The Turks and Caicos is renowned for its underwater world, its coral reefs and abundant sea life, making it a dream destination for snorkeling. And what makes it even better is the variety of snorkeling spots to choose from. We have one of the longest contiguous coral reefs in the world, but you don’t have to take a boat out to the reef to experience some of the best snorkeling our islands have to offer. In the Turks and Caicos, it’s possible to snorkel right along the shore—if you know where to look.
Perhaps the most well-known easily accessible reef, you can wade into the water at Coral Gardens (in front of Somewhere Cafe) and be snorkeling in seconds. The Bight Reef is a circular trail of coral that’s home to an array of tropical fish and sea turtles—it’s not uncommon to spot hawksbill or green sea turtles swimming along the reef or feeding on the seagrass. Spotted eagle rays have also been known to pass by this popular snorkeling spot. Snorkelers must stay outside the perimeter of the reef as the center is protected to encourage coral growth.
Smith’s Reef is a collection of reefs located near Turtle Cove, with three public beach accesses. The reefs can be a little more difficult to find as they require a short walk down the beach and some are a little further out from shore than the Bight Reef—but the search is worth it. You’re bound to find a variety of coral heads and fish, along with stingrays and turtles. With its impressive collection of reefs that begin in the shallows and extend further out into the deep, you could spend quite a lot of time snorkeling out at Smith’s Reef.
Malcolm’s Beach is a quiet and secluded beach found on the west end of Providenciales. Better suited for more experienced snorkelers, patches of coral reef can be found all along the beach. Malcolm’s Beach was also home to a French underwater game show in the 1990s, and the remnants of it—a collapsed cage known as the Thunderdome, now covered in coral and serving as a haven for sea life—makes for some interesting snorkeling and diving.
Wherever you decide to go for your snorkeling adventure (visit all three if you can!), just make sure you go and check out our thriving reefs. Our islands are best experienced under the sea, after all.
Photography by Attimi Photography
Triton is more than just a luxury vacation home. Our seven-bedroom beachfront villa behind the sand dunes of Long Bay Beach also makes an incredible setting for two people to exchange their wedding vows, whether by the infinity pool facing the sea, or along the shore with your toes in the sand.
We were honored to host the wedding of Margo and Mitch in June—a fun, intimate and stylish affair on the beach in front of Triton with the pastel blues of the ocean as a backdrop. The couple invited about 40 of their closest friends and family to be part of their day.
Margo and Mitch exchanged their vows along the shores of Long Bay Beach with a Buddhist monk as their officiant. After the ceremony, they held a reception up at the villa with the living area transformed into a dinner hall—and no detail was overlooked, from the mimosa flowers floating in vases filled with water, to the sea glass sprinkled over the table cloths. The party continued outdoors by the pool following dinner, with local DJ Dayoh providing the music to match the mood.
The wedding of Margo and Mitch was a simply stunning affair, and we were thrilled to be chosen as the venue for such a special day in their lives.
Are you planning on getting married in the Turks & Caicos and not sure where to host your wedding? How about a stunning private villa on the beach? We’d love to help. Let’s start planning. Get in touch with us to book Triton for one of the most memorable days of your life.