The Maldives islands are home to some of the very best scuba diving in the world. Even if you’re not a diver, snorkelling in the warm waters offers wonderful opportunities to spot a wide variety of marine life. Some resorts have their own diving schools, whilst others have their own reefs and you may even see whale sharks.
The Turks & Caicos islands in the Caribbean are some of the most beautiful, expensive and exclusive in the region. They comprise eight islands and 40 small cays and are part of the British West Indies.
They enjoy a sunny tropical climate with around 350 days of sunshine per year and whilst hurricanes do occur from June to November, the islands are busiest from the end of November to March with people escaping the cold of the Northern hemisphere.
Cost-wise, there is no getting away from the fact that the Turks & Caicos is expensive however you need to bear in mind that the resorts are immaculate, offer fine dining, luxury accommodation and a more intimate experience. Despite this, dress codes are relaxed and dressy casual wear is fine for evenings.
The biggest attractions are the incredible beaches and with the third largest coral system in the world, they are beautiful and clean with soft white sand. Correspondingly, snorkelling and scuba diving are very popular and you may also see migratory Humpback whales from February to April.
Unlike some other Caribbean islands like St Lucia, Turks & Caicos is flat so you won’t find mountains, cliffs, jungles or waterfalls – something to bear in mind. This does however mean that cycling is a great way to explore.
There aren’t currently any direct flights from the UK to the Turks & Caicos so you will need to change. British Airways stops in Antigua and then a short hop takes you to Providenciales. Total flight time is around 12 hours.