Turks and Caicos boat tours offer you all the Island flavour you could dream of

27th October 2018 10:51 am

What better way to enjoy the silky turquoise seas around the Turks and Caicos then via boat? Island hop for fun day excursions, head to some of the best wreck-and-reef dive sites in the world, or simply enjoy the luxury of your own private vessel- Turks and Caicos boat tours with the Big Blue Collective allow you to experience the islands [and the world] from a novel new angle that will leave you feeling revived and refreshed.

Why opt for a Turks and Caicos boat tour with us?

The Big Blue Collective has been delighting holiday-makers for over 2 decades- not as work, but as a true passion. While our signature eco-adventures allow visitors the chance to explore off the beaten track with us, our Turks and Caicos boat tours let you truly embrace life [and fun] on the islands. With the humbling ocean our mistress in adventure, we’re super excited that we have the chance to share our love of diving, paddle boarding and surfing with you. By kayak, board or boat, sharing the secrets of this wonderful corner of the world is a delight.

Luxury island-hopping by boat

If you’re keen to catch up with your sunbathing but still explore the islands, a Turks and Caicos boat tour through the chain is perfect for you. Many island adventures focus only on Provo, with maybe a quick trip to Grand Turk thrown in for good measure, but that means you miss out on a whole lot of fun and adventure! Each island offers something truly unique for the visitor- enough to be an experience on its own- so island hopping allows you to get a little taste of each for yourself. Experience the unique culture and history that bring vibrancy to the islands, from the tender etchings of prehistoric peoples to the plantations and ruins of the salt industry. Of course, you’ll also want to sample each of the beautiful beaches that make this corner of the Caribbean so luxurious, explore the lush and vibrant tropical paradise that makes up the Islands’ ecosystem, and meet the marine, aquatic and land animals and birds that make up the spectacular natural diversity around us.

Expect any Turks and Caicos boat tour to be packed with exciting marine sightings. Life teams in the gentle, warm seas around us. See sharks and brightly coloured fish shoals flash past as turtles sedately paddle to land. Why not take advantage of the dive equipment all of the boats in our ample fleet are equipped with to explore some of the world’s best coral reefs while you are here? There’s even wreck sites and challenging walls to whet your appetite and hone your skills.

Meet our fleet for yourself

Our Turks and Caicos boat tours all make use of our recently revamped fleet, each fully outfitted for convenience as well as luxury. Our private charter boats allow you to shape your vacation around your wants and needs, and our powerboat fleet outdoes every other on the island. Sample our wave-thrashing catamarans, or upgrade to ultimate luxury with our fleet-leading 40 footer, a Hinckley which offers every boating mod-con you could want. Regardless of your choice, each boat comes with an experienced Captain and guide to keep her steady in the water, and they are fully equipped for snorkelling and diving. Don’t know how to dive yet? The Captains are certified to teach you in the open water on the spot. If you’re in the mood for an active holiday, our larger vessels also allow for all the tools needed for paddleboarding, kitesurfing and kayaking.

What destinations await me on my Turks and Caicos boat tour?

If you’re opting for one of our private charter Turks and Caicos boat tours, then there are no limits to what you can do. The day- and the boat- is your own. Nose your way up the stark, enrapturing mangrove channels that line the side of East Caicos and French Cay to see the uninhabited islands at their very best.  Creep softly through the Caicos Cays for a gentle ride on heavenly blue waters. Head to the many offshore dive sites to explore the world under the sea, or moor at the perfect spot to soak up the sun. It’s up to you!

Our Captain and helmsmen all have many years of experience on the waters of the Turks and Caicos. They can read the sea and understand her tides so your journey will always be smooth, and their time spent on the Island year-round give them the knowledge to craft you the perfect experience depending on what you want to enrich your holiday with. In-season, and provided the opportunity is appropriate, you may even get an up-close look at, and possibly interaction with the whales who pass through the Islands’ channels during their yearly migration. It’s almost guaranteed you will meet the dolphins and gentle stingray who flit through the lazy waters, too. The food onboard will be catered to your preferences, so there’s no need to touch land until night if you’re in the mood for waterborne adventure. Bring your own beats and your nautical spirit, and you’re all set!

