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Providenciales, locally known as Provo, is situated on the west side of the Caicos archipelago. It is the most developed island in the Turks and Caicos, served by the Providenciales International Airport. Diving and snorkeling are very popular here. Some of the benefits of the island are as follows: a barrier reef that runs the full length of the island's 27km/17mi north coast, the most beautiful beaches, including Grace Bay on the north of the island, dramatic vertical underwater walls where the coral is big and healthy and marine life congregate. Much of the coastal waters around Provo are located in protected areas, mainly in the Princess Alexandra National Park, Northwest Point Marine National Park, and the West Caicos Marine National Park. Around Provo island, the popular diving spots are located near Grace Bay, Pine Cay, French Cay, Northwest Point (a 4.8km/3mi strip of excellent dive sites with a vertical drop-off to 2099m/6,888ft), and the uninhabited West Caicos (offers sheer edges, and some spots in the south banks even offer undercut walls). Swim-throughs, walls, canyons and sand chutes can be found at many dive sites. Dive sites are suitable for all diver levels. Most popular dive sites Some worth visiting dive sites include Amphitheatre, The Crack, Black Coral Forest, The Dome, Highway to Heaven -one of the deeper dives with coral arches. The very popular site called the Crack gets its name from the deep crevice that cuts down the wall from the top at about 15m/50ft down to about 30m/100ft. Divers will encounter a large black coral tree if exiting the wide crevasse on the wall at 22m/75ft; and a large pillar coral can be seen on the top edge of the wall.
When to go to Providenciales
Beyond the fluctuations in rainfall, the country’s climate is fairly consistent, so diving is available all year round. Expect air temperatures to range between 20-31C/68-89F. The average water temperature ranges from 25C/77F in the winter to 29C/84F in the summer. The water is calm much of the year, and visibility is great (more than 30m/100ft). What to see There are hard and soft corals, sponge formations and anemones, also frequently seen creatures include manta and eagle rays, barracudas, moray eels, snappers, octopi, jacks, parrotfish, grouper, sea turtles, different types of sharks, humpback whales during the winter months, JoJo the dolphin, and others.