Unparalleled whale watching opportunities await you in Providenciales

24th June 2018 9:32 am

One of the most breathtaking and unforgettable experiences of many people’s lives is having the opportunity to spot whales at play. These majestic, incomparable creatures- our mammalian cousins despite their size and habitat- exert a pull on the heart and imagination that’s difficult to describe without being there. Whale watching in the Turks and Caicos is one of the most rewarding experiences possible, as the area is rich with Humpback whales during their annual migration season. Imagine your dive and snorkel trips with a symphonic background of whale song, and you’re well on the way to discovering the magic. Let Big Blue Collective help you to the ultimate whale watching experience in Providenciales today.

Why do whales come to Providenciales?

The reason that whale watching in the Turks and Caicos takes on the spectacular proportions it does is due to where the islands themselves lie in the ocean. Every year Humpback whales migrate between feeding and breeding grounds. This trek is often over 5000 km long, the longest of any mammal on earth! The Humpback is fairly unusual in that it can be found in almost any ocean of the world, but most populations feed over the summer in Antarctica. As the months turn, however, their krill and plankton food supplies run low. They fortunately store extra ‘food’ in the form of blubber, fat layers just below the surface which will provide the energy necessary to sustain them through the next season’s travel. They will then migrate to the warmer waters of the Pacific during the winter months to breed, calve and play. The unique topography of the TCI means they are funnelled into a relatively small area of the sea on their journey, giving you the perfect opportunity for unparalleled whale watching, while the mating season vibe leads to spectacular chin- and tail-slaps, breaching and other display antics from the males.

When is the best time to spot whales on Provo?

Typically, the very first buzz of excitement blooms in November and December, with the first songs and sightings rolling in come late December. The next 2-3 months sees the peak of whale watching in Provo, and makes the season one of the most exciting all around for visitors.

Whale sightings may well be accidental- our fleet is abuzz right from December through the season as returning snorkelers and dive teams report in on where they have spotted the latest signs of activity. The Big Blue Team tend to spot more whales than any other operator in the area, simply because the vast wealth of activities we offer takes us to every corner of the island chain regularly. In the season, one eye is always kept cast on the ocean just in case. As always with these enigmatic creatures, sightings cannot be guaranteed, and the pods tend to pass through in waves- it’s not unusual to have sighting after sighting for a week or two and then hit a lull. The key is simply to be ready to hit the waves at a moment’s notice.

If you’re finding that your trip to Provo isn’t yielding you a lot of sightings, then consider heading out on a day trip to Salt Cay with us. Flat, calm seas and sunny skies make whale spotting easier and typically mark the best days for remarkable encounters- coincidently the perfect weather to sit back, relax and chill with a glass of something cool, too!

Whale watching on Providenciales with Big Blue Collective

Big Blue Collective provides you with the ultimate Humpback whale experience in Provo and the whole TCI, carefully trained under the eye of resident whale expert Philip Shearer. His experience is nothing to be taken lightly- he spent just short of a decade as whale guide in the Aggressor fleet of the late Captain Piers van der Walt, after all. We’re proud to hold ourselves to the high standards of the Silver Banks guidelines [out of the Dominican Republic], a protocol we’ve followed for over twenty years now. This sensitive and gentle approach enables us to help you get closer and more intimate whale encounters than ever. It’s about whale watching, not aggressively chasing the whales. You can read a little more about our approach on this link.

No two experiences with these gentle and mighty mammals are ever alike, which is part of the magic they weave. Without a guide used to the nuances of the whales, however, you may miss out on a critical magic from the experience. With a sensitive, careful approach and respectful team leader, the chances of the whales allowing a more fulfilling encounter are heightened. From jaw-dropping full body breaches to playing with dolphins and even once freeing a whale trapped in a gill net, this approach has facilitated hundreds of unique whale watching experiences in Providenciales with Big Blue. Visitors are inevitably left speechless in awe at these gigantic, thoroughly remarkable animals and their antics. If you’re very lucky, you’ll spot a mother and their calf swimming and playing together, or find yourself surrounded by the whole pod! Each encounter is different, but no less rewarding- it’s one you’ll remember for life. Even the islanders who live in the area never become jaded at the sight of these mighty mammals at play.

If you’re hoping to create the perfect whale watching experience in Providenciales, then why not let Big Blue Collective help you craft the perfect tour designed to give you the ultimate in whale experiences in the TCI?  


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Your own luxury charter boat is docked in the Turks and Caicos

18th June 2018 9:31 am

Are you looking for a true luxury experience when you book through Big Blue Collective? Then private boat charters in the Turks and Caicos may be the perfect way for you to see the islands up close and personal. It’s an experience like no other, offering a perfect blend of cruise and beach holiday vibes with a little extra luxury and your own cocoon of privacy. Once you’ve met our fleet, you’ll understand exactly what we mean!

