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Family Vacations in Turks and Caicos

Families visiting Turks and Caicos will find endless possibilities for fun and excitement. The natural environment provides plenty of opportunities for exploration and physical activity, and family-friendly tour companies and restaurants have something to offer all ages. There are numerous beaches with calm, shallow waters, and there are no poisonous snakes or insects here, so it’s the ideal destination for families with both younger and older children.

Keeping the Entire Family Entertained in Turks and Caicos

One of the great things about Turks and Caicos is that there are activities the whole family can do together. Whether you have young children or teenagers, you can find fun things to do that will keep kids entertained for hours on end and give you some quality time together.

Horseback Riding 

Horseback riding along the beach is one of the quintessential Turks and Caicos activities. Companies like Provo Ponies can set the whole family up with friendly ponies for horseback rides. Rides take place along the white sand of Long Bay Beach and even through the water. The tours include safety equipment and guides.

Snorkeling 

The calm waters surrounding Providenciales are teeming with marine life, which makes them perfect for snorkeling. Bight Reef and Smith’s Reef are popular with families because you can access them directly from the beach. Both reefs have an abundance of sea creatures including sea turtles, eagle rays, parrotfish, and seahorses.

Boat Trips to Remote Islands 

A boat trip is a fun day out for the entire family. As well as a great way to see more of Turks and Caicos. Big Blue Unlimited and Island Vibes both offer family-friendly boat charters. Trips include exploring deserted beaches, snorkeling, food and drinks. You can also customize your trip with a beach BBQ or your preferred water sports.

Eco Tours 

Eco tours are unique excursions that involve kayaking through mangrove forests to see interesting wildlife and pristine nature. Kids can learn about the geography of the islands. As well as see interesting animals above and below the water like iguanas, nurse sharks, and seabirds. 

Keeping Kids Entertained at a Private Villa

Your private villa also offers plenty of activities for little ones. In fact, Triton Luxury Villa is perfectly set up for families. The villa is equipt with toys for young children, as well as a crib and highchair for an infant. Two bedrooms on the lower level are ideal for families with small children. We can also rent bouncy castles and outdoor play toys for children of various ages.

Activities at Triton range from indoor fun like art classes to outdoor play sessions on the villa’s lawn area. The villa can arrange swimming lessons with instructors in the pool. As well as tennis camps with instructors who will come to the villa for private lessons. For older kids, kayaking, kiteboarding, and paddleboarding lessons are available right on Long Bay Beach. Guests can also go on bike riding trips around the Long Bay area.

Family-friendly Cuisine

Another enjoyable aspect of staying in a private villa is that your chef will prepare meals that appeal to everyone. Triton’s resident chef has a great deal of experience cooking healthy and delicious meals that kids love. You can also plan a cookie making class with our concierge. Dining out is an option, as there are many restaurants that cater to little ones. Favorites are Turkberry for frozen yogurt and Da Conch Shack for ribs, chicken, steak and more.

What to Pack on a Family Vacation to Turks and Caicos?

  • Reef Safe Sunscreen — Although you might not feel the heat because of the trade winds from Long Bay Beach, it can quickly catch up when spending time outside. We encourage our guests to use Reef Safe sunscreen when snorkeling to protect the island’s beautiful reefs.
  • Lip balm with sunscreen — When it comes to sun protection, lips are often neglected, but they get just as much sun as the rest of the face. A lip balm with SPF can prevent burns and chapped, peeling lips.
  • Hats or visors — Sun protection for the head is key for preventing burns and sun strokes, especially on outdoor excursions like boat trips and horseback rides.
  • Rash guards — If you plan to enjoy water sports, a rash guard is great for protecting adults and kids from sunburns and abrasions.
  • Aloe or after-sun cream — Sunburns can happen even with the best intentions. Aloe gel or after-sun cream hydrates and soothes sore sunburnt skin. 
  • Bug spray — Triton doesn’t have issues with mosquitos because of the consistent winds, but you might encounter these pesky bugs elsewhere on the island, especially at dusk and dawn and whilst spending time inland.
  • Packaged snacks for kids — The grocery stores on Providenciales have popular kid-approved snacks, but there is a limited selection of brands. If your kids are picky or not keen on trying new foods, you may want to bring some of their favorite snacks from home.
  • Diapers and baby care items — There are limited baby care brands available on Providenciales, so it’s best to bring a supply if you care about the brand you use.
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Mind Body Wellness Retreats in Turks and Caicos

