6 essential facts you need to know about the Turks and Caicos

5th October 2018 10:48 am

Are you heading out to the Turks and Caicos this holiday season? Then it’s time to brush up on your TCI facts and know-how! Fortunately, you have the Big Blue Collective making sure your whole experience is perfect, start to end. Here are our pro tips on what to know before you head to the TCI.

  1. It’s surprisingly easy to get here- but a touch unusual to get around

It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, we guarantee you can get here smoothly. There are several international destinations which even offer structured flights right through to the islands! If you’re not quite that lucky, all you’ll need to do is head to the mainland of the US, from which it’s a just a short hop to get here. You’ll land on our beloved Providenciales- Provo to those in the know- which is home to our only international airport. Do remember that you’ll need passports even if you are a U.S or U.K citizen, and that some wider-ranging visitors may need visas too.

The Turks and Caicos transport may look a little different from home, though. Our cabs pay per person, not per ride, so come prepared. Taxis can be a little pricey, as with every holiday destination, but private cars can easily be hired. Do yourself a favour, though, and book in advance. You won’t be able to catch an Uber here, as we’re still waiting for them to come to the islands.

2. Don’t get stuck in Grace Bay or you’ll miss out

If there’s one thing you need to know about the Turks and Caicos, it’s that a wealth of beauty awaits you at every turn. There’s a reason Grace Bay beach is so beloved, of course- it’s a truly exceptional place to relax and unwind. But don’t let that be your only experience of the TCI! Nearby Long Bay beach offers fantastic rejuvenation and sporting experiences too, there’s all the glory of quaint Grand Turk to get familiar with, and adventurers just have to head out into the water on a private boat charter, or take an eco-tour to the uninhabited, lush outer islands to meet the exciting wildlife of the area. Kayak mangrove swamps, visit Iguana Island, dive and snorkel among some of the Caribbean’s best reefs, wrecks and walls, kite surf up the Chalk Bay Sound… a whole world of experience awaits you, so don’t get too comfy in Grace Bay. Remember, all Turks and Caicos beaches are free to access, so you can explore to your heart’s content.

3. Private villas are easy to find

There’s a whole lot of accommodation in the TCI, from chain hotels right through to private villas, and much of it does centre on Grace Bay and Long Bay. There’s no need to resign yourself totally to the hotel experience, however. Beachfront villas- even some remarkably well-priced ones- are pretty easy to come by, and the Big Blue Collective can assist you in finding the perfect match. Many offer airport pickups, full service and maybe even extras like a spa or your own butler. Whatever your tastes, you’re sure to find a beautiful view of your very own waiting for you in the Turks and Caicos.

4. Simple, tasty food is not to be missed

If you love your haute cuisine, there’s plenty to be had on Provo, the Turks and Caicos fine dining capital. However, you may just miss out on some of the best parts of your travel experience if you don’t venture out for something more casual. For starters, there’s the iconic weekly Fish Fry in Bight Park, as well as a host of Conch inspired dishes to try snacking on. In these beautiful surrounds, dining al fresco allows you to sample the very best of the fresh fish, lobster, conch and chowder that the waters around the islands produce. What’s available does depend on the season you visit us in- so that’s all the more reason to come back again and again to sample the super-fresh, delectable foods of the Turks and Caicos over and over again. Don’t forget a glass of Grand Turk Rum Punch while you’re here!

Do note, if you have food sensitivities or allergies, that it’s totally O.K under the law to bring in your own food to eat, too. But unless you have a good reason to avoid the seafood, you’ll be missing out on a spectacular experience by doing so.

5. Bring your party shoes as well as your bikini

Get the most from your Turks and Caicos experience, and come ready to party. We promise they don’t roll up the roads at night! Head to nightlife hotspots like Danny Buoys or the Sand Bar to learn how to party Turks and Caicos style, and meet up with the friendly locals too. After a day playing hard among the wind and water, or even just rejuvenating under the sun, a chance to let your hair down and meet new friends will set the perfect mood.

6. The TCI will feel a lot like home, in all the best ways

The Turks and Caicos is a British territory, and we’re just a hop away from the U.S too. This means you’re bound to feel at home on the TCI islands. Everyone speaks English, the U.S dollar is the de facto currency and tipping culture is consistent with the U.S. You’ll find friendly people, lots of help and great service waiting around every corner, and there’s enough of a feel of ‘home’ that you’ll fit right in without the need for an adjustment period. The TCI is on UTC -4, or Eastern Daylight Time, so set your watches and smartphones accordingly.

The Turks and Caicos experience is one like no other. Where else can you open your windows and see palm-fringed sand beckoning you? Play in the water, relax on the beach and experience new and glorious vistas every day. The Big Blue Collective is here to help you make your Turks and Caicos dreams a beckoning reality, so get in touch 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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The experience of a lifetime awaits you with Big Blue Collective

29th July 2018 7:16 am

With the beautiful islands of the TCI archipelago as our backdrop, and the wealth of knowledge our non-transient guides and staff have to offer, there can be little wonder that the Big Blue Collective experience is one that is highly sought after by guests to the TCI. Today, we’re giving you a little look into exactly what makes the Big Blue Collective experience so unique- and how it will help you craft memories of the TCI that will linger with you forever.

We enter the unknown- and take you with

There’s a dazzling amount of things to do in the TCI. In fact, we often say you can’t just visit the Turks and Caicos once… you’ll find yourself drawn back and back to these mysterious, unique islands to experience everything they have to offer. That’s where the Big Blue Collective guest experience really shines- our experienced dive team and many of our supporting staff literally do call this area home. You won’t find yourself with instructors or guides who’ve been in the area only at the heights of the tourist season, you’ll be diving under the watchful eye of people who’ve been at home in the islands since the 80s and beyond. Every hurricane, dolphin encounter or new sight that’s found they’ve experienced and lived through, leaving them able to give you a true insider perspective on what it means to be an Islander, how tourism interacts with the environment around you, and where all the best sights and experiences of the season can be had.

This insider knowledge has helped shape the tours and experiences we offer guests intimately too. We’re the only dive team offering all 5 dive sites for the area, both on-and-off the beaten track, for example. We know the secrets of the uninhabited islands, and where the TCI’s animals love to frolic. In short, we know how to help you experience the very best of the islands no matter how long your stay here with us will be.

All the fun, all the time

That’s not to say we know how to get under your feet! The whole point of your vacation here in the TCI is to have fun- whatever that means to you. You could be an avid lover of water sports, wanting to be in the water every moment of the day. Or maybe a relaxed week of beaches, cool drinks and hot sun does it for you. Perhaps you’re chomping at the bit to get exploring the picturesque historical sights of the islands, or keen to meet her wildlife up close and personal. Maybe you’re freshly married, and looking to spend a romantic sunset together in idyllic privacy.

In short, we care what makes the perfect holiday for you. However you define fun, and however you want to have it, we have the tools and knowledge to help you craft the ultimate destination experience in the TCI, you way, all the way.

Our guests make the experience

Enjoying the TCI isn’t about Big Blue Collective- it’s about you. Every visitor to the island, and every client who charters a boat or takes a lesson with us, brings their very own unique sparkle to the islands. It’s why we do what we do, after all! Your unique energy and experience help us bring dreams to life, and makes our dreams come true in turn. Nothing makes us happier than watching our clients embrace this wonderful corner of the world as their own, exploring her secrets and enjoying her radiance the way we do. We can truly state that not one guest experience is ever like the other- every visitor brings their own unique touch to the trip.

The world’s most unique destination

From the haunting, uninhabited heights of the South-East Caicos banks to the bustling hard of Grand Turk, there’s nothing like the TCI. Where else in the world do you find unspoiled, barely populated Caribbean beaches right alongside rugged and windswept mangrove swamps? The dazzling variety of life and experiences in this unique corner of the world help shape an experience like no other- once you’ve experienced it, you’ll understand why we’re proud to call the TCI our home.

Our fleet

A huge part of the guest experience we shape here at Big Blue plays out on our fleet of charter boats and dive vessels. From the zippy little ‘twins’, Lady Tamra and Little Chill, to the luxuriously appointed decks of the MV Live and Direct who’s seen it all, every one of our boats helps us stay on our toes and keeps you enjoying your time with us. We’re proud to offer one of the biggest and best appointed fleets in the TCI, helping us take you wherever you want to go.

