Snorkeling at Barrier Reef
Just below the surface of the turquoise waters surrounding the Turks and Caicos Islands lies the Turks and Caicos Barrier Reef, the third largest barrier reef system in the world. The reef keeps the waters of our award-winning Grace Bay Beach crystal clear- in addition to offering some of the best snorkeling opportunities in Providenciales… and the world.
The reef is estimated to be home to some 60 species of coral, such as pillar, brain, elkhorn, staghorn, sea fans, and sea plumes. A number of other creatures call the reef home, including barracuda, sea turtles, lobsters, yellowtail snapper, Nassau grouper, and flamingo tongue snails.
All along the reef, snorkelers may also be able to see such colorful and interesting specimen as angelfish, blue tangs, parrotfish, rays, starfish, and trumpetfish.
Being able to enjoy observing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is an unforgettable experience, and something everyone should have the chance to do. In an effort to preserve this precious ecosystem for generations to come and allow snorkelers and divers from all around the world to observe its beauty, the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands established the Princess Alexandra Land and Sea National Park as part of the National Park system in 1992.
One great aspect to snorkeling in Providenciales is the proximity of fantastic diving locations to the beach. You don’t have to look too hard to find vibrant reef formations teaming with marine life.
But regardless of whether if you’re a novice or expert, memorable snorkeling encounters can sometimes be a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and it can be helpful to have an experienced guide.
With our extensive list of add-on services and over 90 years of combined experience in the maritime industry, SeaSpice has everything necessary to make your snorkeling excursion an unforgettable one.
We provide an extensive list of add-on services and amenities to our guests. Like amenities in a resort, you can mix and match to build your perfect Sea Spice trip.
Helpful Tips to Make the Most of Your Providenciales Snorkeling Excursion
Being prepared and knowing what to expect once you’re in the water will help you make the most of your day. Here are some general tips and guidelines:
- Keep your skin protected. Even during winter months, the Caribbean sun can be relentless. A long-sleeve rash guard can keep sun off vulnerable areas and using sunscreen can prevent painful and dangerous burns. Keep the well-being of the reef in mind when purchasing sunscreen. Look for products that do not contain butylparaben, octinoxate, oxybenzone,and 4-methylbenzylidine camphor- all of which can cause coral bleaching even at low levels.
- Be safe and stay aware. The biggest danger to snorkelers is not marine life, it’s passing boats. Look for any nearby boats before heading to the reef and take occasional breaks to look out for approaching boats and to check your proximity to the shore or your boat.
- Look but don’t touch. Be respectful of the creatures that call the reef home and remember the reef itself is a living organism. Don’t touch or break the coral. Certain types of coral can even cause painful rashes if they come in contact with your skin. While snorkeling, you should exercise caution when fin kicking to avoid damage to the reef.
- Stay hydrated. A day of sun and swimming can really take a toll on your body. Be sure to drink plenty of water and take a break in the shade if at all possible. Also, know your limits as a swimmer- swimming in the ocean is a strenuous activity.