Northwest Point National Park
The Northwest Point National Park is a protected area of scenic, rugged coastline and small coves on the northern tip of Providenciales. It comprises two sections: the Northwest Point Marine Natural Park and Northwest Point Pond Nature Reserve. The marine park contains one of the world’s largest barrier reefs, while the pond reserve is home to native vegetation and a number of bird species.
Snorkel or scuba dive off the western side of the point and explore the immaculate reef. Spot sea sponges, turtles and colorful fish. Swimming off the point can be dangerous due to rough seas, sharp rocks, sea urchins and seaweed beneath the water’s surface. Fishing is illegal in this conservation park.
Walk along the rocky landscape, which is known as the “iron shore” because of its jagged surface. Discover coves hidden in the depths of the rocky cliffs. Observe terns, ospreys and brown pelicans in the skies above. Stroll over Malcolm Beach, a scenic 1.3-mile (2.1-kilometer) stretch of sand. Discover the pond reserve nearby, comprising two saltwater pools teeming with fascinating wildlife. The front pond is the perfect spot for bird-watching. Keep an eye out for flamingos, oystercatchers, herons, egrets and stilts. Many bird species come to the ponds to breed. Approach the front pond by walking half a mile (800 meters) south from Northwest Point, then cross through 150 feet (45.7 meters) of light brush. Tourists cannot access the second pond as it is completely surrounded by mangroves.
Northwest Point National Park is an 8-mile (12.9-kilometer) drive from Providenciales International Airport. Follow the Millennium Highway to the end, then enter the small track after the entrance to Northwest Point Resort. Follow the small sign that says, “Natural Park.” Once the track reaches the coast, it is best to park and walk the rest of the way, as most vehicles, including four-wheel drives, get stuck in the soft sand.