If you book a trip to Turks and Caicos, do not miss the opportunity to go snorkeling. It’s the third largest coral reef in the world behind Australia and Costa Rica. The water is incredibly clear and you will see a wide array of sea life. I always book my trips with Caicos Dream Tours (not sponsored).
Under the sea, that’s where I’d rather be… almost always. I am enamored with sharks, fish and all of the beautiful creatures in the ocean. While back in Providenciales, I booked another trip out with Caicos Dream Tours and although I was missing my friend (and last captain), I had a blast. I don’t have the pictures I thought I would have because I was intending to film with my iPhone and the day I went out, the water was extremely choppy. I would’ve lost my phone for certain. The snorkel tour is in 20 feet deep water but the drop goes to 350 feet.
I can tell you, I saw Nemo, a barracuda and a stingray that measured at least six feet (in addition to all the other colorful fish). My biggest lesson: I want to go swimming with sharks but when I started swimming over the stingray and realized its length was a minimum of six feet and well over the span of my entire body no matter which way I measured, I don’t know how brave I would be. I didn’t get nervous or freak out over the stingray, I paused and wanted to dive down closer but I knew better. I don’t know a lot about stingrays but common sense says STING-ray… meaning that six-foot creature is probably deadly and I can’t swim fast enough to escape. I am still at the bottom of the totem pole in the ocean when it’s not a shark.
The choppy water was another bit. I am fortunate because I had a drowning experience when I was really little trying to keep up with the big kids. I didn’t wear my floaty and went into the deep end before I ever finished swim lessons as a child. I didn’t die (obviously) but I do think to have that happen early in life, prepared me for when the water got to be too much. I also have a “you only live once” attitude so I just kept snorkeling until I was physically exhausted and then swam back to the boat with a really nice older gentleman. I remember him saying, “I’m really impressed you remained so calm that whole time.” The ocean is where I am most free even if the waves are trying to overtake me.