Boat rental in the Turks and Caicos couldn’t be easier

9th May 2019 3:00 pm

There’s nothing that screams ‘luxury’ quite as much as the image of lying on the deck of a gorgeous yacht, sipping cocktails as the crystal blue sea parts gently beneath you. Yacht hire and boat charter in the TCI couldn’t be easier with the Big Blue Collective, however- so why not upgrade those dreams to a reality today?

We have one of the best fleets on the island, and everything you need to make boat rental her in the Turks and Caicos super-simple. So why not relax and de-stress the easy way, and let us handle all the details?

Is a boat charter in the TCI right for me?

The TCI is, of course, one of the world’s best destinations for almost every water sport you can imagine. Whether it’s above the water with kayaking, kiteboarding and snorkelling, or deep below the waves as you dive to explore the coral reefs, you’re sure to want to pack your holiday full of the very best the water here offers. Why not take it to a new level, and be able to choose exactly where and when you roam? Yacht hire in the TCI needn’t be a hassle if you’re using a reputable provider like the Big Blue Collective, and you’ll be able to go where you want, when you want, and do whatever you want while you are there.

Our fleet all come equipped with safety and snorkelling equipment as standard, and many of boat charters for the TCI also have diving equipment on board too. In fact, we’re widely acknowledged as owning one of the best powerboat fleets in the Turks and Caicos! Each meticulously maintained and equipped with everything you need for fun in the water, you’re sure to find the perfect boat to meet your needs.

How do I hire a yacht in the TCI?

Do you fancy nothing more than a quiet cruise to enjoy the sights in your own private bubble? We can help. Want a full-on adrenaline-packed adventure with paddleboarding, kayaking and kiteboarding? We can make that happen too. We can even offer you basic diving instruction from the deck! Our helmsman all have decades of experience on the water, and intimate knowledge of the islands and their whims, so you’ll be in safe hands the whole journey through. Boat rental in the TCI can be one of the best ways to experience a little of everything that the island has to offer. Round off the experience with onboard food catered for you, and the superlative knowledge of our guides. No stress, no panic- just fun and play.

What boat charters in the TCI does the Big Blue Collective offer?

Are you interested in our boat rental options for the TCI? Then why not take a flip through the lovely boats that make up our powerboat fleet. There’s a rig to suit any need. From the 40 foot luxury of our Hinckley, packed full with every convenience you could wish, to our nippy little catamarans that will get you where you want to go, the perfect choice is waiting for you. Remember, yacht hire in the TCI is one of our specialities, so don’t be afraid to let us know what you need.

MV Serenity

This 47’ sport yacht is brimming with power from her 300HP outboard motors. Don’t let her sleek looks trick you! She’s all about comfort and style, offering a flashy little addition to the fleet. As an Intrepid class yacht for hire here in the TCI, she brings the weight of a reputation that’s been voted powerboat of the year worldwide for year after year.

We’re proud to be able to offer a freshwater shower to sluice off the sea, shaded seating, a spacious sundeck and more, enabling you to chill out in luxury. Her side hill doors make access simple, and she’s easy to climb back into even from the water. While she’ll make a perfect companion no matter where you roam, Serenity is a fabulous choice for dive trips.

MV White Sands

As a 42’ catamaran, White Sands is a looker, making her a constant favourite among those looking for charter boats in the TCI. She boasts twin Yanmar 311 engines to back up the boast, however, and her super-stable 21’ beam makes her spacious and dry. Marine heads and a freshwater shower or two add to the ambience.

Looking for a yacht perfect for a snorkelling trip? Keen to laze the day away enjoying the water? Then this may well be the boat for you.

MV Live and Direct

15 years of excellent service make her one of the favourite yachts for hire in the TCI, and practically a national institution. She’s a 40’ catamaran, with two 3555 HP Cummins engines.  If you’re looking for a go-anywhere, see-everything companion, she’s the girl you want. Speedy and manoeuvrable, she sacrifices no style either.

There’s nothing this boat can’t do. From packing up to 10 divers on board to exploring shallow mangrove channels, this boat is game and ready to go. If eco-adventure is your thing, then this is the boat for you.

MV Lady Tamara and MV Little Chill

These twin 295 DC dual console, 300HP Yamaha World Cats are the littlest and zippiest of the boats we have available for boat charters in the TCI. Topping out at 30’, they can take up to 10 party-goers or 4 divers. A shallow draft allows for a smooth ride, yet they are fully stable even in choppy water. Half-day trips are right up their alley, but they’re no stranger to a full day trip either. Freshwater hose showers and a head per boat will allow you to freshen up and enjoy the ride.

