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.
Providenciales provides one of the best beaches in the world, the famous Grace Bay Beach. But that is not all, as it also offers luxury hotels, world-class restaurants and an international airport. If you are a diving enthusiast, then Providenciales is your ideal destination. With warm, turquoise waters and an incredible sea life with colorful, tropical fish, sea mammals and beautiful corals, this island attracts underwater lovers at any time of the year.
Stairway or Coral Stairway is a good dive site that welcomes intermediate and experienced divers. The top of the wall at about 13.7 m/45 ft height starts sloping down like a stairway. There aren’t sand patches here, only stairway-like wall, where you can see schools of horse-eye jacks, barracuda, hamlets and Bermuda chubs. If you are lucky, you may see the occasional hawksbill sea turtle.
The average depth of the spot is 15.2 m/49.9 ft and the maximum is 30.5 m/100.1 ft. In addition, the water temperature varies between 24 °C/75.2 °F and 30 °C/86 °F and visibility is good, ranging from 10 m/32.8 ft to 30 m/98.4 ft. Keep in mind that access to the dive site is by boat. This is a place worth visiting and you shouldn’t miss it!