Diving in the Turks and Caicos

 

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Harbour Club Villas and Marina has dive boats leaving daily for many of our spectacular dive sites.

It’s more than time to tell you about our spectacular reefs and diving and WOW, the visibility is easily in the range of 80 feet or more. I must confess that I don’t dive and have to rely on these wonderful dive folks and our guests for underwater photos. The marina at Harbour Club Villas is home to several dive companies which makes for a very convenient few minutes walk for our diving guests. If you are diving with Flamingo Divers, Aqua TCI,  Caicos Adventures or Provo Turtle Divers, you’re just a short easy walk away from your dive boat! We have six, cottages just made for a great diving vacation for couples, families as well as small dive groups.

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Our scuba divers can have breakfast in the morning overlooking a lake view.

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A short walk in the morning takes you down to our docks where Aqua TCI have their boat moored.

A short walk further down the dock, you will find Provo Turtle Divers, Flamingo Divers and Caicos Adventures. All are within walking distance from our villas……….so how convenient is that! You can be up and out the door, walk down to the dock and be on your dive boat within minutes.

Divers will be amazed at the numerous dive sites (some 90 sites) found in the Turks and Caicos Islands……..North West Point, West Caicos, Sandbore Channel, French Cay and Grace Bay. Boat rides are generally 40 minutes or so from our dock.

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The boat channel opens out into Cooper Jack Bay.

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Harbour Club’s Marina is the eastern portion of South Side Marina where several dive operators moor their boats.

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Flamingo Divers are usually the first to head out for dive sites at West Caicos, French Cay or the North West Point………..there’s some 90 sites out there.

Flamingo Divers with Mickey and Jayne are specialists in small group diving with a maximum of 8 divers. A high percentage (some 83%) are returning divers and they         tailor dive profiles to suit preferences and levels of experience. 

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An amazing experience as Mickey and Jayne swim with a Humpback whale for some 60 minutes.

Jayne writes “Stairway to Heaven at West Caicos. Well….this site earned its name today!We spent 60 minutes hovering and watching this gentle giant hang in front of us, and drift up every 15 minutes for a breath of air, and promptly swim back to us again. When our air consumption finally dictated our ascent, we swam to the anchor line and slowly began ascending, only to look behind and watch him follow us! With us hanging at 15 ft, and him at about 20 ft, we simply stared at each other for another 3 minutes until, bittersweetly so, we had to finish our dive.”

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Great excitement on seeing a whale shark.

Aqua TCI is Provo’s newest dive operator and their boat, Aquatic Safaris II is a 30ft (10m) Island Hopper with a nice wide dive deck and big engine. Bill and Stephanie have been diving for 20 years and their mantra is “All that’s required from you is to relax, dive and chill! They do all the work and all you have to do is ENJOY.

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Here they are heading out with a group taking a course on to become Invasive Lionfish Tracker specialty divers.

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Coming out of the channel and on the way to French Cay………what a day………..flat calm.

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French Cay is a protected island and bird sanctuary with numerous dive sites.

French Cay is a tiny atoll about 15 miles due south of Providenciales and offers virtually no shelter from the seas so it simply has to be dived in good, calm weather. It is well worth the 50 minute boat ride with some of the best walls and reefs in the islands. It has two distinguishing features which make for great dives. First, the wall faces south and is usually well lit by the sun’s rays. Secondly, the top of the wall is relatively shallow at 40 feet and well covered with coral clumps rather than the sand bottom which is found on West Caicos sites.

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Caicos Adventures with Philipe “Fifi” is probably the dive company that heads the most to French Cay.

Philipe “Fifi” and his sleek catamaran dive and snorkel boats are a short walk away from our villas. He has been pioneering Turks and Caicos Scuba diving since 1988. He has shocked many a diver by free diving and this includes my husband Barry when he was invited to come out on the Caicos Cat one day with Fifi. This group of great people encourage their guests to relax, laugh & have a good time. Caicos Adventures wants you to have an incredible journey, viewing “life as it should be.”

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Nostalgia time from 2003 as Fifi prepares to lead the dive……….this man does NOT age and it’s because he has a great passion for diving in the TCI!

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Percy, one of our guests took this photo of a hammerhead out at French Cay

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Flamingo Divers have the most amazing shots of sharks………..you’ll see many of them on your dives.

 

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Mickey comes face to face with a shark out cruisin’. Great photo by one of Harbour Club’s guests Jed Daniel.

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Art Pickering’s Provo Turtle Divers taking a break way back in 2002.

Provo Turtle Divers is the oldest dive operation in the TCI and established in 1970.  For over 44 years they have dived French Cay, West Caicos, Northwest Point and Sandbore channel which is between NW Point  and West. Art discovered and named most of the dive sites.

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Here he is, the man himself………..Art Pickering.

Dave and Melinda have owned Provo Turtle Divers since 2002 and “Chuck’s Honey” has been sold and replaced by Chuck’s Mate, a 36 foot Newton Dive special which will hold between 12 and 14 divers but capable of taking on a few more.

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Here’s Chuck’s Mate heading off on a beautiful Provo morning.

Provo Turtle Diver’s commitment to guests is for you to see the walls and critters – not bubbles and fins.  

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And YES, you may be lucky enough to see JoJo the dolphin. This photo is by Jodi from Snuba TCI

I wanted also to mention our friend Jodi, the “snuba lady” as she’s fondly called. Jodi operates Snuba TCI and in the winter months will dock her boat at Harbour Club Villas and Marina. If you’re not quite ready for some diving, Jodi will ease you into an amazing underwater experience with a snuba introduction. You are attached to a breathing tube that’s connected to tanks in a raft that floats above you. You’ll be able to see the coral reefs, fish and undersea life right up close. Snorkeling is available too!!

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Snuba TCI with Jodi also keep their boat in our marina but only during the winter month’s when sometimes it can be rough on the North shore and Grace Bay.

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Snuba TCI with Jodi and sometimes (quite often) you will see turtles.

A little note for those who don’t dive. No need to be left behind as ‘Bubble watchers’ can come out with the divers on all the boats.

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Harbour Club Villas is perfect dive accommodation …. so convenient and easy. We’ll do all the work for you!

And so, when you are ready to plan that dive trip to the Turks and Caicos, give us a call or send us an email. We have most of the dive operators within walking distance of our villa accommodation. We can book everything for you and as you can see, we have the best dive operators right here. These dive operators all leave daily from close by Harbour Club’s Marina and head for Providenciales’ most spectacular diving – uninhabited West Caicos and French Cay, located on the edge of the Caicos banks where the wall drops to deep blue depths of 7000 feet.

 

Marta   http://www.diving.tc

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