Water sports, activities and exploration…oh my

When you have the perfect setting, a spectacular fleet, and an exceptional batch of visitors, what’s the only thing else that’s needed? If you guessed ‘things to do’, you’re right on the money! Fortunately, you won’t struggle to find things to keep you occupied here. Diving, snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding…if it can be done in the water, we’ll help you do it! And that’s without your private exploration charters, eco tours, kayaking trips and kiteboarding factored in! The TCI can offer ultimate luxury, ultimate adventure, or the perfect blend of both- whichever flavour will make the trip outstanding for you.

All that’s missing from this perfect mix is you! We’re privileged here at Big Blue Collective to help you create a guest experience that you’ll never forget, and we’re looking forward to helping you achieve your TCI dreams today.

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Your ultimate guide to enjoying Cockburn Town

25th May 2018 10:16 am

Did you know that Grand Turk houses the capital of the TCI territory, Cockburn Town? Anyone visiting Turks and Caicos would be forgiven if they’d formed the opinion that Provo was the capital of the territory- it is indeed one of the most urban and populated islands in the chain- but the quaint charms of Cockburn Town are sure to win your heart once you visit. Today Big Blue Collective clues you in to all her secrets, to make the experience all the more fun.

Why should I visit Cockburn Town?

Grand Turk is actually the largest, although not the most populated, island in the chain, lying only 90 minutes by air from Miami. Cockburn town is a draw for anyone visiting Turks and Caicos for its stunning Bermudian architecture dating from the 1700s and 1800s. Imagine a landscape of narrow streets, quaint wrought iron street lamps and beautiful facades to the buildings. It’s been the seat of the TCI government since 1766, and was founded by those in the salt trade who made their base here. Local legend claims Cockburn Town occupies the exact spot where Juan Ponce de Leon first landed on the island. Slow paced, relaxed and gorgeous, the whole Grand Turk Island is a must-see for any visitor. Make a day trip to the area with a flight or ferry ride, and spend a fun-filled day exploring her quaint alleys and beautiful beaches for yourself.


As with all the islands in the TCI, Cockburn Town and Grand Turk have a warm, beach-friendly climate that’s hot all year around and sees very little rainfall, so you’re guaranteed powder-soft white beaches, crystal-clear waters and the occasional trade wind to help you cool off.

What do I need to know before I visit Grand Turk?

Cockburn Town makes an ideal visit from the Americas, speaking English as the predominant local language and using the US dollar as her currency despite being part of the British Overseas territories. There is a small airport on the island, although most international flights typically head into Provo’s international airport for convenience.


If you’re considering a private charter to visit the island, be aware the only convenient anchorage for Cockburn Town is Hawk’s Nest Anchorage as the town sits smack-bang in the middle of the island. It’s advised that you only enter here in good light, as the same reefs which lend the ocean here her idiosyncratic beauty can be a headache otherwise.

Cockburn Town attractions you can’t miss

While the entire area makes a beautiful, restful exploration for visitors, there’s a few sights you should make sure to take in. Here’s our list of Cockburn Town’s top attractions.

The National Museum

Swing by this colonial-era mansion on Front Street, supposedly built from the scraps of shipwrecks in the area, to learn more about the unique history of man’s visits to the Turks and Caicos. There’s even a collection of shipwrecks, including the 1505 ‘Molasses Reef Wreck’, the oldest known shipwreck in the Americas. You can also take a walk through the ‘Message in a Bottle’ collection, spanning 4 decades of messages that have washed up on the island. Learn about everything from the salt and slave trades to the TCI’s part in the Space Race before taking a stroll through her beautiful gardens to round out the trip.

The Prison

The formidable TCI prison on Pond Street dates from the early 1800’s, operating right through to the last decade of the 20th century. Her bell tower makes for an iconic photographic shot for visitors, while a tour of the facilities offers a sobering look into the history of misbehaviour in the area. Don’t forget to round the trip off with a visit to the monument marking the first spot that Christopher Columbus set foot on the island on April 12, 1492!

Other sights

Be sure to visit the iconic Lighthouse which has been guarding the town for centuries, as well as the historic homes of Duke Street such as Freeman House and the Turk’s Head inn. There’s also the Caicos Conch Farm for you to explore.

Other places to visit on Grand Turk

With tons of sunshine and hot temperatures throughout the year with little rainfall, you’ll probably want to schedule a little time to cool off at nearby Governor’s beach when you visit the Turks and Caicos. It’s a great spot for snorkeling as well as sunbathing, and the water is calm and friendly for sunbathing. The beautiful coral reefs just offshore are perfect for exploration! There’s also Gibb’s Cay to explore, and another shining coral reef. Snorkelers will find much to enjoy, and you can even meet the local stingray population up close and personal!

Do remember that the entire Turks and Caicos territories are a haven for those who love water sports. From diving, snorkelling and swimming right through to stand-up paddleboarding, kitesurfing and kayaking, there’s tons to keep your adrenaline pumping. There’s even the chance to spot whales and dolphins at play in the turquoise waters from the deck of a private charter or dive tour. Experience one of the friendliest, calmest and spectacularly beautiful areas of the Caribbean, and head off the beaten track in the TCI.


Cockburn Town is just one of the spectacular destinations waiting for you when you visit the Turks and Caicos. Speak to Big Blue Collective today to secure yourself your dream Caribbean experience, and tailor every aspect of the trip to suit you.

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Iguana Island in Turks and Caicos

23rd January 2018 8:13 am

Little Water Cay, or Iguana Island as it is more commonly known, is a popular attraction on the Turks and Caicos Islands and a must-see destination for all visitors to the area. This former low-lying island is situated a short hop away from the main island of Providenciales and is easily accessible either by a pre-paid excursion, or by kayak.

This unique area is home to a small population of Rock Iguanas, who are native to the islands. Their population was once healthy and flourishing, however due to the introduction of domestic pets, particularly cats and dogs, the population rapidly declined and the species became endangered.

As part of large conservation efforts to not only protect the Rock Iguana, but allow them the opportunity and safe habitat to repopulate, Iguana Island has become a well-protected, eco-friendly environment. It is both a safe home for the iguanas and also a popular visitor destination where tourists can see the animals in a safe, non-harmful way.

How to reach Iguana Island

The island is a very short distance (just 456 meters) away from Providenciales and can be easily reached in one of two ways. Firstly, visitors can take part in an excursion, which will also usually include the cost of the entrance fee to the visitor park. Secondly, it is also possible to cross to the island on a kayak, which can be rented from Big Blue Collective, and paddle across to the island independently.

Depending on which method of transport you take, you may either arrive at the north or the south of the island. It is possible to start your journey from either side of the island.

Seeing the island

The island has two sets of loop boardwalks, where you can explore and see the iguanas without harming the environment and their habitat. Looking after the iguana’s habitat is extremely important to their continued survival and fight against extinction and eco-friendly tourism is one of Big Blue Collective’s principal causes. All of our excursions have minimal or no impact on the local environment and we educate our guests on how to enjoy the beautiful islands of Turks and Caicos, without leaving a trace. The boardwalks at Iguana Island keep visitors at a safe distance and avoid the trampling of habitats. Furthermore, there are no litter bins on the island, all litter must be taken back to the mainland, to avoid attracting predators which may threaten the iguana population.

While exploring Iguana Island, visitors can observe several natural habitats including areas of mangrove and buttonwood communities, hyper-saline and tidal flat areas, coastal coppice and coastal scrub. In addition to the flora, eagle-eyed visitors can also spot a range of birds such as osprey, brown pelicans, and bananaquits. Other wildlife which may be spotted includes hermit crabs, southern stingrays, and lemon sharks. However, the rock iguanas that inhabit Little Water Cay are certainly the star of the show.

Seeing the iguanas

The species native to Turks and Caicos is the Cyclura Carinata species of rock iguana; reaching up to 30cm at full size, they are relatively small compared to their distant relatives. They can live up to twenty years and females can lay up to nine eggs each year. With the right protection, this species has had the fighting chance to grow their numbers significantly over recent years.

Generally, visitors will have no problem spotting the iguanas, as almost 5,000 are present on the island. Their color can vary from green to brown and they usually have dark markings on their scales. The males are much larger than the females, weighing almost twice as much! During the day they enjoy rocky environments and at night they retreat to their burrows in the sand to sleep and rest. These sand burrows and nests are one of the most important reasons that visitors are not permitted to stray from the boardwalks, as this can easily cause accidental but large-scale damage to their habitat.

