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The Kayak Eco Tour

The original eco tour of the Turks and Caicos, is still our number one trip. Introduced well over 20 years ago, our signature 3-4 hour kayak eco tour is ideal for almost everyone, young or old, big or small. A wonderful blend of education and soft adventure introduces our guests to mangrove ecology, life in the inter tidal zone, iguanas and much more. Offered daily.

 

Price $145 / $105 under 12’s
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Kayak Snorkel Adventure

Back by popular demand. The best of both worlds. Paddling in the mangroves and snorkeling across the reefs. This full day boat and kayak trip is the only one of its kind. We head off early to spend one half of the day on the water and the other half of the day in the water. Lunch on a beautiful beach divides the day. Get your greens and your blues.

 

Price $275 / $225 under 12’s
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Private Adventures

Frenchman’s Creek & Chalk Sound Eco Tours

Explore southwest Provo’s remote wetland haven to see marine and birdlife or kayak/sail across the turquoise waters of Chalk Sound. Both 6hr trips are conducted for small private groups and include a picnic lunch on the beach.

Wilderness Adventures

Travel by boat to the wild wetlands along the southern coast of North Caicos. Explore this incredible labyrinth by kayak or paddleboard and enjoy the solitude, adventure and birdlife.

Sunrise & Sunset Tours

Early risers can enjoy the serenity of pre-dawn and sunrise as the Princess Alexandra nature reserve comes to life or wait until late afternoon to absorb the ambiance and light of a sunset Kayak paddle. Monthly full-moon Kayak tours take in sunset, moon rise and night time return.

Note: ALL OUR ECOTOURS can be conducted privately

Experience

We started using kayaks on our educational Big Blue eco-tours back in 1998 so that we could access the shallow mangrove channels opposite our Leeward base on Providenciales. We realized right away that this was the transport of choice; shallow draft, quiet, pollution free and good exercise. The stealth of the kayak allows paddlers to view wildlife and reach areas that are just not accessible by boat or land.

Simply put, we were hooked and have not looked back. We have been exploring across the entire Caicos archipelago and studying paddle routes and eco-systems ever since. The scope of our kayak program and the knowledge of our guides, translates into unprecedented opportunities and experiences for our guests.

5 things to know about Kayaking
in the Turks and Caicos Islands

1. We are the definitive kayak experts of the Turks and Caicos Islands and from our base in Leeward, Providenciales, we offer our award winning guided Kayak Ecotour (daily), self-guided trips and rentals. 

5 things to know about Kayaking
in the Turks and Caicos Islands

2. Vast, little known areas of the Turks and Caicos are wetland habitats or remote cays and beaches that are only accessible by a shallow draft vessel. Kayaking offers an opportunity to explore these inspiring wilderness regions rich in bird and marine life.

5 things to know about Kayaking
in the Turks and Caicos Islands

3. We guide and lead extended kayak adventures to North, Middle, East and South Caicos. Our kayak and snorkel adventure across Chalk Sound National Park and into Silly Creek on Providenciales should not be missed. 

5 things to know about Kayaking
in the Turks and Caicos Islands

4. We have kayaks to suit all ages and experience levels: Touring kayaks are available for those who want to go faster and explore further. Tandem recreational kayaks are the most user-friendly with an efficient design and ample space. Some have rudders to assist with steering and we can include a small ‘jump seat’ in the middle for toddlers. Safe and virtually indestructible sit-on-top kayaks, both single and tandem, are available for rent and can be delivered to your door for use in front of your private villa or hotel. Just ask. We are here to help.

5 things to know about Kayaking
in the Turks and Caicos Islands

5. Our first class rental fleet offers convenient options for anyone wishing to paddle out and explore on their own. With a big variety of kayaks available, all our kayaks are racked conveniently right next to our ramp, the gateway to Mangrove, Donna, Water Cay and beyond. Hourly, half day, full day options. We deliver for mutli-day use as well. Call or email us.

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5 things to know about Kayaking
in the Turks and Caicos Islands

1. We are the definitive kayak experts of the Turks and Caicos Islands and from our base in Leeward, Providenciales, we offer our award winning guided Kayak Ecotour (daily), self-guided trips and rentals. 

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5 things to know about Kayaking
in the Turks and Caicos Islands

2. Vast, little known areas of the Turks and Caicos are wetland habitats or remote cays and beaches that are only accessible by a shallow draft vessel. Kayaking offers an opportunity to explore these inspiring wilderness regions rich in bird and marine life.

