Watersports in the TCI: The insider news on Kitesurfing

30th April 2018 10:00 am

Keen to try your hand at one of the most exciting, yet easily accessible watersports around? Then kitesurfing in the TCI is perfect for you! Let Big Blue Collective help you make the most of your trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands with an exhilarating kitesurfing experience that will get your blood pumping and leave you wanting more. Explore the breathtaking beauty of this idyllic island setting while challenging your body and feeling the thrill of the waves beneath you- and the wind at your back.

Is kitesurfing in the TCI for me?

Kitesurfing is the ultimate action-adventure sport. Think a combination of parasailing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, skateboarding, windsurfing and sailing, all rolled into one adrenaline-pumping package. You’ll use something like a really small surfboard, using a large and controllable power kite, to shoot across the land and sea, exhilarating your senses and allowing you to experience the vista around you in a powerful, novel way. It’s relatively simple to learn, exciting, and unlike some other popular watersports requires a minimum of equipment for you to experience. While Turks and Caicos welcomes experienced kiteboarders to try their hands at the more skilled terrains, you can even come as a novice- Big Blue Collective will soon have you up and running, just so long as you have a baseline level of fitness and the willingness to learn.

Can you teach me to kitesurf in the TCIs?

New to kiteboarding? That’s no problem! We’ll help you find your wind-legs and get you hooked on a brand new watersport experience. We typically teach from our shore club at Long Bay [provided weather conditions are favourable], but offer inclusive transport from Grace Bay accommodations for you to take advantage of, no matter where we’re teaching, so you’ll find us easily. Start from scratch, or improve your existing skills under the eagle eyes of our expert instructors. Our comprehensive learning program will see you master the basics, gain confidence and learn how to get yourself out of trouble, all while having fun along the way.

Little ones are welcome to learn too. We typically advise a 10-12 year age range to begin learning, as there’s some manual dexterity requiring developed coordination required to full [and safely] embrace the kitesurfing experience. Kitesurfing in the TCI is best for more mature children who are capable of a little independence.

Why kitesurf in the Turks and Caicos?

The TCI is simple to get to, with a hassle-free arrival. Many airlines fly into the international airport, especially from the US continental mainland. Simply pack your gear, hop on a plane and you’re in paradise! If you’re new to kitesurfing in the TCI, there’s many options for you to rent equipment from us and try your hand at this novel sport, so don’t think it’s only for those already in the know, either. The wind in the Turks and Caicos is mostly side- and onshore, with frontal winds dominating in the winter months and trade winds in the summer, making it one of the ultimate kitesurfing destinations in the world.

Why Big Blue Collective?

Come join the most experienced kite boarding team in the TCI! Our home in Provo means you’ll have warm seas, stunning weather, exquisite empty beaches and easy waters to start your trip. From beginner to experienced, you’ll find the perfect spot to play. Use your Big Blue Collective’s guide’s insider knowledge to explore the unique island chain, while their expert instruction coaches you to be the best kitesurfer you can be.

Consider a kiteboard safari in the TCI

In 2013, Big Blue Collective partnered with VELA KiteSurf Resorts, making us their exclusive provider of all things kitesurfing in the Turks and Caicos. Experience the perfect active vacation and all the unique aspects of the Turks and Caicos islands in one perfect package. Tackle a 4 hour safari package or take it a little easier- there’s something for everyone. Tackle a full downwinder experiences, or take it simple on a private tour. You can even head out on a guided boat tour combo. Break away from Long Bay with a trip to the gorgeous waters of Half Moon Bay. Despite lying mere minutes from Provo, the breathtaking setting and superb terrain make for an unforgettable experience.

Feeling bolder? Head on a downwinder that will allow you to explore all of North Caicos. Take the trip from North Caicos to Provo, exploring the mangrove stashes, channels and cays of the Caicos Cays, complete with brisk North Easterner to power the trip. You’ll finish up at Emerald Point, ready to tackle the whole experience again.

