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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.

  •   We toured with Kim who is unbelievably knowledgeable and passionate about the Turks and Caicos Islands. She was wonderfully personable and we so enjoyed our tour. This is our third... read more

    680kc
    1/09/2021

      Had a blast! Our Captain Cole and Dive instructor Kevin were the best! We have two teenage boys with very limited experience and despite the flare up of... read more

    raudyjflat
    1/09/2021

      The young Brit driving the boat was inappropriate and vulgar. His disgusting comment on a fine meal he had in a local restaurant was completely out of line and... read more

    ElegantGlobeTrotter1
    1/06/2021
  •   We just finished two private charters with big blue in the new year. Both were fantastic! The crew and staff and great to work with and the food... read more

    Jennifer S
    1/06/2021

      Our group of 6 did the mangrove paddle board tour. Our tour guide Brendan was great and was very informative and friendly. The paddle boarding was easier then... read more

    968toddr
    12/30/2020

      What a great experience. Seeing the wildlife in the mangroves was unique and very informative. Charlie had a great depth of knowledge about the area and sea life and was... read more

    doulosmg
    12/25/2020
  •   Incredible full-day private charter on the Serenity. SCUBA diving was outstanding (including a close encounter with a pod of dolphins); we visited a secluded beach for snorkeling; and chef-prepared lunch... read more

    ldportman
    12/24/2020

      Our group completed a snorkel and small scuba session with Big Blue. It was the best day of our trip and starts with the service of the staff. Collin and... read more

    colemoreano13
    12/22/2020

      It was one Birthday Club experience that will go down in the history books for us! Just fun as you can image with 5 of us 6 birthday girls... read more

    Mona B
    12/14/2020
  •   We made 3 separate trips to this place to try and rent kayaks to go to the mangroves, Iguana island and Half Moon Bay. They were certainly less than... read more

    I5438DMmikel
    12/09/2020

      Kite surfing with "insert name" was better than expected. At first, I was nervous about going into the water because I am not the best swimmer. However, our... read more

    davidlJ2289VM
    12/02/2020

      We once again had the best private boat trip with Big Blue! We work w them every time we are on island and trust no one more to provide us... read more

    girlat30m
    11/25/2020
  •   My friend and I rented a kayak for two weeks and camped in the uninhabited islands of TCI. The crew at Big Blue Collective were diligent, careful and professional. They... read more

    tarek4
    11/24/2020

      Great tour of Mangrove Cay, Little Water (iguana) Cay, and Half-Moon Bay. Our guide pointed out sea turtles, jellyfish, and even a stingray. He knows the area very well and... read more

    Nicktravelsalot
    11/23/2020

      Our boat crew for the day were Cole and Jake, both of whom have a great knowledge of the marine life and the best spots to catch a glimpse of... read more

    nathang748
    11/23/2020
  •   We had a great afternoon on the world cat with Big Blue Collective. Our group had shrunk a bit due to work commitments, and they were so accommodating in putting... read more

    MKruck19
    11/22/2020

      My family loved the Kayak Eco Tour! Breadlyn was a great guide - very knowledgeable about the ecology and history of the mangroves and Iguana Island. He made sure to... read more

    350rileyh
    11/21/2020

      Great day and experience! Colin, Breadlyn and Amanda were excellent. The snorkeling, information, food and views were all spectacular with great focus on water and COVID safety. We... read more

    803curtd
    11/15/2020