Early Bird Discount – Fall 2018

19th September 2018 4:24 pm

Thanksgiving is just over 10 weeks away and summer has only just finished! We are already booking super fast through the Christmas and New Years’ holidays with spaces and boats already limited. 

You’ll guarantee your spot and a big SAVE 15% across our entire 2018/19 adventure line by booking early, before 31st October, 2018, using our EARLYBIRD18 code.
NOW you can also book accommodations through us and you’ll save even more.

EARLY BIRD 18 terms and conditions

  • Must use or mention the code EARLYBIRD18
  • Bookings must be complete by 31st October, 2018
  • Offer expires midnight 31/10/18
  • Discount Not applicable to additional trips booked after 31/10/18
  • Offer good for trips booked through 30th August, 2019
  • BLACK OUT DATES: 22/12/18 – 04/01/2019 (22nd December, 2018 – 4th Janurary, 2019)
  • Standard cancellation policies apply

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The Office Rebuild

3:06 pm

What a crazy 12 months. This time last year the whole of the Turks and Caicos Islands and most of the Caribbean were reeling from hurricane Irma’s full impact. The aftershocks wrought by her path of destruction have been felt for months afterwards. In a small island nation like ours when there is there is so much construction and building and to be done, there simply are not enough hands on deck to do all the work much less materials.

Priorities

With schools, churches, roofs and homes all needing urgent attention, businesses like ours fell way down the priority list and rightly so. Fortunately for us, we were able to work from our storage unit this season, relying on monumental patience from our office team; Tanya, Sherline, Kelo and Debbie to deal with a hot, sticky, cramped up space. No easy task but they did it with a smile and a wonderful sense of humour.

Renovation

Mid-August finally saw our turn to start our renovation works. Better late than never. The good news is that we had a building to work and while the main office was almost written off, this building, the oldest in Leeward, built in 1972, withstood another hurricane. Construction skills back in the day really were excellent!

Mid way through September and we are nearly finished and ready for the new season. We can’t wait to get back in there with some space, a cool breeze and a little AC so we can welcome our guests back to the best view in Leewar

It’s been a long and bumpy road fraught with much frustration and difficulty. But all is well that ends well and in the grand scheme of things we doing just fine.

Team BB

 


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Book today! Spaces for the 2019 Kalama Kamp are limited!

28th September 2018 10:40 am

Are you keen to take your stand up paddle boarding skills to the next level? Come to the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, and let the Kalama Kamp 2019 and Big Blue Collective hone you into a lean-and-mean paddle boarding machine. But you’ll need to book today- spots are already selling out fast!

What is the Kalama Kamp 2019?

Kalama Kamp 2019 is about souping up those paddleboarding skills- but that’s not all you’ll be doing. After all, who could come to the exquisite Turks and Caicos and not have a little fun in the sun while you are here? So don’t worry- you won’t have your nose to the grindstone the whole time, and this isn’t a busman’s holiday…this is about making you the very best you can be, surrounded by the powder soft sands and sparkling blue seas of one of the most beautiful places on earth. This year’s TCI Kalama Kamp will take place in October 2019.

This is the adventure water sport retreat of a lifetime, kept tiny so you have the advantage of personal attention at all times. With Big Blue Collective’s certified Paddle Fit instructors and your Kalama Kamp instructor leading the way, the waves will soon be yours.

6 days of waterborne fun await. The guides for the Kalama Kamp are widely acknowledged as some of the best watermen in the world, and they spend their lives surrounded not only by the natural beauty of the destinations they teach in, but learning every nuance and intricacy of the sport until it’s as comfortable to them as their own skin. Dave Kalama himself will be giving personalised daily instruction as well, so if you’re a fan of the sport there’s really no better place to find yourself then Kalama Kamp 2019. Where else in the world could you not only meet this legend but get to apply his wisdom to your skills?

What about the rest of the week?

