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South Caicos, one of the smallest islands in the Turks and Caicos archipelago, is known for excellent scuba diving, deep sea fishing and bone fishing. The island supports a huge range of sealife from sharks, eagle rays and loggerhead turtle to the smallest organisms in the spectacular coral reefs. This eight square miles of coral rock is a quiet community of approximately 1200 friendly people with an interesting history and intriguing scenery worth exploring.

Cockburn Harbour (not to be confused with Cockburn Town on Grand Turk) is the sleepy little town on this small island.

Location 21°30'N,71°30'W.

Clearance

For full details on clearing into and out of the country see Turks & Caicos Formalities.

The Government Dock at Conch Ground Dock is the Port of Entry for South Caicos.

Clear with Customs which is located with the Post Office at the east end of the town, 10 mins walk from the dock. Then you have to walk to Immigration which is at the west end of town, another 10 to 15 mins walk.

Last updated March 2013.

Customs Office
Tel:+ 1-649-946-3214 / +1-649-338-6232 Fax:+ 1-649-946-3214

Docking

The bay here is the best natural harbour in the group and is home to the main fishing industry.

There is a concrete dock where it may be possible to moor. There is a minimum depth of 5ft at the seaward end of the dock.

Dinghies can tie up in the basin enclosed by the jetty but the water is filthy. A clean public dinghy dock used by local dive boats can be found at the east end of the harbour close to the environmental studies centre and closer to the Customs office.

Last updated March 2013.

tscott
tscott says:
Mar 07, 2016 12:30 PM

Channel lights are IALA-B, located on the tops of the two rock islands marking the edge of the channel. Currently, the green is missing its cover, so flashes white, while the red is still functioning properly. Internet can be found at Seaview Market, where they will let you log on briefly to check weather, e-mails, etc. Also, if you need water, ask the Seaview staff who can arrange a truck to deliver to the dock: minimum order is 55 gal drum, and is better to arrange the day before you need it delivered.
Travis and Joanne
s/v Calico Jack

Maryanne Webb
Maryanne Webb says:
Nov 23, 2013 10:53 AM

SFS (School for Field studies) on the island is very welcoming to sailing visitors (the director, Heidi, is also a long term sailor). We arrived in November 2013 and were invited to join the group for meals etc and had chance to spend with the academic and the student population. They do marine research for 13 week student programs, catch and tag sharks in the harbor, etc. They also do a LOT to keep locals appraised of their studies, and do lots of evenings where they invite locals from different parts of the community to join them at the institute. They also generously allowed us access to their wifi when we visited, and shared tips for good snorkel sights, etc. We absolutely recommend that you visit, for us aboard Begonia, this was the highlight of our South Caicos island visit.

Maryanne Webb
Maryanne Webb says:
Nov 23, 2013 10:47 AM

We had older charts and guidebooks for this area.. all indicating that the harbor entrance lights were due (over due) to change system from IALA-A to IALA-B. We arrived in day light and were unable to confirm, however at night it was clear that the north entrance light is currently broken, and the south entrance light is (supposed to be green) is simply glowing white. Please be aware for any sailors arriving at night!

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