Packed with sea life, Smith’s Reef on Providenciales appeals to snorkelers at all levels. Stingrays, turtles, lobsters and lots of brightly colored fish will likely swim by during your dive near this underwater sanctuary. You can enter the reef area at three different points: north, east and central access. Recent travelers recommend finding a sandy pathway near the small parking area that will guide you into the water – rocky areas can be slippery and more dangerous (as such, many advise that you wear water shoes).

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  • Copenhagen Chris
    Copenhagen Chris
    3 weeks ago

    Great snorkeling location near Turtle Cove Marina. You can access it via Coconut road or by walking from the marina. Lots of small fish to see in the various coral reefs. Turtles, Rays, and Barracuda can be found as well. We've seen a few very large schools of bigger fish further out into the sea... Amazing to see! Water shoes or flippers are a must. Lots of sea urchins closer to shore. Beach is walkable all the way to Grace Bay, but no shade, so an umbrella would be useful if you plan to stay awhile.

  • Michael Heidner
    Michael Heidner
    a month ago

    A decent place to snorkel around and see a variety of fish and coral. While not as colorful as other reefs in the Caribbean it is one of the bigger ones on Provo. We did see a few sea turtles and Manta ray while out. When at the point with the rocks and walk out and explore around as there are various sections of the reef distributed in the area.

  • Roma Sushyk
    Roma Sushyk
    2 months ago

    Wow, this coral reef was amazing. Watch out for boats. We saw many many different marine species including green sea turtle, spotted eagle ray, nursery shark, etc) and most of all its free.

  • Brett Boyer
    Brett Boyer
    a year ago

    The perfect snorkel spot - get ready to see loads of sea turtles, colorful fish, and spotted rays! The best snorkel spots are beyond the marked buoys. We would start off swimming away on the left side of the buoys until you hit the next reef area and we never regretted it. You'll have the place all to yourself. During our week trip the most people in the water with us at one time might have been 8-10 people. Must see!

  • NC Hewat
    NC Hewat
    7 months ago

    Short walk (~1/2 mile) from parking lot at end of Coconut (at the marina) to the reef. The best spots start about 300-400 yds. beyond the palm/hammock (see picture attached). Reef areas are 10-40 yards off shore. Water depth 6-20ft. Water conditions can vary quite a bit depending upon wind conditions and time of year. Slight current. Late spring (May-June) tended to have calmer water. Spectacular waters, on calm days like clear blue glass! Healthy reef with abundant and diverse fish population, rays, and corals. Strictly a “bring your own gear” site. Best for adult swimmers. Note: Leave valuables at home. We were advised to leave car windows down when parking the car in remote lots. Thieves will get the message that there is nothing of value. Also Note: This review is based on two visits, 2015 and 2016. The island experienced a hurricane since then. The resort area has been fully restored. I do not know what, if any, damage the storm, and climate change, have done to the reef. Check more recent photos for info on that.

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