Snorkeling is an activity that visitors of all ages enjoy in the Turks and Caicos. 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 West Bay Club.
We are fortunate to be within short walking distance to the two best snorkeling spots in the whole island: Coral Gardens is a short stroll to the east of us; and Smith’s Reef is about 10 minutes to the west down the beach. 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 colorful Caribbean fish and other creatures. They are a natural off shoot of the main coral reef that surround our islands, and form the third largest coral reef system in the world. It is not unusual to see conch, lobster, star fish, 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 is even an underwater series of ‘tour’ signs to help you identify different species.