A snorkeling boat trip typically offers a much better underwater experience than a visit to one of the popular shore snorkeling sites does. Due to the diverse, sites, routes, and boat captains, there is of course a large variance in snorkeling cruises. Snorkeling cruises offered by dive companies typically visit the best sites. If conditions are windy, we recommend waiting for the weather to calm down if your stay allows for it.
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Colorful reef fish off of Providenciales.
The Turks and Caicos offers miles of pristine barrier reefs and walls, and a snorkeling boat charter can be an unforgettable way to experience them.
Snorkeling cruises operating from Grace Bay, The Bight, and Turtle Cove typically visit the barrier reef and sites to the north and northeast of Providenciales. The travel times to these locations are usually between 10 and 30 minutes.
Excursion duration is usually either one third, half, or full day. One-third and half-day cruises typically include drinks and snacks, and full-day, lunch.
A snorkel charter at Leeward Cut Reef, Providenciales.
Snorkeling charters can be similar to Island Hopping and Beach BBQ Boat Charters (which typically offer snorkeling), but the difference is the greater emphasis on snorkeling vs. simply visiting secluded beaches.
Tours will vary in location and overall experience. Dive companies tend to offer better dedicated snorkeling cruises, with excursions south to West Caicos and the Caicos Banks usually offering the most to see.
Snorkel gear is almost always provided free of charge, but may be a bit lacking in quality on the multi-attraction boat cruises. Bring your own gear if you have it.
Advantages of Snorkeling Cruise over Snorkeling from the Shore
Snorkeling at the cliffs of West Caicos.
When compared to the shore snorkeling spots in the Bight and Grace Bay, a good boat excursion should offer better visibility, more impressive coral and geological formations, and a greater chance of seeing the larger sea animals such as sharks, dolphins, and eagle rays.
If you just want to see colorful reef fish, small sea creatures and a few stingrays and sea turtles, the free-to-access Smith's Reef and The Bight Reef (Coral Gardens) are probably the better choice.
One thing to keep in mind is that your snorkeling cruise experience is largely dependent on where you go, ocean conditions, and your captain. Some cruises only stop at sites that are the same sites that you can access from the beach.
Private Snorkeling Charters
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If you’re looking for a bit more tranquility, a private charter can be the perfect choice. On such an excursion, you’ll be able to spend the day how you’d like, and not according to someone else’s schedule.
Coral, fish and anemones at West Caicos.
A custom charter also opens the possibility of visiting cays and locations that are a bit too far out for common cruises. An example is the southwest side of West Caicos and the West Caicos Marine National Park. This exquisite coastline features some of the best underwater visibility around, cliff jumping sites, and even the Victorian-era ruins of Yankee Town to explore. This coast is renowned for its beautiful scuba diving sites. The marine cliff here, where the ocean depth abruptly drops from 50 feet (15 m) into the thousands, is one of the finest wall diving locations in the region.
French Cay is another interesting location. This tiny round island is a single speck of ground on the remote southern Caicos Banks. Designated as a wildlife sanctuary, the birdlife here is vibrant, and the waters around the cay are teeming with conch, shells, stingrays and nurse sharks.
The exquisite water of the Caicos Barrier Reef.
A private tour can also make sense for larger families and groups, as the per-person rates will be comparable to the shared and regularly-scheduled trips.
Humpback Whale Watching
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During the winter months, there’s an opportunity for an amazing and unforgettable experience–snorkeling with migrating humpback whales.
Due to the greater distance to the feasible whale watching locations as well as the unpredictability of sightings, booking a private boat tour is the only option for this activity.
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