Yacht hire in the TCI is the perfect way to add a little extra luxury to the experience, as well as give you added privacy and comfort. Whether it’s a simple day of pleasure, or a serious out-island adventure, each of this boat charter fleet will make a stunning addition to your experience with the Big Blue Collective.


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Everything you wanted to know about climate change and the Turks and Caicos

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It’s no secret that the Big Blue Collective love our home base here in Provo and the TCI. Yet as with all island nations, climate change is a very real and palpable threat in the Turks and Caicos. Today, we’re taking a closer look at what we the inhabitants- with the help of the many tourists who visit this beautiful locale every year- can do to help preserve this Caribbean Paradise and it’s exciting watersports like kiteboarding for the future.

Does climate change in the Caribbean really matter?

The Caribbean- and the lovely Turks and Caicos- is a strange place when it comes to human impact. We only have 1% of the world’s population officially… yet we see over 3% of the total world tourism pass through our homes. It’s no real surprise why. The TCI reefs are the third largest in the world, fluttering with brightly coloured marine life that’s spectacular to behold. Provo offers some of the best beaches in the world– and yet they remain almost empty. It’s possible to relax and de-stress in these gorgeous surroundings without the crush of too many other people around you. Plus, of course, some of the world’s most exquisite marine life and the pristine wilds of the back islands. It’s even one of the world’s premier whale-watching destinations!

Yet it’s all these exquisite natural drawcards that make the area so very vulnerable to the ravages of climate change in the Turks and Caicos. When most of our biodiversity lies in a relatively small coastal habitat, it’s hardly surprising that it doesn’t take much to upset the natural balance. The spiny lobster and the world-famous Queen Conch, in particular, are threatened by these changes… and what would the TCI be without its famous conch industry?

Is climate change in the TCI real, though?

While it’s become a little vogue to question climate change, the facts speak for themselves. Yes, the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are having an effect on the world around us. Activities like burning fossil fuels for transport and electricity are widely suspected to be the root cause of these issues. These extra gasses make the world a warmer place. While that may sound fantastic for a place like the Turks and Caicos beach destinations, it kinda isn’t in practice. 2014 was, in fact, the warmest year we’ve yet had!

What impact has climate change in the TCI had?

Temperature extremes are never good, and they can be even more dangerous for small island nations like the TCI. Higher temperatures can trigger more tropical storms and hurricanes with floods, or even conversely trigger a drought! This increase in the risk of natural disaster is never good.

However, it’s the longer-term effects that can be more devastating. Even subtle changes in the ocean’s temperature, for example, can devastate the marine population and have serious effects on the TCI’s barrier reef. Fish and marine mammals used to living in the precise water temperatures native to the area can’t adapt to colder or hotter water. Instead, we see colonising species from elsewhere, jeopardizing our gorgeous Turks and Caicos flora and fauna.

Does climate change in the Turks and Caicos affect man, too?

The TCI itself doesn’t actually generate much of this greenhouse emission, either. Even taking us as one of the collective small island developing states worldwide, we produce less than 1% of the gasses emitted annually! That doesn’t prevent climate change from having an impact on the people of the Turks and Caicos, though. Changing weather globally leads to the formations of hurricanes like Hurricane Irma, whose terrible presence was felt on the island last year.

It’s not just about the hurricane itself, though. Events like this can cost small nations dearly- not only in loss of life at the time, but in the damage to precious infrastructures like roads, hotels and tourist attractions. Sometimes, it can wipe out a decade or more of careful development in one angry storm. Recovery can be slow and costly.

It can also change how much sun an area receives. If you love sporting your tanned beach-bod, that may sound amazing… until you consider that subtle shifts in the UV balance received in the area, or a thinning of the Ozone Layer, can result in an increase in skin cancers and other adverse health effects. No one wants that!

What about melting ice caps?

It’s funny to think of melting polar ice caps having an effect on somewhere so far away as the Turks and Caicos- but rising sea levels aren’t a great thing when you are an island! While each individual cm of sea-level increase seems small, it doesn’t take much to forever change the faces of our beautiful beaches. And if you’ve ever experienced the gorgeousness of Provo’s beaches, you’ll understand why that’s the last thing we want!

Something you may not know, however, is that this also makes the seas more acidic. As we mentioned above, it doesn’t take too much upset the balance of perfect conditions in the TCI barrier reef… and a change in water pH can completely change the microorganisms that grow here. That can lead to problems with ‘foreign’ microflora colonising the waters. This can, in turn, affect the feeding cycles of our fishes, sharks and even the visiting whales who migrate through the Turks and Caicos annually.

In short, climate change in the Turks and Caicos, and the whole Caribbean, is a whole bunch of no good. That’s why we at the Big Blue Collective are proud to do our part to promote eco-friendly tourism that instead sustains and grows the area. By supporting local conservation efforts, and working with eco-focused tourism activities, we are proud to do our part to help the world.


