Shark Bay (also known as Gannaway Bay) is a coastal area on the southeast end of South Caicos. Two coves with small 250-foot (75 m) wide beaches are found here.
This area does not experience a disproportionate number of the toothy hunters, as it was likely named after a long-forgotten shark sighting from many years ago.
Generally a poor swimming and snorkeling location, this region however excels as a hiking and beachcombing site. From the high bluff to the east, ospreys can be seen gliding by and the ocean below hides vibrant reefs.
The hardy Turks and Caicos donkeys may also be spotted in the nearby light vegetation.
Varied and fascinating flotsam washes ashore at this and other east coast beaches. You’ll typically find small fishing net floats, light bulbs of every type, and even the occasional message in the bottle.
During abnormally calm conditions, very interesting snorkeling is found in a few places off of Shark Bay. The best sights are found surrounding the small peninsula to the east.
Wind speeds over 10 mph (16 km/h) usually result in breaking waves and general choppiness in the region.
It’s a scenic journey to find this beach. The roads can be a little rough in places, so a low-clearance vehicle will not be suitable.
From the Cockburn Harbour area, follow the southern salina road past the East Bay Resort (the road becomes unpaved here). After you pass the small inlet canal to the interior salt ponds at the southeastern side of the main salina, keep right. After a short distance, various tracks on your right lead to the ocean.