bluff is to get there by sea. A local tour operator offers a weekly scheduled boat excursion to West Harbour Bluff from central Providenciales.