Tailor-make your very own Turks and Caicos boat tour to suit your needs and spirit of adventure. Take advantage of the decades-long experience of our guides and Captains to plan an eco-adventure whose memories will last forever, or allow the beautiful island setting to revive your spirit and rejuvenate your soul from within. Play in the water, challenge your spirit of adventure, or bask in the warmth of the sun- it’s up to you when you allow the Big Blue Collective to enhance your trip and help you make the memories of a lifetime.


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What’s the Best Way to Island Hop the Turks and Caicos?

29th January 2018 10:51 am

The Turks and Caicos is a Caribbean archipelago made up of eight islands and dozens of smaller cays. Every island is unique in its own way and each can be a destination in and of itself. However, if you have varied interests and are up for experiencing the country in its entirety and all of its Caribbean beauty, island hopping the Turks and Caicos is going to give you an experience unlike any other.

Why Island Hop the Turks and Caicos?

How you want to enjoy your Caribbean holiday will greatly influence which Turks and Caicos island you want to go. For example, if you like scuba diving, there are some excellent dive sites near Grand Turk island. Or if you’re a history buff, you might be more interested in the Middle Caicos island where you can explore the abandoned plantations and salt flats.

Here are some ways you can choose which Turks and Caicos island to add to your island hopping itinerary.

How to Choose which Turks and Caicos Island to Visit

You want an Instagrammable beach

If you’re going to be in the Caribbean, you almost HAVE to reserve some time in your schedule to just lay on some of the finest, white sand in the world. The beaches of Providenciales Island (or Provo) are world renowned and consistently earn top marks and being among the top beaches in the world.

You have kilometres of beaches that gently slope into the some of the most startling blue waters you will ever see. Some would argue that you don’t know the true color of turquoise until you’ve visited Grace Bay Beach.

Every picture you post on social media is so perfect that you can always tag the photo with #nofilter.

You are a nature lover

The Turks and Caicos isn’t a paradise to just humans. There are scores of aquatic, marine, land, and flying animals that make their home on the islands. While you’re here, you have a great opportunity jump from island to island to watch animals in their native environment.

 

For example, you can take kayak or stand up paddleboarding eco-tours to explore and learn all about the serene mangrove habitats, various nursery grounds, iguana sanctuary, marine life, island birds, and coastal ecology.

If you want to get closer to life under the sea, then you basically have your pick all around the Turks and Caicos. The waters around the islands blooms with life as the reefs and sea walls are natural havens for countless number of fish, sharks, turtles, and coral.

Some of the best islands to experience nature include Providenciales (so you can paddle to Little Cay—also known as Iguana Island), North Caicos, Middle Caicos, and Caicos Cays.

You’ll go wherever the wind blows—literally

The Turks and Caicos is the premier destination for kiteboarding, because it is situated in the crossroads of year round trade winds. Long Bay beach on Providenciales is a great destination for the sport because it allows riders to travel for kilometres.

You want to experience the history and culture

The cultural centre of the Turks and Caicos can be found on North, Middle, and South Caicos. With Providenciales taking the lion’s share of resorts and tourism, these islands are able to retain their history and preserve a non-tourist-centric lifestyle.

If you island hop to these islands, you’ll see remnants of the cotton plantations and salt industries.

Grand Turk Island is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos archipelago and is home to Cockburn Town, the capital city. Here, you can visit museums and historical sites.

How to Island Hop the Turks and Caicos?

Island hopping the Turks and Caicos Islands can be an incredible experience and make for a memorable holiday. You’ll get to try a little bit of everything that makes the Turks and Caicos such a popular Caribbean destination.

Island hopping the Turks and Caicos by plane

Unfortunately, not all Turks and Caicos islands have commercial airports, so flying can only be a part of your island hopping strategy. However, there are many flights to and from the larger islands.

Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is the Turks and Caicos largest airport and has many international departures and arrivals. Providenciales island is the best place to start your island hopping adventures.

The other international airport in the Turks and Caicos is the Grand Turk JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT).

There are other airports around the islands that will help in your island hopping itinerary. You can fly charter or private flights to these airports, which include:

 

  • North Caicos Airport (NCA)
  • Middle Caicos Airport (MDS)
  • South Caicos Airport (XSC)
  • Salt Cay Airport (SLX)
  • Pine Cay Airport (PIC)

Island hopping the Turks and Caicos by boat

Charter flights can give a fantastic view of the islands, but boats are definitely the best way to truly experience the Turks and Caicos.

If you’re arriving internationally by boat, you’ll have to pass through a port-of-entry—there are several on Providenciales. If you’re island hopping Turks and Caicos in your own craft, you will need to apply for a one-week permit or a longer 90-day Cruising Permit from the harbourmaster.

You can also schedule your own private charters to explore the Turks and Caicos. Depending on your boat captain or charter company, you can go practically anywhere.

Many charter companies even have fleets that carry their own snorkeling, diving, or kayaking equipment so you can jump into the water whenever you need some freedom.

Ready to Island Hop Turks and Caicos?

Turks and Caicos charters and excursions are very popular and spots fill up fast. It’s important that you book early so you can secure a captain or guide to help you customize your itinerary specific to your interests.

Contact Big Blue Collective and start booking your island hopping adventures today!


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New Boats for Big Blue Collective

18th January 2018 5:52 pm

The tail end of last season saw some major developments take place off the water. Reinvigorating an aging fleet is no mean feat especially here in the islands. However, with thousands of trips and miles on the clock, the wear and tear of adventure was in evidence on many of our much-loved vessels, including Yes I, Rocking Time and Starfish. These boats and YES I in particular had been instrumental along with LIVE & DIRECT in shaping and pioneering not only the Turks and Caicos catamaran revolution but also our own unique small group adventures over the last twenty years.

YES I especially has pretty much seen and done it all. She’s been everywhere in the Caicos Islands, literally. She has also been the “go to” vessel in training all our captains, guides and crew of where to go and how to do it. She is a legend in every sense of the word.

boating turks and caicos

However, every river runs its course. Over the course of last summer whispers of the quiet evolution were beginning to take shape in the form of three absolute beauties now sitting dockside at Big Blue.

The arrival of Little Chil in early August, a brand new 2017 World Cat would become the ideal partner for the beautiful Lady T. Together these two 30 footers have replaced the roles previously played by Yes I and Rocking Time while also upgrading the guest experience in comfort and space. Ideal for 6-8 guests wishing to chill or explore these vessels are also set up for 4 guests wishing to dive privately.

little chill 2

 

Meanwhile tucked away in the shipyard, four brand new 300 horsepower engines were being rigged and harnessed for Serenity our magnificent 48’ foot Intrepid Yacht. While Hurricane Irma may have delayed her arrival at Big Blue, this stunning luxury vessel was finally cut loose in October ready to explore the Caicos Banks. With cruising speeds well in excess of 30 knots, Serenity is able to cross the waters of the islands in comfort, in style and with speed. Places like French Cay, West Caicos and even South Caicos are now only an awesome boat ride away. This gem of a boat is made for classic Big Blue adventures.

serenity yacht to hire big blue Collective

Last but not least, the arrival of MV White Sands just prior to the Hurricane season completed a full turnaround of our ageing fleet. This 42’ Africat power catamaran takes space and stability to a whole new level. One hardly feels the ocean under foot as she slices the water between the cays. Perfect for 8 – 16 guests, she is made for chilling and cruising. With ample shade, a fore, top and aft deck, White Sands is our latest and last edition in our new five strong boat fleet.

White sands catamaran turks and caicos

The excitement amongst the captains, guides and the sales team has been palpable. Now we want you to join us in the next chapter of our adventures near and far across the Turks and Caicos islands.

Bring on 2018. First in, last out.


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