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Destination Wedding TCI: Everything you need to know before you tie the knot in paradise

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Destination weddings are all the rage at the moment- and nowhere else on earth is as perfect for the wedding of your dreams as the Turks and Caicos. Today the Big Blue Collective takes a peek at all the info you need to know to plan your ultimate dream wedding in the TCI, hassle-free.

Where can I get married in the TCI?

The TCI makes for the perfect destination wedding- and when it comes to venue, the sky (and sea) is the limit! Celebrate the day in a luxury resort ballroom. Let the soft waves lapping the beach be the perfect frame for your vows. Keep the ceremony super-private and get married in a boat on the water. It’s up to you! You can even choose to tie the knot in some of the exquisite churches that flourish on the island, although some may require proof that you are part of the congregation. All we can say is it’s sure to be a day you’ll remember forever!

You can opt to get married at the same resort or villa you book as your accommodation, or choose to have the reception there and take the ceremony into the wild. Remember, this day is all about you! Our handy list of local resources will help you find the perfect spot.

What are the legal aspects of getting married in the TCI?

Of course, marriage in the Turks and Caicos has a few legal issues you need to consider, too. Here’s what you need to know to ensure your special day is a success.

The timing:

Each party to the marriage will need to have been in the country long enough to establish a temporary residence there. Fortunately, that’s not too arduous: you will need to have been present in the islands for at least three business days. Remember, that doesn’t include weekends!

The documents:

While islanders will need to also grab a copy of their legal status here, that doesn’t apply for outside folk wanting to get married on a TCI beach. You will, however, need notarised copies of both your passports and your birth certificates no matter where you live permanently. You’ll also need to be able to provide either an original or a notarized copy, sealed by the Clerk of the Court, of the following:

  • Proof from a registry in your country that you are single. A TCI notarized affidavit will also be required.
  • If one of you are divorced, you will need your Divorce Decree.
  • If one of the parties is a widow or widower, you will need your deceased spouse’s death certificate, and a copy of your marriage certificate together.
  • In the TCI, you can be married after age 16. However, those under 21 years of age will need certified consent from a parent.
  • A copy of your TCI Immigration Arrival and Departure Form, which you received on arrival in the Turks and Caicos, is also required.
  • Your Application for a Marriage License Form and Declarant Application Form, both handwritten by the couple entering into marriage, and signed together with the Marriage Officiant.

Should any of you or your spouse-to-be’s documents be in a language other than English, you will need to have them translated in advance and notarized by the relevant consulate. In many countries, after you return home from the beach, you will need to register the marriage with your relevant local authorities. TCI wedding certificates are formally recognised in Canada, the U.S, and the U.K.

While that may seem like a lot of documents, it’s pretty standard for marriages anywhere in the world. We advise you to meet up with your chosen Marriage Official 2 days before you tie the knot in order to double-check your legal documents.

Creating the wedding of your dreams in the Turks and Caicos

Now the formal aspects are out of the way, it’s time to get to the fun. Whether you opt to elope and celebrate a super-special day in seclusion, or whether family and friends are joining you, there’s tons to do and celebrate.

Drink in a Caribbean Paradise

It’s no secret that the exquisite Caribbean scenery is one of the key reasons to choose a destination wedding in the Turks and Caicos. Warm, welcoming seas and powder-soft beaches are calling you, so be sure to schedule plenty of time to enjoy them. Grace Beach has, after all, been voted one of the world’s best beaches! In fact, it’s almost mandatory that you snap a few blissful wedding photos at the beach just to make your friends back home jealous!

Head out on an adventure

Whether you sneak off together to enjoy some honeymoon time or opt to make it an adventure for all your guests, there’s a ton of thrills (and probably a few gentle spills) just waiting for you. Why not try your hand at any of these two of our favourite wind- and water sports?


Kiteboarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Soak up the romance

The Bermudian architecture of the TCI is the sort of thing dreams are made off- and gorgeous wedding photos, too! From ruined plantations to the glittering lighthouse, there’s far too many beauty spots to list- but you should be sure to swing past them all, and bring your wedding photographer along for the ride.

Explore a marine Eden

No wedding in the TCI would be complete without a little time spent snorkelling and diving! Gorgeous coral reefs and exotic marine animals are calling you to come and play. From beginner-friendly offshore snorkelling to cave-diving and wrecks, dive spots abound. It’s the perfect background for a truly innovative ‘trash the dress’ shoot! And when you’re done, why not book a private cruise through island waters, and sail off into the sunset together?

Let the Big Blue Collective be part of your special day, and allow us to help you craft the perfect destination wedding in the Turks and Caicos. No matter what your dreams, or your special flavour of romance, we’ve got the contacts and experience you need to help make your special day just perfect.


