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The Snorkel Eco Tour

This half day eco tour is dedicated to in water time snorkeling our nearby local reefs. The difference: we get in the water with you, to show the cool stuff and you stay in as long as you want. We follow tide to get the best visibility and work hard to stay well away from the crowds. It’s a great trip for water loving families and hugely popular with our guests, who very often then jump on our Edge of the Banks trip looking for even more adventure off the beaten path.

 

Price $165 / $125 under 12’s
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Caicos Cays Cruise

The Cays between Leeward, our base, and North Caicos are breathtaking and offer guests the chance to see some of the island’s most stunning beaches and vistas that can include Ft. George, the legendary Half Moon Bay and Little Water Cay. Our daily half day tour with short boat rides is ideal for beach lovers and island hoppers. Bear in mind we change schedules around according to weather and to avoid the crowds. Make sure to bring a camera!

 

Price $165 / $125 under 12’s
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Edge of the Banks

Our full day snorkel adventure is a big favourite of our team and guests, and for good reason. It’s an awesome trip that explores remote reefs, islands or cays on the edge of the Caicos banks. The focus is all about the ocean, snorkeling, freediving, exploring and more. No two trips are the same. During whale season, we look for whales and very often we find dolphins. The magic is anything can happen. We just have to be ready. First in, last out. This is one trip you don’t want to miss. Join us.

 

Price $295 / $245 under 12’s
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Private Charters

Private Charters allow you and us the most options and flexibility to be as versatile and accommodating as possible. When it comes to snorkeling and free diving this means we can stay in one place as long as you want to or move to the next cool spot. Dolphin encounters become personal and in water time is determined by your groups wishes and desires.

 

From $1495
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Experience

Big Blue access more territory and variety than anyone else in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Snorkeling is an integral part of nearly all our adventures to reefs and islands across the archipelago. Snorkeling and free diving is an excellent way to experience the under water world and we know where and when to go. Watch, first-hand, the inhabitants of this diverse eco-system tackle the trials of life.

With the help of the experienced Big Blue guides, who provide assistance both in and out of the water, observe and learn about the roles each species play and the ways in which they interact. Coral reefs are second only to the tropical rainforest as the most diverse eco-systems on the planet. By actually being present to see it all happen we can truly appreciate the complexity of the coral reef and enjoy the magic. But read on and you will discover that snorkeling during daylight hours is only half the story.

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

1. There are a handful of patch reefs accessible from the beach on Providenciales. These include the Bight Reef adjacent to the Coral Gardens Hotel in Grace Bay and Smith’s Reef on the outside of Turtle Cove Marina. They are small reefs but fun to snorkel around.

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

2. Far more extensive is the shallow barrier reef that runs along the entire north-shore of the archipelago at an average distance of 1 mile offshore. These are conveniently accessed by boat and offer fantastic snorkeling with superb water clarity in only 3ft (1m) to 12ft (4m) of water. The short distance from Providenciales maximizes in-water snorkel time.

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

3. Other snorkel reefs are located near the outer islands of the Caicos group such as West Caicos, French Cay, East Caicos and South Caicos. These offer an amazing underwater experience and the remote location adds to the exclusivity of the experience.

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

4. Snorkeling at dusk or at night provides a very different experience. The marine life goes through a ‘changing of the guard’ as most fish start finding a place to sleep or hide as darkness falls and the invertebrate life comes out to feed. You have to do a night snorkel to truly appreciate this amazing transformation and understand the mind-boggling diversity of the coral reef.

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

5. Coral reefs are living habitats that might look strong and resilient but can be extremely delicate. You should not touch, stand on or kick the reefs. Snorkelers should be especially aware of fire coral that is rusty orange in colour. It will sting you if it comes in contact with your skin. Look carefully but don’t touch.

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

1. There are a handful of patch reefs accessible from the beach on Providenciales. These include the Bight Reef adjacent to the Coral Gardens Hotel in Grace Bay and Smith’s Reef on the outside of Turtle Cove Marina. They are small reefs but fun to snorkel around.

