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South Caicos is off the beaten path, even more so than North or Middle Caicos. Once the centre of shipping and commerce in the Turks & Caicos, its’ nickname, The Big South , was well deserved. Today it is a sleepy island pop-ulated by fishermen, their families, and a handful of hopeful and determined resi-dent businesses breathing a great new feeling in the Big South. The South Caicos Airport is open for flights. East Bay Resort is scheduled to reopen in early December, classes at the School for Field Studies will resume for the summer 2018 session, the fish plants are processing and exporting, and the Big South is still the bonefish capital of TCI. The 8.5 square mile island is shaped roughly like a closed fist, palm upward, with the index finger jutting to the north. That finger is a peninsula of prime real estate where views encompass both the ocean to the east and the shallow, turquoise banks and Bell Sound to the west. The ball of the thumb is a fairly level plateau overlooking the ocean, where the remains of Highland House stand guard and donkeys wander at will. The only settlement is called Cockburn Harbour after Sir Francis Cockburn, a Bahamian Governor officially visited the island in 1840. The town lies on the south west coast, on the largest natural harbour in the country. A small fleet of fishing boats return each day with lobster (in season), conch and scale fish. Three fish processing plants adjacent to the harbour prepare the daily catch for export to the other islands, Haiti, the DR and the United States. South Caicos is well known in the diving community for clear visibility, water depths from 20 feet dropping “off the wall” to 7000 feet, with a fantastic array of corals and fishes. Bird watching enthusiasts will find the best variety of subjects at the Highlands Estate . East Harbour, is host to our Sailing Regatta each May. HOW TO GET TO SOUTH CAICOS By Air: From Providenciales and Grand Turk via interCaribbean. Several flights each day. Visit www.interCaribbean.com Or travel with Caicos Express Airways. By TCI Ferry: Twice a week, leaving from Walkin Marina, Heaving Down Rock. • SOUTH CAICOS • SOUTH CAICOS • • • SALT CAY • • • has access to some of the best snorkel-ling in the Turks Islands. You can go bone-fishing , without a guide, right off shore (with just a fishing license easily purchased at the DCs Office). Salt Cay is popular with bird watchers , as several rare seabirds are spotted here regularly. You can also do a bird excursion from Salt Cay to Great Sand Cay. For histo-ry buffs, The White House , built by salt-baron Alexander Harriott, sustainge some roof damage during Irma but still stands next to the last remaining boat house and salt shed on Salt Cay. The Brown House (Sunnyside), is another historic salt planta-tion home on Salt Cay. Government Historic Salt Cay is a small two-and-a-half square mile, triangular shaped island. Although inhabited by Lucayan Indians when Ponce de Leon arrived in 1512, Salt Cay was uninhabited from about 1520 until Bermudians arrived in the 1600s. The island then enjoyed a period of prosperity as one of the world’s premier producers of salt . In the 1920s and 30s the salt trade came to a halt in the TCI. Many Salt Cay visitors come for diving and whale watching excursions to observe the annual migration of Humpback Whales , who cruise through the Turks Island Passage every year from January to April. The diving is fantastic, and Salt Cay • Whale Watchin’ • Snorkellin’ • Divin’ • Chillin’ Adventure of a Lifetime! CALL DEBBIE FOR RESERVATIONS • RT Flights and Transfers • Whale Watching Excursions • Lunch at our ocean side café • Snorkelling from our pristine beaches Call Debbie 649-241-1009 email scdivers@tciway.tc www.SaltCayDivers.tc Salt Cay Divers Visit the Turks & Caicos Islands at www.WhereWhenHow.com NOV/DEC/JAN/FEB 2017/2018 • • • • • 153

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