Best Babalua Beach Snorkeling

The 21st most popular snorkel dive spot in Turks And Caicos.

  Providenciales Island, Turks And Caicos


  March 2, 2017

On the north shore of Providenciales Island and west of Grace Bay, the snorkeling at Babalua Beach is known to be a quieter option than Smiths or Bight Reef with less boat traffic. The best snorkeling at Babalua Reef is further offshore than other snorkeling dives, but it is very good. In addition, if you’re willing to walk, there is also some really good snorkeling close to shore about 1,400 feet to the west of the main access point. Although Turtle Cove Marina is nearby, the boat traffic tends not to come into Babalua Beach.

After a long morning of snorkeling at Babalua, head west to Da Conch Shack for a cool drink and some namesake conch caught locally.

Providenciales Island, which is popularly known as Provo, is a world renowned diving destination that is growing in popularity for snorkeling. With the third largest barrier reef in the world, the 14 mile barrier reef stretches along most of the north shore that provides calm, clear waters.

To reach the Babalua Beach snorkeling, head west on the Leeward Highway past the Turtle Cove turnoff. Turn right on Cherokee Road to the end at the beach. The beach access is located behind a large villa, which may take some searching.

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, Babalua Beach is the 21st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 32 snorkeling dives in Turks And Caicos. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Babalua Beach including Smiths Reef, Bight Reef, Northwest Point, Davy Bight Beach, Grace Bay Beach and Sapodilla Bay Beach.

Local Contacts:  Turks And Caicos Tourist Board (649) 946-2321

Best Season:  Nov. - Apr.

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Turtle Cove Inn, Turtle Cove (649) 946-4203; Caribbean Paradise Hotel, Grace Bay (649) 946-5020

Luxury Loding:  Coral Gardens, Provo (561) 244-8780 or (604) 269-0033

Breakfast Restaurant:  Somewhere Cafe, The Bight; Bay Bistro, Grace Bay

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  21.785752, -72.232058

Date Published:  9/22/2016

Date Updated:  3/2/2017

ID:  24986

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