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5 things to know about Kayaking
in the Turks and Caicos Islands

3. We guide and lead extended kayak adventures to North, Middle, East and South Caicos. Our kayak and snorkel adventure across Chalk Sound National Park and into Silly Creek on Providenciales should not be missed. 

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5 things to know about Kayaking
in the Turks and Caicos Islands

4. We have kayaks to suit all ages and experience levels: Touring kayaks are available for those who want to go faster and explore further. Tandem recreational kayaks are the most user-friendly with an efficient design and ample space. Some have rudders to assist with steering and we can include a small ‘jump seat’ in the middle for toddlers. Safe and virtually indestructible sit-on-top kayaks, both single and tandem, are available for rent and can be delivered to your door for use in front of your private villa or hotel. Just ask. We are here to help.

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5 things to know about Kayaking
in the Turks and Caicos Islands

5. Our first class rental fleet offers convenient options for anyone wishing to paddle out and explore on their own. With a big variety of kayaks available, all our kayaks are racked conveniently right next to our ramp, the gateway to Mangrove, Donna, Water Cay and beyond. Hourly, half day, full day options. We deliver for mutli-day use as well. Call or email us.

Our Guides are First Class Professionals

Knowledge, patience and understanding are key components of our instructor / guide team. We are constantly training and learning to be the best we can be both as educators in marine ecology as well as Kayak guides.

Small Groups

We aim to max our groups to 8 per trip or 8:1 guest to guide ratio. Very often that means sharing kayaks to minimize the footprint and help split the effort.

What You Will See

Most of the guided kayaking tours explore areas that are shallow and protected from the wind and waves. It is in these areas that a variety of bird and marine life is best observed and workload is minimized.

The opportunity to observe juvenile marine life is exceptional. Highlights are undoubtedly the small baby sharks and turtles that also utilize the shelter of the shallows. Guides will point out small barracuda, puffer fish, bonefish, snapper, damselfish and mojarra. Sedentary marine life includes queen conch, starfish and the mangrove upside down jellyfish. Learn how the mangrove communities are such a vital part of the overall eco-system.

Birds in the heron and sandpiper families are the most common including the green heron, reddish egret and whimbrels. We also see pelicans, osprey, oystercatchers, terns, and kingbirds and on occasion, pink flamingos. One of the highlights of the 4-Hour Kayak Eco-Tour is visiting the Iguana Sanctuary on Little Water Cay, managed by the Turks and Caicos National Trust and the entrance fee is included in the price of the eco-tour. The iguanas roam the island and a raised walkway provides a short stroll through part of their territory.

Accessing the Playground

Big Blue Collective HQ is in the middle of the Leeward Channel on Providenciales and adjacent to the sheltered waters and beautiful beaches of the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve and National Park. Guided kayak eco-tours and self-guided trips depart straight from the convenient boat ramp at this property. Using boats and trailers; Big Blue will also transport its kayaks almost anywhere across the archipelago.

Visitors can utilize Big Blue’s expertise to explore off the beaten path into the wilderness of the remote cays, mangroves and tidal creeks. Both small group and private adventures are available and often combined with snorkeling and beach combing to maximize the experience.

Environmental Etiquette

Big Blue advocates minimal impact to the environment and our tour briefings will keep you informed on how to do this. Above all we paddle with care, keep noise to a minimum and do not remove anything from the National Parks. We also insist on the use of biodegradable sun cream to protect the quality of the water.

Prior Experience

The beauty about kayaking is that you do not really need any prior experience. Young or old, you can enjoy this wonderful activity. If you are not sure just ask us. There is a good reason why kayaking has been our most popular tour for over 20 years.

Protect Yourself

The sun in the Turks and Caicos is merciless. The cooling breeze can disguise its effects and even when there is cloud cover it is important to protect oneself against sunburn and dehydration.

Rentals

Self – Guided tours

Single and Tandem kayaks are available to rent at the Big Blue base for self-guided tours of the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve. Safety briefings, orientation, maps and dry bags provided.

PLEASE NOTE. NO RESERVATIONS are taken. Please call in on the day for times, conditions and availability. NB During peak seasons (eg Christmas/ Spring Break – demand is often greater than availability. We’ll do our best but guided tours take priority)

Long Term Rentals

Kayaks and paddleboards are available for rent at your villa or hotel with delivery provided.
Limited availability. Please book in advance.

Multi – day Expeditions

Recreational and touring kayaks are available for multi-day use across the Caicos Islands. Camping and Inn-to-Inn options available. Please contact us for more information.

