diving & snorkelling
Providenciales features a barrier reef that runs the length of the island’s 27-kilometre (17-mile) northeast coast and therefore offers a host of exceptional dive sites. Located directly in front of the resort, approximately 500 metres (1,640 feet) from the beach are the remarkable coral reef walls of the Northwest Point Marine National Park. This eight-kilometre (five-mile) fringing reef system that runs parallel to the coastline is dominated by boulder star coral, elkhorn coral and gorgonians of various species that are home to schooling fish, turtles, spotted eagle rays and much more.
All dive sites in Northwest Point Marine National Park are, weather-permitting, accessed by a safe beach pick-up from Amanyara's beach followed by a three- to eight-minute boat ride. In slightly rougher water conditions where beach access is not possible, guests will be driven to Big Blue Unlimited’s south side dock, approximately 40 minutes away, to board the dive boat. Amanyara offers through Big Blue Unlimited, a range of scuba diving courses suited to all levels. Alternative dive sites include the stunning walls of West Caicos, the remote reefs and walls of French Cay and the breathtaking array of coral at Sandbore Channel.
Snorkelling can be enjoyed just off the beach at Amanyara. The sandy bottom declines gradually until the reef wall falls away dramatically to 2,100 metres (6,888 feet). Snorkelling equipment is available, and instruction is offered to novices. A complimentary snorkelling trip departs twice-daily from the beach (weather permitting).