Visitor tips

There is little shade on the island to escape from the sun, so we recommend bringing plenty of water (remember not to litter!), a hat to protect your face and neck and a good quality sunblock, preferable bio-degradable, which is a must if you are also participating in Big Blue Collective’s water sports activities.

The admission price to enter the island is $10 for a short trail or $15 for an extended trail. If you are seeing the island with the help of a tour operator such as Big Blue Collective then the cost of your entry is often included in the overall cost of the excursion, but be sure to check this before departure. The recommended visit time to enjoy the island at your own pace is around 2 to 3 hours and although amenities are limited, there is a visitor center with a small shop where you can purchase local crafts and gifts as a reminder of your visit.

Cooling off after your tour

After a few hours of exploring the island and soaking up the unique experience, it’s likely that you’ll want to cool off in the crystal clear waters that surround Turks and Caicos, so why not combine your morning visit to Iguana Island with an afternoon snorkeling excursion with Big Blue Collective and see what fascinating wildlife the islands have to offer below the shore. The shallow reefs are teeming with stunning fish and coral that can be explored easily with the help of our knowledgeable guides, who will provide you with the best equipment and teach you how to explore the warm waters while respecting the marine life and reef environment.

To arrange your visit to Iguana Island and visit this once in a lifetime destination, contact the team at Big Blue Collective today to book an excursion. With a wide range of activities and tours on offer for visitors to Turks and Caicos, the team can also advise on how to make the most of your trip and see everything that the islands have to offer. Contact us today to start planning your adventure!  

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Turks and Caicos Weather in January

10th January 2018 3:19 pm

People from all over the world enjoy escaping to Turks and Caicos in the New Year, to escape the January blues and colder climates for a relaxed, warm and beautiful holiday destination.

Turks and Caicos weather in January

The weather conditions on the islands further improve from the already enjoyable month of December, and January has a daily average of 11 hours of sun. The air temperature is consistently warm and ranges from 75 – 79 degrees, while the sea temperature is also a pleasant 75 – 77 degrees, making it a great time to enjoy watersports and swimming.

With only 2 rainy days in January, it is a great time to shake off the winter blues and relax on the golden beaches of Turks and Caicos.

Turks and Caicos in January

Due to the favorable weather conditions, January is in the peak season for visitors to Turks and Caicos and as a result the beaches and hotels are busier than some of the summer months that fall in stormy seasons.

As well as the fine weather, one of the most popular reasons to visit the islands in January is due to the start of the humpback whale season, where visitors can take whale watching trips to spot these majestic creatures on their migration from around the world to the Caribbean, where they mate and give birth in the shallow banks near Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic.


Visitors to Turks and Caicos don’t need to worry about high mosquito levels during January, as this is generally one of the best months of the year for low mosquito activity. January is well away from the hurricane season, which sees flooding and tropical cyclones that can stir up mosquitos. What’s more, they’re particularly less common after the windy months of November and December, as the strong winds keep them at bay.

We recommend travelers come prepared with bug repellent, but overall January is a great time of year to enjoy the environment without the nuisance of mosquitos.


Turks and Caicos is known for its pleasant climate all year round, but January in particular is one of the best months for a host of different activities. The sea is calm and warm, so fans of swimming, sailing and water sports will not be disappointed. Here’s some of the things you can get up to in January:

Stand up paddle boarding

If you want to get involved with the fastest growing watersport in the world and like the idea of paddle boarding across the clear, pristine waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands then a January getaway is just what you need.

The wind speed across the ocean can start to pick up around this time, which can make the waters a bit choppy, however the shallow waters are still protected and provide a calm surface to enjoy the sport safely, and see the ocean floor below.


The warm temperatures and still waters surrounding the archipelago make great conditions to explore the many winding channels and tidal creeks across the islands. You’ll spot a host of wildlife in January, as they enjoy the mild and calm weather, you can even take your kayak straight into the nature reserves and explore at your own pace. To make the most of your experience, why not camp overnight; Big Blue Limited can help you plan your kayaking adventure, contact us today to discuss the different options.

Snorkeling and Diving

The tropical reefs that surround the Turks and Caicos Islands are phenomenal sight that should not be missed when you visit the islands. Snorkelers can see up close the beautiful species of fish, coral and wildlife that call the reef home, and explore the area safely and respectfully with the help of Big Blue Collective’s guides.

With calm, warm and clear waters in January, snorkeling is a very popular activity at this time of year, but the added excitement of spotting a migrating humpback whale is definitely the icing on the cake. Our dive teams watch out for the movements of the whales, and when spotted they alert any upcoming snorkel trips for the best place to go to encounter the beautiful creatures up close.

Those visitors who want to explore even deeper can take diving trips with the expert Big Blue Collective dive boats and instructors. Unlike other dive operators, our team continually dive all of the five major dive areas around the area, covering Grace Bay, Pine Cay, North West Point, West Caicos and French Cay. We also have an excellent track record of diving in the right locations to encounter whales and dolphins, including the humpback whales which can be spotted in January.


One of the most notable January events in Turks and Caicos is the Junkanoo Jump Up, a celebration which happens as the clocks strike midnight for New Year. A sea of islanders in colorful masks and costumes celebrate in the streets, with traditional African dance and music that goes on until the early morning. Visitors can expect impressive firework displays to bring in the New Year and an enjoyable carnival atmosphere.

With the great weather and a host of exciting activities available, it’s easy to see why visitors enjoy spending January on the Turks and Caicos Islands. The team at Big Blue Collective can help you make the most of your time here and explore the breathtaking islands in a number of ways. Whether its paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling or diving, our instructors and guides have everything you need to take to the waters and see the beautiful ocean wildlife and nature up close.

We can also arrange inland walking and biking trips to venture off the beaten path and uncover the hidden history of the island, with remnants of the very first settlers to the islands just waiting to be explored. Contact Big Blue Collective today to talk to our friendly and helpful team and find out how to plan your perfect getaway to Turks and Caicos.

Turks and Caicos Weather in October

27th September 2017 4:51 pm

While weather is constantly changing, the Turks and Caicos weather in October generally begins to improve during this time as the hurricane season begins to wind down. While it’s not uncommon for some Turks and Caicos to close their shops and go on their own holidays in September while TCI tourism is low, October is when everyone gets back revitalized and ready to entertain visitors and tourists.

Turks and Caicos Weather in October

While localized weather patterns can’t be predicted long term with accuracy, the Turks and Caicos temperatures in October tends to average between 25°C and 28°C (or 84°F and 77°F respectively).

Officially, October is still a part of the hurricane season (from June 1 to November 30), so there’s always a level of unpredictability and the need to be flexible with your plans. Even if hurricanes don’t make landfall on the islands, nearby hurricanes can disrupt air travel and create storm surges and flooding around the coast.

On a TripAdvisor forum, one frequent TCI visitor notes:

“We have gone to TCI about 15 times in late September or early October over the past 20 years, and until last year [in 2015], always had great weather with no tropical storm problems. Last year in early October, [Hurricane Joaquin] stopped almost all beach activities for five days. All other [previous] visits, we have had excellent weather: sunny, hot, light winds, pleasant nights. There may be an occasional thunderstorm, but they don’t last long and most of them are in the evening. Based on our experience, I would definitely be glad to return in October.”

You should always pay attention to and monitor weather reports regardless of when you visit. While hurricane season is nearing its end around this time, it’s still nice to be forewarned of any rain!

Turks and Caicos in October

The Turks and Caicos is a year round destination, but October is typically categorized as an off-peak travel month (with November through December considered peak travel). This means if you look carefully and don’t mind the chance of rain, you can find great Turks and Caicos resort deals.

Some people actually believe October is one of the best times to visit the Turks and Caicos because of fewer crowds and better prices.


Be mindful that rainfall may temporarily increase mosquito nuisance. The Turks and Caicos are in the natural habitable range of mosquitos and there can be more mosquitos for a few weeks after particularly heavy rains.

Fortunately, tourist areas like Providenciales usually see far fewer mosquitoes as these areas are well maintained with minimal places for stagnant water to linger. Areas that are in the path of eastern trade winds also keep mosquito presence to a minimum.

Grand Turk and Salt Cay also have less serious mosquito problems because these islands lack dense vegetation and there aren’t many natural sites that collect rainwater or form pools. They also experience breezes that disrupt mosquito activity.

However, North and Middle Caicos, Parrot Cay, and Pine Cay, have many sites that are ideal mosquito spawning sites and tourists can experience severe mosquito exposure after heavy rains.

