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Smith's Reef free

Near Turtle Cove | Providenciales
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  • Type: Natural Wonders, Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Packed with sea life, Smith's Reef appeals to snorkelers at all levels. Stingrays, turtles, lobsters and lots of brightly colored fish will likely swim by during your dive near this underwater sanctuary. You can enter the reef area at three different points: north, east and west access. Recent travelers recommend finding a sandy pathway near the small parking area that will guide you into the water — rocky areas can be slippery and more dangerous.

Bight Reef, at Coral Gardens, is another marine life haven popular with Turks and Caicos travelers. But Smith's larger size and more colorful animals seem to hook travelers choosing between the two. 

While the shallow reef means even novice snorkelers can spot wildlife, recent travelers warn that waves can be a challenge. "Floating is not a problem, but you need to be careful because you can drift easily and quickly," one TripAdvisor reviewer cautions.

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