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

2. Far more extensive is the shallow barrier reef that runs along the entire north-shore of the archipelago at an average distance of 1 mile offshore. These are conveniently accessed by boat and offer fantastic snorkeling with superb water clarity in only 3ft (1m) to 12ft (4m) of water. The short distance from Providenciales maximizes in-water snorkel time.

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

3. Other snorkel reefs are located near the outer islands of the Caicos group such as West Caicos, French Cay, East Caicos and South Caicos. These offer an amazing underwater experience and the remote location adds to the exclusivity of the experience.

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

4. Snorkeling at dusk or at night provides a very different experience. The marine life goes through a ‘changing of the guard’ as most fish start finding a place to sleep or hide as darkness falls and the invertebrate life comes out to feed. You have to do a night snorkel to truly appreciate this amazing transformation and understand the mind-boggling diversity of the coral reef.

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

5. Coral reefs are living habitats that might look strong and resilient but can be extremely delicate. You should not touch, stand on or kick the reefs. Snorkelers should be especially aware of fire coral that is rusty orange in colour. It will sting you if it comes in contact with your skin. Look carefully but don’t touch.

Mandatory Small Groups and Minimizing Environmental Impact

Snorkeling is a major part of the Big Blue Collective eco-adventure program. Like everything we do, the manner in which we approach the experience is paramount. By keeping our group sizes small and intimate, guides can easily share their knowledge of the marine and coral life on board the boat before, during and after snorkeling.

Guides can also provide better snorkel supervision for those who need it and ensure both the safety of the participants and minimal environmental impact. Small groups, safety and education all go hand in hand and result in a superior guest experience. Big Blue Collective takes a maximum of 8 guests on *most snorkel excursions. The Edge of the Banks, which is conducted on larger vessels, maxes out at 12-16 snorkelers. In the case of larger groups we divide guides to lead guests in ratios of 1:8

Snorkel Gear

Big Blue Collective provides high quality and complimentary Cressi Sub snorkel equipment on all its excursions including children’s sizes. Staff will help size and fit equipment correctly. Snorkel belts are available.

Snorkel Safety

Please listen to the thorough briefing given by your guide or boat captain before entering the water. Big Blue guides will often pair snorkelers into buddy teams who should stay close together (5-10ft) and check on each other regularly.

To maintain the best angle to breathe through your snorkel and keep water out look down at an approximate angle of 45 degrees. Keep your body flat and use power from the upper part of your legs rather than bicycle kicking with your calf muscles which can cause cramp.

When you stop to look around above the surface of the water or talk to your snorkel buddy be aware of where your legs are and what is beneath you. It is easy to kick or drift into coral without meaning to. Remember, the fire coral fights back!

Sea Conditions

The flow of the tide can make a significant difference to the clarity of the water on certain reefs. Big Blue does its best to coordinate excursion times to coincide with optimal conditions.

Although the Turks and Caicos are blessed with excellent weather and sea conditions the majority of the time, the islands are situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and can experience both large ocean swells and local wind driven waves.

Big Blue Collective will always assess the sea conditions before departing the marina to determine suitability of the snorkel conditions. On occasion conditions might not be what is expected and an excursion may need to be diverted to more protected areas of the reef or rescheduled to ensure a safe and quality experience.

Prior Experience & Snorkel Instruction

No prior snorkel experience is required on our 4-hour snorkel eco tour excursions with Big Blue, or any private charter but participants should be comfortable swimmers. Big Blue guides can provide some basic snorkel instruction in the field including advice on use of equipment and body position in the water. Some snorkel experience is preferred for the ‘Edge of the Banks’ snorkel adventure as distance from land or the boat may be increased.

Snorkel lessons are available at Big Blue Collective with experienced scuba instructors. This can start beachside to maximize comfort and progress to deeper water as students improve their skills and confidence.

