TCI’s Premier Kayak and Paddleboard Experience

We introduced kayaking and the kayak ecotour to the Turks & Caicos 25 years ago followed by paddleboarding to access the shallow mangrove channels opposite our Leeward base on Providenciales realizing right away that this was the transport of choice; shallow draft, quiet, pollution free and good exercise. The stealth of the paddle allows us to view wildlife and reach areas that are just not accessible by boat or land.

We have been exploring areas across the entire archipelago, studying paddle routes and eco-systems ever since. The scope of our kayak and paddleboard programs, the knowledge of our guides, translates into unprecedented opportunities and experiences for our guests to see fish, birds, turtles, juvenile sharks, mangroves, seagrass beds, conch and much much more…

The Paddleboard Eco Tour – Daily – 2hrs

(min age 12)

Our daily paddleboard ecotour is the standing version of our highly acclaimed kayak ecotour. This wonderful 2 hour trip focuses on the mangrove habitat and ecology, so vital to these islands. Paddleboard guides and instructors teach our guests all the basics of this very simple activity before heading out across the channel and into the mangroves, less than 5 minutes away. Guaranteed small groups of 6-7 will find themselves surrounded by nature and immersed in the beauty of life within the mangroves. An absolute must do while visiting these islands.

 

PRICE $115

PRIVATE $575 for 4 + $50 pp additional 

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The Kayak Eco Tour – Daily – 4hrs

The original ecotour of the Turks and Caicos, is still our number one trip. Introduced well over 20 years ago, kayak ecotour is ideal for almost everyone young or old, big or small. A wonderful blend of soft adventure, wildlife viewing and education. You will see a healthy population of rock iguanas, sea turtles, baby sharks, birdlife and more. Explore the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve and discover the coastal ecosystem of mangrove wetlands, small sandy cays, and beautiful beaches with your friendly and knowledgeable guide. Guaranteed small groups of 8 or less or book a cost-effective private eco tour that can also be customized to suit your preferences and ability.

 

PRICE $145 / $105 under 12’s

PRIVATE $725 for 4 + $75 pp additional (recommended max 8)

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Sunrise, Sunset & Full Moon Paddle Tours – scheduled – 2hrs

Sunrise and sunset are a magical time to be on the water in the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve. This is typically when it is the most peaceful and when a warm glow lights up the mangroves. You can also stay out later to paddle under the stars or a bright full moon. Kayak or paddleboard depending on your prior experience and wind conditions.

 

PRICE $135 / $95 under 12s

PRIVATE $625 for 4 + $75 pp additional

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Experience the difference

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 and Paddleboard Ecotours (daily)and adventures, self-guided trips and rentals. 

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.

Our ramp is the gateway to Mangrove, Donna, Water Cay and beyond.

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.

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. 

Environmental Etiquette

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.

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.

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.

 Gear

Big Blue Collective has the largest and most comprehensive kayak and paddle board fleet in the Turks and Caicos Islands. We have kayaks and boards to suit all ages and experience levels:

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

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

  • Touring single and tandem Necky and Sea Valley kayaks (17-18ft) for long-distance kayaking and multi-day expeditions – Touring kayaks are available for those who want to go faster and explore further

  • 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.

 We are here to help.

Small guide groups

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 and Paddleboard Ecotours (daily)and adventures, self-guided trips and rentals. 

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.

Amazing Location

Our ramp is the gateway to Mangrove, Donna, Water Cay and beyond.

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.

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. 

Eco-conscious

Environmental Etiquette

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.

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.

Guides & Safety

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.

First class equipment

 Gear

Big Blue Collective has the largest and most comprehensive kayak and paddle board fleet in the Turks and Caicos Islands. We have kayaks and boards to suit all ages and experience levels:

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

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

  • Touring single and tandem Necky and Sea Valley kayaks (17-18ft) for long-distance kayaking and multi-day expeditions – Touring kayaks are available for those who want to go faster and explore further

  • 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.

 We are here to help.

Additional Private Kayak and Paddleboard Adventures

Backcountry Paddle Safaris – scheduled only – 5/6hrs

Our paddling eco tours into the wetlands of Mangrove Cay are just the beginning. Over one third of the Turks and Caicos Islands comprise mangrove forests and wetlands, laced with interconnecting tidal channels, much of it of internationally recognised importance. Our Backcountry Paddle Safaris (done either on stand-up paddleboards or kayak) are an amazing way to get off the grid and experience an area of the archipelago that few people ever see. Travel by boat from the Big Blue base to the wilderness where these memorable safaris begin.

 

PRIVATE $1495 for 4 + $125 pp additional

 

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Half Moon Bay Paddle & Walk – scheduled only – 2.5/3hrs

These new adventures have been introduced for the 2021 season and designed for active travellers who want a varied or more energetic experience. Kayak through the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve and take a hike across the island to enjoy a swim at a beautiful uninhabited beach.

 

PRIVATE $675 for 4 + $75 pp additional

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Half Moon Bay Paddle & Hike – scheduled only – 5/6hrs

Paddle into the further reaches of the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve to reach the south-east corner of Half Moon Bay. Explore the trails that cross through the coastal scrub and tropical dry forests of Water Cay to the north coast where you will find some of the most spectacular beaches along the Caicos Cays. A picnic lunch is included. Hiking sandals or water shoes are recommended.

 

PRIVATE $795 for 4 + $75 pp additional

 

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Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Eco Adventure – scheduled only – 6hrs (inc. transport to location)

Explore southwest Provo’s remote wetland region to see a wealth of marine and birdlife. Paddle through a labyrinth of mangroves channels to discover remote beaches where you will enjoy a well-earned picnic lunch. Transport to SW Provo is only available for up to 4 guests. Larger groups will need to use their own vehicle to access the area.

 

PRIVATE $995 for 4 + $75 pp additional

 

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Rentals

Self-guided tours

Single and Tandem kayaks as well as stand-up paddle boards are available to rent at the Big Blue base in Leeward for self-guided tours of the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve. It is important to contact Big Blue in advance to determine the best time of day to explore the area based on the ideal tidal conditions. Safety briefings, orientation, maps, and dry bags are provided. 

NB. WE DO NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS. IT IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.

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Long Term Rentals

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

DAILY RATES WITH 3 DAY MINIMUM

WEEKLY RATE DISCOUNTS

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Multi-Day Expeditions

The Caicos Islands can offer an amazing location to do longer range self-guided expeditions. Utilize Big Blue’s expertise and small fleet of single and tandem touring kayaks for such a memorable adventure. Both camping and Inn-to-Inn options are available. Please contact Big Blue for more information.

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Self-guided tours

Self-guided tours

Single and Tandem kayaks as well as stand-up paddle boards are available to rent at the Big Blue base in Leeward for self-guided tours of the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve. It is important to contact Big Blue in advance to determine the best time of day to explore the area based on the ideal tidal conditions. Safety briefings, orientation, maps, and dry bags are provided. 

NB. WE DO NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS. IT IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.

Contact us

Long Term Rentals

Long Term Rentals

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

DAILY RATES WITH 3 DAY MINIMUM

WEEKLY RATE DISCOUNTS

Contact us

Multi-Day Expeditions

Multi-Day Expeditions

The Caicos Islands can offer an amazing location to do longer range self-guided expeditions. Utilize Big Blue’s expertise and small fleet of single and tandem touring kayaks for such a memorable adventure. Both camping and Inn-to-Inn options are available. Please contact Big Blue for more information.

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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!