SALT CAYPart of the Turks and Caicos Islands
A remote jewel in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Salt Cay is small, unspoiled, and utterly perfect. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches and waters in the world, it is a diving and snorkeling paradise with a rich tradition.
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Salt Cay Island
Salt Cay is the southernmost inhabited island in the Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies. It is 80 miles north of the Dominican Republic, 525 miles southeast of Miami. It is home to around 100 friendly souls, rich in heritage and Caribbean culture, plus free range cows, chickens, a small herd of wild donkeys, and iguanas.
From early in the 1700's until 1960's, Salt Cay was one of the largest exporters of salt in the world. Today you can still tour the Salinas (salt ponds) and windmills where the salt was originally produced. Salt Cay has several historical churches and old plantation homes to view, where salt was stored prior to shipping.
Today this remote island boasts snorkeling and scuba diving that is some of the best in the world! We have pristine dive walls, teeming with fish and spectacular, colorful corals and sponges.
If that wasn't enough, every January through March we experience the migration of the magnificent Humpback Whales. Salt Cay is considered the "Humpback Whale Headquarters" as the island sits directly in the Columbus Passage where the whales migrate to the Silver Banks.
Salt Cay's official language is English and the official currency is the US dollar.
Climate and Topography
The island is small (3 square miles), mostly flat, and arid. Temperatures, averaging 83 degrees Fahrenheit, are moderated by the eastern trade winds. The insect population is governed by the amount of rain — it is never overwhelming. Far better than most Caribbean islands. However, bringing bug spray is always a good idea.
visit our Dive Gallery
View a collection of photos gathered by our divers and snorkelers on their Salt Cay Divers adventures.