Each year spanning about three months, hundreds of humpback whales travel through the warm Turks and Caicos Islands waters. These stunning animals follow an annual migration path from their summer feeding grounds in the northern polar waters to their winter breeding grounds in the south.
Between February and April they can often be spotted swimming inside the Turks Island Passage which separates the Turks Islands and the Caicos Islands. They use this route to head towards the Silver Bank north of the Dominican Republic where they give birth, before returning north with their calves. Adult humpback whales are very distinctive with their dark stocky bodies, long white pectoral fins and bumpy heads – they range in length from 39 to 52ft and weigh about 79,000lbs. They can often be seen breaching high into the air and slapping the water with their long tails – an incredible sight for whale watchers. In addition snorkelers and divers will often be able to hear the distinctive whale song from miles away in a stunning vocal display which can last up to 20 minutes.
Some of the best places to spot these magnificent mammals are off the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay – both accessible from Providenciales via a short plane ride.
And there are plenty of companies that will take you out on excursions to watch, swim or dive with these beautiful creatures.
Take advantage of this breath-taking opportunity and book your trip now!
Companies providing Whale Watching Charters
- Big Blue Unlimited
Private boat charters in Turks and Caicos, North and Middle Caicos. Small group and personalized boat trips. Excellent snorkel equipment, boats, dive and eco-tour instructors. Half-day and Full-day adventures around the Caicos Islands.Phone: (649) 946-5034
- Blue Water Divers
Offering first class diving along the unsurpassed beauty of the Grand Turk Wall since 1983. PADI courses, snorkeling, Gibbs & Salt Cay trips also available. Conveniently located in town, our specialty is safe, relaxed diving in small groups having more fun!Phone: (649) 946-2432
- Buccaneer Whale Charter
Join us for an unforgettable Turks and Caicos whale watching expedition on board the “Buccaneer”, scheduled from Salt CayPhone: (649) 244-1407
- Crystal Seas Adventures Salt Cay
Offers the ultimate aqua adventures on Salt Cay with personalized diving, snorkeling and whale watching.Phone: (649) 431-9585
- Humpback Dive Shack
Specializing in eco-friendly whale watching, scuba diving and snorkeling tours. Dive Grand Turk’s colorful coral reefs or get the experience of a lifetime and swim with Humpback Whales under professional guidance. We specifically cater to underwater photographers and believe in small groups for maximum enjoyment.