Gibbs Cay Snorkeling
The 6th most popular snorkel dive spot in Turks And Caicos.
Friday 18 November 2016 06:32 GMT
Off the southeast coast of Grand Turk, there is good snorkeling on Gibbs Cay, which is surrounded by elkhorn coral reefs. Near shore, the sand flats provide good habitat for southern stingrays. Offshore about 150 feet, there is a good fringing coral reef. The water depths range from 5 feet to 15 feet deep. The Gibbs Cay snorkeling dive sites can be accessed by boat. It is located 2.5 miles east-southeast of Cockburn Town. While snorkeling, you may encounter parrotfish, grouper, snapper, permit, barracuda, lemon sharks, trunk fish and plenty of stingrays.
Gibbs Cay is an uninhabited island located a few minutes boat ride offshore of Grand Turk (1 mi.). Since Gibbs Cay is a popular cruise ship excursion destination, you will want to check the cruise ship docking schedules to choose a day when it will not be too crowded.
Grand Turk is located 70 miles southeast of Providenciales and there is no public ferry service.
To reach the snorkeling on Turks and Caicos by air, fly into Providenciales International Airport (PLS) located in the middle of the island. To reach Grand Turk from Providenciales, you will need to fly on a domestic airline into Grand Turk McCartney airport (GDT) which takes about 30 minutes. The two inter-island airlines serving Grand Turk are interCaribbean and Caicos Express Airways. TIP - Grand Turk island is very popular with cruise ships that deposit several hundred thousand visitors a year, so plan your days on Grand Turk to avoid these invasions.
Overall, Gibbs Cay is the 6th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 32 snorkeling dives in Turks And Caicos. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Gibbs Cay including Salt Cay, The Wall, The Library, Old Pier / South Dock, Pillary Beach and Governors Beach.