5 reasons the TCI needs to be on your bucket list TODAY

25th February 2019 1:14 pm

Sand, surf, sea… there’s little wonder the Turks and Caicos are one of the ultimate all-time travel destinations in the world. The Big Blue Collective are proud to call this exquisite corner of the world our home- and we know you will love it too. The Turks and Caicos should be on every traveller’s list of can’t-miss destinations- and you’ll feel it call you back time and again. So without further ado, here’s our personal top 5 reasons the TCI needs to be on your bucket list.

  1. The Beaches

How would you like to lounge on one of the world’s best beaches? There’s nothing like soft, pure white sand and warm sun to soak the cares out of your stress-ravaged body and renew your faith in a life worth living. And it’s waiting for you here in the TCI.

While Grace Bay Beach may be the best known of the Turks and Caicos beaches, it’s rolling sands are far from the only ones which will call to you. The TCI is redolent in classic Caribbean beach fronts… but you won’t find yourself fighting the crowds just to enjoy them. Fringed in palms, perfect for sipping cocktails or enjoying the sunset, amazing beaches can be found at every turn- and your chances of being the only ones there to enjoy the view are startlingly high.

Add kicking back with your own (almost) private Caribbean beach unfolding at your feet to your bucket list today- and make the dream a reality in the Turks and Caicos!

2. The Waters

There’s only one thing in the Turks and Caicos that can beat the beaches- and that’s the water. Visitors come back time and again just to enjoy the unbelievable clarity and colour of the sea. Imagine those same powder-soft sands, lightly fringed by palm and slowly dissolving into breathtaking azure waters. Watch marine life flit around you, appearing so close you could touch it, as you slowly paddle your stand up paddle board down the island chain’s backchannels.Then you dip a toe in. It’s the perfect temperature for play- warm and languid year round. One drop and your cares will just melt away.

Whether you’re keen to try your hand at the multitude of watersports, or happy to just splash in the shallow waters near the beaches, the sea in the TCI has to be seen to be believed- and is definitely part of the reason this is an all-time favourite travel destination.

3. The Play

Talking about wind- and water sports, they have to make the list too. There’s few destinations worldwide that offer the depth and breadth of adrenaline-pumping play that the Turks and Caicos does. Did you know this is one of the world’s premier kiteboarding locations? As if the thrill of cresting the waves with only a board and kite as your guides wasn’t enough, there’s also stand up paddle boarding, diving, snorkelling and kayaking to keep your body as fit as your soul will be replenished. Fun in the sun is the name of the day, and you need to come ready to play, play, play! Whether you’re a beginner looking to try their hand at something adventurous, or a seasoned water sports fanatic, you’ll find plenty of active fun waiting for you.

4. The Whales

The unique geographic layout of the Turks and Caicos conspires to make this one of the world’s all-time favourite destinations for whale watching. Forced to funnel through a narrow channel between the islands during their migration season, you’ll be able to enjoy unsurpassed whale watching opportunities in-season. See these wondrous mammals at play, calves frolicking alongside their mothers and males breaching and tail-slapping to impress the ladies. This annual event is one you can’t afford to miss off of your bucket list, for sure! Be part of their amazing 5000km trek across the seas, snap shots your friends at home will never believe, and who knows- you may even get the chance to meet one of these gentle giants up-close-and-personal with an at-sea encounter on one of our whale watching charters!

5. The History and the Wilds

Visit one of the world’s last truly uncharted landscapes on the less-visited back islands. Explore the unique flora and fauna of this gorgeous corner of the world on a special eco-tour that sees you breaching uncharted waters in pursuit of ecological wonders. Be wowed by the panoramic experience of nature, or get brave and spend a little time exploring the unique limestone caves and sinkholes that litter the landscape.

Or strap on your adventuring gear, and dive into the splendid history of the islands. From it’s long history as part of the salt industry to the romantic splendour of its now-forgotten plantations and intriguing remnants of its prehistoric people, the area is redolent with the stories of people long passed. Enjoy strolling in the historic Bermudian architecture, and have fun partying with the locals at favourite hang-outs. Don’t forget to sample the stunning seafood offerings while you’re here!

No matter where you roam in the Turks and Caicos, there’s another adventure waiting just around the corner. From gorgeous spots to relax and rejuvenate to the adrenaline-boosting crash of the waves beneath you and the unspoilt vistas waiting for you to explore them, the experience of a lifetime awaits.

Keen to see what makes the Turks and Caicos one of the all-time best travel destinations in the world? Then get in touch with the Big Blue Collective’s team today, and start planning your trip of a lifetime now. We look forward to meeting you in person soon!

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Where can you learn to kiteboard in the TCI? With the Big Blue Collective, of course!

