Hurricane Irma dealt a heavy blow to some parts of South Caicos in September 2017 but two things escaped her impact – East Bay Resort (which sustained only nominal damage and is already re-opened) and the barrier reef surrounding the island.
With regards to the condition of the coral reefs of South Caicos, Heidi Hertler, the Director of the School for Field Studies, posted this message on Facebook on December 2:
“The coral reefs of South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands, are some of the most beautiful and diverse in the area. The School for Field Studies (SFS) has been studying this system for nearly 30 years. Yesterday, three SFS scientists visited some of the dive sites in the Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park. Although the area recently experienced two devastating storms, the reefs survived and are in great condition – corals are healthy and fish plentiful. Huge thanks to the East Bay Resort for providing transportation and surface support for this visit.”