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Located 575 miles southeast of Miami, the Turks & Caicos Islands are a British Commonwealth Colony that were first populated by the Lucayan or Arawak Indians. Columbus claimed the islands for the Spanish in 1492. In 1670, Spain ceded the islands to Britain. The islands were a dependency of the Bahamas until 1874 when control was assumed by the Jamaican government. In 1962 they became a British Commonwealth Colony, now referred to as British Overseas territory.

The islands are self-governing, with British diplomatic representation provided by a resident Governor. The seat of government and the Governor’s mansion are based in the country’s capital, Grand Turk.

Providenciales (otherwise known as Provo) is 37.5 square miles and is the most developed of the Turks and Caicos Islands, with a variety of resorts to choose from, excellent restaurants, good shopping and modern amenities. The ambience of the island is laid back and friendly and the beaches and waters remain unspoiled.

Airline Access to Provo

Providenciales Airport  (airport code = PLS) is the international gateway to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The airport is served by several major airlines from all parts of the world. however air service does vary depending on the time of year.

The flying time between Provo and Miami is a very short 1 hour 50 minutes!

Flights from New York are under 4 hours, approximately 7 hours from Chicago and under ten from LA!

Air Canada: Air Canada offers flights from both Toronto and Montreal to Provo.

American Airlines: American Airlines offers flights from Miami, New York, Charlotte-NC, to Provo. You may wish to contact our US-based reservations office air department 800-329-9000 or 281-528-7727 before purchasing your international air. They have a contract with American Airlines that might save you some money. Call and ask for Leah. Let her know you are going to dive with Dive Provo and she will be happy to assist you!

Bahamas Air: Bahamas air provides flights to Provo run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from Nassau.

British Airways: British Airways (BA) runs a non-stop return flight to Providenciales from London Heathrow every Sunday.

Delta Air Lines: Delta Air Lines offers regular flights from New York and Atlanta Provo.

JetBlue Airways: JetBlue offers regular flights from New York JFK and Boston seasonally.

WestJet Airways: WestJet offers direct flights from Toronto and Ottawa in Canada.

United Airlines: United Airlines regularly flies between Newark and Provo.

WestJet Airways: WestJet offers direct flights from Toronto and Ottawa in Canada.

Travel Information

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TO ENTER THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS: All visitors to Provo, regardless of age, must present a valid Passport and onward or return flight ticket before entering the country. No visas are necessary except from countries of the former Eastern Bloc. You are advised to contact the nearest British Consulate Office for visa applications.

TRAVELING WITH MINORS: Some countries require the parent(s) of children (under 16) to present copies of documents associated with the child’s Passport Application in addition to the Passport itself. To prevent any issues with immigration, it is recommended that parents consult with your Bureau of Consular Affairs/Immigration Agency.

INSURANCE: We are not responsible for compensating or crediting any traveler for any loss incurred due to delays or cancellations. Trip interruption/cancellation insurance is your only protection. We highly recommend you purchase either Deluxe or Elite coverage from our trusted provider via this secure link: www.itravelinsured.com. We also encourage all divers to have Dan Master Insurance Plans.

ELECTRICITY: The power is stable at 110 Volts/60 Cycle, which is the same voltage as in the United States. Visitors from European countries should bring converters.

LANGUAGE: English is the official language of the Turks and Caicos.

CURRENCY: The US dollar is the Island’s legal currency.

CREDIT CARDS: American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels and larger business establishments. Note: If using credit cards on island, please be aware that most credit-card companies are now adding an extra 2% to 5% fee on international transactions in addition to any currency-exchange commissions. Cash is recommended in smaller businesses. ATM machines are also available at the local banks.

TIPPING: Tipping is customary and expected on island. A service charge is included in your hotel bill and most restaurants will include a service charge “for your convenience”. A tip is NOT included in your diving package or course for the dive staff.

WEATHER: The average year-round temperature is 83F (28C). The hottest months are September and October, when temperatures can reach 90 to 95F (33 to 35C). The almost-constant easterly trade winds temper the heat and keep life comfortable. Visitors are advised to wear protective clothing and a sun hat, and use waterproof sunscreen when out in the tropical sun. A 3-mm shorty or full suit is recommended for diving. Visit our Weather page for additional information.

TIME: Eastern Standard Time in the summer and Daylight Savings Time during the winter.

DRINKING WATER: As with many Caribbean Islands, fresh water is precious, however, there is piped water made by reverse osmosis from the Provo Water Company so the tap water is safe to drink; also bottled water is readily available.

INTERNET SERVICE: All of our partner properties provide wireless internet access.

CELL PHONES: Local pre-paid sim cards can be purchased from Digicel or Flow. International calls are expensive, so a local sim is the way to go.

MEDICAL FACILITIES: In case of medical problems on vacation there are 2 very good private clinics: Menzies Medical Centre and Grace Bay Medical Centre with doctors on call for emergencies.  There is also a small local hospital. Payment is required at all institutions for visitors. The recompression chamber is located at the Menzies Medical Center.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS: Applicable departure taxes are included in your flight tickets.