It’s been a long month for the Turks & Caicos. As most people know by now, our beautiful (but tough) little islands were struck by two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, in September all within the span of a week. Hurricane Irma, which hit the island in the late hours of Sept. 4, hit us the hardest as a Category 5 hurricane. Needless to say, the storm brought with it a lot of damage to the islands. Fortunately, no lives were lost. But the storms are not what this story is about. It’s about the aftermath, and the strength and resilience of the islands we call home.
Lucky for us, Triton suffered only minor damage from Irma and Maria. We closed Triton after Irma, but we’re happy to announce we will welcome guests back to the villa on Oct. 28 as we take this time to not only fix any damages, but also to get some renovations done. This includes a newly finished tennis court, new water features and more—all of which we can’t wait to unveil to our guests in just a few weeks.
We are incredibly lucky to be able to bounce back so quickly after two hurricanes, and what’s more, we are incredibly impressed by the whole country and how hard everyone here has worked to get back to business as usual. Within days of Hurricane Irma, grocery stores and restaurants were already reopening and ready to serve people. Maria forced many businesses to stall a bit longer, but within weeks of both storms, dozens of businesses had also reopened their doors, including resorts and tour operators. It’s been a remarkable experience to watch our islands bounce back from Irma and Maria, determined to come back even stronger than we were before. In a way, these hurricanes have unified the people of our islands, with everyone working toward a common goal. And yes, you’ll be happy to know the beaches are still here and as beautiful as they always were.
So there’s no reason to postpone a holiday to Turks & Caicos. Now is the time to get down here and soak up the sun on some of the best beaches in the world. And mark your calendars: Oct. 28 we’ll be ready to welcome you back to Triton, offering you an even better experience than before. We can’t wait to see you all!
Photo by @bommi.the.traveller
The Turks and Caicos is renowned for its underwater world, its coral reefs and abundant sea life, making it a dream destination for snorkeling. And what makes it even better is the variety of snorkeling spots to choose from. We have one of the longest contiguous coral reefs in the world, but you don’t have to take a boat out to the reef to experience some of the best snorkeling our islands have to offer. In the Turks and Caicos, it’s possible to snorkel right along the shore—if you know where to look.
Perhaps the most well-known easily accessible reef, you can wade into the water at Coral Gardens (in front of Somewhere Cafe) and be snorkeling in seconds. The Bight Reef is a circular trail of coral that’s home to an array of tropical fish and sea turtles—it’s not uncommon to spot hawksbill or green sea turtles swimming along the reef or feeding on the seagrass. Spotted eagle rays have also been known to pass by this popular snorkeling spot. Snorkelers must stay outside the perimeter of the reef as the center is protected to encourage coral growth.
Smith’s Reef is a collection of reefs located near Turtle Cove, with three public beach accesses. The reefs can be a little more difficult to find as they require a short walk down the beach and some are a little further out from shore than the Bight Reef—but the search is worth it. You’re bound to find a variety of coral heads and fish, along with stingrays and turtles. With its impressive collection of reefs that begin in the shallows and extend further out into the deep, you could spend quite a lot of time snorkeling out at Smith’s Reef.
Malcolm’s Beach is a quiet and secluded beach found on the west end of Providenciales. Better suited for more experienced snorkelers, patches of coral reef can be found all along the beach. Malcolm’s Beach was also home to a French underwater game show in the 1990s, and the remnants of it—a collapsed cage known as the Thunderdome, now covered in coral and serving as a haven for sea life—makes for some interesting snorkeling and diving.
Wherever you decide to go for your snorkeling adventure (visit all three if you can!), just make sure you go and check out our thriving reefs. Our islands are best experienced under the sea, after all.