Relax and Rejuvenate with a Mind-Body Wellness Retreats in Turks & Caicos

Feeling frazzled or burnt out? A retreat with an emphasis on the mind may be just what you need to get back on track. The Turks and Caicos islands has serene settings where you can indulge in holistic wellness activities. You can relax and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul with massages, meditation, and healthy cuisine at a private beachfront villa. It’s also possible to take a day trip to world-renowned wellness centers. Nonetheless, whether you come for just a few days or a few weeks, a Turks and Caicos wellness retreat will leave you feeling refreshed, re-balanced, and ready to take on the world.

What is a Wellness Stay?

A wellness stay is any type of holiday where you focus on health and well-being. This could include indulging in soothing massages, calming the mind with meditation sessions, taking part in fitness activities to tone the body, or detoxing with healthy cuisine. 

Turks and Caicos has numerous wellness centers that offer a variety of holistic packages and services customized to suit your goals in a bespoke getaway. From relaxing next to the beach to being pampered with daily massages. There is also an option to create a complete program with daily fitness classes, spa therapies, and nutritional guidance.

Retreat in a Private Beachfront Villa

Triton Villa arranges wellness retreats with a focus on health and well-being. With a picturesque beachfront setting just steps from the white sand and aquamarine waters of Long Bay Beach, the villa is the ideal location for a rejuvenating escape. And with seven spacious bedrooms, Triton Villa can accommodate retreat groups. 

The staff at Triton can arrange spa treatments, meditation sessions, fitness classes, and fun activities. All in the comfort of your holiday home. Triton’s chef will prepare healthy and nourishing meals. And will customize meals to your tastes and dietary requirements.

Yoga Retreat vs Wellness Stay

Yoga retreats have been popular for a number of years now, and for good reason. They usually take place in inspiring settings and include daily yoga classes and healthy cuisine. In contrast, a wellness stay is a bit more comprehensive. A wellness retreat usually combines many elements including daily movement classes, spa treatments, wholesome cuisine, and stress-relieving activities like meditation. 

Wellness retreats focus on specific mental and physical hurdles that you choose to address. For example, you may want to get a better grasp on mindfulness and stress management. Alternatively, you might take part in a multi-day detox to get rid of toxins and flush out the system. If fitness is your main goal, you can work with a personal trainer to get in better shape.

Cuisine 

Healthy cuisine is an important part of any wellness retreat. After all, the better you eat, the better you feel. Triton Villa’s private chef has years of experience cooking various cuisines that are both delicious and nutritious. Also, the chef can tailor menus to suit your dietary requirements and preferences including gluten-free and vegan meals.

Activities 

Triton Villa offers a diverse range of activities that are perfect for any wellness retreat. The villa staff can arrange yoga, pilates, and fitness instructors come to the villa so you can work out next to the pool, on the beach, or in air-conditioned comfort in the villa. They can also help you book scuba diving trips, kiteboarding classes, and horseback rides along the beach. In addition, guests can meditate and indulge in spa treatments in the breezy pavilion, play tennis or bocce ball on the villa’s private courts, and enjoy al fresco meals prepared by the private chef while overlooking the beach and ocean.

Note: Speak with Triton Luxury Villa about reservation policies for wellness packages. Trition requires advance reservation.

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Yoga Retreats in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Yoga Classes and Retreats in Turks and Caicos

Yoga Retreats are an excellent way to connect the body and mind. As well as, improve flexibility, balance, and increase blood flow. In addition, it’s a great stress-reliever because it helps to calm the mind. It’s made even better when you can do it in a spectacular setting like Turks and Caicos.

