Jellyfish off of Salt Cay.
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Salt Cay Snorkelling

Activity Information
Do Not Take Shells or Coral
Do Not Touch Fish or Coral
Our Opinion
You’ll definitely want to try snorkeling during your stay on Salt Cay. The beach and shore sites we list here are good, but a proper snorkeling boat cruise can be amazing when the conditions are good.
5 star rating for Salt Cay Snorkelling by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
Flamingo Tongue cowrie on a purple sea fan.

Visibility around Salt Cay tends to be good, especially when compared to the typical conditions at the popular beach snorkeling spots on Providenciales. However, the size and scope of the reefs and coral easily accessible from shore tend to be a bit more limited and if you're certified, scuba diving is a better choice.

There is no single best location for beach snorkeling on Salt Cay. The west end of North Bay (North West Point) has vibrant coral and sea life, but ocean conditions aren’t always optimal. The ocean off of Deane's Dock and Balfour Town Beach is typically calm, yet the area isn't quite as colorful. See the locations section below for more information.

Snorkeling Boat Cruises

Chub fish at a shallow reef.

A snorkeling boat excursion will allow for access to some of the excellent pristine and extensive reefs found offshore and near adjacent cays. During approximately January through April, it's possible to see and snorkel with migrating humpback whales.

Salt Cay Divers is the only business on the island that offers boat trips.

Equipment Rentals and Sales

Salt Cay Divers rents snorkeling equipment, and some accommodations offer complimentary gear usage.

Sales are limited to a few mask sets available at Splash Boutique in Balfour Town. If you’d like to purchase snorkel gear, due to the very small selection of equipment on Salt Cay we recommend that you do so at a dive shop before you arrive on Salt Cay, either on Providenciales or elsewhere. Working with a decent dive shop will allow you to get the best fitting gear that your budget allows for.

Beach Snorkeling Locations

Below are the best locations for snorkeling from the beach on Salt Cay.

Important Snorkeling Guidelines

  • Don't snorkel on your own.
  • Be aware of currents and don't venture far from shore.
  • Don’t touch or stand on anything. Coral is a living animal and you will likely kill or severely harm any part you contact.
  • Make sure not to brush anything with your flippers or gear.
  • Don’t take anything. This includes all shells, sand dollars, sea urchins, starfish and small pieces of coral.
  • Don’t heavily coat yourself with sun screen or other lotions before snorkeling.
  • Don’t follow closely or chase any sea life.
  • Don’t attempt to feed any marine life.

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