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mites. The caves are home to four species of bats. Hundreds of tourists take the guid-ed tour each year, to explore this amazing system, formed over thousands of years, by the persistent drops of rain on limestone. Reserve in advance 247.3157. History Buffs There are so many ways to get to know this country’s historical past. On Providenciales be sure to visit Sapodilla Hill, where there are rock carvings that are said to be left by sailors on watch. This protected historical site overlooks the turquoise Caicos Banks, South Dock Port and Chalk Sound National Park. A footpath to the summit leads from the long driveway to the disused Mariner Inn. You can also roam through the ruins of a Loyalist cotton plantation at Cheshire Hall. There are signs erected by The National Trust to explain about life here during the late 1700s through the mid 1800s. A nominal $10 entry fee helps to “Preserve our National Heritage.” You might also enjoy a visit to the Providenciales campus of the National Museum. Located in the Village of Grace Bay, it’s close to most resorts. The outdoor exhibit, Caicos Heritage House, is a tradi-tional Caicos dwelling, with a typical native garden and outdoor kitchen. Guides here have a wealth of knowledge on farming, boat building, cooking and bush medicine; traditions that formed the foundations of modern day island life. TCI Fishing DEEP SEA FISHING Blue water fishing in the Turks & Caicos is widely considered to be the best in the Caribbean. The Atlantic’s premiere big game trophy fish –the blue marlin-is plen-tiful year round, but caught in record num-bers during the summer season. Most of the fish are 100 to 200 pound males, but have been caught at weights of 400 pounds. Sailfish and white marlin scout the edge of the reef from November to April, which are also the best months to catch wahoo, tuna and mahi mahi. Barracuda are large and plentiful year-round, while yel-lowfin and blackfin tuna hang around Providenciales well into the summer. An advantage of fishing here is the proximity to the deep sea. Just 15 minutes stands between leaving the dock and Visit the Turks & Caicos Islands at MAY/JUNE 2017 • • • • • 89

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