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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.

  •   I couldn't speak more highly of the crew. Very knowledgeable and personable.

    Unfortunately for my group, it wasn't the best of days to snorkel. Out beyond the barrier... read more

    Bruce P
    2/20/2020

      We went on the Eco Snorkel Tour with Big Blue Collective. We saw Jojo the dolphin trailing the boat right out of the bay! He was swimming and jumping in... read more

    Marty1979
    2/19/2020

      I went to Turks & Caicos for the first time BY MYSELF on a whim....read about it for two days, booked it on Sunday left on Monday the first week... read more

    530bethb
    2/18/2020
  •   Don't think twice, book a lesson with Big Blue Collective. The spot is stunning with turquoise and shallow water. There is no better place to learn this life changing sport.... read more

    BenjaminGauthey
    2/17/2020

      Explored the mangrove and Iguana Island. It was beautiful. It was a highlight of our trip to Turks and Caicos.

    Docmarykh
    2/16/2020

      We had a great time with Big Blue Collective. We went snorkeling and visited some islands. Captain Cole was very nice and Charlie was very attentive and professional. When snorkeling,... read more

    dtrainer78
    2/16/2020
  •   Great experience overall we went to two different locations on the reef and saw some amazing fish and coral. We also were able to spot some humpback whales as well... read more

    charlessF278QV
    2/15/2020

      The charter was simply fantastic.the boat vas promised ,clean and beautiful ,the crew were absolutely fantastic .the captain roger and Charlie were total pros and our every wish was... read more

    U8599thsu
    2/13/2020

      My wife and I spent a day On the Edge of the Banks snorkel tour with Jake and Collin. It was absolutely amazing. We saw whales, a shark, barracuda many... read more

    jasonkU1705KZ
    2/12/2020
  •   My family and friends, 8 total, went on a half day kayak trip today with Big Blue Collective. It was excellent. We had a very knowledgeable guide Cole, who navigated... read more

    angel3452
    2/11/2020

      Despite some challenging local weather conditions (a different tour we booked was canceled due to swells), Colin, Brent, and Tom were able to take us to a few different sites... read more

    elboogi
    2/09/2020

      We did an all day private charter on the White Sands with Phil, Jake & Charlie. It was the best time! The staff was great, they took good... read more

    moser27
    2/06/2020
  •   AmaZing tour with Marsha! Saw lots of wildlife including lemonsharks, conch, turtles, stingrays!
    Highly recommend!

    Marjorie M
    2/06/2020

      Amazing tour! Mike was our guide and it ended up being just my husband and I on the tour, as a group of 4 cancelled last minute. We both hadn’t... read more

    MichelleB8664
    2/05/2020

      My husband and I rented a tandem kayak for an hour to explore the mangroves. We have kayaked before and found the hour to be enough time to explore several... read more

    Lauren M
    2/03/2020
  •   On our first visit to Provo, my husband and I decided to book a kayak tour through the mangroves and chose Big Blue Collective. They are first class!! Our guide,... read more

    TraveLover016
    2/03/2020

      We rented 2 tandem kayaks and did the paddle over to iguana island. Service was awesome and they had everything ready to go.

    Overall a great experience and... read more

    MooseDog2019
    2/02/2020

      We had a great day on the water. We were picked up (on time) at our condo in Grace Bay and made it to the dock in plenty of... read more

    Kerry M
    1/31/2020