While the true lure of Kalama Kamp 2019 has to be the instruction itself, there is, of course, a lot more for you to do. Once you’ve had your daily water experience and received the thoroughly personalised instruction of the Kamp, there’s still the wonders of the Turks and Caicos to explore. Through Big Blue’s partnership with Club Med, we can guarantee you the destination holiday of a lifetime to match the fun on your board. Soak in the sun on the beach, take a swim in the warm waters or hang by the pool, and let the cares of daily life in the ‘real’ world melt away.

If you’re keen to extend your stay [or simply can’t bring yourself to leave just yet], Big Blue Collective offers a host of other exciting TCI adventures for your to explore.  Head out to the magnificent dive sites in the area, book an eco-excursion into the wild backlands of the less populated islands, or charter your own private boat to further explore the islands and their unique culture. Don’t forget to pick up a conch shell souvenir from the talented local craftsmen while you are here!

I’m not very good on a paddleboard, help!

Don’t worry if your skills have got a little rusty, or even if you’re a newcomer to the sport. All we hear is an even better reason for you to sign on for Kalama Kamp. While the typical Kalama Kamp crowd does have some experience in the sport, it’s a very mixed group and everyone will fit in. Don’t believe the myth you here that you have to have elite SUP skills to join. We’ve even had a few raw novices with no previous experience join up, and a few days later you’d be hard pressed to tell who they were!

Don’t worry if you can’t surf, either. The Kamp instructors will show you exactly how. The aim of the Kamp is to provide an accessible, fun way for you to hone your skills and meet fellow enthusiasts, so don’t feel shy. If you’re not as fit as you’d like to be, that’s no excuse- the Kamps are accessible to everyone. Dave believes it’s important for everyone to push themselves within his or her own limits, not anyone else’s. Fun, camaraderie and SUP are the name of the game.

What’s included in the Kalama Kamp 2019 price?

There’s plenty included with your entry fee, including:

 

  • Full boat support as needed, so we can explore everywhere including the ‘backcountry’
  • Accommodation in a luxury villa complete with pool, taxes included too
  • All meals provided by an in-house chef when not sampling island fare
  • Airport and land transfers
  • A full selection of stand up paddle boards, paddles, leashes and hydration packs [or bring your own]

Plus, of course, the chance of a lifetime to experience the best stand up paddle board tutoring in the world. The unique waters around the TCI will help you learn more about a vast range of SUP techniques, everything from down winding, surfing and paddle exploration to your daily technique. Watch the glimmering mangrove channels just across from the Big Blue Collective headquarters beckon to you across the shimmering water, then head out to conquer them for yourself. Water like this can’t be found elsewhere- it’s some of the best in the world for SUP sports. All you need to do is get there, cover your drinks and remember to tip the friendly guides. Kalama Kamp 2019 will do the rest.

There’s no better adventure sport then stand up paddle boarding for accessibility, fun and great experiences, and there’s no better place to improve your skills then at Kalama Kamp 2019. Let Big Blue Collective and the Kalama Kamp team help you craft the experience of a lifetime in the TCI.


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Just-wedded bliss in the Turks and Caicos

23rd September 2018 10:37 am

Are you looking for the world’s ultimate romantic destination? Then a Turks and Caicos honeymoon is exactly what you are searching for. Warm weather, soft sand and beautiful seas will call to even the most practical heart, while the islands are simplicity itself to get to from anywhere else in the world. Let Big Blue Collective help you celebrate your union in the blissful peace of one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.

Celebrate your honeymoon in a Caribbean paradise

After the stress and strain of a wedding, it’s time to relax and celebrate your love. How can you not feel the romance as a newly-wed couple when the view from your room features swaying palms, lapping warm seas that feel like stepping into a bathtub, and the bright sun and sky of a tropical paradise? Step out onto the powder-soft sand and feel the cares of daily life [and that pesky remaining stress from your nuptials] melt away, leaving you refreshed, reinvigorated and thoroughly at home. Switch off your phones, crack out the camera and get ready to rediscover your love sipping cocktails under the soft Bermudan stars.