Activities on TCI

Turks and Caicos in October is great if you love hanging out in or on the water. The ocean is frequently described to be at a comfortable, “bathtub warm” temperature with calm conditions. This is a great time for visitors because there are such few travellers at this time. If you go to the Turks and Caicos in October, you’ll practically be first in line for any activity or restaurant.

Stand Up Paddleboarding

The waters around Turks and Caicos are warm year round and can be exceptionally calm on the shallow beaches. This makes stand up paddleboarding a great activity for families, kids, or people who want a more relaxed activity.

Some special tours using paddleboards include eco-tours you can take 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.


Kayaking is great to explore beaches, shallow channels, tidal creeks, and around the cays. It’s a quiet and non-intrusive way to get close up pictures of wildlife like iguanas and birds.

Like paddleboarding, you can embark on kayak eco-tours that let you explore the Turks and Caicos’ natural beauty.

Stand up paddleboarding and kayaking can be interesting during this time as rain can raise the water level enough for you to explore areas that are typically unavailable during the rest of the year. The downside is that because of the unpredictable weather, you might have to hold off on water activities until a tropical storm or hurricane has subsided.

Snorkeling and Diving

If the sea is calm enough, snorkeling and diving are great activities to do when you’re in the Turks and Caicos during October. You won’t have to be crowded with other travelling divers or get kicked in the head while snorkeling at a busy location. You’ll have the sites to yourself!

Explore and enjoy the serenity of the natural reefs by yourself. There won’t be other people to kick up the sand or scare away the fish and you can truly see what these natural environments are like as they truly are.

In fact, there are snorkeling tours that will take you out to several snorkel sites. Knowledgeable guides can help you identify the hundreds of different fish and describe the important coral reef ecology.

If you’re more comfortable with deep waters, diving is an excellent October activity. You can descend and scale walls that are dozens of feet to over 100 feet that are overflowing with life.


TCI Amateur Open

The Provo Golf & Country Club frequently hosts the annual TCI Amateur Open in November, which has been a mainstay event for the past 50 years. It’s a three-day tournament that attracts a mix of local and international golfers and spectators, with both men and women trophies awarded in various age brackets.


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Choosing the Perfect Turks and Caicos Excursion

2nd August 2017 11:22 am

Several islands of the Turks and Caicos are the very image of a beautiful Caribbean setting. While strolling on the white powder-soft sandy beaches next to the lapping waves of crystal clear turquoise water is a must do, there are actually plenty of other things to do in the Turks and Caicos.

The Turks and Caicos actually have much more than just beaches. There are several national parks that protect marshes, wetlands, and mangrove forests around the islands and cays, which support delicate ecosystems and countless animals who find the area as appealing as humans.

There are plenty of ways you can see the natural beauty of the Turks and Caicos, including various excursions.

For example, you can stand up paddleboard, kayak, snorkel, SCUBA dive, hire charter boats, or explore the islands on eco tours.

For each activity, there are countless vendors who can provide these services, so you have to choose carefully on how to trust best person or team to make your vacation a perfect one. Beyond the group you want to work with, you also want to know how you want to spend your time.

Here are some considerations:

How active are you?

Not very active

For those who would rather spend more time relaxing, but still want to see the wonderful areas in and around the island, kayaking is a great eco-tour activity.

Any accessible waterway can be explored by kayak while you’re on the Turks and Caicos islands, which makes kayaking is one of the best way to explore the Turks and Caicos. Because there are so many shallow channels, tidal creeks, and cays, kayaking is a quiet and non-intrusive way to get close up pictures of wildlife like iguanas and birds.

You also don’t have to be a super athlete to use a kayak either. The Turks and Caicos waterways are shallow and tend to be calm. You can take your time coasting or drifting and paddle when you want to.

Somewhat active

If you want to be a little more active, you can try stand up paddleboarding. The waters around Turks and Caicos are warm year round and can be exceptionally calm on the shallow beaches. This makes it a great activity for families, kids, or people who want to be active without doing anything too extreme.

More active

If you’re the more active or adventurous type, snorkeling and SCUBA diving are amazing activities. The Turks and Caicos is an ecological wonder beneath the calm waves and has great conditions for snorkeling and diving: great weather, warm and clear water, and shallow reefs teeming with fish, coral and marine life.

In fact, there are snorkeling tours that will take you out to several snorkel sites. Knowledgeable guides can help you identify the hundreds of different fish and describe the important coral reef ecology.

If you’re more comfortable with deep waters, Turks and Caicos is a tough place to beat in terms of quality dive sites. You can descend and scale walls that are dozens of feet to over 100 feet that are overflowing with life.

How to choose an excursion operator

Once you’ve decided on what you want to do, you now have to place your trust in someone who can ensure your trip goes smoothly. There are a lot of ways you can do this. TripAdvisor often hosts reviews of excursion companies from all over the world and it’s a great starting point to learn how you want to plan your trip.

Choose sustainable

The Turks and Caicos serve as a unique ecosystem for countless plants and animals on both land and in sea. In addition to the previously mentioned coral reefs, the Turks and Caicos is also home to island birds and are even in the path of migrating humpback whales and dolphins.

Because you’re partaking in a Turks and Caicos excursion that treats you to the natural beauty of the islands, it’s important to choose an excursion operator that is a committed member within the conservation community.

For example, Big Blue Collective is the country’s only ecotourism award winner, and it continually strives to reduce its own footprint while encouraging its guests to reuse and recycle whenever possible.

How long have they been in business

Once you get an idea of who the Turks and Caicos excursion operators are, you can learn more about them. Like any business, one of the key indicators of a solid business and staff is the length in which they have been in operation.

Big Blue Collective has been offering diving, snorkeling, kiteboarding, boating, kayaking, and stand up paddleboarding services for over 20 years.

When you decide on Big Blue Collective, you are actually doing two things. You are selecting an operator that is dedicated to ensuring your trip is one of the best you’ll ever take, and one that is doing its part to support the natural environment of the Turks and Caicos.

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7 Ways to Enjoy Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

19th June 2017 2:54 pm

Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos, on the Providenciales island can be found in the “Top  Beaches of the World” lists across many of the most trusted and respected travel publications. Condé Nast, TripAdvisor.com, National Geographic, Forbes, and more, all unanimously agree that this Turks and Caicos beach will leave visitors breathless.




Grace Bay Beach stretches across the northern crook of Providenciales from Thompson Cove to Leeward town and is made of soft ashen sand and open crystalline water. However, even though everyone knows it’s one of the best beaches (and THE best depending which list you read), it doesn’t mean it’s overcrowded. Grace Bay Beach is three miles of Caribbean paradise that ensures that everyone will have a chance to enjoy it in his or her own way.


Here are some of the best ways to enjoy Grace Bay Beach:

#7 Sunbathing

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Grace Bay Beach sand seems to be created just for people to lay on it. It’s powder soft and there are literal metric tonnes of it. So even if you’re staying at one of the famous Turks and Caicos resorts that sit practically on the beach along with thousands of other guests, you can still find an open spot for you and your party.


Grace Bay beach is wide with deep, clean sandy ocean floors.There’s no shade on the beach, but that just means it’s perfect to lay on and soak up the rays.

#6 Snorkeling

While Grace Bay Beach is the pristine Caribbean beach you imagine it is, it also has a vibrant reef and coral life beneath the surface. Two of the most popular snorkeling spots on the Providenciales island is Smith’s Reef and Bight Reef.


Bight Reef consists of only one main ridge of coral that extends 350 feet out from the beach. While Bight Reef isn’t necessarily the best spot to snorkel, it is very easy to get to and is great for beginners. There is a high density of relatively calm and tame fish, but larger sea creatures like turtles, stingrays, barracudas and lobsters are less common.


Smith’s Reef is more extensive and is the perfect balance of easy-to-get-to and great snorkeling experience. Smith’s Reef is arguably one of the best spots for snorkelling from the beach on Providenciales, is suitable for beginning snorkelers, and has enough sea life to interest even the most experienced of snorkelers.


Both snorkeling sites rarely have issues with currents or tides.

#5 SCUBA Diving

Obviously, you typically don’t do much diving at Grace Bay Beach, but the beach is very close to some excellent dive sites. In fact, the entire Turks and Caicos is renowned for miles of exquisite barrier reefs, walls, clear waters and abundant wildlife.