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Everything you could want to know about kiteboarding in the TCI

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It’s no secret that the Big Blue Collective are the experts in kiteboarding in the TCI. We firmly believe everyone should try this fascinating sport at least once in their lives! With that in mind, here’s our simple guide to everything you could want to know about kiteboarding in the Turks and Caicos- all in one place.

Kiteboarding in the TCI is one of the best places in the world for learners

It’s rare to be able to (almost) guarantee calm water in any locale- but the TCI can. Our massive barrier reef, combined with some other special aspects of the local geography, ensure that nothing awaits you other than warm, shallow and obstruction-free water. For kiteboarding learners, who may slip off their board or even just need a little reassurance, this means you can stand up, feet touching soft sand, at any moment.

Not only are you super-safe kiteboarding in the TCI, this also makes the whole learning curve a lot less steep. When you can relax and enjoy the process, more fun is sure to follow. You’ll spend less time recovering from your learner mistakes, and more time conquering the skills you’ll need to head out on every kiteboarding adventure your heart may dream of.

You’ll have a ton of space to yourself if you come kiteboarding in the TCI

The world’s best water sport destinations tend to have one unfortunate thing in common- their business. Not so in the Turks and Caicos! If you’re a nervy learner wanting reassurance you won’t make a nuisance of yourself to more experienced kiteboarders, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy taking your first steps in the sport. Experience kiteboarder wanting to simply enjoy the waters without running into people, learners, boats and more? You’ll be able to find areas of near-seclusion to enjoy. Kiteboarding in the TCI is not only super-rewarding, its’ one of the least crowded vacation areas around. Despite the superlative natural beauty of the area, you’ll be able to enjoy it without obstruction.

This may be the most beautiful landscape you’ll ever kiteboard in

Talking about that beauty, it’s one of the main reasons you have to experience kiteboarding in the TCI. From the pristine splendour of the backwoods to the soft, warm sands of the beaches, beauty awaits you at every turn. Of course, a fabulous backdrop isn’t strictly a necessity to enjoy your kiteboarding… but man does it make the experience more exciting!

Plus, with beauty oozing from every scenic locale, you’ll find the perfect frame to enjoy your downtime and celebrate your kiteboarding achievements.

The Turks and Caicos weather is sure to be your new kiteboarding buddy

One of the obvious risks of any adventure holiday is always going to be the weather. You invest your hard-earned vacation time, spend the money, and set off hoping for the experience of a lifetime. Instead, bad weather keeps you pacing your hotel room and cursing the elements.

Not in the Turks and Caicos! Of course, there’s absolutely nowhere in the world that has 100% predictable weather- but the islands come pretty close! With the trade winds providing consistency in direction, speed and strength, we have the supreme advantage of a 10 month season for you to enjoy.

Don’t imagine consistent has to mean strong, either. You won’t be blown off the kiteboard! Nor will you be frustrated by gusty breezes you can’t use. Our wind speeds average 12-20 kts, which create the perfect environment to enjoy your kiteboarding.

There’s even more exciting things to explore, too

If you’re heading out here to get in some valuable time on your kiteboard, we’re sure that’s what you intend to spend most of your time doing. But there’s more to enjoy than just kiteboarding in the TCI. So whether it’s the odd inclement day sending you looking for something else, or whether you’re looking for an action-packed, well-rounded holiday experience, don’t worry that you won’t find fun stuff to do. With unpopulated islands and pristine natural ecosystems to explore, you’re never far away from exploring a literal paradise of animals and plants. There’s the gorgeous beaches for relaxation and fun, and you can always head out on your own private fleet charter too. Or amp up the excitement with Stand Up Paddle Boarding, snorkelling, diving and kayaking through some of the most beautiful, untouched marine scenery in the entire world.  Don’t forget to spend a little time enjoying the mesmerizing beauty of the barrier reef!

You won’t even have to bring your kiteboarding equipment!

We know that hauling equipment through airport queues can be frustrating, and the oversize/excess baggage fees can quickly mount up. Of course, if you’re a dedicated fanatic looking to tick kiteboarding in the TCI off of your bucket list, then you may well want the reassurance of using all your own equipment. However, it’s totally not necessary if you’d rather skip the hassle. Powered by the renowned Cabrinha kite and board brand, the Big Blue Collective offers only the very best, safety approved kiteboarding equipment for rental on the island.

Kiteboarding in the TCI is one of the most spectacular water sporting experiences you can have, and everyone has to try it at least once! From the kiteboarding family here at the Big Blue Collective to your own, why not come and play in the sea and sand of the Turks and Caicos? We’re always here to help you make the very most of your TCI experience!


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