27th February 2019 1:12 pm

Are you keen to learn to kiteboard? We don’t blame you. One of the most satisfying wind sports around, kiteboarding has fast attracted a passionate core of devotees- and we’re proud to be in their number here at the Big Blue Collective. So if you’re wondering where to learn to kiteboard during your time on the islands, you’ve come to the right place- we are here to help!

Why should I learn to kiteboard?

Kiteboarding, also called kitesurfing, is an exciting way to amp your adrenaline and see the world. It’s the ultimate blend of wakeboarding, surfing, paragliding, sailing and skateboarding-on-water… and it’s great fun too! Imagine yourself, balanced effortlessly on a smaller surfboard, flying across the waves under the wind-power of a small kite. What better way to have a fabulous time, see the gorgeous scenery, and keep fit all in one?

Now add the spectacular surroundings of the Turks and Caicos- soft beaches free of the Caribbean crowds, warm waters in a blinding blue hue, and a pristine natural environment encompassing everything from playful marine wildlife to achingly beautiful untouched islands? And it’s all only 90 minutes flight away from the US mainland.

Where can I learn to kiteboard in the Turks and Caicos?

If you want to know where to learn to kiteboard in Provo, look no further than the Big Blue Collective! With over 3 decades experience in the kitesurfing sport and many instructors who call the islands home all year round rather than just during peak seasons, there’s no better way to learn.

Every Big Blue Collective instructor are PASA and IKO certified, so you know you are in safe hands. Individuality has always been a key part of the learning experience here at the Collective, so we pride ourselves on tailoring offered instruction to meet your needs- whether you’re a genuine first-timer or someone with experience looking to hone their skills.

What is kiteboarding instruction like with the Big Blue Collective?

Don’t worry if you’re new to the sport and don’t have the gear- we offer equipment rentals from the world-class Cabrinha line, so can provide all the gear you need. We use all the latest switchblades, boards and Neil Pryde harnesses, and your gear will be included as part of your lesson.

If you’re keen to use your own equipment, however, we recommend your board, a larger twin tip, and 12M kites for men (ladies, aim for a 9m or 10m kite). You can size these up or down depending on the wind predictions for your time here. Wind conditions in the TCI are generally excellent, averaging out at 12-25 knots (15-17 knots being typical), and we’re always happy to talk shop so don’t hesitate to ask us what’s going on on the islands currently.

You’ll want to aim for water sport-friendly clothing you’re happy wearing in and out of the water- and your spirit of adventure is mandatory, of course! Don’t forget your sense of humour, either! We can organise pick-up at your hotel, or feel free to meet us at our beach headquarters on Leeward Provo.

We understand that everyone learns to kiteboard differently so the exact lesson flow will depend on your existing skills, learning style and confidence. Our primary focus is shaping you into a safe, savvy kiteboarder. You’ll leave the lesson able to asses the weather, make sound decisions about wind and your skills, and knowing how to gauge your launch and landing areas whether alone or surrounded by other water users. A typical beginners lesson will take around 6 hours, and many feel able to ride afterwards. Even if you need a little extra help to get your confidence up, you’ll know exactly how to head out into the water safely.

We also offer an extended course that takes you beyond simply learning to kiteboard, and focuses on safety systems, troubleshooting your way out of snags, and self-rescue. This additional focus is perfect for those who find that the sport has bitten them, who will want to take their kiteboarding skills into a new hobby.

Can I learn to kiteboard by myself?

It’s highly recommended to take instruction rather than trying to learn the sport yourself. There’ are a few good reasons for this:

  • Safety: Under the eagle-eyes of a trained and certified instructor, you can learn in full confidence, without worrying about your personal safety or that of fellow water users. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy the process, instead, confident that years of knowledge are guiding you- and that a backup team is in place if you do need help.
  • You’ll learn faster (and without mistakes): Safety aside, you’ll be able to grasp the basics with expert tutelage, rather than fumbling your way through by trial and error. This means you won’t learn bad habits, and you’ll be able to grasp the basics quicker- and get to exploring the world from your board confident in your skills
  • You can experience world-class equipment: With our school’s equipment at your disposal, you’ll have access to the very best without having to lay out money on your own equipment.

If you’re keen to get started and simply wondering where to learn to kiteboard in the TCI, then look no further than the Big Blue Collective. With our expert instructors on your team, you’ll soon be enjoying the very best the Caribbean has to offer with confidence, the wind strong in your sails and your adrenaline pumping. Keen to know more about learning to kiteboard? The team is waiting to hear from you, so feel free to get in touch today.

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Kiteboarding Holidays in Paradise: make your December holiday one to remember forever!

