Rugged and uninhabited but worth visiting for its beautiful beach on the northwest coast and excellent diving offshore. Once frequented by pirates, there are many wrecks between here & Provo. The east shore is a marine park. Inland there is a saltwater lake, Lake Catherine, which rises and falls with the tides and is a nature reserve, home to migrant nesting flamingos, ducks and waders. The ruins of Yankee Town, its sisal press and railroad are a surface interval destination for scuba divers and sailors.
West Caicos Marine National Park offers some of the most beautiful diving spots in the Turks and Caicos Islands and is therefore one of the favorite destinations for the dive operators from Providenciales. Dive sites are situated along the wall of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caicos Bank, some marked with anchor buoys by the local dive operators and water sports association.
You can relax and enjoy the tranquility, or if you are feeling energetic you can explore the island and visit an 1800's plantation ghost town or Lake Catherine in the middle of the island. The snorkeling on the reef and near the shore provides more opportunities to enjoy the variety of marine life in the warm, clear water. During the interval the operators generally provide a tasty lunch, either served on the beach or in one of the beautiful coves.
Getting there & around
West Caicos is reachable only by boat, small plane or helicopter. Transportation on-island will be primarily by electric vehicle and bicycle. Access to West Caicos Reserve will be primarily via boat (a 20-minute ride) from a private launch dock, a short ride from the international airport.
Traveling along the ironshore of the west side of West Caicos you will discover carvings in the rocks by ship wrecked sailors dating back to the early 1800's. Remains of Lucayan inhabitants have also been discovered there. For the first time in 100 years, Ritz-Carlton's Molasses Reef resort is scheduled to open this year.