Let the beach life woo you

Did you know that Grace Beach is widely thought to be one of the very best beaches in the world? If you’re opting to stay on the most populated of the Turks and Caicos honeymoon islands, Providenciales, then there’s a strong chance you’ll just need to open your doors to see for yourself. Pamper yourselves and bond a little as you relax on the many rival beaches this small island has to offer, as the wind flips your hair and the sun warms your skin. Watch the sunset together with a cocktail on hand, or bask in the warm ocean as the sun rises behind you. Find a favourite beach for relaxation and recharge, or sample them all- in the TCI, you’ll never be sorry.

Bond through fun and adventure

Let the long arm of history reach back through time and brush your heart. Throughout the islands you’ll find the ruins of plantations and traces of the salt industry that brought swashbuckling pirates and brave explorers to this secluded corner of the world. While both trades have long since moved on, the romantic ruins left behind are perfect for a day spent exploring. Round off the experience with a picnic on the beach. On the outlying islands, there’s a good chance you’ll be the only ones, giving you your own private beach to enjoy for the day.

If all the relaxation has you wanting to burn off some adrenaline, then you’ve come to the right spot! Plan yourselves an active Turks and Caicos honeymoon and indulge in every wind- and water sport you could possibly imagine. Experience isn’t necessary, either, as the Big Blue Collective team are always happy to run you through the basics, and we offer equipment rental too.

Kiteboarding, parasailing and more are all open to you on the island, and with the still mangrove channels beckoning you to come and play, you’re bound to have fun exploring. If you’re looking for something a little calmer, stand up paddle boarding is just perfect for you. Calm water will ripple around your board as you drift quietly through the flat blue waters surrounding the islands, enabling you to enjoy the calls of the birds around you and meet the animal life of the TCI up close and personal without the disruption of an outboard motor.

Much of the area is classed as a nature reserve- one of the few worldwide which encompass a wealth of marine as well as land life- and you’ll be able to explore among the tiny islets and channels freely with our experienced guides. Don’t worry- this is no scheduled route march, you’ll be free to set the pace yourselves and wander where you will to shape the ultimate Turks and Caicos honeymoon for your tastes.

Explore an underwater tropical Eden

The land isn’t the only chance for romance the islands offer. Spend some of your Turks and Caicos honeymoon snorkelling among the coral reefs. Local beauty spots can be found close offshore or by boat, so there’s plenty to see. Watch bright tropical fish flit among the perfect reefs, or say ‘Hi’ to a friendly stingray or two as the flap around you.

Take it a step further and book a couple’s dive with us. The seascape around the TCI literally could not be more perfect for divers, offering several wall sites as the plateau around the islands drops away to the distant seabed. There’s also a few cave diving opportunities, and some well-known wrecks to explore. Or stick with the beauties of the undisturbed reefs and explore their grandeur as fish wiggle past you.

Sail into the sunset

Add an extra touch of luxury to your Turks and Caicos honeymoon experience, and charter a private yacht to take you where you will. Whether it’s exploring the islands, heading out into the ‘backlands’ to encounter the amazing ecology of the area and it’s caves and cliffs, searching through historical sites and getting in some diving, or simply living the big life and enjoying each other’s company, nothing adds a personal touch like your very own boat and crew.

Allow yourselves to be ‘chauffeured’ from destination to destination in ultimate style, relax on the beach from sunrise to sunset, take a cooling dip in the pool or get active and head out for an adventure- whatever flavour of romance you’re looking for on your Turks and Caicos honeymoon, Big Blue Collective can help you craft the ultimate getaway for you and your true love, so get in touch with our helpful team today.


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Visit the Turks and Caicos: Fun in the sun awaits

19th September 2018 10:33 am

If you’re wondering what to do in the Turks and Caicos, wonder no more! Big Blue Collective is here with the top tips you need to plan the ultimate TCI excursion, explore the beaches of the Turks and Caicos, and take home memories that will last a lifetime.

What can I do in the Turks and Caicos?

It’s probably better to ask what you can’t do in the TCI. As island destinations go, this one has it all, from beauty and relaxation to the ultimate in sea and wind adventure. Where else in the Caribbean can you move freely from island to island, free of the tourist crowds and over-commercialised flotsam that comes with them? Offering the perfect balance of development and natural beauty, the TCI has it all. The islands’ claim to fame may well be the beautiful beaches of the Turks and Caicos archipelago, but the excitement doesn’t stop there by far.