Why are boat rentals in the Turks and Caicos a good idea?

There can be little surprise that the TCI is a premier destination for a host of watersports, from snorkelling and water adventure right through to scuba diving. Why not indulge in the luxury of being able to pick exactly where and when you play? A private charter boat for your TCI stay gives you freedom of movement and the ability to go wherever you want, finding your own adventure on the way. What could be better?

Big Blue Collective has a unique advantage in this arena- we have the very best powerboat fleet the islands can offer, from wave-beating catamarans to the star of our fleet- a luxurious 40 foot Hinckley that offers every mod-con you could possibly wish for. Our boats are all equipped for snorkelling, and many for diving too, and with the diversity of the fleet you can find the right boat for your plans easily. Our instructors even offer on-the-water dive training for beginners. Pick the right boat, and we can also bring along all the tools you need for paddleboarding, kitesurfing and even kayaking too. Whether it’s a gentle cruise through the Caicos Cays or a trek to the uninhabited and haunting channels of East Caicos or French Cay, your boat is waiting for you to find her.

It doesn’t matter what your plans are, or where you want to visit. Our helmsman are experienced, with years spent on the TCI’s waters giving them the experience to read the tides and sea as well as the insider scoop on your destination. Whether you’re longing for the beaches or the mangrove wilderness, our guides have everything you need to know right at their fingertips. On-board food options are catered to your needs, so all you need to bring is yourself, your spirit of adventure and the right playlist!

Meet the fleet

Still not sold? Then come and meet the super-special boats that make up our unique fleet…you’ll soon find the right match! Boat rental in the Turks and Caicos is never a hassle with Big Blue Collective on your side.

MV Serenity

This stunning sport yacht is outfitted with 300HP four stroke outboard motors, and looks sleek and powerful for all her 47’. She doesn’t lack in comfort and style, either, proving to be quite the head turner among our fleet. No wonder- the Intrepid class yachts have been repeatedly voted powerboat of the year by numerous well respected folks in the know.

On board Serenity, you’ll find a fresh water shower, open air space and shaded seating, a spacious sundeck, and the perfect spot to nap. She has side hull doors and a stepladder to make getting on board a breeze- even from the water. Whether you just want to take a private charter cruise in the beauty of the TCI, or are looking for your companion for a dive trip, she’s perfect all around.

MV White Sands

A powerful and beautiful 42’ catamaran, White Sands steams ahead under the power of her twin Yanmar 311s. With a super-dry, super-stable 21’ beam, this is one spacious boat. She’s equipped with marine heads, fresh water showers and every little luxury. Anchor offshore and soak up the sun, swim, or sip cocktails, she’s your perfect companion. If you’d like a laid-back snorkel cruise, this girl is for you.

MV Live and Direct

The adventure bearer of the fleet, with 15 years of good service on her record, this boat is saturated in the tales of the many visitors who have enjoyed her. She can go anywhere, do anything, and tell you the tales afterwards. As a fast, dry and nippy little ship, she doesn’t sacrifice style for her speed and manoeuvrability.

Her stats? She’s a 40’ catamaran, with two 3555 HP Cummins engines. Think of her as your perfect dive companion, as she can easily fit 6-10 divers, take snorkelers to the reef or explore shallow channels like she’s half the size. If you’re eyeing one of our water safaris, this is your girl. Private boat charters in the Turks and Caicos don’t come better than her.

MV Lady Tamara and MV Little Chill

Though they be little, they be fierce. 295 DC dual console, twin 300HP Yamaha World Cats, these are special little boats that will take you anywhere, anytime, and have fun doing it. From family fun to the ultimate dive ride, they’ll get the job done with a smooth ride, shallow draft and amazing stability even when the sea gets choppy. For 30’ vessels, they hold up to 10 people in true style, and can take 4 divers easily. If a half or full day trip is in your itinerary, you’ve found your girls. Fresh water hose showers and a head is available on both boats.

Private boat charters in the Turks and Caicos have never made so much sense. Each and every one of these powerboats, from the littlest to the largest, offer stability, manoeuvrability, good looks and the promise of fun, surf and sand. Whatever your destination- be it a party on the waves or a serious eco tour- these TCI rental boats will see you there in speed and style.

 

Speak to the Big Blue Collective team today to plan your perfect boat rental experience, and get the low down on each of our unique fleet boats to help you choose the best charter for your needs.

