- -You should get hold of Canibul above and ask for the best "not usually visited" sites to snorkel and dive.
- - I think of the Caicos Banks as the last frontier in that the various areas are difficult to get to with a deep draft
sailboat. And it is easy to get caught "out there" in bad weather
with little if any shelter.
- - A variety of friends who have spent more time there recommend Amergris Cays for snorkeling. I never got that far south as the routes shown are torturous and hazardous for sail boats. For us there is no open water sailing on the Caicos Banks, you are confined to the charted routes and even they have some nasty hazards. But I always stage for heading south and eastbound at Long Cay as I like the water and snorkeling. Six Hills Cays are great exploring.
- - It is my understanding that the vast majority of diving/snorkeling activity is done on local diving tour boats. And as a private sailing vessel when clearing in you only get a week there before incurring some serious charges. It is my understanding though that for serious sport fishermen and scuba divers, it is the "in place."
- - Across the Columbus Passage
you find the "other half" of the T&C's - the Turks Banks. This is a very limited area with some very low islands and exposed reefs and anchorages
. Virtually no place to hide if a blow comes in. All in all, the T&C's are really power boat
, fueling, and just hanging around is not easy for sailboats. But for treasure hunting, diving, and sport fishing - this is the place. . .