There are many places you can do yoga in Turks and Caicos. From beachfront yoga sessions to indoor classes in air-conditioned studios. There are also multi-day yoga retreats and private yoga classes available in the comfort of your private villa.

Why Travel to Turks and Caicos for Yoga?

Over the past few years, yoga has become increasingly popular on the Turks and Caicos islands, and it’s easy to see why. The beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters provide the perfect backdrop for re-connecting to yourself and balancing your body and mind. Yoga enthusiasts will find a number of yoga studios on Providenciales that offer daily classes in air-conditioned spaces. Weather permitting, classes can take place outdoors on the beach and in gardens. Many instructors come to Triton Villa for one-on-one classes. 

Private Instructors for In-villa Classes

Are you thinking about trying yoga in Turks and Caicos, but not sure you’re up for a group class? Many yoga instructors in Providenciales are happy to come to your villa for private instruction. This is a life-changing opportunity for beginners who have never done yoga before. The reason being, you can learn the basics with undivided attention and no distractions. For instance, when hosting a health focused getaway or retreat, this is a great option. You can take yoga classes in the comfort of your island hideaway. With that in mind, there is no need to take transportation to a studio for multiple people.

Beachfront Yoga on Long Bay Beach at Triton Villa

Guests of Triton Villa have the advantage of being just steps from Long Bay Beach. The beaches backdrop is the perfect setting for yoga sessions. Start the day with sun salutations on the sand and stretch your muscles with some afternoon asanas overlooking the ocean. Alternatively, bring the day to a close with some sunset poses amid gentle sea breezes. The staff at Triton Villa can help you arrange yoga classes in the villa or along the beach upon request. In addition, they can help you design customized yoga retreats at the villa for single travelers, couples, and groups. 

Yoga Retreats

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in yoga and healthy living, a yoga retreat is the way to go. Yoga retreats typically run anywhere from a few days to a week or more. Retreats include daily yoga classes, spa treatments, and healthy cuisine. Triton Villa can accommodate large groups for yoga retreats. The villa has plenty of space to practice your asanas indoors and out. Plus, our private chef can create custom menus to compliment your practice.

Types of Yoga Classes Available

There are many different types of yoga classes in Turks and Caicos. From gentle Hatha sessions to invigorating vinyasa classes, restorative stretching sessions, and yoga classes for kids and expecting moms-to-be. Your yoga instructor can help determine which class is right for you. 

Yoga Companies

Retreat Yoga and Wellness Studio

Located in Grace Bay, Retreat Yoga and Wellness Studio is one of the most popular yoga studios in Providenciales. It was created by two sisters, Laura and Lindsay. The ladies wanted to share their love for yoga and healthy living with people in Providenciales. Retreat offers daily yoga classes in a wide variety of styles. With a high demand for instruction at villas and resorts, Retreat offers private classes.

Note: Advanced reservations are essential for yoga retreats and private yoga classes

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Kitesurfing – Everything You Want to Know

Turks and Caicos is renowned as an excellent kiteboarding destination because the conditions are ideal for all levels of kiters. Beginners will find plenty of kiteboarding schools with certified instructors who can teach you the basics, while more experienced riders can seek out bigger waves and more challenging conditions. If you’re planning on doing some kiteboarding (also called Kitesurfing) in Turks and Caicos, this is everything you need to know.

What is Kiteboarding?

Kiteboarding as we know it today began when the French Legaignoux brothers patented an inflatable kite design in 1984. The sport exploded in popularity after that, and in 2001 the International Kiteboarding Organization was founded. Kiteboarding typically involves using a board with foot straps and a kite with a control bar and a harness attached to your waist. Top kiteboarding spots include Turks and Caicos, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Spain, Hawaii and the Philippines.

Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding

There are quite a few places you can kiteboard in Turks and Caicos. Long Bay Beach on Providenciales is by far the most popular and one of the easiest to access. Most kitesurfing schools conduct lessons in the waters off Long Bay Beach. Other kiteboarding spots can be found off Middle Caicos, North Caicos and South Caicos.

What to Expect From Kiteboarding Lessons

A reputable kitesurfing school like Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding (TCK) will have instructors certified by the International Kiteboarding Organization. They can set you up with the proper equipment and teach you about setting up, safety and wind theory before getting you up in the water for your first ride. TCK also offers jet ski services to take you away from the crowds and help you out if you kite too far off course.

Kiteboarding vs Kitesurfing

Kiteboarding and kitesurfing are just two terms for the same sport. However, some people consider kitesurfing to be riding larger waves as opposed to gliding across flat water.

Kiteboarding Gear

Basic kiteboarding gear includes a board, a kite with a control bar, and a harness. The most common type of boards are twin tip boards, which can go in either direction, and the most common type of kites are Leading Edge Inflatable (LEI) kites. Most control bars have four lines and are attached to a harness that goes around your waist.

The Best Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding Spots

Providenciales is where you will find the best kiteboarding spots in Turks and Caicos, particularly at Long Bay Beach. Leeward Going Through and The Bight Beach are also decent kiteboarding spots, but better for experienced kiters because of the currents and boat traffic. Many people also take kiteboarding day trips to Bambarra Beach, Wild Cow Run and Cedar Point on Middle Caicos.

The Tides in Turks and Caicos 

Turks and Caicos has consistent tide and wind conditions nearly all year long, so from November to August you can expect breezy days with little to no ocean swells in locations around Providenciales.

The Benefits of Kitesurfing 

Kiteboarding offers a great workout because it activates all parts of the body including the core, arms and legs. Over time it can help improve your balance, flexibility and coordination. It can also be very therapeutic to be out on the water and taking in amazing scenery. Many people find that kiteboarding helps relieve stress and anxiety.

Why is Long Bay Beach Great for Kiteboarding?

Long Bay Beach gets consistent southeast winds most of the year and the water is calm and shallow with a sandy bottom, which is great for beginners. For experienced kiters, you can step out of the front door and be launching your kite seconds later. However, there is no lifeguard in front of the villa, so we highly encourage beginners and less experienced kiters to have an instructor from TCK come to help launch the kite and follow along with a jet ski in case pick-up is needed.

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Jet Skiing in the Turks and Caicos Islands

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:

  • West Harbour Bluff 

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

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.

  • Turtle Rock

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.

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Water Sports in Turks and Caicos: Our Top 10

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. 

Kiteboarding

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

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

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.

 

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Sea Scooters

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. One of the newest water sports to Turks and Caicos.

 

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Flyboarding

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.

Freediving

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

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.

Scuba Diving

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.

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Fishing in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Anglers flock to Turks and Caicos for its world-class sport fishing. Providenciales is the centre of all the fishing action as there are plenty of excellent fishing sites just a short boat ride away. The island also hosts a number of fishing tournaments throughout the year for deep-sea, bonefishing and bottom fishing. A Turks and Caicos fishing adventure makes for a fun day out with the whole family and friends.

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Types of Fishing Charters 

Turks and Caicos is blessed with an abundance of reefs, underwater walls, quiet bays and mangrove forests, which means that there are plenty of options when it comes to charters. 

Deep Sea Fishing

The Turks and Caicos islands sit on the edge of marine shelves that start at about 45 feet and drop thousands of feet into the ocean. This means there are plenty of deep sea fish to be found very close to the islands. Potential catches include blue marlin, swordfish, sailfish, tuna, mahi-mahi and barracuda. 

Bonefishing

Bonefish congregate in the mudflats around Providenciales, which makes it easy to pull in a decent haul just a short distance from shore. Bonefishing is typically done with a fly rod or spin casting from a shallow draft boat. Most bonefish range from four to eight pounds and it is common to encounter huge schools of them on the marine banks.

