Princess Alexandra National Park protects three beaches and two reefs in Provo: Grace Bay, Leeward and Bight beaches, and Bight Feef and Smith’s Reef. Within the natural reserve are areas of interest: the iguana sanctuary (Little Water Cay), and the wetlands islands (Mangrove Cay and Donna Cay). Cay is pronounced as “key.” The waters are home to bottlenose dolphins, fishes, turtles, and other marine life. The National Park is easily accessed through many of the resorts on Grace Bay and Turtle Cove, in the northern part of Provo.
Environmental changes to the reef include external changes over twenty years of time. The coral in the area has been damaged by motor boarts, a failed artificial island development near Mangrove Cay, which has relocated sediment to areas corals normally inhabited. Additionally, the conch population (pronounced “konk”) has greatly declined over the years due to poaching. Introduced to the local water, invasive Lionfish has also increased. Lionfish originate from the Indo-Pacific and their predatory nature has minimized a large number of the smaller reef fish and reefs in the Atlantic and Caribbean.
A few favorite activities along the water and in the water include:
- Paddle boarding
- Sun bathing
- Watching the sunrise or sunset
- Reading on the beach
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