When you head out on a boat excursion in the Turks & Caicos, what do you expect to see? If your answer is sea turtles, dolphins and a wide array of colorful tropical fish, you’d be correct. But if you’re visiting the islands between January and April, there’s also a chance you could see something bigger. Something breathtaking, something that many don’t get to see in their lifetime. We’re talking about the graceful giants known as humpback whales.
Yes, it’s true: The Turks & Caicos are a whale watcher’s delight, with humpback whales passing through by the Turks & Caicos every year as they migrate to warmer waters in the Dominican Republic for mating season. And to see these majestic marine mammals up close is something magical.
It’s not unheard of to spot whales from a boat off Providenciales and the neighboring Caicos cays. Some extremely lucky visitors have even seen whales while snorkeling and scuba diving (most encounters off Provo happen during such excursions). Your best chance of catching a glimpse of these magnificent creatures is the Columbus Passage — the body of water that separates the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay from the rest of the island chain. These two islands constitute the “Turks” islands, while the rest fall in the “Caicos” category.
Grand Turk and Salt Cay are both a short flight away from Provo. Salt Cay can also be reached via ferry boat from Grand Turk.
Ready to see some whales in the Turks & Caicos? We can help
If you’re thinking of visiting the islands between January and April, consider this one more big reason to book. And we can help you plan it all, from your accommodation to your activities — including a whale watching tour. So all you have to do is show up. What could be more relaxing than that? Get in touch with one of our local travel designers, and let’s start planning!