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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 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
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    12/09/2020

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    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

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    11/25/2020
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    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

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    11/23/2020
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    MKruck19
    11/22/2020

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    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

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