Because Grace Bay Beach is a part of the Princess Alexandra National Park, some of the dive sites are in protected areas, which means you’ll be seeing some stunning underwater landscapes and unique and undamaged coral formations.


The best Providenciales dive spots are too far to swim to from Grace Bay Beach, but there are plenty of charters that can take you to some amazing diving locations.

#4 Golfing

The Provo Golf and Country Club, located in the Grace Bay area, is the only 18-hole golf course in the Turks and Caicos but is consistently rated among the top 10 in the Caribbean.


The course is beautifully designed and maintained with rugged limestone formations and waterways that attract the area’s herons, egrets, and flamingos. It is a par 72 course and has hosted the Caribbean Amateur Championship twice.

#3 Birdwatching

Providenciales’ has a rich biodiversity due to the many ecological niches that can be found around the island and can be seen from the beach itself. Because of the proximity to wetlands and mangrove forests, beachgoers can spot a wide variety of birds, including:


  • Flamingos
  • Egrets
  • Herons
  • Ospreys
  • Pelicans
  • Warblers
  • Bananaquits
  • Anis
  • Mangrove cuckoos
  • Antillean nighthawks
  • Bahamas woodstar hummingbird

#2 Kayaking

Providenciales offers two types of kayaking areas: mangrove and wetland eco tours or flat water kayaking in Grace Bay.


Because of the large number of Providenciales resorts on or near the Grace Bay Beach, Grace Bay tends to have a high number of kayakers.


However, it’s not unheard of to do both, since the east side of Providenciales is near the Princess Alexandra National Park. Depending on your kayak tour operator, you might be able to venture from the beach to the protected areas for a truly full experience.

#1 Stand Up Paddleboarding

Because Grace Bay Beach is sheltered by the third largest barrier reef, the water around the beach is especially calm and peaceful. This makes it the perfect setting for stand up paddleboarding.


Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is easy to master, and it takes most beginners only about half an hour of practice to cruise off confidently on their own.


While Grace Bay Beach doesn’t have the mangroves or wetlands, the water is great for cruising because the water is calm and offers a lot of space.

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How to Book and Enjoy A Stand Up Paddle Board Vacation

10th May 2017 7:37 am

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the most popular activities to do on calm waters. Fortunately, the islands of Turks and Caicos are surrounded completely by calm waters, which makes it a great destination for stand up paddle boarding.


But what is stand up paddle boarding and why do so many people find it so fun?


Stand up paddle boarding (or SUP) has a low bar for entry, which makes it great for nearly everyone. It requires very little gear—a board and paddle—and it takes only moments for even the greenest beginners to get the hang of it.


Once you have the equipment, you can take yourself out and navigate the beach, wetland, marsh, river, lake, and more.

Why Do Stand Up Paddle Board on Vacation?

With so many activities you can do while vacationing in Turks and Caicos, why even consider stand up paddle boarding? We already mentioned that it’s easy to start, but it’s also what you make of it. Here are some different ways you can enjoy stand up paddle boarding on your vacation.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding As A Workout

Yes, vacationing should be about letting yourself go: Order the fresh lobster sauteed in extra butter, and don’t forget to end dinner with a slice (or two) of tiramisu cake.


But if you’re the type that needs to keep your calorie intake and expenditure in check, SUP is a great form of exercise while on a Caribbean vacation. Don’t coop yourself up in your resort’s gym. Take your exercise to the beaches and enjoy the sun and waters. You’ll paddle directly over barrier reefs and countless fishes and other marine life.


SUP is a full-body workout that activates your core, shoulders, glutes, and calves, and your sense of balance is constantly tested. Like jogging or rowing, you decide how fast and how far you want to go.


Want a little competition? Race the shark behind you!


Just kidding.


While grey reef sharks are common in barrier reefs and nurse and juvenile lemon sharks can be seen in the wetlands, there have only been three recorded shark attacks in the entire Turks and Caicos archipelago with zero cases of fatalities or loss of limb.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding As Leisure Activity

SUP can easily double as a leisure activity. Your SUP hourly rentals don’t come with a personal trainer so you can go as slowly and rest as often as you like.


Besides, what’s the rush? You can see straight through the crystal clear water to the reefs below your board, which are packed with vibrantly colorful and active life.


You can even time your stand up paddle board experience with the beautiful sunset. It’s a completely different experience to be on the water while the sky gently turns from bright blue to fiery orange, red and deep shades of purple. Life that was active during the day now goes to sleep and the nocturnal marine life wakes up to take their turn on and around the reefs.

Explore the Islands with Stand Up Paddle Boards

There are areas where SUP or kayaks are the best forms of transportation. Turks and Caicos, while it can be a luxurious retreat, is also teeming with wildlife.


Skim the waters of nearby mangrove channels and explore the national parks and nature reserves. Because SUPs are human powered, you can get up close and personal with birds and iguanas without scaring them away with loud and noxious engines.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Is Family Friendly

If you’re on a family holiday, SUP is perfect to enjoy time with the entire family whether your family has children, teens, or adults.


Children and adults alike can enjoy learning and exploring on stand up paddle boards. Even if every family member is a beginner at stand up paddle boarding, there’s no shortage of accomplished and expert instructors that can teach you the fundamentals. Your family will be on your way with just a few instructions and a few minutes of practice.

Where to Stand Up Paddle Board in Turks and Caicos?

Stand up paddle boarding can be done in many places in Turks and Caicos. You can do it in the mangroves of North and Middle Caicos or above the reefs of Providenciales. You can even bring SUP equipment with you on charter boats and explore secluded beaches and cays that aren’t seen by the general public.


Rest assured, there is no shortage of beautiful stand up paddle boarding sites on Turks and Caicos.

Planning Your Stand Up Paddle Board Vacation

When you’re ready to book your stand up paddle board vacation, whether it’s an hour-long workout or a three-day eco tour, there are several things you should look for.



Even though stand up paddle boarding is relatively easy and straightforward, you are always at the mercy of the tides. Nothing can beat the power of the ocean.


Make sure that you are able to feel comfortable on the water and using the equipment. Always feel free to ask for an instructor. They know their equipment and locations better than anyone. Listen to their advice and pointers and follow their instructions and you will be able to fully appreciate how fun the sport is.


Weather and Season

Weather and ocean conditions can be fickle. While things can change on the day of your booking, you can still make plans to an extent.


For example, September to November is a great time to paddle board. In addition to historically great conditions, it also coincides with the annual Kalama Kamp. Kalama Kamp is a weeklong paddle board adventure that is hosted by Dave Kalama, a legendary Hawaiian surfer.


This experience couples paddle board instructions with wilderness, backcountry, and wave safaris to make stand up paddle boarding a truly memorable adventure.


Finding the Stand Up Paddle Board Experience for YOU
There won’t be any shortage of stand up paddle board rentals on Turks and Caicos. So whether you just want to workout for an hour or go on a four-hour sightseeing tour, you can sleep soundly knowing that your stand up paddle board booking can accommodate you.

Unique wedding activities when getting married in Turks and Caicos

30th April 2017 7:36 am

It’s hard to top getting married in Turks and Caicos. The spectacular white sand beaches and stunning turquoise waters gives you plenty of opportunities to create picture-perfect moments.


Having your wedding or honeymoon in Turks and Caicos will put you in a small but elite group as well. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Tony Parker and Eva Longoria, and Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld all married or honeymooned here.


But more importantly, a Turks and Caicos wedding will put you in the perfect place for what REALLY matters: the honeymoon. We’ve previously mentioned some of the most luxurious Turks and Caicos resorts (many of which, offer wedding catering), but this island nation is also the premier location for some of the most exciting Caribbean excursions and activities.


Whale Watching

Any wedding can have a live band. But it’s truly a breathtaking moment when you and your new spouse gets serenaded by migrating humpback whales on their way south to their winter feeding grounds (or seas).


Whale watching in Turks and Caicos is one of the most memorable experiences for tourists. The best times for whale watching is from December to April, so definitely consider this activity if your wedding or honeymoon falls within this timeframe.


While the appearance of these majestic creatures can’t be guaranteed, we can promise that we would make the effort to spot them. Even if you’re doing a snorkel or diving trip, the moment whales get spotted, all of our boats are alerted.



With calm waters and shallow channels, kayaking is a favorite visitor activity. Whether you’re paddling into the sunset or just drifting under a full moon, kayaking gives you many ways to enjoy the waters.


