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HOW TO SNORKEL activities on site: pools, kayaks, Hobie cats and water bikes, with the exception of div-ing. The arcade is packed with an array of video games that will even keep Mom and Dad amused. You might want to meet up with one of the Sesame Street characters who are part of the Beaches Family. Food and drinks are included for the day. Pass holders must be 18 years or older, or be accompanied by an adult. Give Beaches a call for specific details. 649.946.8000 The joy in visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands is the accessibility of its underwa-ter world. The shallow plateau of the Caicos Banks means coral communities and fish are brought closer to the sur-face, and with it, the opportunity for vis-itors not to miss out if scuba diving isn’t for them. Snorkelling, provides a lens into the life below and with the right gear and a little practice, this part of nature is accessible to everyone. 1. Relax! Even if you’re not a strong swimmer, our very salty water will help keep you afloat. 2. Find a mask that fits properly. Without the strap in place, fit the mask to your face, pulling all of your hair out of the way. Inhale. The mask should seal and stay in place. If it does not, try another mask. 3. Pull the strap over your head and adjust it to a snug, not tight, fit. 4. Attach the snorkel tube to the strap. Insert your rubber mouthpiece and bite down. The tube should stick by your ear and feel comfortable. Practice breathing through your mouth in shallow water. 5. You will need to treat the mask so it doesn’t fog up. The most effective way is to spit into the mask (yes…really), rub it around the glass and rinse in water. 6. Putting fins on can be a comedy. This is best accomplished in shallow water if you are approaching your snorkel site from the beach. Otherwise you may have to walk backwards to the water’s edge. 7. Practice breathing and clearing water out of your mask and tube. If water should enter the tube, blow it out like you are using a peashooter! 8. Whatever you do, use protective sunscreen while snorkelling. Sunrays are magnified and in turn can be very harmful when your body is semi-sub-merged in water. Now you are ready to enjoy our stunning underwater world. While you can snorkel anywhere, you will see the most interesting creatures over coral heads (darker areas in the water) and along jetties. One of our most popular snorkel sites is The Bight Reef on Penns Road. Your excursion operator can take you to coral heads by boat. Guide books and cards are available from dive shops and the Unicorn Bookstore to help you identify the vari-ous fish, turtles, rays, corals, sponges, gorgonians and seashells you will encounter. I Undersea Explorer Semi-Submarine The rich density of coral reefs in the TCI archipelago is a spectacle, and with the help of a certain semi-submersible, it doesn’t have to just be enjoyed by snorkellers and divers. The Undersea Explorer delves five metres below the sur-face revealing an extensive amount of reef fish, and if you’re lucky, Lynsea the mer-maid -a great sight for the little ones. There are two types of tours: The Turtle Reef Adventure and Mermaid Tour. Private charters are available upon request. Call Undersea Explorers at 649.432.0006 or book online at Discover North & Middle Caicos It’s easy to spend a day visiting North Caicos or Middle Caicos, or both. Companies which specialise in just that, will arrange your transportation by sea and land, book your lunch and the tour guides. Visit Mudjin Harbour and Dragon Cay, our most photographed scenic coastline, or the famous caves at Conch Bar or the Indian Cave on Middle Caicos. Purchase locally woven baskets at the source. On North Caicos see the flamingos, walk through Wades Green Plantation, or relax at a beachfront bar. History, beautiful beaches and friendly people await you in a setting very different from Providenciales. Visit the Caves Middle Caicos boasts the largest above water cave system in the Caribbean. The Conch Bar Cave network, 15 miles of under-ground caverns, is beautifully ‘decorated’ by Mother Nature in stalactites and stalag-mites. The caves are home to four species Boat House at Blue Haven Marina Providenciales Continued on page 82 78 • • • • • SUMMER 2017 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands”

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