Caribbean Tourism

Salt Cay Dive Centers

On Salt Cay, Salt Cay Divers, operated by Debbie Manos and Oliver Been is based at the Mount Pleasant Guest House, run by Brian Sheedy, T9466906, www.saltcaydivers.com (see Salt Cay). The dive boat is a 24ft Carolina skiff which takes you to the main dive site in five minutes. A two-tank dive is US$50, but most people stay at the guest house and take a five day package for US$914 which includes three meals, transfers and unlimited day and night diving.


There are seven moored dive sites and off Great Sand Cay there is an 18th century British shipwreck, now a National Monument, the Endymion, still loaded with cannon. A wall chart telling her story is on sale at gift shops on the islands and at the Museum on Grand Turk. She was found in 1991 by Brian Sheedy with the help of a local historian, Josiah Marvel, and the only way to visit her is with Salt Cay Divers. It is thought that this is the only unsalvaged 18th century wreck in the world which the diving public can visit and explore. The wreck lies in about 25ft of water with the remains of two other ships nearby: a Civil War steamer and a ship dating from around 1900. The coral is prolific and the fish plentiful and huge. The best time for a visit is May-November.

On request dive operators on Grand Turk will take you to Salt Cay by boat, the dolphins will often accompany you diving, snorkeling, fishing and other daily enjoyment of activities on the trip.

North Atlantic Humpback Whales are seen around the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay during the months of late January through early April. Salt Cay Tours organize daily adventures on Salt Cay from Dive packages and scuba instruction to Swimming with the rays, boat ride to Maritime museum, trips to deserted islands and Close encounters with humpback whales, historic land marks salt raking industry, catch your own snapper, conch or tuna with local fisherman, rent a kayak or bike and cruise through the mangroves in the creek, full of birds and other fascinating creatures and relax on one of our powdery white sandy beaches. You can combined a morning of great diving where you may be able to hear the songs of the whales while under water and an afternoon of whale watching from the boat. T: 649-946-6909 Email: pira...@hotmail.com

Salt Cay is considered "Whale Headquarters" as the magnificent Humpback whales pass right in front of Salt Cay through the 7,000 ft Columbus Passage. Salt Cay Divers offers frontier diving for all levels of expertise and abilities under leisurely, informal conditions. Dive pristine, close-in walls, reefs, caves populated by healthy, abundant coral, sponges and fish. Tel: 649-241-1009, Email: scdivers@tciway.tc


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