The beauty of the Turks and Caicos as seen from land is undeniable, with its powdery white beaches, crystal-blue ocean and impressive limestone cliffs. But to truly appreciate the islands, one has to venture below the ocean surface. With its flourishing, colorful corals and a vast variety of sea life from dolphins to tropical fish, the Turks and Caicos is arguably one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world.
If you’ve never scuba dived before, you’ll need to complete a PADI (Professional Association of Scuba Divers) Certification Course. You can start by taking the eLearning course online, which is then followed by three to four days of open-water training in the pool and out in the ocean. While you should be in reasonably good health to dive, it requires no athletic skills. All you need is the desire to learn and a passion for the ocean.
While scuba diving in the Turks and Caicos, be prepared to see a vast array of sea life, from tiny tropical fish to sea turtles and reef sharks. Miles of coral reefs—diverse underwater living ecosystems—provide shelter and habitats for many marine animals. At least 60 species of coral can be found in the waters of the Turks and Caicos, including staghorn, brain and star and pillar corals, all providing for beautiful scenery as you explore below the ocean surface. If you’re really lucky, you might spot dolphins, and from November to March, it’s possible to see or hear humpback whales during their annual migration to mate and give birth.
Ready to learn a new skill and explore all the ocean has to offer? For your scuba diving certification (and even if you’re already certified), we recommend Dive Provo—a local dive center that’s operated on Providenciales for more than 20 years. Get in touch with them to schedule your open water dives today at 800-234-7768 or 954-351-9771.
While we offer an exquisite dining experience at Triton with the island’s finest private chefs, chances are you’ll still want to leave the villa and explore the culinary scene in Turks and Caicos. We don’t blame you. There are, indeed, some fantastic restaurants to choose from on Providenciales. And if you’re looking for a truly local experience, where you can enjoy fresh seafood and more right on the beach, we know the perfect place: Kalooki’s Restaurant.
Kalooki’s is located in Blue Hills, one of the original settlements on Providenciales. And Blue Hills itself is worth the drive as a seaside neighborhood with homes and other buildings painted in various Caribbean pastel colors. Blue Hills exudes an old island charm that offers a glimpse into the Turks and Caicos of yesteryear. After your visit to Kalooki’s, we recommend you take a cruise through Blue Hills.
But first, there’s lunch. Kalooki’s sits on the beach, offering its patrons stunning views of the ocean and a refreshing sea breeze. It’s hard not to relax when you’re there. There’s always music playing, and the servers are attentive and friendly.
Kalooki’s is known for its island fare, but its menu has something for everyone. The lobster bruschetta (it’s served with conch out of lobster season, which is just as tasty) is a must for starters. You can also order cracked conch (which is essentially fried conch), or the best fish tacos on the island. If you’re a vegetarian, don’t fret—Kalooki’s also has a vegetarian section, offering up dishes like curried tofu and a three-bean veggie stew.
Can’t live without meat? There’s something for you, too. Try the stuffed jerk chicken breast or the BBQ ribs. Speaking of BBQ, it’s also one of the restaurant’s specialties, with Kalooki’s hosting a Beach BBQ with live music every Saturday starting at 6 pm.
But what to drink? When it comes to cocktails and other beverages, Kalooki’s has you covered. They have a wide-ranging drinks menu, from martinis to smoothies. Try their signature drink, appropriately called a “Happy”: peach, passionfruit, ginger ale and white rum, served with lime. It’s deliciously refreshing, and we guarantee it will live up to its name.
OK, we’re officially thirsty… and hungry. Want to see the full menu? You can find it on the Kalooki’s website. For more information and tips on things to do in Turks and Caicos, get in touch with the Triton team. We’re always happy to help you have the best experience during your time in TCI.