Experienced kitesurfers in TCI will want to tackle the Kite Quest. Empty beaches and hidden secrets await, interspersed with unforgettable snorkeling and beach adventures. This isn’t a trip for the novice rider- perfect your deep water launching and self-rescue to fully enjoy this one-of-a-kind kiteboarding experience.

What happens if there’s no wind?

While kitesurfing in the TCI is usually pretty predictable, there’s no need to worry if you get a calm day. We offer a dazzling array of activities to keep you entertained and absorbed, so there’s no fear of a day wasted while you’re in this island paradise. Why not consider trying some stand up paddle boarding to add some extra spice to the trip?

Kitesurfing in the TCI is an experience you simply cannot miss. Make sure to add it to your trip itinerary today, and experience the thrill of playing with the wind and water as you explore one of the most beautiful Caribbean landscapes there is.


Filed under: Kite Surfing

Easy, simple, perfect: day excursions around Turks and Caicos

9:57 am

Are you heading to the Turks and Caicos? Be sure to add a few day [or even longer] excursions to your itinerary to ensure you experience everything this beautiful island chain has to offer. Big Blue Collective offers you the perfect plan, no matter where you want to head

Explore the fun and vibrancy of Provo or Grand Turks, or get to the heart of the Turks and Caicos with unique explorations to North, South, Middle and Eastern Caicos. Discover sleepy Caribbean towns steeped in history and rich with natural beauty and diversity. Discover the fish industry at Southern Caicos, or explore the wilds of Middle and Eastern Caicos. Big Blue Collective has bases on all the islands, and close to two decades of experience to guide you to experiences that you’ll remember forever

Fun and frolic at play

Providenciales

Provo, the most populous island in the chain, makes for a perfect Turks and Caicos excursion in itself. Rich with beautiful beaches, roaming wildlife and sites to explore, you can easily content yourself getting to know this corner of the TCI. Visit the only conch farm in the world, and learn more about the giant sea snail so vital to the culture of the island. West Harbour Bluff and the Frenchman’s Creek Nature Reserve offers spectacular natural sights, while those with a historic bent can visit the remains of Cheshire Hall Plantation and learn more about it’s fascinating history. There’s even ‘The Hole’, a massive sinkhole with diving potential for those who love water sports.

Be sure to stop at Little Water Cay while you’re here. It’s an unmissable part of any Turks and Caicos excursion. Populated by the unique TCI iguanas, you’ll find them everywhere on their small island home. It’s the perfect stop for a kayaking tour, complete with the smaller iguanas on the lesser islands dotted through the area. Schedule 2 or 3 hours for this unique little slice of the TCI pie!

Grand Turk

Grand Turk makes a perfect day excursion in the Turks and Caicos chain. There’s sports, activities, attractions and sights galore. You’ll have to fly over from Provo, but it’s a quick hop. Gibbs Cay, a small yet remarkable island, offers you the unsurpassable chance to see wild stingrays at play. Protecting the coastline since 1852, there’s also the looming Grand Turk lighthouse to explore. Perched on the northern end of the island, this is also some of the best scenery Grand Turk offers. Explore the beautiful colonial architecture of the area- be sure to stop in at St Mary’s Anglican Church, a local beauty spot. There’s also the Turks and Caicos National Museum to entertain you.

The best of the best of wild Turks and Caicos excursions

Venture out a little further, and let the true beauty of the Turks and Caicos area seep into your soul. Big Blue Collective’s unique eco-tours will leave you refreshed, entertained and enraptured by this singular corner of the world.

North, East and Middle Caicos

With a fun ferry trip to set the mood, and the option to watch a spectacular sunset or sunrise from the deck, this is a Turks and Caicos excursion not to be missed. Middle Caicos brings you the joys of Mudjin Harbour, surrounded with towering limestone cliffs and home to quaint rocky islands and breathtaking caves. The Conch Bar caves are the biggest non-submerged caves in the Bahama-TCI archipelago, utterly untamed by tourism, or head to the Indian Cave and experience its open galleries and skylights for yourself.