The ultimate diving destination

Where else can you find the perfect, clear blue waters of the Caribbean just beckoning you to come and explore the world below? The islands themselves perch on a shelf of land, a plateau of sorts, almost 11 000 feet above the bottom of the ocean. Then there are the exquisite coral reefs ringing the islands themselves. With this combination of landscapes, you’re guaranteed spectacular coral formations and arches, rich in flitting, brightly-hued tropical fish and amazing sea creatures. Several noted wrecks lay just offshore, offering their own challenges for the intermediate and advanced diver. Bare metres away, you’ll see the seabed plummet away from you into spectacular walls just waiting for you to explore. Or head into one of the many cave systems on the islands and experience the bare bones of this beautiful corner of the world for yourself.

Water sports are king in the TCI

Still wondering what to do in the TCI when you aren’t diving? The answer is: take to the water! The ocean temperatures around the chain barely ever drop, leaving you with warm, lapping blue waters to soothe and relax you. Provo is the centre of sport fishing in the area, while the flat waters of the bays make an excellent place to try out your kiteboarding and paddleboarding skills. If you’re a more experienced adventure, the local trade winds and spectacular channels of mangroves will challenge your skills while allowing you to drink in the gorgeous sights. Or head out wakeboarding and parasailing to experience all the adrenaline pumping activity the area has to offer.

Paddle through the mangroves

Beautiful wetlands are just waiting for you to kayak or take a stand up paddle board through them, while mangrove channels beckon you to come and meet the incredible marine animals that call the area home. See young sharks and stingrays flit around you, and watch turtles make their slow way up the banks. You may even spot starfish and conch on the banks as you slowly float through. Don’t forget to enjoy the cries of the local bird life as they rustle through the trees. The shallow waters of the TCI make this a spectacular way to explore the islands while staying eco-friendly

Stay busy out of the water with Turks and Caicos excursions throughout the islands

The fun isn’t only in the water, however. There’s plenty to do on land too! If lazy days in the sun sound right up your alley, then you can keep yourself entertained on the fine golf courses, including one of the top 10 courses in the Caribbean. Or charter your own boat and head off to explore the water. Take a day trip to the outer islands and share a romantic picnic on a secluded beach as the sun sets into the water. Join a local sports team for a kick up match, or head out to explore Provo’s beaches on horseback. Poke around the quaint Bermudian architecture of Provo and Grand Turk, and pop into the local museums to learn more about the fascinating history and culture of the TCI.

If adventure is still your style, then you’re going to want to embrace an eco-tour of the less populated islands too. Explore the cliffs and caves of these remarkable landscapes, and discover the ruins of the salt industry and plantations that brought the first flush of wealth and attention to the islands. You’ll spend your time amongst some of nature’s most beautiful scenery all the way, meeting wild donkeys and even the iguanas of Iguana Island. Big Blue Collective is well known for their spectacular Turks and Caicos excursions, so why not explore your options further with us?

Head to the beaches of the Turks and Caicos

With all the adventure under your belt, what would an island holiday be without a little downtime with a cocktail on the beach? With soft white sand below you and the beautiful blue water lapping softly at your feet, what could be better than to bask in the warm Caribbean sun and feel your cares melt away?

Grace Bay beach has been considered one of the best in the world, so you know the beaches of the Turks and Caicos aren’t to be missed. The beaches at North, Sapodilla and Long Bays may be better known for their spectacular dive and snorkelling sites, but the beaches are out of the world too. The beach at Mudjin Harbour is always worth a visit, and you’ll have the lighthouse and limestone cliffs to explore too.

With two declared national parks extending deep into the sea, spectacular opportunities for fun with wind- and watersports, powder-soft beaches to relax on, clear blue water to float through and eco-adventures galore, what more could you want from a destination?

Don’t wonder what to do in the Turks and Caicos, wonder why you haven’t booked your own vacation there already! Why not let Big Blue Collective help you make your Caribbean dreams come true today?