Snorkelers already comfortable with the sport and able to swim underwater may benefit from learning some basic freediving techniques. All the Big Blue guides can assist with breath holding and duck diving practice but caution must be taken before swimming through any overhead environment.

What to bring and what to wear

Mask, fins & snorkel

We provide them (cressi), you can always bring your own

Wetsuits

Sometimes a good idea in winter,
we also can offer these
before departure

Rashguards

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

Sun screen

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

Hat

A hat is always a good idea
when on the ocean

Sunglasses

sunglasses are also
very useful in the
tropical glare

Water

Drink lots and stay hydrated.
We provide water

Camera

Is of course a great way to
capture the magic.
Gopros rock!

  •   We went on the Caicos Cays boat tour and I have to say this was the best snorkeling/boat tour I've ever been on, and I have been on many such... read more

    lisa z
    12/12/2019

      We rented a tandem kayak twice during our stay. Took ourselves over to Iguana Island and to the mangroves. The staff were friendly, equipment in good condition and we... read more

    happiholiday
    12/10/2019

      You need reservations for this so call or email ahead of time. Also note that this is an early morning activity during high tide. Mangroves are beautiful and crawling with... read more

    dandytime
    12/10/2019
  •   Rico did a wonderful job showing us all the wildlife in the mangroves and then taking us to the beach to have a snack and show us the iguanas. We... read more

    Sarah H
    12/03/2019

      Annabelle was an absolute gem of a tour guide! She was extremely knowledgeable & kind. We would highly recommend this tour.

    Gretchen S
    12/02/2019

      We had an amazing time doing a SUP tour in the mangroves. We did not book private but only had one other couple in a kayak with us. ... read more

    amy s
    11/25/2019
  •   We did SUP and Snorkel Eco tour. Overall, the reception team was courteous and helpful. Both tours were fantastic! SUP- fantastic. Kaja was so patient with us newbies.... read more

    sammisam2019
    11/25/2019

      I booked a paddleboard excursion with my family with this company and was extremely disappointed with them. To start I booked this trip before going to Turks and Caicos. When... read more

    Michael B
    11/22/2019

      For our second year in a row we’ve done an adventure with Big Blue. We love their extremely professional guides & the commitment to the environment. Today while snorkeling this... read more

    Nancy A
    11/22/2019
  •   Excellent way to experience the mangroves and iguana island Seeing all many of the local creatures while getting a little physical activity. Rico took our group out to see... read more

    YShett23
    11/18/2019

      Six of us went out with Lee and Annabelle and had a fabulous adventure! We went snorkeling around the reef, got off at a small cay to walk around and... read more

    Theresa A
    11/16/2019

      We went with two couples, and this was a great part of the trip to Provo. Lee and the other guides were very knowledgeable and educated us all.... read more

    Jonsimon55
    11/09/2019
  •   This was easily the best snorkling trip my wife and I have ever been on. Colin and Annabel were great instructors and I would request them on my next trip.... read more

    Agjdh3
    11/08/2019

      Had a fantastic time touring the mangroves with Robert. You get to see little sharks, so many turtles, fish, and birds. I would recommend trying to use the paddleboards since... read more

    1991lmaradona
    11/08/2019

      We went out on the SUP tour through the mangroves. This really was amazing we were complete beginners and after a few simple instructions before we set off we were... read more

    H3363WIsaml
    11/07/2019
  •   This company was booked through island routes which is an umbrella company owned by beaches. They were forty minutes late to pick us up. Never called or apologized The... read more

    Karen W
    11/05/2019

      They where late to pick us up (in old mini van) dangerous. Then they cancelled our paddle board trip. Then tried to push kayak trip on us.... read more

    weege1168
    11/05/2019

      I highly recommend this tour with this company. They worked the entire time to make sure that we were comfortable and having fun. It is a fairly snorkel intensive trip... read more

    porterc74
    11/05/2019