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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.

  •   My wife & I rode a double kayak through the mangroves. We wanted to get out very early in the morning so the team actually took us through the... read more

    tomsiner
    10/05/2019

      This is our third time with Big Blue. They are the only group we tour with at T+C. Not only are they true to their eco ethics - they have... read more

    Christine D
    10/04/2019

      Had a really great experience with Big Blue. Our guide Duncan was great. Saw some really cool wildlife in the mangroves....baby sharks, sea turtles,etc...Then went to half moon... read more

    Nathan B
    10/03/2019
  •   We did two trips when we were at tci. First one I won’t mention the company it was with another company and was good if you like rum punch.... read more

    tjhostenske
    9/26/2019

      Rico was our tour guide and did a great job. The trip was easy and we saw a lot more wildlife than we expected (lemon sharks, sea turtles, a... read more

    20182017
    9/16/2019

      My bf and I took the snorkeling tour. This tour is all about snorkeling which was we were looking for. Crew were very professional and we had an amazing time.... read more

    Jo_Cui
    9/14/2019
  •   Customer service (5 stars)
    Experience (5 stars)
    Location (5 stars)
    Equipment (5 stars)

    Beautiful day, nice people to receive us and settle is in our kayak, comfortable kayak, the... read more

    Xtinahoule
    8/30/2019

      Customer service (5 stars)
    Experience (5 stars)
    Location (5 stars)
    Equipment (5 stars)

    Beautiful day, nice people to receive us and settle is in our kayak, comfortable kayak, the... read more

    Xtinahoule
    8/30/2019

      We watched other snorkel tour boats drop people off at our resort beach when finished, full of lots of people having a good time partying. Nothing wrong with that. We... read more

    CiCiAnn
    8/29/2019
  •   Loved our paddle board excursion with Big Blue Collective. Duncan was super knowledgeable and just so nice! He made the experience so fun and enjoyable! Highly recommend this fun and... read more

    Joyce Lynn C
    8/27/2019

      The crew was wonderful and very patient. They made sure that we were watched after. They made my girlfriend feel very secure for her first time snorkeling. I... read more

    neyney70
    8/27/2019

      I cannot say enough about this trip. Less crowded than other tours. Tour guides absolutely the best! Like family. They really do al they can to make sure everyone is... read more

    Luv2run2012
    8/24/2019
  •   Great excursion with the best crew, Mike, Cole, Roger! Very knowledgeable, personable, and extremely prepared to provide instruction with regard to safety both in the water and on board the... read more

    d j
    8/23/2019

      My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit courtesy of Big Blue Collective - I appreciated the knowledgeable and polite crew. We spent plenty of time exploring... read more

    justinlD3587WE
    8/22/2019

      My husband and I had a great time. Our guide was so helpful and knowledgeable, definitely a great experience and good upper body work out too 😃

    SarahSchwiet
    8/21/2019
  •   A great trip for experienced snorkelers. Complete circumnavigation of Provo. 3 snorkel spots, including a chance to watch things at the wall drop. Our guides were very knowledgeable and likeable.

    MandN_Texas
    8/19/2019

      We participated in the tour with Rico as a guide. We saw plenty of baby lemon sharks and baby sea turtles. An all around great tour with an extremely good... read more

    johan b
    8/19/2019

      We loved the Kayak Eco tour! My husband and I with our 18 year old daughter and 20 year old son took the tour last week. We have... read more

    jk096
    8/18/2019