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is increasing in popularity in Turks and Caicos. There are numerous charter companies that can guide you to excellent spots, set you up with equipment and teach you the basics like how to present a fly and cast. Catches include bonefish, tarpon and snook.

Reef & Bottom Fishing

Reef and bottom fishing is relatively easy, so it’s a great activity for families with young children. Nothing beats watching the joy in a little one’s face when they catch their first fish. Typical catches include red snapper, bar jack, yellowtail snapper, cero and barracuda. You could even catch a lionfish or shark. 

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Best Time of Year to Fish

You can fish year round in Turks and Caicos, although some seasons are better than others for certain types of fish. December to March is the peak tourist season, so boats can get booked up fast.

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How Far Out Do You Need to Go for Deep Sea Fishing?

Because the Turks and Caicos islands sit so close to the marine shelves, it only takes about 10 minutes by boat to get to deep water.

Monthly Fishing Chart 

Many fish are available year-round in the waters off of the Turks and Caicos islands including grouper, snapper, cero, triggerfish and bonefish. From November to March you have a good chance of reeling in deep sea fish like mahi-mahi, sailfish and blackfin tuna as well as barracuda and reef sharks. From July to September the conditions are excellent for blue marlin, bigeye tuna and yellowfin tuna.

Fishing companies:

Privé

Privé offers private yacht charters on high-powered sports yachts outfitted with modern amenities like dual fish boxes with refrigerated plates, holders to store extra equipment, and outdoor kitchen and BBQ areas where you can cook your catches. Spacious cockpits can easily accommodate groups and the state-of-the-art sport equipment makes it easy to pull in the catches. www.prive-yachts.com

Panoply

Since 2008, Panoply has been taking guests out on the water for sport fishing, reef fishing, bonefishing and more. The fleet consists of three luxury yachts perfectly set up for daily trips. No experience is necessary, as the crew is more than happy to show you the ropes. They’re also happy to sit back and let experienced anglers do their thing. www.panoply.tc

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Scuba Diving in Turks and Caicos

Scuba Diving in Turks and Caicos

Scuba divers will find plenty to explore around the Turks and Caicos islands and cays. The clear, calm waters are home to barrier reefs, underwater walls, and all manner of marine life. Most dive boats leave from Providenciales and within minutes you can be at fascinating dive sites that are suitable for beginners and advanced divers alike.

Does Turks and Caicos Offer Good Scuba Diving?

With over 70 miles of barrier reefs and walls and hundreds of dive sites scattered between the various islands and cays, Turks and Caicos is a prime scuba diving destination. Many of the dive sites are located in protected national parks, so you will find an abundance of untouched coral formations and teeming marine life.

Best Time of Year to Dive

Turks and Caicos has beautiful weather almost all year round, so no matter what time of year you come, you can go scuba diving. September and October can be rainy, which might affect the visibility slightly. If you want to see humpback whales, late January to early March is the time to come. December to March is the high tourist season, so dive operators can be busy.

Best Dives in Turks & Caicos

French Cay is a popular diving spot for its impressive wall that plunges over 6,000 feet. This is a gathering spot for nurse sharks, hammerhead sharks, eagle rays and even humpback whales at certain times of the year. West Caicos is another excellent diving spot as there are about 25 dive sites spanning the six-mile wall. The reef is only about 45 feet here, so it’s a great spot for all skill levels. Northwest Point is renowned for its abundance of coral and bull sharks.

Dive Conditions

Sunny days and gentle ocean swells means that the waters around Turks and Caicos are generally calm and the visibility is excellent. The average water temperature is around 78° F (26° C), which is perfect for diving.

Marine Life and Ecology

It’s pretty much a given that on a Turks and Caicos dive excursion you will run into a myriad of marine life. This includes soft and hard corals, sea fans, manta rays, eels, lobsters, sharks, sea turtles, conch and barracuda. Humpback whales and dolphins can be seen at certain times of year.

Learn to Dive in Turks and Caicos

There are numerous dive operators on Providenciales that offer PADI courses for absolute newbies and experienced divers. Courses include the PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, NITROX and Rescue Diver. 

