Color Of Providenciales Ocean Defies Description
Whether you’re swimming, snorkeling or experiencing any of the top activities on Providenciales, the extraordinary color of the Caicos waters will leave you in awe.
Visitors use descriptors like chalky blue, amazing turquoise, blue topaz, aqua blue and blue ice to describe the shades they see when visiting the beaches and bays around Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The operative word of course is blue, and it’s here that science sheds some light.
Why Is The Turks and Caicos Water So Blue?
The Turks and Caicos sun hits the ocean water, and the red, orange, yellow and green wavelengths are absorbed leaving the remaining shorter wavelengths, the blues and violets. The depth of the water is also a factor. It’s somewhat shallower, and the ocean floor is covered in white or light sand. The light streaming through the water hits the floor and is reflected back up.
The color of Providenciales ocean defies description, and it is tricky to pin down one shade of colour. The actual hue might be completely different from location to another, depending where you look. Generally speaking, Caribbean water is warm and therefore holds less oxygen and carbon dioxide. As a result there is less phytoplankton which contributes to a higher blue colour to the water. But in those areas where there are higher concentrations of these microscopic organisms, the water will range anywhere from a blue-green to a green hue.
What Keeps The Water Around Providenciales So Clear?
The water around Providenciales is incredibly clear. The Turks and Caicos Islands are home to the third largest barrier reef in the world. This reef protects Grace Bay from waves, seaweed, pollution, debris, rocks and other elements that might cloud the waters. In addition, much of Providenciales’ coastline is under protection as either a national park or reserve. This means littering and vandalism, open fires, harm, damage or removal of natural items are all prohibited. Any power boats must be operated at 15 mph in protected waters. As a result of these measures, the water is clear and pristine.
The top activities on Providenciales include boating, kayaking or stand up paddleboarding. No matter how you happen to get out into the Turks and Caicos ocean or bays, you will be awestruck by what you see. So make sure you have your camera to capture the amazing arrays of blue that will startle, surprise and amaze. And, while there is science behind the spectacle, at the end of the day, it’s enough to just behold this incredible water and ask no questions.
Accommodations in the Grace Bay Area
Quiet, intimate and friendly describe the laid back vibe you will experience when you stay at Villa del Mar’s fully equipped condos in the beautiful Grace Bay beach area of Providenciales. If you are looking to shake the Winter Blues and dive into our Caribbean hues resort specials and last minute deals are available directly through the property.