Two spectacular plantations offer you the chance to explore their historical ruins, hidden cays dot her shores, and Cottage Pond is offers a sharp blue open strip of water in the centre of North Caicos, home to species seen nowhere else in the world. And of course, there is the beautiful, beautiful beaches at every turn.

Let Big Blue Collective’s experience help you plan the perfect TCI excursion to the North and Middle Islands. Opt for a tour with our talented and knowledgeable guides, or tailor the ‘Heart of the Island’s Eco-tour’ to your specific needs. Keen to try something off the beaten track? Explore the wilder east end of Middle Caicos, with the exquisite Windward-Going-Through channel and Wild Cow Run beach as your final destinations. Plan a picnic on the beach and let us handle the details…you can’t go wrong with this beautiful destination.

Salt Cay

Salt Cay offers something truly unique- an unspoilt Caribbean island far removed from the usual tourist trappings. It’s the destination of choice for divers everywhere, but the uniquely historical salt salinas, rejuvenating atmosphere and beautiful coastal views make it a must-see no matter what you feel like doing. Where else can you stand on a Caribbean beach with the whole area to yourself?

South Caicos

South Caicos showcases the spectacular natural landscape of the TCI, and any Turks and Caicos excursion simply has to include a stop at this unique habitat. Why not try one of our unique eco-tours to the island? Once pivotal in the salt trade, it’s now the home of fishing, kayaking and watersports. There’s simply so much for you to take in, you’ll want to come back and back again. The friendly vibes of Cockburn Harbour set the tone for a walking tour of the historic sites on the island, while flamingos frolic around you. Get to know the fishing trade up close and personal, and round it off with a delectable seafood lunch on the waterfront. Or take to the back trails on our mountain bike fleet, allowing you to explore the area for yourself. Keen and experience kayakers will find spectacular channels, vibrant wetlands and hidden cays waiting for them.

No matter where you venture, any Turks and Caicos excursion will leave you stimulated, enraptured and in love with this unbeatable corner of the world.


Filed under: Private charters, Tourism

Experience the chill vibe of a sensational Caribbean island

16th April 2018 12:22 pm

Salt Cay, Providenciales, is the smallest of the main Turks and Caicos Island chains- but don’t let that fool you for a second! There’s a ton of things to do in Salt Cay, and a brand new adventure awaits around every corner. Today, Big Blue Collective takes you on an exciting virtual tour of the island, and the excitement you will encounter there.

How do I get to Salt Cay, Providenciales?

A mere 2.6 miles squared, and boasting a population of only 108 people, Salt Cay provides you a totally different look at the Turks and Caicos Island chain. Getting to Salt Cay is a little tricky- it’s possibly the toughest island in the chain to access- but by no means should that put you off as it makes it all the more rewarding! The island itself lies about 80 miles to the east of Provo, meaning there’s no passenger ferry services as there is for some of the other islands. International flights from the local Salt Cay airport [and nearby Grand Turk] also don’t run- you’ll find most international flights will bring you to Provo, however, and that’s a great place to start. Take a few days to explore the unique vibe of Provo [find our more about this glorious island here] and allow the chilled-out nature of the area to seep into your weary bones to prepare you for what’s to come. It’s also a great time to do some shopping, as Salt Cay’s own selection is a little limited- be sure to stock up on any non-commercial essentials while you’re there. UK and US citizens don’t even need a visa to visit the islands, so there’s no excuse!

From there, getting to Salt Cay is a matter of hopping on a local flight. The island does have its own small airport servicing domestic flights, and flights come in both from Provo and Grand Turk. Cargo space isn’t huge, as you’ll be on a small island hopping craft, so pack light for this section of the journey.

If you’d like something a little more romantic, you can also opt for a Ferry from Grand Turk. Running three times a week, it does depart from Salt Cay rather then the capital island, however, so we’d rather recommend you use it for a Grand Turk day trip rather than Salt Cay if you don’t want to stay a while

Can’t-miss things to do in Salt Cay

Salt Cay is one of the biggest islands in the chain, despite her tiny population. Facing the vigour of the tradewinds on her eastern side, the landscape you’ll find awaiting you is uniquely weather-beaten, and the island carries an aura of being forgotten by time. Herein lies it’s true beauty. This is your perfect chance to explore a Caribbean landscape unchanged by tourism and luxury hotels, where the ruins of history call to you and beaches remain untouched by crass commercialisation. Sink into the tranquility of a quiet life, where cars are scarce and roads unpaved, the airport has a single runway and colonial architecture surrounds you in it’s beauty.

