The island of Providenciales has some great and famous snorkeling spots around Grace Bay beach, like Coral Gardens and Smith Reef. These are great spots but sometimes there can be busy with lots of people, specially Coral Gardens. One of my favorite spots for snorkeling and photographing coral reefs is located far from the spots, it’s name is Malcolm Beach at North West Point.
Malcolme Beach is located away from Grace Bay and you will have to drive for quite a wile and on a dirt road but once you get there you get one of the must stunning and beautiful views you can find in Providenciales.
Here are some images from two dives that I did today at North West Point. The first dive was at the The Amphitheater where I saw a couple of reef sharks and a hawksbill turtle. The wall at this dive site has some nice corals on the ledge.
Thunderdome, the second dive site, is famous for having a dome like metal structure that was left behind from a TV show called Pago Pago that was filmed here in the 90s. Inside the dome are many soft corals attached to the metal and it is home to a school of fish – mostly grunts and snappers. Continue reading →
The Turks & Caicos is well know for it’s sheer wall that surrounds the island. Starting from approximate 40ft to 55ft, the wall drops as deep as 6,000ft in some places.
Most of the dives in the Turks and Caicos are wall dives and typically you can expect to see some big marine life like Eagle Rays and Caribbean Reef Shark passing by when diving here. Some of the best soft and hard corals can also be seeing living on the wall.
After more than twelve years diving and photographing the waters of the Turks & Caicos Islands, I still enjoy every chance I get to go back into these beautiful waters.
I have done hundreds of dives in the Turks & Caicos and each dive can be full of new surprises. You never know when you might get the opportunity to see a great hammerhead, a tiger shark or an eagle ray, an octopus or a humpback whale (during season) or even the biggest fish in the ocean, the whale shark.
It normally takes around forty-five minutes by boat to get to the dive sites around the north west point of the island.
Of the many great dive sites here, my favorites are Two Steps, The Crack, The Amphitheater, Chimney, Shark Hotel and Thunderdome. Thunderdome is great for night dives; accessible only by live-aboards as the local dive shops only take boats there during the daytime. Here you can expect to see tons of little creatures- great for macro photography.
Here are few images from a couple of dive sites around North West Point.