Many parts of the islands are made of forests of mangroves. If you and your spouse are both adventurists, then kayaking is the best way to truly explore your Caribbean paradise. You’ll learn about the mangrove habitats, coastal ecology, island fauna and flora, and spot animals like iguanas and birds. You can even do multi-day kayaking trips for a truly unique experience.


Because a kayaking excursion is whatever you and your spouse make of it, it is a great honeymooning activity whether you are beginners or experienced kayakers.


Stand Up Paddleboarding

Like kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is a great activity for active newlyweds. And when you go on a Turks and Caicos stand up paddleboarding excursion, you can easily paddle your way into an island national park and nature reserve made up of mangrove forests, channels, coral reefs, and cays.


However, if you want a more low-key honeymoon, SUP can also be a relaxing alternative. With calm, clear waters, SUP gives you an unobstructed view beneath the waves surrounding the islands without getting your hair wet.


So whether you want an easy 90-minute sightseeing trip or a four-hour adventure, stand up paddleboarding is a low-cost activity that offers the best of both worlds.



For a truly unique experience, it’s tough to beat kiteboarding on your honeymoon. With year round trade winds, warm ocean waters, shallow coastline, and scenic beaches, couples can let loose after a tightly scheduled wedding.


Even if both of you are kiteboarding beginners, our team of instructors has decades of combined experience that will get you cruising on the waves in mere hours.



Put the wedding out of your mind and focus on exploring the coastal marine ecosystem with your new husband or wife. From beautiful reefs to vibrantly colored fish, snorkeling in the calm waters of the islands is one of the best ways to relax after a hectic wedding.


The Turks and Caicos islands have plenty of snorkeling sites to choose from, with no two experiences being the same. Snorkel during the night is an entirely different experience from the day, with different creatures taking their turn to be active. Or embark on an adventure like a snorkel cruise or snorkel ecotour or even combine with it stand up paddleboarding.


Or, you can keep it intimate with a private snorkeling excursion that will take you to secluded sites and beaches.


SCUBA Diving

People from all over the world go to Turks and Caicos for SCUBA diving. And when it comes to diving, smaller is better. New couples will join small groups to keep their diving experiences more intimate, and giving them greater opportunities to see the amazing marine life of coral reefs and walls without the disruptions of too many divers.


Dive the world-class reefs and walls in Grace Bay, Pine Cay, NW Point, French Cay and in West Caicos at your leisure. Spend the entire day traveling from site to site to dive unique locations. With favorable conditions and luck, you might even get to swim with whales and dolphins!


If you’re both new to diving, there are even diving courses that’ll get you comfortable in the open water.


Private Charters

You chose wisely when you decided on a Turks and Caicos wedding or honeymoon. The Caribbean islands are beautiful and there’s no better way for a newly married couple to see it than on an intimate, private charter.


Why limit yourself to a single activity when you can do it all on a private charter?


Cruise the nearby Caicos Cays or distant West Caicos and South Caicos with your new husband or wife. Stop if you see a spot you like and take out the paddleboards, kayaks, kiteboards, or snorkels for a private adventure.


While the beaches and ocean are some of the best places to be on a Caribbean island, the island interiors are fantastic in their own right. Enjoy whichever island you are on by bike. Biking the islands is one of the best ways you and your spouse can truly appreciate your honeymoon or wedding location.


You can do it on your own (some villas offer complimentary bicycles to their guests) or join a bike tour.


The North Caicos biking eco-tour will take you on a 12-mile tour of North Caicos’ interior. You’ll see the farming community of Kew, the Wade’s Green cotton plantation ruins, and the 250-feet deep blue hole, Cottage Pond.


So What’s Next?

No matter what you plan to do, your Turks and Caicos wedding or honeymoon will be spectacular. It can be relaxing or it can be full of adventure. In both cases, Big Blue Collective is dedicated to helping you create a memorable experience of your first days as a married couple.

Kalama Stand Up Paddleboard Kamp is a hit

22nd March 2017 5:45 pm

Dave Kalama’s STAND UP PADDLEBOARD Kamp was an instant hit here in the TCI. Together with Philip from Big Blue, Brody Welte (Dave’s partner) and John Denney, 8 participants from first timers to experienced paddlers tasted the best the TCI had to offer. Perfect waves, learner waves, downwinders, mangrove excursions and even a moonlight paddle as well as excellent snorkeling. Each morning was started with Dave’s scaled down version of his big wave preseason beach work out, followed by instruction in paddle techniques. 18 different Naish SUP boards were used in the Big Blue fleet with everyone enjoying a variety of different conditions and performance.
This camp was so successful we are already planning the next one! Dates will be confirmed before the new year, cross fingers.
The expertise of Dave, Brody and John proved invaluable while Philip’s local knowledge and passion helped make this Kamp fun, safe, flexible and adventurous.
“This is a great location,” Dave said, “this is perfect – there are so many factors to it that create a very adventurous experience for people.”
Brody added: “For us to be successful it’s essential that we partner with people like Philip and Big Blue – we would not exist without him.
“It’s essential to have someone that’s well established in the community and who let’s people come in and have their experience but leave no trace on the environment.”

Filed under: Activities, Sponsorship

Which are the main resorts and Islands of Turks and Caicos?

22nd April 2017 8:36 am

The Turks and Caicos islands are increasingly becoming one of the more popular Caribbean destinations for vacationers from all over the world. You can pack your day full of activities—or relaxation—on Providenciales beautiful beaches, Grand Turk’s historic Cockburn Town, or Salt Cay’s superb diving spots.

But with multiple islands and upscale resorts or tranquille villas sitting on over 128 square miles (or 332 square kilometres) of combined beachfront and gardens, where are the best resorts and activities on Turks and Caicos?

First, let’s get to know the islands. Turks and Caicos has seven main islands in the country and about 40 smaller islands and uninhabited cays. If you need help deciding where to stay, visit our accommodations page to learn more. From west to east, here are the main islands:


West Caicos

West Caicos, formerly known as Belle Island, is (unsurprisingly) the westernmost island and is the second largest uninhabited island of the archipelago.

Because the island and the surrounding waters are largely protected by the West Caicos Marine National Park, it is not possible to stay on the island. However, because of the protection, the reefs surrounding the island have some of the best diving spots in the country.
There are over two dozen dive sites, one of which, is known as the Wall, with sheer drops from about 40 feet down to 6000!



The Attractions on Providenciales

More commonly known as “Provo,” Providenciales is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos (most visitors fly into Provo airport) and has the some of the best and highly rated resorts on travel review sites.

Ranked consistently as having some of the best beaches in the world by Condé Nast magazine and World Travel Awards, it’s also the location of gorgeous scenery, breathtaking sandy beaches, and stunning ocean views. Some of the best attractions on Providenciales include:

  • Caicos Conch Farm (the world’s only conch farm)
  • Grace Bay
  • Bight Reef
  • Anna’s Art Gallery
  • Princess Alexandra National Park

Of course, you can also visit the Provo Golf Club, arguably one of the top 72-hole golf courses in the Caribbean.


The Accommodations on Providenciales

While most of the luxury resorts are located on the north shore near Grace Bay, which is the location of some the most beautiful beaches, there are other popular places that offer great accommodations. You’ll discover that the common theme of these resorts are ocean bay views and luxurious five-star treatment.

  • Seven Stars Resort & Spa
  • The Venetian on Grace Bay
  • The Somerset on Grace Bay
  • Grace Bay Club
  • The Tuscany
  • The Regent Grand
  • Blue Haven Resort
  • The Shore Club
  • Gansevoort
  • Le Vele
  • Ocean Club West
  • Northwest Point Resort

Some all-inclusive resorts include:

  • Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa
  • Amanyara
  • Club Med Turquoise
  • Parrot Cay


North Caicos and Middle Caicos

The Attractions on North and Middle Caicos

North Caicos and Middle Caicos offer spectacular outdoor sights. While both islands offer stunning beaches, they are less crowded and more intimate.

Snorkelling is heavily impacted by the weather. Three Marys Cays in North Caicos and Mudjin Harbour and Conch Bar Beach in Middle Caicos are excellent spots when conditions are good.

Both islands also have great hiking and exploration activities, including:

  • Crossing Place Trail – the main link between North and Middle Caicos
  • Conch Bar Caves
  • Flamingo Pond Overlook


The Accommodations on North and Middle Caicos

The hotels and villas on North and Middle Caicos are all more intimate and tranquil than their Providenciales counterparts. Most offer full kitchens and some even offer complimentary bike use for their guests.

