Providenciales, Turks & Caicos is around 12 hours flying time via Antigua and departs twice a week (Thurs & Sun)
Showered with blazing sunshine all year-round, the Turks and Caicos lure divers to come and experience this world class dive destination for themselves. Thrilling wall diving and pelagics are what await here. There are even historic shipwrecks at Molasses Reef.
Covid Travel Information
International travel from the UK resumed as of Wednesday 30 June.
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All travellers to the Turks and Caicos Islands will be required to visit the TCI Assured Travel Authorization Portal in order to obtain a travel authorization for arrival
As of September 1, 2021
All visitors, aged 16 years of age and above, must be "fully vaccinated". Fully vaccinated means that the person has received 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and 14 days has elapsed since the second dose.
All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, will still be required to take a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen are acceptable) no more than 3 days prior to arrival in the islands.
You must have travel insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctor visits, prescriptions, and air ambulance.
All visitors will be required to wear masks on arrival to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
All travelers will be subject to screening and temperature checks upon arrival.
Until the end of October, fully vaccinated travellers will need to take a day 2 PCR test on your return in the UK. From the end of October this will be replaced with a lateral flow.
Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a day 2 & day 8 covid test plus 10 days quarantine at home or test to release on day 5
You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK
Updated 18th Sept 2021
Weather and Climate
The average temperature on the Turks and Caicos ranges between 29°-32°C between June and October. Late summer month can be even warmer. Between November and May the air temperature is cooler, averaging 27°-29°C. There's a fairly constant trade wind, keeping conditions comfortable and cool. Water temps in the winter months are between 23-26, increasing to 27-29 in the summer.
For the 2020 winter season (Oct onwards) flights will route from London to Antigua and onto Turks & Caicos twice a week (Thurs & Sun).
We are not offering transit via the USA for the winter 2020/21 season.
If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Providenciales, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
As our preferred flight routing stops in Antigua, you can partner your Turks & Caicos holiday with a stay at Sandals Grande Antigua (min stay 7 nights). Talk to your travel consultant for more info. We are not offering transit via the USA for the winter 2020/21 season.
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders are able to obtain a 90 day visa on entry. to Turks & Caicos You must have a valid ESTA before travel or to transit through the USA. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.
We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation.
Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world.
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think.
What happens when I arrive?
Guests arriving at Provo international airport by a staff member in uniform who will have a sign. Our representative will be just outside at the international arrivals area. Baggage handlers may offer to help for a fee. It can take over an hour for everyone to clear customs.
If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
Airport transfers are always included in your holiday package. A representatives will advise where to find your transfer outside of the airport.
If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Provo, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost
You will depart for the Provo airport in the morning. The departure tax is approx US$20, which can be paid only in US dollars or with a credit/ debit card.
Crew gratuities are not included in the charter. All gratuities should be voluntary and based upon the quality of service the crew has provided.
Acceptable methods of payment include: US Dollars, local currency or credit cards (Visa or Master Card). There is a credit card charge paid on board.
The boat operates satellite wifi - phone coverage may be limited. White Manta Explorer recommends purchasing Telkomsel simpati bsim card around 3usd. Plus credit to add on top!!!
Plugs and electricity
3 pin UK standard plugs, 220v in every cabin, saloon, dining area, and dive deck International plugs plus USD sockets available too.
Full kit hire is $50 per day - please enquire about individual items
Massage US$35/ hour, Nespresso coffee: US$2, beer US$4, wine US$30-50, satellite WIFI paid locally
The boat has a small shop on board with select items
Nitrox is $10 per day, paid locally
Deposits and Balances
A typical deposit for Raja Manta Explorer will be £1400. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel.
Ways to pay
We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
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Your journey on White Manta Explorer is based on a lower deck cabin on a full board basis (3 meals/day onboard, tea, coffee, fruit, snacks)
Depending on trip duration, you will complete an average of either 22 dives (7 nights) or 26 dives (8 nights)
UK passport holders can obtain a free 30 ay Indonesian tourist visa on arrival - please ensure you have 6 months passport validity from your return date.
This holiday excludes international flights to Jakarta or domestic lfights to Sorong. Do ask for a competitive quote to add flights from a number of UK airports to your holiday.
To pay locally are alcohol, additional kit hire, nitrox, Komodo marine park fees $200 or Raja Ampat fees $250 per person and any souvenirs or private guiding services.
A 4.5% service charge is levied on all on board credit card payments