Malcolms Beach Snorkeling
The 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot in Turks And Caicos.
Thursday 18 May 2017 06:30 GMT
Off the northwest point of Providenciales Island, the snorkeling off Malcolm’s Road Beach is known for triggerfish, elkhorn coral and squid. This is a shore-accessed snorkeling dive spot that is located within Northwest Point Marine National Park and ot the north of Amanyara Resort. The best snorkeling can be found at the far southern end of the beach along the reef and even further south around the rocky point. The best time of day is at low tide. Keep an eye out for sea turtles and peacock flounder. At the main beach parking area, just southwest there are about a hundred conical concrete artificial reef elements in 10 foot deep water. They provide good habitat for small reef fish and are interesting to snorkel about. They were placed in the water to prevent beach erosion.
If you are an experienced snorkeler, try heading about 600 feet off the north end of the beach out to a patch reef where you're likely to find elkhorn coral, nurse sharks and stingrays. But, due to boat traffic, you'll want to tow a diver down flag.
The north west point is known for some good northern swells, so make sure to check the surf report before heading over to it. When you are done snorkeling for the day and heading back towards Grace Bay, make sure to stop at Da Conch Shack for a cool drink.
To reach the snorkeling on Turks and Caicos by air, fly into Providenciales International Airport (PLS) located in the middle of the island. The airport is served by American Airlines, Delta and United from Dallas, Charlotte, Atlanta, Houston and Miami. There are also inter-island flights on Caicos Express Airways and interCaribbean to Nassau, Jamaica, Cuba and Puerto Rico. To reach Malcoms Road Beach from central Provo, head west on Millennium Highway to the Wheeland Housing Estate. Just past the housing development, there is the intersection with Blue Hills Road on the right and Malcolm’s Road on the left. Turn left on rough and rocky dirt Malcolm’s Road to the end (about 20 minutes), where there is parking just before the beach. While the dirt road may be rough, it is usually passable by two wheel drive sedans. Check the surf report before heading out to make sure the west coast waves are low. Also, there is no beach parking permitted at Amanyara Resort unless you have a reservation for lunch. When parking at the main beach parking area, keep in mind that the Malcolm Beach Road gate is closed from sunset to sunrise - if you need assistance you can call the park at (649) 941-8133 extension 3134.
Overall, Malcolms Beach is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 32 snorkeling dives in Turks And Caicos. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Malcolms Beach including Smiths Reef, Bight Reef, Northwest Point, Davy Bight Beach, Grace Bay Beach and Babalua Beach.