Gibbs Cay
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Uninhabited island with some of the most beautiful beaches and the best diving sites the islands have to offer.
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Elizabeth C
Matthews, NC47 contributions
Jan 2020
After our Princess cruise ship docked, we met up with Kelvin, David, and Lucky for our excursion. I found the crew fun, knowledgeable, and professional. I was a first time snorkeler and was glad they identified both first-timers and weak swimmers to keep a closer eye on them.

They easily found several stingrays for their passengers to pet and photograph. David did a conch shell demonstration and fed the passengers the mussel (to anyone who wanted to try it). The snorkeling went smoothly and the fish were lovely.

Rum punch and a beautiful sunset on the way back to the ship. This is a nice 2-hour-ish excursion for those interested in an easy trip off the ship and a nice intro to Grand Turk.
Written January 5, 2020
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Michael H
Worthington, OH91 contributions
May 2021
Smitty with Grand Turk Diving Company took us out 4 different days while we were in Grand Turk, never disappointing the family. His wife prepare an incredible BBQ picnic on the Beach and it was wonderful. Chris and Smitty at GT Diving where incredible...
Written May 20, 2021
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Bleuberrie
Spruce Grove, Canada132 contributions
Jan 2020
The only way to get here is by boat. We booked a half day excursion that brought us out to Gibb's Cay then on to snorkeling.

We had a beautiful sunny and calm day. The water was clear. We got into the water and a few stingrays came up to us immediately. They will swim around your legs bumping into you. Sitting into the water they will swim up to you. They are amazing and act like little puppy dogs coming up to you. Don't let them suck onto your leg LOL.

The beach area was nice and we did the short walk around the tiny island. After the little tour of the island we went back in the water and saw a few more rays. We were just about to leave and saw a small reef shark as well.
Written March 1, 2020
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blondie460
Houston, TX10 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
We flew to Grand Turk for a week so we had a private excursion to Gibbs Caye that included 2 stops to snorkel and float, 1 being on the wall! The belongers (locals) know the water and it's habitants, some by name lol, and make the trip so much fun. I will definately be returning to Gibbs Caye to swim with the stingrays!
Written June 14, 2023
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Stephanie S
Richmond, VA19 contributions
Sep 2020
Fun day with Captain Meat and Pablo. Even with the curfew looming (5p), we were able to swim several times, eat fresh conch ceviche, hike the trail, and the adult beverages (along with sodas/water) were plenty for our group of 5 and we made it back to the resort with time to spare. A deserted island is what we needed before heading back to the States.
Written September 20, 2020
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Norma T L
Providenciales101 contributions
Jan 2020
Only way to get there is by boat. But well worth the excursion!! Went with GTD on a day where my SCUBA was cancelled due to impossible dive conditions on the West side of Grand Turk, decided on a Snorkel trip to this island.
Amazing views for a Snorkel trip! Then onto Gibbs Caye! In a foot of water 7 Stingrays came up to us in search of food in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are beautiful, majestic and awe inspiring! I put on my snorkel mask to experience them in their natural environment and was soo moved by their amazingness!! They try to bump you, so just be aware as they have the capability of knocking you off balance. I am not the type of person who went in for pictures of them “kissing” me or getting them to give me a “massage”. I enjoyed them in their natural environment doing what comes naturally..
Written February 15, 2020
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bvaughn97
College Station, Texas8 contributions
Jun 2021
Beyond diving, this was our only excursion that we took while on Grand Turk. Gibbs Cay is an uninhabited island on the eastern side of Grand Turk. We free dove for conch on the way over to the island and then our guides showed us how to harvest the conch, clean it and "cook" it for fresh conch salad. I'm not a huge conch fan, but this fresh salad was amazing. DJ and Pablo from the Esmerelda were our guides. Look them up if you want to have a great time with some good dudes.
Written June 25, 2021
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quiltingtoad
Minneapolis, MN145 contributions
When staying at Salt Cay, we took a trip to Gibbs Cay through a local operator. We were disappointed in the fact that they brought nothing to attract the rays - but did end up fortunate, as a private boat had come and had just caught a tuna, and used this to attract the rays. I cannot say enough about the experience, so have included enough pictures to say it all!! Just be sure that whoever you book through brings food for the rays. We did do some snorkeling from the island also, and lucked out there also. The other couple that were on the trip with us, he was a marine biologist, so he took us under his wing and put a name to things we did not know and showed us things we have never noticed before. All in all, a great trip, but not because of the operator who took us there!!
Written July 10, 2005
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David M
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States29 contributions
Dec 2011 • Friends
We booked the Gibbs Cay Beach and Sringray Encounter through Carvial Cruise Lines for our stop in the Grand Turks. Perhaps there is more than one operator offering this activity but I would steer clear of this event. First you ride via boat (30) minutes to and from an activity that is approximately (1) hour in duration. When you arrive, you do get to touch a Stringray which is held by one of the tour operators if you can crowd in aroung (35) other people trying to touch the creature. The beach is spartan by any standard and I went on the guided snorkeling tour but if you are not a STRONG swimmer look out as we had several first time snorkelers on the tour that were swept out the currents and had to struggle to get back to the beach. I am very suprised they all made it as I am a strong swimmer and I was pooped. Thumbs down the worst $ I ever spent for a snorkeling tour.
Written December 30, 2011
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wrldtrvlr8374
Las Vegas, NV126 contributions
I came to Grand Turk on a cruise ship and booked the New Waves / Gibbs Cay Beach and Stingray Encounter through the cruise line. They was a lot of us on that boat, over 30 at least. At one point, one of the operators jumped out into the ocean to get us a live conch for a demonstration later on.

When we arrived at Gibbs Cay, they showed us how they remove the conch from the shell and everyone got to try a bit. Then they passed out pieces of fish so we could feed the stingrays. I have actually done the stingray encounter off of Belize. (There were more stingray and sharks there than at Gibbs Cay.)

They also had us hold the stingray so we could take pictures with it. (I'm not sure this is so great for the animal though!) Then we went snorkeling a little further out. Some cool bits to see around the rocks like lion fish and so forth.

Before we left, some of the passengers wanted to bring conch shells home with them. This is the part that I'm not too positive about. Other islands do try to discourage visitors from taking shells home, and it was not the case here. At least over a handful of people brought a conch shell back on the boat with them, and some smelled really bad. (As in, rotten conch inside.) I don't think it's a good idea for locals to encourage visitors to bring these home with them.
Written August 11, 2008
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