Gear

Big Blue Collective has the largest and most comprehensive kayak fleet in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

  • Recreational single and tandem Necky and Old Town kayaks (12-14ft): used for guided and self-guided tours

  • Sit-on-top single and tandem Ocean Kayaks (11-13ft) for villa rental and self-guide tours

  • Touring single and tandem Necky and Sea Valley kayaks (17-18ft) for long-distance kayaking and multi-day expeditions

  • Werner Skagit carbon fiber paddles: light and strong

  • APF universal fit youth and adult lifejackets plus a selection of child and toddles life jackets

  • Pumps, dry bags, tow ropes, skirts.

What to bring and what to wear

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Necky

Neckies protect your neck and face from the sun. We sell these products on site

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Shoes

Bring shoes (preferably sandals) for exploring the shoreline and walking on the iguana sanctuary walkway.

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Rashguards

Excellent sun protection, more reliable than sunscreen as you don’t have to reapply. We sell these

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Sun screen

highly recommended but it must be 100% bio degradeable. We do sell an excellent variety

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Hat

A hat is always a good idea when on the ocean

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Sunglasses

sunglasses are also very useful in the tropical glare

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Water

Drink lots and stay hydrated. We provide water

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Camera

Is of course a great way to capture the magic. Gopros rock!

  •   I went on a very serene kayak tour with Big Blue and it exceeded my expectations. My guide Cole was an absolute delight! Make sure you ask her about the... read more

    SinbadStewie
    6/15/2020

      Best Kite Surfing in the world here TCI Big Blue Collective. Big thank you to my fantastic instructor’Chris’ has made every lesson EPIC I am so happy with what... read more

    292candidas
    6/07/2020

      This was a highlight of our trip to Providentiales. The water is calm, so you don;t need to be an experienced kayaker, and you get to take a bit... read more

    sedentarynorm
    6/02/2020
  •   I am in my mid-50’s and I had the most fabulous few days of Kiteboarding lessons with the Big Blue Collective a month ago in Turks. This was my... read more

    JDD-traveller
    4/05/2020

      This was outrageously expensive and a terrible experience!!! There was a woman that did not allow my children to put on sunblock because of its effects on the environment. ... read more

    E1249FHchristinac
    3/24/2020

      It was my best 65th birthday ever. Guide Marcia could not have been more pleasant and she definitely knows her marine life biology. Wonderful experience from pick up... read more

    lindatM8427KM
    3/21/2020
  •   Brentley was awesome tour guide(Tom too). He knew quite a bit about the mangroves. He knew about the wildlife living there and their habits. Really a great experience overall. We... read more

    Wanderer17291693746
    3/18/2020

      Our group of 9 had a private eco tour. Capt. Mark and his team were so knowledgeable and kind. We learned all about the local wildlife and sea life. They... read more

    Yipee40
    3/17/2020

      This is one of those excursions you will remember in 20 years. I promise.

    Charlie and Colin took us on a wild, fascinating daylong trip to three different snorkel... read more

    656halla
    3/17/2020
  •   We booked the Full Day Snorkel and Kayak Eco Tour. We had the best guides - Lee and Mike! This tour was amazing and when we looked back... read more

    LeahPharmD
    3/15/2020

      After a previous horrible experience with another charter company, we were very reluctant to try again. We were quickly reassured we had made a good decision when Big Blue... read more

    chrishN5296JY
    3/14/2020

      Tom led our small group through a lovely tour that included seeing tons of turtles, a few small sharks and a bunch of beautiful fish. It was a great time... read more

    jessea44
    3/14/2020
  •   We had a wonderful experience doing the Kayak Eco Tour through the mangroves with Blue Collective. They picked us up from the lobby of our resort to take us to... read more

    Kristen G
    3/13/2020

      My family of seven joined the Edge of the Banks tour on Wednesday - this was the absolute highlight of our week. Lee and Charlie, our guides, went above and... read more

    Bf28
    3/13/2020

      My wife and I joined a small group totaling eight for the Eco tour. Our guide for the morning was Marcia. After a short briefing and overview of... read more

    TigerPawz97
    3/12/2020
  •   Our Edge of the Banks tour today with Collin and Marcie (sp??) was so incredible. The much hoped for whale encounter was way beyond our expectations, and fun... read more

    dwd9799
    3/12/2020

      We rented Kayaks from them to tour the mangroves and Little water Cay. The prices were 35.00 per hour, 90.00 for a half day (4-5 hours), and 120.00 for... read more

    Rreitz123
    3/12/2020

      We took the Edge of the Banks tour with Cole and Jay on 3/7, and had an absolutely fantastic time. They both were so knowledgable about the islands and the... read more

    mjpkenn
    3/11/2020