  • Blue Horizons Resort
  • Cedar Palm Beach Suites
  • Hollywood Beach Suites
  • Sundial Villa
  • Villa Palmetto


East Caicos

While it used to be home to plantations and ranches, East Caicos is now deserted and uninhabited. Its 18 square miles (or 46.5 square kilometers) beachfront is occupied only by sea turtle eggs and mosquitos. Lots of mosquitos.


South Caicos

The Attractions of South Caicos

Commonly called The Big South, South Caicos island is the fishing capital of the country with natural harbors and several fishing plants.

South Caicos is largely untouched by tourism, which means that you’ll see an unfiltered Caribbean destination in its true form. However, there are charter boats that can take you to some of the loveliest dive and kayak sites around the islands. You can also explore historic and abandoned sites like the South Caicos Salt Salinas.


The Accommodations of South Caicos

There are only three hotels on South Caicos:

  • East Bay Resort
  • Sail Rock Resort
  • South Caicos Ocean & Beach Resort


Grand Turk

The Attractions of Grand Turk

Grand Turk is the second most populated island and is the historic and political center of the country. It is also the easternmost of the country’s large islands and is known as the first landfall into the New World by Christopher Columbus and the first dryland that American astronaut, John Glenn, stepped onto after his historic orbit around the Earth.

The capital city, Cockburn Town, is an intimate Caribbean town that is easily walkable and has many interesting sites to see, including:

  • The National Museum of Turks & Caicos Islands
  • Grand Turk Lighthouse
  • Columbus Landfall National Park

Other activities you can do while on Grand Turk include:

  • Snorkeling at Gibbs Cay
  • Diving Library Reef
  • Hiking Sand River Canyon
  • Kayaking
  • Diving Black Forest


The Accommodations of Grand Turk

While Grand Turk resorts aren’t as luxurious as Providenciales’, there are still many great options from which you can choose.

  • Crabtree Apartments
  • Turks Head Inne
  • Beachside Bungalow
  • Bohio Dive Resort
  • Island House
  • Reef House
  • Osprey Beach Hotel
  • Salt Raker Inn


Salt Cay

The Attractions of Salt Cay

Salt Cay is the smallest of the inhabited islands of the Turks and Caicos islands and is also the southernmost island.

Salt Cay has seen very little tourism development and most visitors come for the island’s and surrounding water’s wildlife.

Popular activities include:

  • Whale watching
  • Scuba diving

One of the most popular dive spots are the sink sites of the mostly intact H.M.S. Endymion (sunk in 1790) and the General Pershing (sunk in 1921).


The Accommodations of Salt Cay

Only rental villas are available on Salt Cay. Most have full kitchens offer complimentary use of bicycles, kayaks, snorkel gear, and airport pickups.

  • Castaway Villa
  • Charming House
  • Genesis Beach House
  • Half Way House
  • Pirates Hideaway
  • Purple Conch Cottage
  • The Villas of Salt Cay
  • The Vistas of Salt Cay
  • Tradewind Guest Suites
  • Twilight Zone Cottage


Now that you have an idea of what is available to you during your visit to Turks and Caicos Islands, you can begin narrowing down places you want to stay during your trip. If you need more help, visit our accommodations page to learn more.

Big Blue July Summer Kids Kamp

22nd July 2016 11:36 am

Big Blue opened up the world of watersports to the kids of the Turks and Caicos Islands by hosting what will be the first of many kids kamps. Through the entire month of July children between the ages of 10-12+ were treated to week long adventures and education stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, kiteboarding, boating, hiking and scuba diving. Children would arrive each week and be split into diving and non diving groups. Those learning to scuba dive would be taken poolside by Tanya, Tom and Lizzie and go through their open water drills. The others meanwhile would head out under the guidance of Blue, Ray, Jason and Elvardo to explore the mangroves, reefs and beaches in the Leeward area.

While our junior open water scuba divers plied their books, answered their knowledge quizzes and performed their newly learned open water skills, the others were learning about the maritime reef and mangrove ecology. Adventures by SUP and kayak were interspersed with trips to the reef to snorkel and introductions to flying trainer kites with Wes.

Emphasis was always on having fun and every Friday with 6-8 newly certified junior open water divers and 6-8 eco warriors, Team Big Blue would jump on Live & Direct and head to West Caicos to party. Diving, boat jumping, cliff jumping, exploring and plenty laughs. We certified 22 junior divers and made over 35 children very happy.

A perfect start to the summer.

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Big Blue Boost for The Middle Caicos Handcraft Co-Op

22nd March 2014 11:32 am

We, at Big Blue Collective, are all delighted to continue our Eco tourism commitment in the Turks and Caicos IslanMade in Turks and Caicosds. Since December 2012 Big Blue has sponsored a local artisan Stacia Arthur to work on a daily basis at the Middle Caicos Artisans Studio and Outlet in the village of Conch Bar. Stacia is on hand to offer information, answer questions and demonstrate the traditional handcraft techniques for tourists visiting the co-op. The Middle Caicos Co-op forms an integral part of the experience offered by Big Blue on our Heart of the Islands eco-tour to North and Middle Caicos.

In addition, a vivid and attractive display within our base at Leeward introduces our guests to the handcrafts of North and Middle Caicos even if they chose not to visit these islands. This helps the Middle Caicos Co-op realize its goal of bringing income to the island artisans and showcasing the traditional handcrafts which are all made from sustainably harvested local grasses and palmtops. It additionally encourages visitors by increasing their awareness of the local handcrafts available.

Long recognized as a true force preserving TCI’s traditional handcraft and culture, the Middle Caicos Co-op is a not for profit organization established in 1998 with only 6 artisans – Today over 60 artisans and volunteers work together to promote the cultural heritage of the TCI. Big Blue Collective is proud to sponsor the artisans and volunteers who keep the Middle Caicos Co-op alive and we hope this helps to provide confidence and resources to continue in their work and goals.

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Summer Camp Ideas For Active Kids

20th March 2017 10:02 am

As the school year draws to a close and the long summer months loom large, parents want to ensure that their kids don’t spend the entire summer cooped up in a basement sitting only inches away from a TV screen.kalama kamp

The goal is to keep your child active, engaged, and mentally sharp so that summer can be as much about learning as the school year.

Luckily, every kid still dreams of going to summer camp. Whether it’s the traditional American Dream, cabin-in-the-woods camp, or something a little more international and adventurous, there are plenty of options out there for parents looking for summer camp ideas.

Traditional Sleepaway Summer Camps

Traditional summer camps give your kids the classic sleepaway camp experience. Spending the summer up in the woods, sleeping in a bunk bed in close quarters with other boys or girls, your child will learn about comradery, teamwork, and independence from their parents.

These camps typically fill the day with activities like swimming, team sports, arts and crafts, learning about nature, and other educational activities.

These camps can last as long as only one week, or for the entire summer. Keep in mind that these camps are best for truly independent, responsible kids who don’t mind being away from their parents for extended periods of time.

Faith-Based Camps

Faith-based summer camps are very similar to traditional summer camps, but with the added feature of incorporating the child’s faith into daily activities, and meeting kids with similar religious backgrounds. Traditionally in America, these camps tend to be Christian or Jewish.

At Jewish faith camps, you’ll see Shabbat seamlessly integrated into the camp life experience. Kids will learn all about what it means to practice the Jewish faith, along with all of its cultural implications.

At Christian faith camps, your kids will not only learn about what it means to have faith in God, but also being part of a Christian community. Of course, you’ll still do the usual summer camp sports and activities.

Summer Day Camps

If you’re someone who wants to keep summer camp closer to home, then day camps are likely the best option for you. Day camps are great because parents can still work their 9 to 5 jobs while their kids have a blast during the day. Most of these camps last five days a week for one or two weeks at a time, but there are camps that extend into the weekend.

Like traditional summer camps, most day camps consist of full days of action, including arts and crafts, team sports, hiking, rock climbing, and games. If you’re looking for a low-commitment, easy-going camp experience, this is the option for you.

Specialty Camps

Looking for something a little more adventurous? Do you want anything but the traditional childhood for your child? Try something above and beyond and send your kid to a specialty camp. Whether it’s a sports camp, dance camp, equestrian camp, circus camp, band camp, or even science camp, your child can learn skills that will stay with them for an entire lifetime.

Some of these camps are full sleepaway camps, whereas others are just day camps.

Kalama Kids Kamp

Want to try something truly outside the box? Want to take part in your child’s unique summer adventure? Why not combine a vacation with your child’s summer camp experience?

