Shark Diving in Turks and Caicos for Novice Divers
July 25, 2018
July is all about sharks, with Shark Week returning on 22nd July, Shark Awareness Day on July 14th, and the popular SharkCon event held in July each year. It’s a great time of year for divers to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of sharks, both at home and in the water. With shark dives suitable for all experience levels, there is something for everyone to enjoy, including swimming with the ‘easy-going Nurse Sharks in the Turks & Caicos.
What makes it special?
Turks and Caicos are ideal for experiencing numerous relaxed nurse sharks in tranquil waters whilst coral reef diving. These easy-going sharks are great for new divers and can be found at various dive sites in the area. One of the best experiences on offer is night diving with nurse sharks. This destination is also well worth visiting to dive with abundant reef sharks, eagle rays, sea turtles, jacks, and grouper. Blacktips, tiger sharks, hammerheads and manta rays are also seen in the area.
What experience level is needed?
The calm waters and great visibility make this destination suitable for all experience levels. Liveaboard operators typically require an Open Water certification with no minimum logged dives.
When is the best time to visit?
Turks and Caicos is a year-round dive destination. The peak season is from December to March and migrating humpback whales can be seen from January to March. Those wanting to make the most of lower prices and fewer tourist should consider visiting during April and May.
Where is it?
This lesser-known Caribbean destination is an archipelago of over 40 islands southeast of the Bahamas and is known for sheer coral walls that drop over 2000 meters and beautiful white-sand beaches. It also happens to be a great shark diving destination.
According to Caicos Adventures “Caribbean reef shark diving, in Turks and Caicos, is actually a better kept secret than the more well known Bahamas shark diving trips (just north of us). We see reef shark all week long, in their natural habitat. Often times these reef sharks will virtually interact with you, making nearby curiosity passes between and around divers. We have seen tens of thousands of reef sharks during our Turks & Caicos shark dives, never having had a negative encounter. Our experience is that the indigenous Bahamas reef sharks are merely curious.”