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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. Small groups of 6+ 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
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Backcountry Paddle Safaris

(min age 12)

Our Paddleboard Eco Tour to Mangrove Cay is just the beginning. Over one third of these islands are made of mangroves forests, interspersed and laced with tidal channels. Our Backcountry Paddle Safaris (by SUP or kayak) are an amazing way to get off the grid and experience a side of the TCI people rarely if ever see.

 

Private Only from $1895 up to 6 persons

Please contact us for more info or to book

The Experience

We have been paddling throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands since 1998 pioneering and exploring near and far, exposing some of the best places on earth to kayak and stand up paddleboard. Our SUP program has led the way in instruction, guiding, knowledge, safety and terrain.

We paddle almost every day of the year picking the best times to go with a wide range of tours catering to every experience level.

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

1. Paddleboarding is fairly easy. Our guides and instructors are meticulous in their approach to help keep all our tours fun, interesting, simple and safe.

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

2. Paddleboards can always be mixed with kayaks on the same tour. This is especially important for families with small children and those with camera gear.

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

3. Standing offers a completely unique vantage point from which to view wildlife both above and below the water ie turtles and juvenile sharks up ahead and birds sitting in the bush.

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

4. Our groundbreaking original PADDLEBOARD ECOTOUR provides all inexperienced paddlers with the necessary tools to then come and rent boards afterwards to explore without our guides while also preparing guests for our unique backcountry safaris – highly recommended to those who love the paddleboard experience.

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

5. Our waterfront base in Leeward is the best place on Provo to paddleboard from. The options are amazing for both tours and rentals. Our backcountry safaris are fantastic and are offered throughout the season as conditions allow. Note some paddle board experience is required but kayaks can join the adventure too. An excellent adventure for friends and families.

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

1. Paddleboarding is fairly easy. Our guides and instructors are meticulous in their approach to help keep all our tours fun, interesting, simple and safe.

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

2. Paddleboards can always be mixed with kayaks on the same tour. This is especially important for families with small children and those with camera gear.

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

3. Standing offers a completely unique vantage point from which to view wildlife both above and below the water ie turtles and juvenile sharks up ahead and birds sitting in the bush.

4

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

4. Our groundbreaking original PADDLEBOARD ECOTOUR provides all inexperienced paddlers with the necessary tools to then come and rent boards afterwards to explore without our guides while also preparing guests for our unique backcountry safaris – highly recommended to those who love the paddleboard experience.

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

5. Our waterfront base in Leeward is the best place on Provo to paddleboard from. The options are amazing for both tours and rentals. Our backcountry safaris are fantastic and are offered throughout the season as conditions allow. Note some paddle board experience is required but kayaks can join the adventure too. An excellent adventure for friends and families.

Our Instructors & 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 SUP instructors.

We have all trained under the world’s best coach, SUP pioneer and legend Dave Kalama, while also being certified as Paddle Fit instructors and we want to pass our knowledge onto you.

Gear

We use the best gear on the market, Imagine Surf, Naish and Quickblade paddles to bring you the best that paddleboarding has to offer in order to make your experience as amazing as possible but also to introduce you to what gear works in what conditions best.

Small Groups

We only deal in genuine small group excursions. By that we mean 6/8 guests to 1 guide. You will not see us leading large groups around, where both the experience is diminished but also the environment is compromised. This is the reason why we are the first choice for residents, tourists and the TCI tourist board alike.

What You Will See

There is much to see from the standing vantage point of a paddleboard. Like kayaking the stealth and quietness allows for close encounters with birds, turtles, juvenile shark and much more. Standing allows one to see life a little easier and as such is an ideal platform to see TCI’s mangrove and intertidal wildlife.

Conditions & Accessibility

We are surrounded by first class paddleboarding conditions. In short the Turks and Caicos are a paddlers paradise. Our access to and knowledge of the parks, nature reserves, wilderness and backcountry is unrivalled. Our boards are all racked and stacked on site just outside our office and within minutes we will have you on the water and heading out towards to the mangroves. We have back up safety plans and support vessels if weather conditions turn against us. Those same vessels allow us to penetrate the backcountry wilderness of the Turks and Caicos and take you places no one else can get to.

Tides play a massive role in the timing of our trips and as much as possible we run tours around the high tides. Knowledge is key however, using the tide to our advantage allows us to ride an incoming tide up and use an out going tide for the return journey. Wind can be an enemy or our friend. That all depends on what we are doing and where we are going. We like the wind on our backs and using her to our advantage means we often cover massive distances in short spaces of time.

Prior Experience

Most people have not really paddled before so prior experience is not essential on any of our classic 2 hour SUP Eco Tours. We will teach you the basics – from zero to hero. Our longer adventures do require some form of prior experience and thus we always insist joining the classic before doing anything else.

The same goes for rentals. We want be sure, you are sure you know where you are going and what to do before heading out on your own.

What to bring with you

Water

Drink lots and stay hydrated. We provide water

Hat

A hat is always a good idea when on the ocean

Rashguards

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

Necky

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

Sun Screen

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

Sunglasses

sunglasses are also very useful in the tropical glare

Camera

Unless really experienced, we advise taking a kayak to take pictures

Paddleboard Rentals

Big Blue has the comprehensive and easy paddleboard and kayak rental program on Providenciales. We have a variety of different boards to rent from our base in Leeward, on the water’s edge and provide a safety briefing, area orientation, map and dry bags are provided. Please bring a phone (if possible), water and suitable clothing. We highly recommend prior experience.

Multi-day paddleboard rentals can be delivered to private villas and houses using our new YOLO hammerhead boards. The delivery fee is included for rentals of three days or more. Please let us know if you need children’s life jackets and paddles. They are provided at no extra charge. We recommend advance reservations.

  •   Good experience and workout! You get to go around the Mangrove Cay and Little Water Cay (Iguana Island). Entirely experience is 4 hours and you tandem with your partner if... read more

    presxi
    9/12/2020

      My kids ages 12 and 9 are doing kitesurfing lessons with Chris and they love it. Both my husband and I kite and we’d love for our kids to learn.... read more

    mec0877
    8/23/2020

      Chris is an amazing instructor!!! He is so observant that he will tell you every single detail of your form etc to make your kite lesson better and make you... read more

    Akimama8
    8/21/2020
  •   My husband, our 10 year-old daughter and I did the Kayak Eco Tour. We loved going though the Mangroves and seeing “juvenile” turtles swim by. Our tour guide, Bradlyn, was... read more

    jenniferbP4331ZK
    8/19/2020

      Chris at Big Blue has been teaching my son to kiteboard, who is now totally hooked on it !!!
    He's a great teacher and is up on the board already !

    X3472PKchristians
    8/17/2020

      My son and I have been coming to provo for the past 8 years and although we have always seen the kiteboarders on Long Bay, we had yet to try... read more

    emilykerncolor
    8/16/2020
  •   We did the 4 hour kayak tour and LOVED it. Braylon was fantastic and so very knowledgeable about Turks. We will definitely do this again when we return

    jenwF583WF
    8/11/2020

      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

      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

    Damian P
    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