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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!

  • star rating  We had an amazing day thanks to our guides Cole and Colin. My husband is a certified diver, and I am not. They were very patient and encouraging with me... read more

    kmckewon
    6/08/2021

    star rating  We did a paddle board tour of Mangrove Cay with Blue Collective. It was organized through our resort and very easy. They picked us up and took us to the... read more

    travelqueen928
    6/07/2021

    star rating  We wanted to adventure a little on our own and found big blue as a place that would rent kayaks for self guided tours and the experience from start to... read more

    pluierouge
    6/06/2021
  • star rating  We had an amazing time with Lily and Amanda!!! We went on an all day boat ride to west Caicos and it was so fun! Would highly recommend Lily and... read more

    Safari33421631043
    6/05/2021

    star rating  This was our beginners scuba trip. We are not certified in scuba, but Lee and Cole were true professionals who worked with those who may have been nervous about Scuba.... read more

    955nealj
    5/29/2021

    star rating  I went diving two days with Big Blue; we booked it through the Amanyara hotel. I had a great time and recommend diving with Blue Blue on a private charter.... read more

    Eric H
    5/23/2021
  • star rating  Amazing experience! Kind and knowledgeable crew, breathtaking views and overall wonderful experience. Marcia was a top notch mate and the captain was very skilled. Fully recommend this experience to any... read more

    R223GUks
    5/21/2021

    star rating  I was able to accomplish a little portion of my goal of learning to Kite Boarding at Blue Connection in Turks and Caicos only because I... read more

    V4802TJpauld
    5/19/2021

    star rating  We did the Backcountry Eco Paddleboard tour of the Mangroves and it was spectacular and Philip and Mike were amazing as guide and captain. The whole experience was expertly coordinated... read more

    V4802TJpauld
    5/19/2021
  • star rating  Could not recommend this outfit more! We booked an Eco Tour for our family of 10 and had a blast! Jake and crew did an amazing job of preparing us... read more

    feloucks
    5/16/2021

    star rating  We spent an amazing day with captain Cole and Lilly! Snorkeling was astounding and the beach at Pine Cay was spectacular! Wish we could do it every day!

    joannd0109
    5/15/2021

    star rating  Tour went well and guide made sure we felt comfortable. Saw lots of turtles and lemon sharks. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen!

    Mkuz18
    5/11/2021
  • star rating  We rented a tandem kayak for the day. Great prices for rentals and helpful staff! The marina is beautiful and good location for kayaking.

    makaileyjj
    5/10/2021

    star rating  We had a wonderful sunset paddle tour with Bredlyn (sorry if we messed up the spelling!). He was so knowledgeable, and my teenagers also really enjoyed getting to know... read more

    kristinh646
    5/01/2021

    star rating  Did 2 days of diving on 30' cruiser. All staff were very experienced and professional. Our full day included lunch which was very nicely prepared and abundant. Divemasters were very... read more

    Joel B
    4/28/2021
  • star rating  If you are looking to snorkel over some amazing coral, this trip is for you! The sights were amazing and the crew was so knowledgeable. We were able to see... read more

    195emmyb
    4/18/2021

    star rating  The tour was by the best water activity we did during our trip. Going to the edge was amazing! The crew was great and the reefs were beautiful. Well worth... read more

    Traveling_Seb
    4/16/2021

    star rating  We had a great day with captain Jake and his first mate Breadlyn. We were able to choose the areas we wanted to explore. We snorkeled in an area with... read more

    KFAnderson
    4/14/2021