The Turks and Caicos are made up of 40 individual islands and cays, each hosting unparalleled beaches and translucent, turquoise waters teeming with diverse wildlife. Surrounded by one of the most extensive coral reef systems worldwide – 65 miles across (105 kilometers) and 200 miles long (322 kilometers) – the islands are truly spectacular. As a result, the region offers some of the finest diving in the Caribbean. Below are four of the most popular dive sites off of Grand Turk — just minutes away by boat from Bohio:
Situated to the north-west of Grand Turk, McDonalds is a particular favourite site here at Bohio. Starting in depths of 30 feet (9 meters), divers approach the wall at McDonalds swimming west. The sand gradually slopes to about 40 feet (12 meters) before plunging to around 55 feet (17 meters), and right over the lip can be seen a magnificent coral arch — hence “McDonalds” (the fast food joint). The arch creates a fantastic swim through (“drive thru”) where divers can swim through and out on the other side at a depth of 60 feet (19 meters). Here you will find yourself blissfully suspended over the cobalt blue of the abyssal ocean!
The Anchor is located on the west side of Grand Turk’s middle section, and as you may have guessed, a huge, old anchor can be found at the site, sitting motionless on top of the wall at around 35 feet (10 meters). Thought to be over 100 years old, the ship that the anchor once belonged to is not known, but its design is consistent with that of a British warship belonging to HM Royal Navy. Coral and sponges now encrust the anchor, the chains of which are still evident, and an abundance of aquatic wildlife is attracted to the area, hovering around the anchor as if it has a magnetic pull.
The furthermost northern dive site just off Grand Turk, located within the Columbus National Marine Park, The Aquarium takes its name from the huge array of wildlife that regularly gathers at the spot. The soft corals here are incredibly lush, and the site is unique in that it boasts an alternative reef of spur and groove coral formations — fantastic to look at!