On the last day of our anniversary trip, the Turks and Caicos Tourism Board wanted to show us some of their favorite beaches, including a quick stop on Iguana Island, as well as a snorkeling adventure for conch shells. We would be spending half a day on a 48-foot, first-class catamaran that we were assured was operated by the friendliest and most talented crew in the country.
As luck would have it, just as we were setting sail, the resident dolphin JoJo swam by to wish us a safe journey. JoJo is an Atlantic Bottlenose that has been living and playing in the shallow waters of the Turks and Caicos since 1980.
The first stop of the day was to Iguana Island off of Little Water Cay. This is the only place in the entire world where you can see the endangered rock iguana in its natural habitat.
The next stop was to a secret reef. Once anchored, we had the opportunity to snorkel in pristine, turquoise waters and see first-hand one of the Caribbean’s most incredible assortments of tropical fish, although our real mission was to find conch shells, which would then be used for our lunch.
While the captain of the boat worked on making us passengers fresh conch salad, we were given time to wander around Fort George Cay, otherwise known as the world’s most beautiful beach. Just to prove my bold claim, I did not in any way shape or form edit the following photos. The water is truly that magnificent!
On the way back, we enjoyed the delicious conch salad and talked about how the next time we visit the Turks and Caicos we will definitely spend more time exploring what lies beneath the water there. As soon as we returned to our gorgeous villa at The Somerset on Grace Bay we finally popped open the bottle of champagne that had been waiting for us from day one and toasted to an unforgettable second anniversary.
We were told by quite a few people that we simply could not leave the Turks and Caicos without visiting the infamous da Conch Shack, so we saved it for our last meal. While we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there and the live music, we still thought Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl was better. Nevertheless, it deserves a visit while on Providenciales.