Exploring the ocean, and indulging a love of watersports, is of course one of the top things to do on Salt Cay. The scuba diving provides breathtaking underwater backdrops, including some of the best wall diving in Caribbean waters. Snorkel directly from Little Bluff Lookout, or hop on a boat to head to some offshore sites. Keen kayaking fans have two choices of terrain- either the wetland flat water or open water cruising. There’s also a wealth of fishing sites for you to try your luck at, but make sure you have the right permits.

Beautiful beaches abound, ranging from the isolated and slightly rough waters of Long Bay to the pristine sand and clear water of North Bay. Balfour Town Beach rings most of the accommodation on the island, offering fantastic snorkeling sites and a spectacular rocky coastline, while Northeast Point offers sensational panoramic views that can’t be beaten. For a little island, the beach diversity is staggering, and you’re free to simply walk down and admire when you find a spot you love- all beaches are public and open to you.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the whale watching– it’s one of the most iconic things to do on Salt Cay, after all. Active January to April, you’ll be able to spot Humpback whales in all their glory as they migrate to the warmer water. Mothers with calves at play are a common sight. Due to the positioning of the islands, a natural funnel between Salt Cay and Grand Turk make the area particularly dense in these majestic beasts, and the whale watching opportunities are unrivalled. While very dependant on weather and conditions, the opportunity to snorkel with the whales may even be open to you!

Can I make a day trip to Salt Cay?

Of course! A day trip to Salt Cay can be the perfect way to explore this fascinating location, especially if you’d like your main base for the holidays to be a little more vibrant and happening like Grand Turk or Provo. Unmarred by commercialisation and tourism, the experience is truly unique. Explore the salt salinas- the historical remnants of the salt industry that once thrived here- dive, explore the laid back nooks of the Cay and make memories to treasure forever. Where else in the Caribbean could you have miles of secluded beach just to yourself? If you decide to stay longer, some villas and other accomodation are open to you.

Unspoilt, rugged and beautiful, Salt Cay offers you a truly unique Caribbean experience, and a day trip to Salt Cay should be top of everyone’s destination list for the Turks and Caicos Islands.


Filed under: Salt Cay

It’s here: your top list of things to do in Provo

9th April 2018 2:18 pm

Whether you’re a land-lover or water baby, young or old, there’s a ton of awesome things to do in Providenciales to match any taste. Best known for it’s awesome watersports and beautiful beaches, the Turks and Caicos is a great off-the-beaten-track destination for anyone looking for fun, sand, surf and friendly people. Here’s Big Blue Collective’s ultimate guide to things to do in Provo.

Drink in the sights of Grace Bay

The Turks and Caicos may be home of some of the most beautiful beaches around- but none deserve the title more then the exquisite rolling sands of Grace Bay. It’s the epitome of a fantastic Caribbean beachfront, bringing you crystal clear blue waters, fluffy white powder topping the waves, and the occasional picturesque boat riding the soft waves. The area is rich in resorts, so it’s easy to find somewhere to grab a bite to eat or relax with a cocktail. The Grace Bay beach has been officially declared ‘the best in the world’, and makes the perfect starting point for a host of exquisite walks through the surrounding areas, too.

Head out onto the greens

Golf may not be the first sport you think of when you think of the Caribbean- but with Provo Golf Club, it probably should be. Open to all, this 18-hole golf club is consistently voted one of the best in the entire Caribbean area, so if you’re keen to practice your swing this is a can’t-miss attraction. There’s also several fantastic tennis courts for you to stay active, if that’s more your style. However you like your action, there’s plenty of things to do in Providenciales that will keep you fit and on your toes.

