Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snorkeling Tour

This is one of the new tour descriptions written this week. From initial concept to final this was a lot of work...but it seems crazy that this is part of any one's job


This fantastic tour, which lasts two hours, is in association with the Turks and Caicos National Museum. It offers visitors a behind the scenes guided tour of the conservation labs at the National Museum, the chance to learn about the preservation of historic artifacts, and the opportunity to snorkel around the Grand Turk “wrecking” yard. Here, wrecked ships were taken to be dismantled. In a very easy snorkeling environment you can see several anchors and the remnants of an 85 year-old shipwreck, all while learning about the history of shipwrecks in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

After boarding a bus at the cruise terminal, tourists will visit the beginning of a shipwreck-laden bank stretching from Grand Turk to Salt Cay. They will then proceed to the National Museum, where they will receive a guided tour of the conservation labs and will see actual work in progress. Visitors will hear about the unique history of “wrecking,” as well as seeing artifacts recovered from around Grand Turk. They will be able to watch a short DVD on the HMS Endymion, which was discovered 25 years ago and will learn about identifying shipwreck sites. Visitors will proceed to the waterfront in front of the museum where they will get the unique opportunity to snorkel around the shipwreck “wrecking” yard. Here they will learn about the schooner David Morris, which was blown ashore in a 1926 hurricane. After 30 minutes of snorkeling, visitors will travel to the north end of the island to see firsthand the lighthouse and perilous reef that claimed countless ships over the past 500 years. After viewing this reef, and learning the history behind the lighthouse, the tourists will return to the Cruise Terminal.

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