25th February 2019 1:12 pm

What could be better than a kiteboarding holiday? Experience the thrills of this fun-tastic sport up close and personal in your very own corner of paradise! The Big Blue Collective is here to help you make your dreams a reality with this handy guide to kiteboarding in Provo, and making the windsurfing holiday of your dreams a solid reality in 2019.

Kiteboarding in Provo: perfect fun for the whole family

What do you get when you combine your family, your holidays and the super-experienced Big Blue Collective? A holiday you’ll remember for years to come, that’s what! Kiteboarding (sometimes called kite surfing) has rocketed to prominence among water sports recently, and there’s certainly good reason.

Kiteboarding is one of the most exhilarating water sports there is. There’s no steep learning curve- you’ll be confidently flying your way through the mangrove back channels of the islands in no time. It’s also something the whole family can enjoy, needing only a basic level of fitness and concentration, yet has all the thrills and fun of harnessing the wind to your whims. Add the TCI’s perfect weather; Big Blue’s 3 decades of expert instruction; near empty, powder-soft beaches, warm seas and shallow waters and you have a glorious mix that’s perfect for the holiday season.

Picture yourself flying over the water in some of the world’s most spectacular unspoilt scenery. Play for a day in the cradling waters of one of the world’s best beaches, or head off-the-beaten-track to nose around the unspoilt wilds of the outer islands. Grab the chance to experience a perfect downwinder in a truly unique location, or make it into a veritable water-borne safari. With the Big Blue team at your side, you’re free to play your way, all the way.

Learn the basics with our totally beginner-friendly instruction, and you’ll soon be confident in directing your kite, reading the wind and launching like a pro. Harness the tricks of the deep-water start, or polish your existing skills with our expert instructors. Kiteboarding holidays are some of the best there is, so you’re going to want to jump on this unique chance to live the holiday of your dreams.

How do I shape the perfect itinerary for my kiteboarding holiday?

Firstly, forget the stress- the Big Blue Collective offers world-class Cabrinha equipment rentals, so you can have all the equipment you need for the kiteboarding holiday of your dreams ready and waiting for you, with no need to fight your way through airport security, worry about your gear or pay extra luggage fees to get it here. All you need to bring is your spirit of adventure!

Through our partnership with VELA KiteSurf resorts, we’re the partner of choice for kiteboarding in Provo, meaning planning the kiteboarding holiday of your dreams has never been simpler. Whether you need to ease into the sport with some beginner-friendly instruction and a few easy trips, or are ready to plan the kite surfing safari of your dreams in the wild island outback, the Big Blue Collective have the knowledge and experience you need to make the perfect kiteboarding itinerary. Leave the planning to us, while you enjoy the most memorable holiday you’ve ever had, problem-free.

Worried you’ll hit a snag with the weather? The Turks and Caicos weather is generally very amenable to wind sports, with the regular cooling trade winds making calm days a rarity. Don’t worry, however- as we say in the Collective, ‘no wind, no problem’! We offer a host of other exciting water sports like stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling, diving and much more to fill in any still sports in the weather. Plus you are going to want to spend at least a day or two basking on the glorious beaches of Provo, enjoying the unspoilt vista and lack of crowds in this beautiful corner of the Caribbean

How do I get to the Turks and Caicos?

Don’t worry- you won’t need most of your holiday recovering from planning the trip just to kiteboard in Provo, either. The Turks and Caicos have their own airport and are serviced by a wide variety of airlines from the US mainland. We’ve seen an uptick in flights to the island lately, and even some smaller mainland airports offer direct flights into the local airport- Fort Lauderdale is always worthy of consideration if you want to escape the crush at large airports. Find the perfect package deal through online booking sites (and snag a great discount while you’re there), or spend your traveller’s miles through your favourite airline. Flexible travel dates will always help you get an extra discount, too. Remember that the December 2019 holidays will be classed as peak season, so be sure to get your bookings confirmed early so you aren’t disappointed.

Should I book my kiteboarding holiday with the Big Blue Collective in advance?

The December holiday season is always popular in the Turks and Caicos, and 2019 will be no different. So it’s time to get planning your kiteboarding holiday right now. What better way to add a little colour to the dreary ends of winter, anyway, then dreaming of the fun in the sun you’ll be having come year-end?

The Big Blue Collective believe in quality, personalised instruction, so we restrict our kiteboarding instruction groups to small sizes. Fortunately, beginning the booking process with us couldn’t be simpler. Drop us a line on the contact details here, and you’ll be well on your way to making your dreams of kiteboarding in Provo a solid reality.