Soak in the history

The entire Turks and Caicos area is rich in history, and as the most populated island many of the fantastic sites can be found on Provo. Learn more about the cotton industry, explore plantation sites like Cheshire Hill, and even take in the sights of Wade’s Green, one of the best preserved plantations in the world. If that doesn’t work for you, then head out to the world’s only Conch Farm for a unique look at one of the island’s most iconic marine creatures. Or visit ‘the hole’, a natural limestone sinkhole of 40 feet deep. The brave can even head down into the earth to experience a natural swimming hole- and gain bragging rights, of course!

Get in touch with yourself

Provo hosts a number of luxury day spas to help you relax, unwind and soak in the tranquility of the area. If you like a side order of fitness with your relaxation regime, there’s also world-class yoga and pilates facilities ready to help you work out the kinks after your long flight in and get you ready to party on the beach.

Take to the skies

One of the top things to do in Providenciales will take you literally to the top! Think of the spectacular bird’s-eye views awaiting you as you parasail over Grace Beach. Take it one step further, and head up in a helicopter for a full tour of the island area, allowing you the perfect chance to drink in the exquisite sights of this special corner of the Caribbean.

Learn the local culture

The great news for shop-a-holics is that there’s a ton of crafts and curios for you to explore on the island. Take it a step further, and chat with local street vendors about their unique culture and handicrafts. The area is soaked in tradition, and it’s well worth exploring if you’re a conscious visitor.

Sample stunning cuisine

By far one of the best things to do in Providenciales is capitalise on the island’s status as the most developed in the Turks and Caicos chain with tasty food. Indulge your taste buds in a spectacular fest unlike any other. Sample the many different ways the local Conch can be prepared, as well as revel in the fresh and tasty seafood brought in that morning by local fishermen- or try fishing for some yourself! Try grilling your own meat at the table, and find a range of cuisines from across the globe to keep your tastebuds titillated.

Action, action and more action

It can be of no surprise that one of the very best things to do in Providenciales is head out onto the water. Try stand-up paddle boarding or kite surfing for the very first time, scuba and snorkel in some of the most beautiful waters in the world, experience breathtaking marine life up close and personal, take a boat-trip to the preserved reserve areas on the island, catch some wind in the many wind sports open to you…the list seems truly endless, and there’s something just perfect for everyone. You can even hire a boat and take your island exploration to the next level with a personal touch, or head below the surf in a chartered submarine tour.

Experience nature as never before

Much of the beautiful landscape of the Turks and Caicos is preserved for the future in wildlife reserves. From the opportunity to spot whales breaching and at play on Salt Cay, right through to the chance to take an eco-tour that will not only open your eyes to some of the most fantastic scenery and animal life in the world, but leave you with a rich understanding on how we impact them, there a whole world waiting for you to discover it.

The list of things to do in Providenciales Is huge, because this truly unique locale has a little bit of something for everyone. From spectacular views and rich marine life, to an adventure sport paradise, right through to delectable food and everything in-between, your only worry will be fitting it all in to one holiday! Let Big Blue Collective help you plan the ultimate excursion today.


Filed under: Provo

A lifetime of Turks and Caicos awaits you

2nd April 2018 10:05 am

The astounding beauty of the Turks and Caicos calls to you- and one trip will never be enough. There’s simply too much to see, do and experience to cram it into a few days and weeks. Today, Big Blue Collective looks at the many exciting experiences available to you- and how best to see them all.

It will take at least 3 trips to the islands before you can claim to have properly sampled the diverse blend of eco-tourism, water sports, action adventure and beach holiday that TCI offers you- and believe us, you will want to come back and back once you’ve sampled the jovial island sport and unique wildlife of the area. Why three trips, you ask? All will be revealed.

Year one in Turks and Caicos: Finding your feet

Your very first trip to the TCI simply has to be to Providenciales, the most urban of the islands in the area. Not only is it home to the international airport servicing the area, but it’s the most populated spot for a wobbly-legged urbanite to begin exploring. It also provides the best shopping opportunities for gathering souvenirs for the folks back home. The island boasts some very unique craft items, from silver jewelry to the famous conch shells, so be sure to take some time to find that perfect something.

