The Turks & Caicos Islands are located in the Caribbean 575 miles southeast of Miami and consist of two distinct island groups dotted across nearly 250 square miles of blue ocean. To the east is the Turks group, comprised of Grand Turk and Salt Cay. To the west is the Caicos group, including West Caicos, Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos and South Caicos. This spectacular archipelago consists of 8 islands and 32 small cays comprising just 166 square miles of dry land, 80 percent of which is uninhabited and untouched. The nearby banks are a rich fishing ground, and the 7,000 foot deep Columbus passage that separates them is popular with rays, turtles, dolphins and migrating humpback whales. Indeed, the breathtaking underwater scenery has propelled the islands to a top-5 ranking among the world’s best diving destinations.