There’s nothing better than a kiteboarding holiday to make memories, have fun and learn more about one of the world’s most favourite water sports. Make your December 2019 holidays the very best ever, and let the Big Blue Collective help you shape your dreams of kiteboarding in Provo and make them a reality. Our team is always pleased to hear from visitors, whether you’re a familiar face or a new friend, so don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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Learn to dive today with the Big Blue Collective

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Are you keen to learn to dive? There’s nothing better than the diving experience in the TCI! Diving in Caribbean waters means warm water, gorgeous wildlife and soft sand to relax on afterwards. With the Big Blue Collective looking after you every step of the way, you’ll soon be diving like a pro, with a suitcase packed full of memories and an exciting new hobby under your belt!

What is diving in the TCI really like?

Many describe learning to dive as a life-changing experience. Not only is it a new skill, but it’s a profound glimpse into a world many never see. You’ll experience the exceptional transition of your gear- which probably felt bulky and awkward above the water- becoming a weightless part of your being. You’ll experience your very first breath underwater as amazement, adrenaline, nerves and wonderment all meld into one unforgettable memory. You’ll be surrounded by light and sound that’s eerily similar to what you know, yet utterly different at the same time. Best of all, you’ll do it surrounded by an exceptional marine landscape populated by some of the world’s most glorious animals.

Your first dive won’t be your most skilful, but it will surely be one of your most memorable- and the Big Blue Collective are here to help you make it happen.

Why learn to dive with the Big Blue Collective?

The Big Blue Collective have been diving the TCI right from our inception in 1997. Our secret lies in keeping our diving tuition to small groups- we take a maximum of 4-9 divers at a time- which leaves us flexible, prevents the need to limit dive time, and enables our eagle-eyed instructors to focus on the overall experience for each diver.

Our dive team live on the islands full-time, many diving these very waters since the ‘80s, so their knowledge of the dive sites, reefs and water conditions is encyclopedic. We’re also proud to offer all 5 of the major TCI dive sites, including Pine Cay, North West Point, Grace Bay, French Cay and off-the-beaten-track West Caicos. We’re also not afraid to venture further in pursuit of the perfect experience!

Add to that our incomparable dive fleet. Fast and comfortable, they are the perfect way to explore the sea and get where you need to be. They’re also fully equipped with O2 kits and hold TCI marine certification. Remember, too, that we offer full equipment rental from the superb Cressi, Aqualung, Sherwood and O’Neill lines, meaning you don’t have to figure out the complicated logistics of bringing your own gear with you on your journey if you’re looking to travel light. All our equipment is thoroughly maintained and upgraded often, so you’ll never have to fight with sub-par scuba gear… all you need to do is come and enjoy.

The Big Blue Collective have our main base Leeward, offering superlative opportunities to asses the dive conditions and ensure you receive the very best experience. With our always-in-the-loop communications system ensuring all our teams can communicate easily, we’re able to scope out the best sites for the day, keep on top of dolphin, whale shark and whale sightings, and ensure you’re in the right place at the right time, all the time!

Learning to dive in the TCI with our well-rounded, experienced dive team means you have instant access to instructors with a combined scuba-history spanning over 2 centuries!

What dive certification do you offer?

We’re proud to be part of PADI (the Professional Association of Dive Instructors), so we are able to offer you almost any of their approved diving courses. From taking your first breaths underwater with their Discover Scuba tuition right through to the ultimate Divemaster course, we’ll help you make your diving dreams come true. Paired with some of the very best scuba equipment available worldwide, you’ll be able to learn and enjoy with full peace of mind, knowing you have the backing of rigorous professional standards and amazing equipment to make the experience a positive one.

PADI offer international recognition, rigorous safety standards, the world’s best dive safety record, and remain one of the world’s most sought-after diving institutions- and we’re proud to be part of the family. PADI training isn’t just about learning to dive, it’s about optimising your capabilities as a diver and ensuring, through continuous education opportunities, you can enjoy the very best the ‘underworld’ has to offer.

What is different about diving in the Caribbean?

Aside from the diving basics, diving in the TCI offers some truly unique experiences. Take your private party on a night dive, and watch the reefs come to life with millions of buzzing plankton and luminous coral clusters to explore. Enjoy obstruction-free, warm waters that range from shallow to deep, allowing you to enjoy the experience without worry or hassle. Or experience the ultimate in diving luxury with a private charter. No schedules, no strangers and the very best dive boats in the TCI are beckoning you to come play! Go where you want, learn in privacy away from watching eyes, and experience the very best of the TCI as your personal playground.

Diving in the TCI offers a truly world-changing experience. Whether you’re taking your first shaky steps into the underwater world, or are an experienced diver looking to tick ‘diving in the Caribbean’ off of your bucket list, the huge range of tailored offerings the Big Blue Collective have for you to explore are sure to make memories you’ll never forget. Why not get started, and make a booking with our friendly team? We always look forward to hearing from you!

Learn to dive with the Big Blue Collective today- you’ll never want to come out of the water!

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