Salt Cay is a tranquil and charming island offering complete relaxation. This tiny island possesses quiet bays with several long stretches of beautiful white sand beaches excellent for swimming, snorkeling and beach combing.
There are few cars on the island, most of the transportation is via golf cart, bicycle, boat or foot. The Texaco gas station has become a token of an idea. Horses run freely along with donkeys, cows and chickens - it is customary to give them the right-of-way should you meet them on the road, as it is customary to wave and smile when passing the islanders.
It seldom rains in Salt Cay, therefore water is precious. Cows and donkeys get a hankering for paper and cardboard when the grass dries up so be warned it you leave your favorite book laying around. Water is caught on roof-tops and saved in cisterns as well as manufactured from sea water by reverse osmosis. Visitors to the island are cautioned to think conservation before turning the tap.
There are approximately 80 souls that reside on the wee island of Salt Cay. Worship is the fiber of their Turks Island community. On Sunday, you will see tidy dress and colorful hats emerge from all doors headed down the streets to church. The local population would love to welcome your visit in any of their several churches: St John's Anglican, Mt Zion Baptist, Church of God of Prophecy and Salt Cay Methodist.
While on Salt Cay
Take a day tour to Grand Turk to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands National Museum. Salt Cay beauty's Aritha Williams and Melandy Michel pose next to the old Fresnel Lens from the first light house on Grand Turk, an amazing relic of technology.
How to get to Salt Cay
Getting to Salt Cay is typically via the local airlines which your accommodation management will typically arrange for you, departing from the international airport in Providenciales or Grand Turk, either scheduled or chartered. There is also a Ferry that runs between Grand Turk and Salt Cay on a biweekly schedule. Leaving Dean's Dock at 8am on tues/weds/fri. Returning from Grand Turk South Dock leaving 2:30 tues & fri with the weds leaving at 12:30. Its about $15 round trip. Call Capt Dickenson on 2316663 for more information.
Water Sports on Salt Cay
Salt Cay excels in providing spectacular diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing. Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine has rated Salt Cay in the top 100 in the world as 'best wall diving. Salt Cay also ranked in the top 5 in the world under the categories: Top Dive Destination ,Top Macro Life, Top Fish Life, Top Advanced Diving , Healthiest Marine Life and Top Underwater Photography.
Salt Cay is a divers and snorkelers paradise. We aren't boasting!. Pristine coral reefs and unspoiled waters surround the island. Diving is just a 5 minute boat ride offshore to the 7,000 foot vertical wall. Whale sharks are known to cruise the waters of the Turks Islands Passage along the wall, relentlessly enchanting divers.
On clear, calm, smooth water days you may enjoy a scuba trip to the Endymion, and unsalvaged 17th century British warship about 40 minutes south of Deannes Dock, where you will see cannons, a giant anchor and chain and lots of sea life making homes on the ruins.
Salt Cay diving is relaxed, boats go out with one-tank and easily return to shore for an hour interval returning for the second dive. Dive boats go out daily, so be sure to pull yourself away from diving for at least 1 day and visit what Salt Cay offers above the water line.