 


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What’s the weather like in the TCI in April?

13th September 2018 10:32 am

While the Turks and Caicos has generally amazing weather all year round, it’s always worth knowing exactly what to expect from your trip. April is one of our favourite months here at Big Blue Collective, and brings you some amazing opportunities for fun in the sun, so keep reading to plan the trip of a lifetime and learn a little more about the TCI’s weather in April!

What can I expect from the TCI weather in April?

April is the very tail end of the ‘high’ season in the Turks and Caicos, so it’s may well be the very best month of them all to visit. Of course, sun and sunshine aren’t that much of a concern in the TCI- we do get about 350 days of solid, gorgeous sunshine a year, so you’re bound to have fun whenever you come! April sits just before the possibility of rain, however, and that’s always the one thing that could dampen your experience.

The best news of all is that the water temperature will be very consistent at this time of year, which makes it superlative for all sorts of water sports. Ocean swells are slightly higher, but we bet you won’t even notice. While conditions for more wind-orientated sports are always a little more consistent in winter, the difference is fairly minimal no matter when you come, so if you’re keen to head out windsurfing or kiteboarding you’ll be able to enjoy your sport without worries.

You may have heard that mosquitoes may be a worry on the TCI, but this is more relevant to the wetter months, so don’t worry too much. There is still some trade wind activity in the TCI in April, so that tends to keep all manner of potential flying pests away- you’ll be free to enjoy your holiday in peace.

What is the tourism like in April in the TCI?

The TCI’s weather in April makes this month a ‘sweet spot’ for tourists. You may just be able to take advantage of the lower prices of off-season [although it’s still counted as high season in many places], but still experience all the beauty of perfect weather. The crowds will have lessened considerably, although you will still see plenty of friendly faces around for another few months. It is too late in the year for whale watching, although you will still be able to meet dolphins and stingrays up close and personal. Otherwise, you should have the best of all worlds, with all of the fantastic adventure sports that are synonymous with the Turks and Caicos open to you. April to May is the perfect travel time for budget travellers who still want to experience the vibe of the island as it bustles, but prefer it to be a little easier on the pocket too. While a few very rare rain showers may make an appearance, it’s highly unlikely, and the beaches should be the perfect level of populated.

If an action-packed holiday just isn’t for you, there is still great sunny weather for you to enjoy on the beaches. Be sure to include a good sunblock in your bag, because the island sun is perfect for a little safe tanning. The Annual Kite Flying Competition typically takes place in April, so be sure to take a swing past Bight Beach and check out the brightly-coloured fun! The Turks and Caicos April weather is also perfect for sport fishing, and all of the local sports fish are available for you to catch.

What cuisine is open to me in April?

You’ve just missed the lobster season here in the TCI, but don’t let that stop you from exploring the delectable seafood offerings open to you. The Nassau Grouper is a staple of almost every island dish- and delicious to boot. You’re also able to explore the conch and all of the related products the island produces. This simple shell is of deep importance on the islands, and you’ll have the perfect chance to snatch a shell or two as a memento from the talented craftsmen on the islands too. Be sure to swing through the Conch Museum while you’re here, too.

What should I wear?

While beachwear is always the fashion of the day on the Turks and Caicos, you’ll need to throw on some other duds if you’re going to go exploring [and you totally should]. You won’t need anything too hectic, however- think a few light shirts and shorts, and maybe a light sweater in the evenings if you’re susceptible to cold. If you’d like a little extra UV protection or want to venture out snorkelling or swimming, throw in a pair of sleeve rash-guards to keep you looking spiffy. You can always pick up anything you need in the shops on Provo if you forget something, so pack light- people often find that, due to the clement TCI weather in April, they’ve over packed and don’t use half the clothes they bring.

The weather in the TCI in April can be said to be almost perfect. While you’ll miss out on the chance to spot some whales, you’ll find the perfect wind conditions for kiteboarding, beautiful beaches without the crowds, and a ton of fun just waiting for you. Why not let Big Blue Collective help you make your April TCI dreams come true and book today?


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