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South Caicos Scuba Diving

Editor's Comments
The diving surrounding South Caicos is excellent. Interesting reef formation and swim-through arches abound, and larger marine life, such as sharks, eagle rays, manta rays, and leatherback turtles are more common near South Caicos than at many of the other dive regions in the country.
5-star rating for Scuba Diving by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
colorful sea sponges and scuba diver off South Caicos
Scuba diving at South Caicos with Reef Divers.

Located on the east edge of the Caicos Islands subterranean plateau, South Caicos is recognized as having excellent diving, with vibrant reefs and wildlife, some decent wall sites, and many canyons, arches, and swim-through reef sites. The best of the accessible wreck sites, the Convair CV-440, is located nearby.

Most of the South Caicos dive sites are a short 10-15 minute boat trip out from the main populated area of Cockburn Harbour and follow along the east and southeast coasts of Long Cay and South Caicos. Although the dive sites are a short ride out, the island really doesn’t offer great shore diving due to inaccessible (by road) coastlines and ocean conditions.

A number of spectacular yet remote dive sites, from northern East Caicos and Philips Reef to Ambergris Cay and Bush Cay, are accessible from South Caicos during good weather conditions, and even the sheer wall diving of Grand Turk is within boat range.

Diving the vibrant reefs.

Nearly all of the main South Caicos Dive sites are in the Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park, which includes Long Cay, Six Hills Cays, and Middleton Cay.

Dive Shops

Reef Divers at East Bay Resort is the only business based on South Caicos that provides scuba diving. Their dive shop is based at the resort, and directly on the Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park, where many if the island’s best dive sites are found. The company offers scuba diving, snorkeling charters, kayak and paddleboard rentals and tours, and bicycle rentals.

Reef Divers operates purpose-built Newton dive boats, and provides PADI and SSI courses and instruction.

Dive Shops