Types of Dives

Compared to other Caribbean dive destinations, Turks and Caicos tends to have smaller dive groups, which means the dive sites are significantly less crowded. Most dive boats set off from Providenciales and it could take anywhere from 15 minutes up to an hour to reach a dive site. Night dives are also available off The Bight Reef.

Private Dives

Private dives are a great option because you won’t have to share a boat with other divers and you will have the full, undivided attention of your dive master. Most dive operators offer private dive options.

Dive Companies

Dive Provo

Dive Provo offers daily dives to sites around French Cay, West Caicos, Grace Bay, Pine Cay and Northwest Point. They offer complimentary transfers to and from dive docks around Long Bay and Grace Bay, as well as private dives and discounts for multiple dive bookings.

Aqua TCI

The service is friendly and professional at Aqua TCI. Jump on Stephanie and Bill Wallwork’s custom 30-foot boat to set off for fascinating dive sites around French Cay, West Caicos and Northwest Point. They specialise in small groups.

Flamingo Divers

Flamingo Divers guarantees that there are never more than 8 divers on their dive trips. And for those who want an even more personalized experience, they also offer private charters as well as PADI courses and certification.

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Yacht Charters in Turks and Caicos

Yacht Charters in Turks & Caicos

If you want to explore the Turks and Caicos islands in style, a yacht charter is the way to go. A luxury yacht charter allows you to discover deserted beaches, hidden coves and coral reefs teeming with tropical marine life, all while travelling in the utmost comfort. As you glide across the turquoise waters on your private yacht charter, you can indulge in refreshing beverages and snacks, take in incredible sights and stop to do fun activities like snorkelling, jet-skiing and whale watching. 

Where do Yacht Charters go in the Turks and Caicos Islands?

The great thing about a private charter is that you can customize your journey to include all the sights and activities you want to experience. Due to the shallow waters surrounding Long Bay Beach and Grace Bay Beach, Yacht charters depart from various Providenciales marinas nearby. Your captain and crew can then take you to uninhabited islands and cays to explore pristine beaches and caves and enjoy beach barbecues. They can also take you to exceptional diving and fishing spots.

Best Time of Year to Charter a Yacht 

The Turks and Caicos islands experience great weather almost all year round, so it’s possible to charter a yacht any time between the months of November and August. During this time, the days are mostly sunny and the waters are clear and calm. In September and October it tends to rain and there are fewer tourists on the islands, so some yacht charter companies take a break in the slow period.

What Can I Expect When on a Yacht Charter?

The opportunities for adventure are endless on a yacht charter. Most charter companies offer a range of activities for guests of all ages. Snorkelling is always popular because the waters around the islands are incredibly clear and the reefs are full of vibrant marine life like sea fans, parrotfish, lobsters and giant manta rays. Crew members can guide you to the most interesting reef formations and underwater sites.

You can also zip across the water on a Jet-ski or Sea-doo, propel yourself underwater with a handheld Seabob, or use an iBubble drone to film your diving excursions. Whether you’re into motorised water sports, scuba diving, deep water fishing or tracking wildlife like lizards, dolphins and tropical birds, your private yacht charter crew can help you plan an unforgettable journey at sea.

Even better, most charters provide top shelf beverages and food for half-day, full-day and multi-day cruises. They also have experienced crews to serve you and guide you around the islands. The staff size and inclusions will vary depending on the yacht. 

Yacht Companies

Privé

Privé Fine Ocean Charters has a range of sleek and stylish vessels for all types of journeys at sea. You can choose from a spacious catamaran or high-powered sports yachts for diving trips and offshore fishing excursions. Each journey can be personalized and includes beverages and food. If you’re looking for a romantic beach getaway, a family outing for some snorkelling and diving, or a leisurely sunset cruise, Privé has you covered. www.prive-yachts.com

Are Yachts All-inclusive?

