Turks and Caicos is a country comprised of 40 islands of different sizes located in the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast of the Bahamas and the north of Haiti. Only 8 islands are inhabited, and the total area of the country is 430 sq. km. According to tourists, all the beaches are excellent, and Grace Bay is one of the top ten. Good dive sites could be found near inhabited and uninhabited coasts. On the Turks and Caicos Islands, you may experience thrilling dives with sharks or enjoy the various views of sea bottom relief. The distinguishing local feature is vertical walls and reefs going deep down and offering breathtaking dives. The islands provide cave and wreck diving, as well as night diving.
There are many of dive shops providing diving for different levels of training. Please note that they mostly use enriched air, so it is better to take a training course prior to the trip or on the spot.
Spring on the islands could be considered almost the beginning of summer, as the air temperature rises gradually from 27 to 29 °С. This period is regarded as one of the most favourable for visiting Turks and Caicos and diving here.
June, July and August are the high summer on the Turks and Caicos Islands. It begins in May and lasts till November. The average air temperature at this time is about 29 °С, though it may rise to 32-35 °C on certain days.
In September and October hurricanes are possible, however, the weather in autumn is mostly dry and sunny. The air temperature stays at +29 ˚С, and the water warms up to +26 ˚C.
January is the coldest month on the islands, but even then the air temperature doesn't go below +26 °С and the water cools only to +23 °С. winter is dry and sunny, just as almost all year round.
Visit the North West Point to dive near the wall which deeps down by almost 1 km. Come to the uninhabited West Caicos Island, which is home for rare species of sponges and large marine animals. Grace Bay near Providence Island impresses with its deep coral canyons, and Salt Key dive site is rightly considered the most "whale-y" place on the islands.
It is recommended to buy medical travel insurance for the trip to Turks and Caicos. While first aid is free here, you would still have to pay for other services beyond that. There is a risk to contract malaria and yellow fever, so it is better to get vaccinated prior to the trip. Sometimes local doctors may request additional payment in cash. The islands are considered to be somewhat safe for holidays — the crime rate here is low.
Large predators do not approach the islands as they are warded off by long sheer coral reefs and rocks. However, trouble may be caused by smaller predatory and venomous deep-water dwellers, such as moray eels and eels.
The local cuisine is based on seafood and rice. British, Spanish and Scandinavian traditions influenced national cooking traditions. Although the country is getting universal and international, you should try authentic dishes, for example, grits: a dish with seafood and peas. The recommended appetiser is whelk: soup with molluscs. The favourite alcoholic drinks are local rum or rum punch. Tap water is dangerous, so it is advised to buy bottled water.