North Shore Cays & The Mangroves
The 10-12 mile stretch between Leeward and North Caicos boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the islands (better than Grace Bay!), interspersed with iconic sites like Half moon Bay, Little Water Cay (iguana island), Fort George and Parrot Cay. Running parallel to the stunning coastline is one of the world’s longest continuous barrier reefs, ideal for snorkeling and diving. The shallow lagoon is home to not only JoJo but also many of his cousins. It is not unusual to see them or swim with them. We see them a lot.
Best of all, these places are super close to our dock. Boat rides are short, sharp and sweet, 5-15 mins at most.
All our half day trips, half day private charters and sunset cruises happen in this area. Extending to a full day is easy, and means loads more time on the water!
Closer still are our beloved mangroves. No words can describe how we feel about these cays. We guide and explore them each and every day and have been for over two decades. They are magic! Trust us. We paddleboard and kayak here daily and you can explore them as well by just renting our gear. They never get old and are 100% worth seeing and experiencing.
The most westerly isle of the archipelago, West Caicos is a seven mile long jewel in the crown. Boasting a unique ironshore coastline along its’ entire western edge that gives way to unsurpassed calm clear blue waters that start at 6-8 feet – ideal for snorkeling and freediving. A couple hundred feet further out the bottom now 40-50’ deep, gives way to a wall. Legendary dive sites like Spanish Anchor, Magic Mushroom and Highway to Heaven run South to North.
The northern and southern tips and the whole eastern side are covered by stunning beaches, while inside, in the very middle of the Island, Lake Catherine and Yankee Town are both wonderful historical and picturesque sights in their own right.
Without a doubt, full day charters are the way to go to see the magic but we often dive there and typically go there on most of our Edge of the Banks snorkel adventures.
Located 20 miles south of Provo, French Cay is perched on the very edge of the Caicos Banks. Surrounded by clear water, only a few feet deep, it is a wildlife sanctuary to thousands of sea birds that have made this place their home. Shallow reefs, sea grass beds and sandy flats have always provided an abundance of fish and conch. Historically and geographically, French Cay is fascinating.
Long gone are the days when pirates used this little vantage point to prey on unsuspecting vessels as they passed south of these islands from Hispaniola and the like. More recently, sailors and fishermen used to overnight here while drying their conch and other catch before sailing south to trade with their Haitian and Dominican neighbours.
Today, French Cay boasts some of the best dive (G- Spot and Double D, the most famous) and snorkel sites in the Islands. Our Edge of the Banks full day snorkel safari often stops here, as do our dive trips and private charters.
With the right conditions, French Cay becomes our start point to head off the beaten path. A good day at French Cay is seriously hard to equal.
North West Point – South West Bluff
This is what you see when you fly in and each and every time the colours will get you excited to get on the water. The remote western side of Provo is home to legendary dive sites like, Amphitheatre, The Crack, Chimney and Two Step but also, the stunning Malcolm Beach. It’s southern section has secret coves, the protected mangrove swamps of Frenchman’s Creek and the famous Pirate’s Cove.
We often stop here on the way to West Caicos.
Our dive trips, Edge of the Banks, full day charters regularly access this beautiful area.
The aptly named Long Bay Beach, lies on the Eastern side of Providenciales. This 3 mile long windward beach is super shallow, and it is possible to wade waist deep hundreds of yards from the shoreline. Consistent North Eastern and Easterly trade winds keep this beach cool but have also allowed it to blossom into one of, if not the world’s best kite beach, absolutely perfect for learning the sport.
This is where our kite team teach and ride. It’s also one of the best places to kite if you already know how to. Located adjacent to the public access just East and next to the Shore Club, our instructors along with all the latest kite gear are ready and waiting to help guide and teach you every day there is a gentle breeze or wind.
Whether coming from Leeward, Grace Bay or anywhere else, finding Long Bay is easy and it’s close. If you’re planning lessons or have already booked, we will pick you up. If you have your own wheels, driving down the Leeward highway, you only need look for the Shore Club.
There are numerous vacation rental options dotted up and down Long Bay to suit every budget, even if you don’t kite. Sunrises and moonrises here are truly spectacular as are sunset and full moon kite sessions. Whether you want to kite or simply chill out on a different type of beach, Long Bay is massively underrated. Check it and us out. See you on da beach!
North & Middle Caicos
The Heart of the Islands, North and Middle Caicos, are truly special and different from Provo on so many levels. They are the roots of the Caicos Islands, with so many native families having their family foundations spread across the two largest islands in the TCI. Mudjin Harbour may well be TCI’s most famous vista and for good reason as well, the road there and past it offers sights and scenes found nowhere else.
Empty roads lace their way past cotton plantations, Flamingo Pond and some of the islands oldest settlements on North Caicos before crossing the causeway towards the caves of Conch Bar, Dragon Cay off Mudjin and onwards towards Bambarra and Lorimers.
Our ground breaking Heart of the Islands tour encompasses all of the key sites and more. Customized versions open up areas rarely seen or explored, while the intricate network of mangroves of the protected Ramsar site is the gateway to our unique backcountry paddle adventures.
From original laid back island vibes to untouched and true seclusion, North and Middle are wonderful options on any day and certainly when the seas are too rough to enjoy by boat.
The Big South may well be small in size but her reputation is cemented having been the country’s largest salt producer and more recently, the capital of fishing. The deep upwelling from the Turks passage rises up and spills it’s nutrient rich water across the eastern side of the Caicos bank first. The fishermen have and still take full advantage of this fact.
South Caicos is certainly a sleeping giant, surrounded by some of the most amazing cays anywhere. Most of them are uninhabited and unspoiled. There are so many secret beautiful places around South only the intrepid and adventurous will ever see them.
Our full day trips across the banks start early and are timed to make sure conditions are ideal. It is possible to stay on South and in turn create epic water based adventures that start and finish there. Just ask. We love it. We know you will too.
East Caicos is the last great wilderness in the Turks and Caicos. This place is epic on so many levels. Populated by donkeys, littered with ruins and old roads, East Caicos has a magnificent northern and eastern coast with beaches as far as the eye can see. There are cays here that will blow your mind. With access only possible by boat, weather dictates the best time to go. The rewards are huge and guaranteed and it is destinations like this that make exploring the TCI with our team awesome. Full days only. Early starts advised. If you think you have seen these islands….think again.
We toured with Kim who is unbelievably knowledgeable and passionate about the Turks and Caicos Islands. She was wonderfully personable and we so enjoyed our tour. This is our third... read more
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What a great experience. Seeing the wildlife in the mangroves was unique and very informative. Charlie had a great depth of knowledge about the area and sea life and was... read more
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My friend and I rented a kayak for two weeks and camped in the uninhabited islands of TCI. The crew at Big Blue Collective were diligent, careful and professional. They... read more
Great tour of Mangrove Cay, Little Water (iguana) Cay, and Half-Moon Bay. Our guide pointed out sea turtles, jellyfish, and even a stingray. He knows the area very well and... read more
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My family loved the Kayak Eco Tour! Breadlyn was a great guide - very knowledgeable about the ecology and history of the mangroves and Iguana Island. He made sure to... read more
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