Most charters include food and drinks and equipment for water sports. Some offer alcoholic beverages including wine, beer, rum punch and champagne. Each yacht charter is different, so the inclusions vary depending on which charter company you go with.

Top Reasons You Should Book a Private Yacht Charter

Unlike scheduled boat trips, luxury yacht charters are private, so you and your family and friends will have the whole boat to yourselves. In addition, yacht charters are customizable, so you can pick and choose where you want to go and what you want to do. Plus, you’ll get to cruise around the Turks and Caicos islands and cays in a gorgeous vessel outfitted with modern amenities designed with comfort and adventure in mind.

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Sailing Charters in Turks and Caicos

A trip to Turks and Caicos wouldn’t be complete without at least one sailing adventure. Charter a boat and you can explore the turquoise waters and discover numerous uninhabited cays with pristine white sand beaches and hidden coves. Providenciales has a number of luxury boat charter companies that offer guided tours around the islands. Depending on what you’re in the mood for, your sailing adventure could include snorkelling, fishing, beach exploration or simply relaxing on the deck and watching the incredible scenery pass by.

Best Time of Year to Charter a Boat 

The best time to charter a boat in Turks and Caicos is between November and August when the weather is pleasant and the waters are calm. This is also a great time to see dolphins and other interesting marine creatures. From late summer to early autumn it can be quite rainy and there are fewer visitors to the islands, so some boating companies temporarily close during this time.

Types of Boat Charters 

There are many different types of boats you can charter in Turks and Caicos from classic sailboats to sleek sports boats and luxury catamarans. Most charter companies offer half-day and full-day sailing trips around the islands. These typically include refreshments and access to water sports equipment like snorkelling gear and stand-up paddle boards. Sports boats will also have specialised equipment such as fishing gear and wakeboards. Many luxury sailboats and catamarans also have cabins, which is perfect for those who want to embark on multi-day sailing trips around Turks and Caicos.

Activities and Destinations When Sailing in Turks and Caicos 

Boat charter companies offer plenty of activities that are suitable for all ages. Snorkelling is a must because the waters around Turks and Caicos are incredibly clear and teeming with interesting marine life including turtles, stingrays, parrot fish and sea fans. Smith’s Reef and the Bight Reef are particularly good spots for snorkelling. Families will love visiting uninhabited cays and islands like Fort George Cay to do some beachcombing. This is also an ideal spot for a lavish beach BBQ with fresh seafood including local dishes like conch. Sunset cruises are incredibly romantic, which makes them a great option for couples.

Fishing Charters

Turks and Caicos is a popular destination with anglers because the fishing is excellent nearly all year round. Fishing boats that leave from Providenciales don’t have to travel far to find all manner of marine life from small bonefish to larger game fish like blue marlin and tuna. The months between November and April are great for fishing because it is easy to find a wide variety of fish including snapper, white marlin, wahoo and blackfin tuna. The summer months between July and October are good for yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna and blue marlin. Barracuda and bonefish can be found all year round.

Boat Companies

Atabeyra 

Atabeyra is a stunning 70-foot sailboat that can hold up to 50 guests. She sets sail from the Blue Haven Marina in Leeward for destinations around Providenciales including the Barrier Reef and the Caicos Cay Chain. You can opt for packages that run for four, five or six hours and include snorkelling equipment, beverages and lunch on request. Atabeyra also does two-hour sunset cruises. 

Privé

Glide across the water in style on one of Privé’s luxury vessels. You can charter a private yacht, power catamaran or one of their custom sports yachts for journeys that last anywhere from one day up to one week. The all-inclusive packages can be customised to include snorkelling, diving, deep sea fishing and private beach escapes. www.prive-yachts.com

Panoply

Panoply is a luxury sport fishing company that offers custom cruises on three different vessels outfitted with state-of-the-art fishing gear. You can opt for half-day or full-day tours that include fishing, snorkelling and island-hopping or overnight trips for deep sea fishing. They also offer sunset cruises with gourmet food and champagne. www.panoply.tc