Jet Skiing in Turks and Caicos
Water sports are a way of life in Turks and Caicos, and jet skiing is one of the most popular ocean activities. A jet ski gives you the power and speed to cruise the waves and explore hidden coves and beaches, uninhabited cays, and narrow inlets that are teeming with wildlife. Jet skiing in Turks and Caicos is a great way to spend a fun day out with the whole family or take some quality time for yourself skimming across the water and taking in incredible views of the coastlines.
Long Bay Beach Water Conditions
Long Bay Beach is one of the most popular spots to go jet skiing in Providenciales. This is because there are no limitations on jet skis in the bay and the water conditions are excellent. Long Bay Beach typically has wind conditions around 10 miles (16km) per hour or less, so the water is calm with little to no large swells. This makes it easy to jet across the surface smoothly. The water is also shallow close to shore, so you can mount and dismount your jet ski right off the beach.
Can You Have Jet Skis Dropped Off at a Private Villa?
Most jet ski rental companies in the Long Bay Beach area can drop off your jet ski right in front of your private beachfront villa. At Triton Luxury Villa, your personal concierge can arrange jet ski rentals for you any time during your stay and have them dropped off on the beach in front of the villa. You can rent jet skis for anywhere from 30 minutes up to a full day and most rentals include life jackets and a full tank of gas. You can opt for a non-guided rental if you want to rip up the waves on your own or a guided jet ski tour to see interesting sights around Providenciales.
Jet Ski Tour of La Famille Express
If you’re looking for an interesting jet ski tour close to Long Bay Beach, the La Famille Express shipwreck is just two miles offshore and within sight of Triton Villa. This massive cargo ship was once part of the Russian naval fleet under the name Fort Shevchenko and later became a Caribbean freighter ship under the name La Famille Express. The ship was grounded on a shallow reef during Hurricane Frances in 2004, and it has rested there ever since. You can’t actually climb onboard the ship for safety reasons, but a jet ski will allow you to tour the perimeter and see it up close.
What Can You See on a Jet Ski Tour?
Besides the La Famille Express shipwreck, there are many other fascinating sights you can see on a jet ski tour leaving from Long Bay Beach. These are just a few popular jet ski touring spots:
Located on the southwest point of Providenciales, this scenic area is worth a visit for its towering cliffs, secluded beach and 200-year-old rock carvings left by sailors who were shipwrecked and stranded on the island. This is also a great spot for bird spotting.
Dellis Cay is part of a string of cays that lie between Provo and North Caicos. Completely uninhabited, it has an absolutely spectacular beach that is renowned as a prime seashell gathering destination. Along the south coast of the cay there are interesting wetlands with mangroves.
Close to West Harbour Bluff, Turtle Rock is a 200-foot (65m) wide limestone rock that is split by a narrow channel. It has interesting formations that create underwater caves, which makes it a great place for marine life to gather and an excellent snorkelling spot. Visitors can catch glimpses of crabs, coral, tropical fish and sea stars.
10 Best Water Sports in Turks and Caicos
The Turks and Caicos Islands are surrounded by vast expanses of clear turquoise water, which means there are endless opportunities for exciting water sports. Whether you like gliding across the surface of the water by board or by boat, exploring the depths, or zipping around with the help of a motorised vessel or device, there is a water sport in Turks and Caicos for you.
Turks and Caicos is a renowned kiteboarding destination because the winds are consistent and the water is relatively calm. Long Bay Beach is the most popular kiteboarding spot on Providenciales. Here you can spend hours flying across the waves just off the white sand beach.
Kayaking is a great way to see the islands from a different perspective and get some exercise. A kayak can go where many motorised boats can’t, so you can explore hidden channels and waterways through the wetlands. Along the way you might catch sight of wildlife like turtles, lemon sharks, iguanas and pelicans.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP Boarding)
Another excellent way to see spots that you might not have access to on a boat is with a stand up paddle board. As you skim the surface of the water, you’ll have great views of all the action going on above and below the water. You can rent stand up paddle boards and oars and take lessons at Long Bay Beach and Grace Bay Beach.
Subwinging is a relatively new water sport in Turks and Caicos that’s gaining popularity fast. A subwinger uses a small winged board that is attached by cords to a boat. As the boat moves slowly through the water, the rider is pulled along behind and can use the swivelling wings to move from side to side and dive up and down.
If you love snorkelling but want to be able to cover more of the ocean floor in faster time, a sea scooter is the answer. These hand-held devices propel you through the water quickly and efficiently and help save energy. Many sea scooter rental companies also offer guided sea scooter tours.
Soar high above the water on a jet-powered pack during an adrenaline-pumping flyboarding session. A flyboard is a hoverboard that you strap to your feet with a hose attached that diverts water from a jet ski engine to propel you into the air. Many flyboarding companies can set you up with a session on the water right in front of Triton Luxury Villa.
There is something truly serene about being completely free underwater without equipment holding you back or making noise. Freediving involves holding your breath and diving deep to experience the underwater world in a natural state. With a bit of practice, you can get to depths of 35 to 60 feet.
Wakeboarding, also called Wake Surfing, can be a bit challenging to learn at first, but once you get the hang of it, nothing beats the adrenaline rush of speeding across the water at a high clip and catching air on the waves. There are plenty of wakeboard instructors on Providenciales who can show you the ropes and teach experienced riders new tricks.
With crystal clear waters, a huge barrier reef and numerous underwater walls and plateaus, it’s no wonder Turks and Caicos is renowned for its scuba diving. You’re guaranteed to see a plethora of marine life on a Turks and Caicos scuba diving trip from colourful coral and sea fans to fascinating lionfish, manta rays, turtles and sharks.
Horseback Riding on Long Bay Beach
Long Bay Beach is a prime destination for horseback riding because the beach is long and wide and the water is shallow, so the horses can meander across the sand and wade through the gentle waves. The best time to go horseback riding is in the morning or late afternoon when the sun is not too hot.