Snorkeling in Turks & Caicos’ Grace Bay!
Snorkeling is an activity that visitors of all ages enjoy in the Turks and Caicos, and Grace Bay is the best place to do it! Offering much of the same scenic and exciting views as scuba, but without any kind of formal training or expensive equipment, snorkeling is a great way to pass the time at The West Bay Club.
Here on the shores of Grace Bay we are fortunate to be within a short walking distance to the two best snorkeling spots in all of Turks & Caicos: Coral Gardens is a short stroll to the east of us; and Smith’s Reef is about 10 minutes to the west. Both are accessible from shore, with vibrant fish life starting just a few yards from the beach. All you need is a mask and snorkel (which we offer as a complimentary amenity at the resort) and you are good to go!
Coral Gardens and Smith’s Reef are coral formations close to shore that attract a huge variety of colourful Caribbean fish and other sea life. They are a natural offshoot from the main coral reef that surrounds our islands, which forms the third largest coral reef system in the world – perfect for unbelievable snorkeling! It is not unusual to see conch, lobster, starfish, turtles, sting rays, spotted eagle rays, even on occasion, JoJo the dolphin. Fish species include snapper, grouper, blue tangs and often the menacing-looking barracuda. At Coral Gardens, there are a series of ‘tour’ signs to help you identify different species.