One of the reasons why the Turks and Caicos are so attractive to tourists is because of its natural formations. The sparkling clear waves and powder-like sand would lose all their appeal if there was litter all across the beaches.
Fortunately, there are many ways environmentally conscious tourists can enjoy the islands while helping to preserve the natural beauty of the Turks and Caicos.
Big Blue Collective’s Eco Philosophy
Our philosophy is to bring you the best adventures with the least environmental impact possible. We keep our group excursions small for two big reasons:
- Smaller groups minimize environmental impact
- Smaller groups maximize your experiences on the reef, in the mangroves, and in the ocean
This philosophy has been constantly refined over 20 years of our operation, and we are constantly exploring new ways to experience the islands in the best possible way. This evolution of our mission has helped us develop an operation that now has:
- Over 40 kayaks
- Over 20 stand up paddleboards
- A fleet of bikes across four islands of the Caicos island group
Year after year, we find new ways to discover the Turks and Caicos and better ways to do so. While our vision gets refined, we have never wavered in working with the community to maintain a sustainable approach to adventure tourism.
Here are five ways we want to help you appreciate the Turks and Caicos without leaving a single mark on the environment.
1) Kayak in the Turks and Caicos
Kayaking is one of the best ways to traverse the beaches, mangrove channels, and areas around the cays without leaving a mark on the environment. As long as you don’t flip, you don’t even have to worry about your sunscreen residue either!
Any accessible waterway can be explored by kayak while you’re on the Turks and Caicos islands. You don’t have to stay on one island either. Kayaks are lightweight and easy to transport with boats and trailers so you can truly explore a lot of different areas with kayaks.
2) Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand up paddleboard (or SUP) is similar to kayaking in that it’s a great way to explore the waterways. One added benefit of stand up paddleboarding is that the elevated position from standing gives you a better view than from a kayak. You can see farther and have a wider area of view of what’s beneath you in the reefs.
3) Snorkeling and Diving
Humans spend so much time on land that it’s so easy to forget an ecosystem beneath the waves.
Snorkeling can be a real eye opener that allows you to see a whole new world of fish, coral, sharks, rays, and more.
If you want to go even deeper, diving can be a real treat. You can “scale” massive vertical walls and and descend drops and witness life in a myriad of depths. The Turks and Caicos is a tough place to beat in terms of quality dive sites.
4) Water-based Eco Tours
There are even special eco-tours you can take while on a stand up paddle board. You get to venture into mangrove channels and national parks to see delicate ecosystems supporting nesting birds. Or, you can skim over clear waters near reefs and see vibrantly colored marine life right beneath your board.
There are also snorkeling tours that will take you out to several snorkel sites where you learn about the ecosystem. Knowledgeable guides can help you identify the hundreds of different fish and describe the important coral reef ecology.
5) Out Island Eco Tours
The roots and culture of the Caicos Islands are found on North, Middle and South Caicos. Big Blue Collective has several outposts on these islands and have an extensive network of guides, bikes, kayaks and boats to give you an incredibly interactive ecotourism excursion that reveals the amazing ecology as well as culture of the islands.
Book an Environmentally Friendly Excursion Today!
Contact us now and explore the Turks and Caicos in an environmentally conscious and friendly way.