Make your homebase on the island for this trip and get ready to head to the beach to unwind! Provo is known for its beautiful beaches [Grace Bay is a must-see, although Taylor Bay and Bight come close too] and you’re going to need to relax, unwind and flush the stresses of home from your body. You may opt to stay at one of the all-in resorts the island offers, some of which have spa facilities attached. If you’re up to a little time in nature, the area is also home to magnificent national park areas that are ripe for exploration, as well as the fathomless blue ocean around you. No trip would be complete without an eco-tour, in fact, so consider hiring a kayak to drink in the sights of the islands. Remember that the Turks and Caicos area plays a critical part of the annual humpback whale migration- time your trip right, and you may just get lucky enough to experience these magnificent beasts for yourself.

Since you’re on Provo, you of course have to round out the trip sampling the delectable cuisine the island offers- don’t forget to try a conch dish to get a taste for island cuisine….but don’t worry, you’re not quite there yet! North and Middle Caicos awaits.

Year Two: The year of exploration

South Caicos awaits! You will, of course, still fly into the international airport on Provo, but hop straight on a local connecting flight for the South island. Your Big Blue Collective guide will be waiting for you on arrival. The island of South Caicos is bathed in history, once a thriving harbour and pillar of the salt trade. You’ll have a chance to soak in the unique Bermudian architecture and picturesque sights of the town among her friendly people.

Flamingos flock to the salt flats here, and you’ll have a chance not only to hop on a fishing boat to see the island’s secrets from the water, but to sample the delectable fresh-caught seafood too. Take to a mountain bike to explore the salt ponds and beaches- beware the wild donkeys! This is also a great base to explore East Caicos and Joe Grant’s Cay. Deserted beaches make the perfect cast-off point for snorkelling, bringing you pristine ocean and reefs to explore, or keep kayaking to tour the twisted waterways around the Cays.

Make it a kayaking holiday, and take the time to explore the spectacular beaches and small islands of the area- you can even head to the old plantation settlement of Jacksonville. Start your tour on the middle island, and maybe even take a few days here before heading back to Provo.Why not come explore Big Blue Collective’s home turf this time? Leeward is calling to you. Try your hand at kiteboarding [though it’s best if you have a little experience]. Kayak through the Caicos Cays to get a true sense for the area [and see some truly beautiful territory]. Paddle through mangroves, beaches and reefs, and test your skills against the tide. Or pack a kayak sail and take it easy! Round off the trip with Frenchman’s Creek Nature Reserve. This remote southwest corner of Provo is deeply removed from the influence of man, supporting the nearby reefs and home to a bustling diversity of marine life and tropical birds. Enjoy a picnic on the spectacular coastline, and sample the fresh seafood for a perfect end to the holiday.

Year Three: It’s like coming home

You’re a Turks and Caicos native now [well, almost]! That means it’s time to get to the true heart of the islands. Yes, we’re going to North and Middle Caicos… the true home of TCI cuisine, too, so come hungry and ready to experiment. Whisk across the major scenic sites of the area, visit Flamingo Pond nature reserve, explore the limestone caves of the area and  learn about the handicrafts of the native islanders. Here you’ll find the spectacular Mudjin harbour, perhaps the most impressive shoreline in the TCI, and also Daniel’s Cafe and the best seafood around [we told you to come hungry]. Delve into the sometimes turbulent history of the area at Wade’s Green Plantation, then grab your paddle board and head out to explore the mangrove labyrinths of the protected wetland area. There’s also the backcountry downwinder kiteboarding route for the truly adventurous. THere’s stunning snorkeling to be had in the area, as well as custom eco-tours to help you create the perfect experience.

Three years won’t be enough- you’ll be longing to come back as soon as you leave. The rich diversity of the Turks and Caicos will wrap you in it’s grasp,  calling you back time and again- and Big Blue Collective will be waiting to welcome you home!


Filed under: Tourism, Travel