Southwest of Providenciales and southeast of West Caicos, the snorkeling at Virgin Reef offers shallow spur and groove coral formations. In this region also called Southwest Reefs, there is a very small island that is typically above water. The main reefs are to the southwest of the small island. It is located to the southeast of West Caicos Island. There is usually good water clarity up to 60 feet.
To reach the snorkeling on Turks and Caicos by air, fly into Providenciales International Airport (PLS) located in the middle of the island. The island of West Caicos can be reached from Providenciales only by charter snorkeling tour boat or by live-aboard boat out of the southside marinas of Provo. There is no inter-island flights or ferry boat service presently to West Caicos. When thinking about booking a snorkel tour out to the West Caicos area, keep in mind that they tend to be quite unreliable and may cancel for a variety of reasons including insufficient bookings, weather, surf and boat maintenance issues. The odds of a trip actually going are about 50-percent, so book early in your trip and often. In addition, the boat tour companies will not commit to any given dive site until you are actually on the boat.
Overall, Virgin Reef is the 30th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 32 snorkeling dives in Turks And Caicos.