The Turks and Caicos Islands lie in the Lucayan Archipelago and are a British Overseas Territory consisting of eight islands: West Caicos, Providenciales, East Caicos, South Caicos, North and Middle Caicos, Grand Turk and Saly Cay. Only East and West Caicos are uninhabited. Apart from a superb tourist destination, they are also well-known as an offshore financial center. The climate of the islands is classified as marine tropical, providing relatively consistent temperatures throughout the year.
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Scuba Diving in Japanese Gardens, Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago
Tobago is a major tourist destination, specializing in snorkeling and scuba diving. The island boasts more than 60 dive sites with about 300 different coral species and impressive species diversity. The most popular location for scuba diving is in the northeast area, known as Speyside. This place has some of the best coral reefs in Tobago. The reefs here are unspoiled and rich in marine life, providing some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean.
Japanese Gardens lies along the side of Goat Island, at Speyside. As the name implies, this spot is a spectacular garden of colorful soft and hard corals. Divers can see mantas, butterflyfish, goatfish, trunkfish, sea whips, stingrays, snappers, scorpionfish, crabs, angelfish and turtles. The average depth here is 24 m/78.7 ft and the maximum depth is 33 m/108.3 ft. In addition, visibility is good and varies from 10 m/32.8 ft to 30 m/98.4 ft.
Japanese Gardens accommodates intermediate and advanced divers. It is advisable not to walk on the reefs or touch the coral formations. Note: be careful of currents.
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