Late winter is a special time in the Turks & Caicos. From January to April it is whale watching season. Indeed tourists and travelers come from far and wide to witness these majestic creatures, these gentle giants, as they migrate right past the Turks on their way to a warmer climate.
The North Atlantic humpback whales travel from the icy waters of Iceland and Greenland, where feeding takes place, to the silver banks of the Dominican Republic, where birthing and breeding takes place. Indeed the low hum of the migrating whales can sometimes be heard all over the islands, sometimes even off of Grace Bay Beach. But to truly get close to the animals, you will need to take a day trip out to Grand Turk or out to tiny, secluded little Salt Cay. These places are directly within the line that the passing whales travel.
You can take a boat tour or you can take a deep sea dive in order to experience these whales up close and personal. Whales are playful and friendly animals, and they have been known to flipper slap, breech, lobtail, backflip, and sometimes even jump completely clear of the water! Watching their antics is truly a treat, and being in the company of these majestic beasts will create memories that will last a lifetime. To truly get close, the deep-water diving tour is highly recommended. Then, you can witness the humpbacks socializing, playing and mating, and, possibly, even giving birth. If you should miss the birth, you are at least very likely to see mother and calf swimming side by side, which is a touching sight.
Most folks who travel out of Provo to see the whales make a day of it. After the early morning whale watching tour, you can explore Grand Turk and learn about TCI’s rich history at the local museum. Or, you can spend a lazy and leisurely day on Salt Cay, the land that time forgot.
Indeed, Salt Cay is sparsely populated, with less than 90 inhabitants, even fewer roads and no postal office to speak of. The rustic charm of eroding ruins, abandoned salt plantations, derelict windmills and rusted canons beg for you to discover them. The freeroaming donkeys love for you to pet them. And the friendly locals will tell you the tales of the once thriving plantations that were raided in the night by stealthy pirates, if you will lend an ear.
Either way you do it, visiting the Turks & Caicos Islands during whale watching season can be a special experience for you and your loved ones. It is always magical down here in the Turks and whale watching is one of the many wonders that this area can boast.
So come on down to paradise for a truly wondrous experience. We’re waiting for you.