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Cruising the Islands and Snorkeling

Pine Cay Island Photo, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

This is a delightful half-day cruise that packs several different activities into one great trip.





A large van picked us up at our resort and took us to the marina, where our captain, a Provo native, and his 12-year-old son greeted us warmly with rum punch.





About 12 of us enjoyed this fun excursion which first took us by the island of Little Cay to see the endangered species of rock iguanas, which are the only ones still remaining. A walking tour is given by an employee of the small national park where we saw thousands of rock iguanas of all sizes merely inches away from us.





Our next excursion took us too the huge coral reef where we snorkeled in the warm, clear water. Silver deep supplies all the snorkeling equipment and life jackets are available. If you don't know how to snorkel, the captain will teach you, and if you don't wish to snorkel, you can sit on the boat and enjoy the rum punch. The coral reef had an abundance of brightly colored tropical fish, sea turtles, sting rays, and we saw a large school of barracudas.





On our way to our next stop, the captain delighted in pointing out sights and homes to us on the island of Pine Cay that belonged to such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others.





Our last island stop was on the island of Fort George Cay, which actually was the sight of a very old fort. This uninhabited island had beautiful powder white beaches with an abundance of sand dollars, conch, and large sea shells which we all enjoyed picking up as souvenirs. If you plan to collect a lot of shells (and some of them are very large) you may want to take some kind of bag or container to put them in.





On our trip back to Providenciales, our captain went out of his way to drive alongside a school of nurse sharks and huge stingrays in the shallow water. When we thought it couldn't get any better he headed out to the deep water where he located and we watched a mother and baby humpback whales broaching and frolicking in the water!





Silver Deep offers many different excursions involving a variety of activities, but we really enjoyed this one, which seemed to have a little bit of everything that everyone could enjoy! Even our van trip to and from the marina was an island tour. Be prepared to have a fun day and don't forget to take sunscreen and a camera!



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