 


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Behind the scenes secrets of TCI Kitesurfing: When to come and what to do

14th June 2018 9:29 am

Kitesurfing probably isn’t a sport you immediately recognise, but if you’re headed to the TCI anytime soon it’s time to remedy that gap! Kiteboarding is scintillating, challenging yet accessible, fun, and probably one of the best action-adventure sports you could hope for- and it’s open to almost anyone. The even better news is, with Big Blue Collective’s guiding hand showing you the ropes, you can even learn the basics while on holiday! Whether you just want to know what the best time to kitesurf in the TCI is, or are keen to learn about the sport from the ground up, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Kitesurfing in the TCI.

What if I am a kiteboarding novice?

Kite surfing allows you to feel the thrill of waves under your feet and wind on your back, making it an amazing way to combine some adrenaline-pumping water sports with a scenic tour of the many spectacular nooks and crannies the Turks and Caicos offer. The sport has decided similarities to other ‘board’ sports like snowboarding and even skateboarding, but played out on the waves using a mini ‘surfboard’ and a sail-like ‘kite’ as your method of propulsion. The basics are pretty simple to learn, and Big Blue Collective offer our beginners level instruction in a sheltered inlet that is accessible almost all of the year. We teach from our shore club at Long Bay, if you’re keen to get going! Our expert instructors will ensure you learn the basics safely, and even stretch your skills further. You’ll gain confidence, learn how to troubleshoot [and not to panic] and have an awful lot of fun while you’re doing it! We even offer a special program for kiddies from age 10 and up. We typically don’t recommend it as a sport for younger ones, as you need to have established good hand-eye coordination to best take advantage of everything kitesurfing offers safely.

Always wanted to head out on safari? Take the idea of the classic safari to a whole new level when you kitesurf in the TCI. Big Blue Collective is the sole provider for VELA KiteSurf Resorts in this area, allowing us to perfect the active vacation just for you. From private surf tours to expeditions that will challenge even the experienced, the perfect vacation kitesurfing experience awaits you.

Is the Turks and Caicos a good kitesurfing destination?

One of the best! And we promise we’re not even being biased! Kitesurfing in the TCI offers spectacularly favourable winds, both frontal and trade, easy access to rental equipment, some of the world’s most spectacular island vistas and cooperative seas- and the TCI itself is simple to get to from almost anywhere, friendly, and remarkably low key and relaxed for a Caribbean destination.

When is the best time for kitesurfing in the TCI?

The million dollar question! While weather can always be a little finicky when you’re in an island chain, the best time for kitesurfing in the TCI is typically when the tradewinds blow in after the hurricane season. For us, that’s the summer months. However, there’s a lot to be said for riding the frontal winds during winter, too. It does depend on the challenge you are looking for. However, summer falls super-conveniently from November to June in the islands, which means not only do you get great kitesurfing conditions in the TCI, you probably will have leave stored up to make the trip of your dreams happen, too! We do suggest you perhaps aim to stay clear of the very peak months, however [think December to mid-April], if you want to experience the very best of the Turks and Caicos free of the crowds. Those in the know tend to love the winds of March to May each year. You can always come to join the party at the Windvibe festival, too!

What about during the kitesurfing off-season?

The good news is that despite the fact there is a ‘season’ for kitesurfing where conditions are most optimal here, the season is never really forced closed as it is in other areas. Bar the odd patch of unfavourable weather, typically worst during hurricane season, there’s always something to do on the water. Beginners have an advantage in Big Blue Collective’s headquarter cove. Sheltered from the harshest elements, it’s generally possible to learn and practice on most days of the year. Experienced kiteboarders will always have something to choose from too. From catching a downwinder along North Caicos to exploring the mangrove channels of Caicos Cays with a North Easterner chasing you the whole way, you’re sure to be able to find the sweet spot for a memorable Kitesurfing experience in the Turks and Caicos. You may even want to tackle our Kite Quest… find secrets hidden and beaches you can have to yourself, with the ultimate snorkeling adventure- and, of course, a ton of kitesurfing- thrown in to boot. It’s the perfect challenge for those confident in getting themselves out of basic trouble, and who launch well in deep water. You’ll want to explore it- it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Why is kitesurfing in the TCI so special?

There’s a huge area of shallow flat water here which makes kitesurfing in the TCI so very perfect. Easy for beginners, it still has enough variety, depth of water and remarkable hidden scenery to make it challenging for the advanced surfer. And, despite the presence of a ‘best’ kitesurfing season, advanced surfers will be able to find favourable waters no matter when they come, and beginners will always have our sheltered cove and watchful eyes to help them.

 

Looking for the true experience of a lifetime? Then come kitesurfing with Big Blue Collective, and make memories that will last forever.


