Friday, 28 December 2012

Grand Turk Private Snorkeling Excursion

 CC member Doubl07even is organizing an private excursion: 
The Grand Turk Wall begins in aquamarine waters as shallow as 18 feet and averages a starting depth of 35 feet. Then the drama begins as the wall drops off to a deep azure blue in over 7,000 feet making for great diving at all skill and experience levels. Here the only currents are tidal, and visibility often exceeds 150 feet.

As you cruise the Grand Turk Wall you will find a variety of marine life inhabiting this lush and colorful setting, and large pelagics are frequently spotted. Winter season features a Humpback Whale migration and in summer, Manta Rays can be spotted feeding on plankton and small fishes along the wall. Year round it is not uncommon to see turtles, dolphins, eels, octopus, crabs, lobsters, stingrays and eagle rays and of course a wide array of tropical fish.

Gibbs Cay

Visit this small uninhabited island just off Grand Turk for a stingray encounter and beach adventure! Dive for conch on the way and have Smitty's wife, Enid prepare a picnic to satisfy all tastes.
"We are interested in a snorkeling excursion in Grand Turk with GT Divers. We would be chartering the boat for a 4 hour trip, with stops to see the stingrays at Gibbs Cay and famous 'Wall'. We would have time for up to 4 snorkeling stops and beach time on Gibbs Cay. The cost for the charter is $650 for up to 12 people. There are 4 in our group, so we were wondering if there is anyone else here who would be interested in joining us on this private charter."~Doubl07even
Ultimately, if all 10 spots are filled, the price pp will be 65.00
If you are interested in this excursion, please visit Cruise Critic Roll Call and let Doubl07even but you can book by contacting Grand Turk Diving below:

** UPDATE **

Contact Grand Turk Diving

Email Grand Turk Diving -
Phone: 649.946.1559
Fax: 649.946.1008
P O Box 84, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, BWI

Anyone interested in joining this private excursion can please contact them directly to register. I don't believe they will ask for any payment until the day because I have sent the deposit to reserve the boat for the day.
There is no particular established itinerary. The boat is ours for the entire day. We can set the pace and the direction. Here is the information received from Grand Turk Diving Co. Ltd

We will take you to Gibbs Cay on the east side of Grand Turk Island. You can swim with the stingrays and enjoy the snorkeling over the colourful reef close to shore. Time allowing we also include one or two stops over the wall (which is the 3rd largest barrier reef system in the world and rated in the top 10 places to dive and snorkel in the world).
This tour is for as few as one person or up to 12, the costs from 1 up to 10 people is $650 and for 11 to 12 people is $750. The boat will be yours for the time you are in port and can make as many or as few stops as you like within time, safety and fuel limits.Tour includes all the gear you need, a cooler with water and soda refreshments and offer a beach pick up close to your ship.

When you debark the ship go to the end of the pier. Turn LEFT, heading North. Go past the flow-rider and the beach loungers and onto the beach itself. Walk past the restaurant with red umbrellas and between the restaurant and ship shaped building (Santa Maria Casino) you will see our boat with "Grand Turk Diving" in red on the sides and a red bimini top in the boat lane on the beach.

To my knowledge we presently have 7 signed up for this trip, so we can accommodate up to another 5.