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Dolphin & Whale Encounters

The Turks & Caicos Islands are truly blessed given the number of whales and dolphins we see throughout the year, both inside the reef (in the shallows) and off shore (outside the reef) in the big blue.

We make a habit and a concerted effort to always try and get in the water with these amazing mammals.

Dolphins

JoJo
Our most famous dolphin, JoJo, is a legend in his own right and has been cruising our shores, surfing boat wakes, surprising divers and playing with swimmers for close to four decades. He is a Bottlenose dolphin and is frequently seen between Grace Bay and Parrot Cay. His scarred body makes him easy to identify and he has also been seen to commune with other blue water dolphins out in the ocean.

Family
Over the years it seems JoJo has had mates and offspring. Most recently it is very common to find JoJo hanging around a mother and an amazingly curious tiny female calf (Bo and Scooter). The young ones’ behaviour is uncannily similar to how JoJo was in the late 80’s and 90’s, allowing for some truly amazing and extremely close encounters.

Others
There are numerous pods of Bottlenose dolphins that live on the Caicos Bank which we sometimes see on our way to West, French or South Caicos. More common are the larger open ocean pods of both Bottlenose and Atlantic Spotted dolphins which we see on our snorkel and dive adventures.

Guest appearances
In the winter months we sometimes see pods of Pilot Whales, large, muscular dolphins, second only in size to Killer Whales. These deep divers, cruise past our drop offs looking for squid and other denizens of the deep.

Whales

Humpback Whales
By far the most common whales to visit these islands, they pass outside our reefs during the latter stages of their annual mating and calving migration to the tropics, from December to April. At 30-45’ long, these stunning leviathans are the highlight of our season and year. To see them is one thing, to swim with them will take your breath away.

Rarities
Every once in a while, if we are really lucky, we might see Sperm Whales or Bottlenosed whales. Both are rarely seen here, and both are able to dive extremely deeply, hence surface sightings are few and far between.

Encounters – soft in water

We are always on the lookout for dolphins and whales and always want to try and see if we can swim with them. As always, when it comes to mother nature, we don’t always get what we want, when we want. Guarantees of seeing much less swimming with them is pointless. They are wild and that’s what makes any encounter so utterly compelling and addictive.

Our approach is, if we don’t try, we’ll never know. While JoJo and his companions are fairly easy (relatively) to “encounter”, open ocean experiences range from boat only viewing to full on in water encounters. More often than not, dolphins will put on a surface show. In water, they might come to check us out and if interested, stay. If not, they swiftly move on and the show is over.

Humpback whales on the other had are a whole different ball game. During peak activity of the winter months, we “bend” all our snorkel, dive and private boat charter trips to increase our chances of finding and seeing them. Our team are seasoned experts in how to correctly approach whales and more significantly are often able to get our guests in water to see them. There are however, NO GUARANTEES, except for trying. It is a waiting game, that requires patience and respect. We don’t chase whales! We watch and learn to make the right move. Sometimes that means, leaving them alone. Sometimes it means gambling and sometimes it means joining them on their swim. If you get to see them you are super fortunate, if you swim with them you will never forget the experience. Join us.

Best trip options – Edge of the Banks, Snorkel Ecotour, diving or any private charter (half or full day)

What to bring and what to wear

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Mask, fins & snorkel

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

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Wetsuits

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

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Rashguards

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

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Sun screen

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

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Hat

A hat is always a good idea
when on the ocean

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Sunglasses

sunglasses are also very useful in the tropical glare

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Water

Drink lots and stay hydrated.
We provide water

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Camera

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

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Towel

You can’t have
enough of them.

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Clothing

A long sleeve top to keep you warm is always a good idea after a long day on the boat

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    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

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    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

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    11/08/2019
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    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

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    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

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    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

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    11/05/2019

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    James T
    11/05/2019
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    lynnhoops
    10/28/2019

      The slightly higher price is worth it. Our guides took the time to show us things in the water that others in Provo didn’t.

    Asgood63
    10/22/2019

      My sister and I booked this four hour cruise as part of our annual sister’s trip. We stayed on Providenciales for a week, and this was one of the... read more

    Atumbleson
    10/22/2019
  •   Went snorkling with my 7 year old son and se loved it. Tom was super nice and kind to us, as well as the rest of the crew. We got... read more

    apps12
    10/21/2019

      Just returned from a lovely afternoon kayaking with my daughter. Enjoyed being with a small group (2 kayaks and a guide) with a company that cared about the ecosystem. Rico... read more

    tntsullivan
    10/20/2019

      Tom and Brent was fantastic. Friendly and knowledgeable. We saw a dolphin, turtle and nurse sharks on the reef.

    Salisha B
    10/18/2019
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    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

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    10/03/2019