The uninhabited paradise island of Gibbs Cay is just a short boat ride away from Bohio Resort. It’s the perfect location for beachcombing and snorkelling with the Sting Rays, and as snorkelling in Turks and Caicos goes, it’s a pretty incredible experience. Imagine snorkelling amongst curious barracuda and friendly Sting Rays, before relaxing on a Robinson Crusoe style deserted beach, – or even hiking up to the top of the island to appreciate the spectacular views of the vast Atlantic Ocean – next stop, Europe!
However, the real highlight of any visit to sunny Gibbs Cay is the opportunity to swim with the Southern Stingrays (Dasyatis Americana). Gibbs Cay is THE place to visit for personal encounters with these graceful creatures. You can step into the shallow azure waters, right off of the beach, and have immediate contact. The Dasyatis Americana is part of the Dasyatidae (the Whiptail Stingrays) family. It loves to live in tropical and subtropical waters and can be found as far north as New Jersey or as far south as southern Brazil.
The Southern Stingray is instantly recognisable because its flat disc is diamond-shaped, unlike other stingray species, which are more rounded in shape. Adults tend to be a muddy brown or olive colour on top, but the younger stingrays are a dark grey. Their underbellies are always a beautiful, crisp white and, just like all other stingray species, their tails are serrated and have a sharp barb. The stingray uses its tail when it needs to defend itself. The sting is not usually fatal to humans, but it is very painful. Female stingrays grow to a surface width of about 60 inches (150 cm), whereas male stingrays normally only reach a maximum of 26 inches (67 cm).
The Southern Stingrays at Gibbs Cay are known for being very tame. They’ll swim with you as you snorkel, so this is the perfect place to capture a National Geographic-style underwater shot. For an ‘up close and personal’ experience, an afternoon with the Sting Rays is unbeatable. Having said all that, it’s important to act responsibly and learn how to interact with the stingrays with care and respect. That’s why our experienced guides will be on hand to show you how to snorkel safely alongside these incredible marine wonders.
After a relaxing day spent exploring the wonders of Gibbs Cay, guests can retire to the only resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands located on Pillory Beach – Bohio.
For more information visit: www.bohioresort.com/tours-activities/gibbs-cay-excursion/