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The honeymoon of a lifetime awaits in the TCI

7th June 2018 9:28 am

Are you looking for the perfect blend of romance, natural beauty and excitement to help you celebrate your love? The vast wealth of activities to do on a Turks and Caicos honeymoon are staggering- and no vista could be more perfect than the one awaiting you in the TCI. Imagine stepping out each day onto powder-soft sand and swimming in a staggering blue sea…and doing it all before breakfast! Easy to get to from every corner of the earth, drop-dead gorgeous, and packed with fun and romantic activities, there could be no better honeymoon destination- today Big Blue Collective will prove that to you!

The mood starts at home

Why wait until you set foot on Turks and Caicos soil to start your honeymoon? Say you’re starting your trip to the TCI from the Big Apple herself, New York. You’ve got a flight time of a little under four hours before you feel the soft white beach under your feet. Flying can be seen as a stressful experience, especially if your loved one isn’t the world’s best flyer…so the time to amp up the romance is now.

  • Get organised: You bought the tickets, but there’s a little more to it than that. Make sure all the important stuff- getting your travel documents together, making sure you have the very best beachwear to show off, organising pet and house sitters- well in advance of the trip. Don’t despair if you were hoping to keep it a secret surprise for your special one! Enlist the help of family and friends to make sure everything goes smoothly. Moms know everything, after all!
  • Be timeous: No one likes to rush, and you don’t want to start off your Turks and Caicos honeymoon snapping at each other! Whether you come straight from your nuptials or are celebrating later, make something special of departure day. Have a relaxed meal, double check the gas is off, and take the scenic route to the airport- or even hire a limo.
  • Pamper yourself: The flight’s not too hectic if you’re travelling from the U.S, and it’s not even that bad from Europe- but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it a little more! Spring for a hydrating facial mister, sheet mask for her [and him too] and some comfy slippers so the trip can set the mood for what’s to come. You’ll arrive relaxed and refreshed, ready to party.

Head to the beach, baby!

Of all the activities to enjoy on a Turks and Caicos honeymoon, what could be more refreshing, pampering and bonding then sipping cocktails on the beach? You’re likely to fly into Providenciales, anyway, and it is the island in the chain with some of the most amazing beaches. Take it to expert beachcomber levels by stopping on your way there from the airport- on Provo, nothing is really too far apart, after all! Take a few moments to feel the wind in your hair, the soft sand underfoot and the warming embrace of the sun before you head off to your hotel- it will help set the mood and shake ‘real life’ out of your hair for good!

Once you’re all booked in, it’s time to get some hours in the sun under your belt. It doesn’t matter what time you arrive- romantic evening cocktails as the sun sets or rises, or a day baking in the luxurious heat and sampling the turquoise waters will all help set the perfect TCI honeymoon mood.

Amp up the romance!

There’s a ton of activities to enjoy on a Turks and Caicos honeymoon, so feel free to schedule your days to suit you. We on the Big Blue Collective team, however, can’t think of anything more perfect for your honeymoon enjoyment then a private yacht charter to help you explore the islands in romantic seclusion with each other.

Experience the glitz and glamour of the Monte Carlo lifestyle as you are chauffeured around some of the island chain’s most staggering sites. Explore the remnants of the island’s rich history, snap selfies among Grand Turk’s iconic Caribbean architecture, or take one of our special eco-tours to explore the fascinating diversity of life in this tiny corner of the world. Whatever you do, round it off with a beach picnic and a bottle of bubbly to celebrate your honeymoon in style.

Pep up your energy

However romantic the setting, you probably won’t want to spend all day every day on the beach. After all, you want to still fit that sexy bikini when you go home! The islands are home to a staggering wealth of wind- and water-sports that make for the perfect blend of excitement, fun and adventure.

You don’t have to be a pro already, either. Big Blue Collective can always assist with equipment rentals, and our talented team are on standby to help you learn the basics of each sport. While experienced kiteboarders, divers, windsurfers and more will probably want to head out to explore the region for themselves, if you’re new to the beauties of ‘exercise’ on the beach [it doesn’t feel like it, we promise] then Stand-up Paddleboarding is a must for you.

Accessible to almost everyone, this is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. Paddle around a nature reserve littered with tiny islands, mangrove channels and breathtaking reefs as the calm water ripples below you. Our experienced guides will take you through known local beauty spots with a knowledgeable but light hand, allowing you to bond and bask in the natural wonder around you. Round the perfect TCI honeymoon off with a little snorkelling to explore the reefs up close and personal.

The activities to enjoy on a Turks and Caicos honeymoon are plentiful, and you’ll find something to enjoy no matter what your style as a couple. Be sure to include the TCI in your honeymoon plans, and Big Blue Collective will help you craft a honeymoon experience you’ll never forget!


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