Northwest Point Snorkeling
The 4th most popular snorkel dive spot in Turks And Caicos.
Sunday 21 May 2017 06:30 GMT
On the northwest side of Providenciales Island near the Navigation Light, the snorkeling off the Northwest Point Marine National Park is well known for its shallow reef formations. The Northwest Point is characterized by a rugged coastline with iron shore and a few small coves. The most popular Northwest Point snorkeling is at the offshore Wheeland Cut on the northeast side of the point and it has turtles, lobsters and sharks. There's also plenty of sponge and elkhorn coral. The best access to Wheeland Cut snorkeling is by boat since its a little further offshore. As for the shore-accessed snorkeling spots, the best are located on the west coast of the Northwest Point about 100 feet off the cove beaches. There are healthy coral formations to explore if the surf is low enough. If the surf is too high, you can try exploring the northeast side of the point which is best at high tide due to shallow waters - just watch out for the current and you’ll want to snorkel out past the sea grass beds to find the new coral growth which don’t have much reef fish.
To reach the Northwest Point snorkeling by car, head west on the Millennium Highway to the end. Just past the Northwest Point Resort signed driveway, veer right on the one-lane dirt track which may be signed by Natural Park. After 1 mile, the dirt track reaches the coast where there is an informal parking area. Do not go past that point since the road turns to sand and most vehicles get stuck.
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.
Overall, Northwest Point is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 32 snorkeling dives in Turks And Caicos. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Northwest Point including Smiths Reef, Bight Reef, Davy Bight Beach, Grace Bay Beach, Babalua Beach and Sapodilla Bay Beach.