If you’re looking for a summer holiday camp that gets your child off the couch and out into the true wilderness, then you should check out Big Blue’s Kalama Kids Kamp in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Kalama Kids Kamps are full of excitement, adventure, and non-stop thrills.

This isn’t your parents’ traditional summer camp. Kalama Kids Kamp is all about getting to know the ocean: its creatures, its waves, its ecology, and its potential for adventure.

What’s Involved in Kalama Kids Kamp?

Big Blue’s Kalama Kids Kamps take place for two weeks every July in the Turks and Caicos Islands. These camps are five days long, and are jam-packed with unique experiences that kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

From Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kids will hit the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean to take part in:

Better yet, we at Big Blue have different levels of adventure summer camps fine-tuned to different skill levels to meet the needs of each child. We break kids into three skill levels, split into groups of eight to ten:

  • 10-14 years old, non-diving ($400 per week): This is a great introduction to our Kalama Kids Kamps. Taking place in shallower seawaters, kids will learn to get comfortable kayaking, snorkeling, and SUPing.
  • 12-14 years old, junior open water diving ($485 per week): The true to step to becoming an ocean adventurer, in this level, kids will focus on becoming certified as junior open water divers.
  • 12-16 years old, junior advanced open water diving ($585 per week): This level is for kids who’ve already earned their junior diving licenses. We’ll put their diving skills to the test, and take part in more advanced dives.

Why Visit the Turks and Caicos Islands For Summer Camp?

While your kids are away at camp, you can explore the Turks and Caicos Islands on your own. What’s there to do on the Turks and Caicos Islands?

Why not follow in your kids’ footsteps and check out some of the Islands’ high-thrills activities. Get out on the water and try out a stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking tour, learn to kiteboard from some of the world’s top experts, or scuba dive in some of the Caribbean’s most impressive coral reefs.

Looking to stay dry? Take a private boat charter, take a biking tour around the islands, or simply hang out on the beach with a cold drink and delicious plate of freshly caught seafood.

To learn more about the adventures that await your child in the Turks and Caicos Islands, contact Big Blue Collective and book today. Our Kids Kamps will leave your child with a lifetime of memories.

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What to do on Turks and Caicos Islands

15th March 2017 1:50 pm

The Turks and Caicos Islands are quickly becoming one of the most popular vacations spots in the Caribbean. Sitting east of the Bahamas, this paddle boarding turks and caicospicture-perfect tropical destination is more than just a place to sit around lying on the beach.

While the population of Turks and Caicos is only 32,000, these islands see over 600,000 visitors each year thanks to stunning natural visuals, world-class upscale resorts, an exciting nightlife, and unbeatable recreation.

If you’re planning on visiting, here’s a list of things to do on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Beaches and Oceans

The number one reason people come to the Turks and Caicos Islands is to enjoy some of the most beautiful waters in the world. Every corner of the islands features perfect white-sand beaches and bright, turquoise waters that will make you feel like you were dropped into the middle of a postcard.

While you may be satisfied with a simple stroll down these pristine beaches or a casual swim in the ocean, Turks and Caicos is much more than that. Here are some more high-thrills adventures to take advantage of the perfect blue waters.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Turks and Caicos is one of the world’s prime scuba diving destinations. If you’re looking for things to do in Turks and Caicos, this is something that can’t be missed.

The islands of Grand Turk, Salt Cay, and Providenciales (known to locals as “Provo”), are each known for their spectacular wall diving. These islands sit atop two underwater limestone mountain plateaus that are divided by a 6,000-foot-deep chasm. As a result, the area is home to some of the best wall diving on the planet.

In addition to these stunning wall drops, you’ll find incredible barrier reefs complete with tube sponges, schools of fish, reef sharks, hawksbill turtles, and even humpback whales. The Turks and Caicos are home to the third-largest coral reef system in the world, so it’s worth a dip down below the surface to check it out.

If scuba diving is a little too extreme for your tastes, many boat tours offer snorkeling adventures that will help even the most beginner divers to experience the beauty of the coral reef.

Watersports and Eco Tours

It doesn’t end at scuba diving. When you come to the Turks and Caicos Islands, there’s a whole host of exciting watersports to keep the whole family entertained. And don’t worry about experience level—most excursions have options for beginners too.

Explore the area’s extensive mangrove channels by kayak. Take a paddleboarding tour through a beautiful national park and nature reserve. Take a ride on a gust of wind while kitesurfing. There’s no shortage of activities for thrill seekers.

If you prefer to take in adventure sitting down, take a boat tour or private charter around the islands. If you time your trip right, you may be lucky enough to witness the migration of humpback whales on a whale watching tour. There are also bike tours available to take in the sights on land.

For a complete guide of the adventures that await you in the Turks and Caicos Islands, check out our entire list of island eco adventures to keep your heart pounding the entire time.

Island Fish Fry

The Island Fish Fry is the perfect way to get a taste of the local Turks and Caicos cuisine. This free weekly event, which takes place in Provo every Thursday night from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., offers food from a wide variety of the most delicious local restaurants.

From island delicacies like perfectly cooked lobster, crab ‘n rice, freshly caught local fish, or hearty favorites like mac ‘n cheese, the Island Fish Fry will never have you leaving hungry.

The family-friendly event is also home to some of the islands’ best cultural acts. Every week, a host of local entertainers take the stage to impress the lively and diverse crowds of both locals and tourists. You’ll be on your feet all night dancing along with the local musicians—with different bands hitting the stage every week. Turks and Caicos is well known for ripsaw music, which prominently features the handsaw as the main instrument.

You’ll also find locally handcrafted goods like straw baskets and hats, fantastic storytellers, arts and crafts, and more activities to keep the whole family entertained for hours.


What’s a relaxing tropical vacation without a round of golf? With a reputation as one of the most skill-testing courses in the Caribbean, the Provo Golf Club features 18 stunning holes of world-class golf. The course blends in to the natural surroundings of the island, showcasing limestone outcroppings, local wildlife, and natural water features.

You don’t have to worry about lugging your clubs to the island with you, as the Provo Golf Club offers brand new Taylor Made Club rentals that’ll keep you on the top of your game—and you’ll need to be, as 11 of the course’s 18 holes have water features that you’ll have to avoid. Although, if you do end up in the water, you’ll have a nice view of the island’s water birds, that include pelicans, flamingos, and herons.

If you’d prefer to play a shorter 9-hole course, the Waterloo Golf Club, located close to the Cruise Ship Center in Grand Turk, offers a quicker option. But book your tee time early—they only hold spots open for 36 golfers per day.

Restaurants and Nightlife

Unsurprisingly, Turks and Caicos cuisine is largely centered around seafood. The most famous local ingredient is conch, which is a type of sea snail. You’ll find it centrally featured at top local restaurants like Coco Bistro and Le Bouchon du Village.

When the sun sets, the fun doesn’t stop. Every single night, no matter where you are, you’ll easily be able to find live Caribbean-style music, a karaoke bar, booze cruises, dance parties, and more. Whether it’s live Jazz, Rake ‘N Scrape, Ripsaw, or just a simple set of steel drums, you’ll never be far from live music.

To experience the best sights and sounds of Turks and Caicos, book a tour with Big Blue Collective now!


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Crab Festival Turks and Caicos – Things to do and see

11th January 2012 11:37 am

The annual Turks and Caicos Crab Fest is held on Middle Caicos at the end of June. The aim of the event is to support the culture and community spirit of Middle Caicos and North Caicos by spotlighting the cultural heritage of catching, cooking, and eating local crabs. Co-sponsors Big Blue are there in force to help with the entertainment and safety, and to donate some prizes.

Naturally a small fleet of inflatable stand-up paddleboards are brought along for good measure and prove to be a great success over and over again. All proceeds benefit the Doris Robinson primary school on Middle Caicos.

2017 Crab Festival

2017 will see the running of the 7th annual Turks and Caicos Land crab Festival on Middle Caicos. This is a unique celebration of all things crab including culinary and cultural. The event is held at Bambarra Beach from 10am until late. All are welcome and it proves to be a great event to visit when on TCI, so come along. 

The Middle Caicos Great Blue land crab

The land crab can be found between May to July on Middle Caicos as they emerge from their deep burrows awakened by the Spring rains. They prefer Middle Caicos as it is one of the least inhabited islands and they generally get left alone. Read more about the Great Blue land crab here.

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