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Grand Turk is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos, and it is here that Christopher Columbus first made landfall on his initial voyage to the New World in 1492.

Grand Turk is consistently ranked among the top diving destinations, notably for its spectacular wall diving. The majority of the 40 dive sites are located along the west wall in the Columbus Landfall National Park, a short boat ride from the shore. Beginning at a depth of ten metres and plummeting down to over 2,000 metres, there are also plenty of snorkelling opportunities here too.

Highlights include encounters with hawksbill turtles, spotted eagle rays, Nassau grouper and reef sharks. The water temperature ranges from 24-28C between winter and summer and the sun is shining most of the year on this small island surrounded by stunning turquoise waters.

Humpback whales can be seen here seasonally and the uninhabited Gibbs Cay is a great place to see stingrays who swim right up to the shore. There is typically no current and great visibility along the coral and sponge encrusted walls, great for photographers.

Cockburn Town is the centre piece of the island with a wonderful selection of historical buildings and a rustic charm. The people are friendly and welcoming in this safe and relaxed community, where getting around by bicycle common practice. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, spotted eagle ray, Nassau grouper, hawksbill turtle

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Turks & Caicos Liveaboard

The Turks & Caicos are perfect for a liveaboard holiday, with up to five dives of day on offer to explore the colourful reef systems and sheer walls which are decorated with huge orange elephant ear sponges and gorgonians.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,095 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Visit Grand Turk

Our recommended beachfront resort offers great value and a unique blend of timeless charm and modern comforts. Dive spectacular walls and encounter plenty of marine life, including humpback whales in season.

  • When to go: Dec-Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,175 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Bohio Dive Resort

The only resort located on the beautiful Pillory beach on Grand Turk, Bohio Dive Resort offers 16 rooms and suites with private balcony, and an in-house dive operation catering exclusively for resort guests.

Suggested liveaboards are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Turks & Caicos Aggressor II

This luxurious liveaboard departs weekly on a thrilling seven night adventure along the coast of Providenciales, West Caicos and French Cay. It moves to the Dominican Republic between Jan-Mar for humpback whale encounters.

Turks & Caicos Explorer II

Part of the Explorer fleet, this luxurious liveaboard cruises the waters of the Turks & Caicos Islands, offering up to five dives a day - including night dives - to see reef sharks, giant gorgonians and spotted eagle rays.