There’s a lot to do on and in the waters of Grand Turk. The spectacular
wall diving found close off the coast is what started Grand Turk’s tourism industry, but
kayaking have become just as popular.
During the winter months,
whales add another attraction to Grand Turk. During their annual migration, humpback whales spend a bit of time in the
Turks Islands Passage (the deep channel that separates the Turks Islands from the Caicos Islands) and can often be spotted not far off the coast. The ocean water in the Turks and Caicos is always warm, so you may even have a chance to snorkel with them!
Cruise Ship Visitors
Those stopping over on a
cruise ship typically book “shore excursions” through their cruise line. Arranging such a trip is easy, however, most schedules simply leave very little time for anything else.
Many of the organized cruise ship shore excursions are competitively priced when compared to the independent offerings, yet group size and boat density is also much greater. For some water sports, this can certainly be a detraction.
Simply: If you’re into diving or snorkeling, consider booking such an excursion. For most others, independently
renting a car and exploring the
historical sights of Grand Turk will probably be the most appealing (and cost effective!) way of spending the day. You’ll be able to spend the day at the beaches and sites that actually interest you, and not waste time waiting for others.
The small island of Grand Turk offers an aspect surprisingly rare in the Caribbean; a destination that’s both easy and safe to navigate.
stand up paddle boarding are definitely fun, however the truth is that the wetlands of Grand Turk visited on the guided tours simply don’t compare to those found in the larger Caicos Islands. There isn’t much wildlife to see, however renting equipment for a couple hours and paddling the historical
Cockburn Town coast is quite a pleasant and in our opinion a preferable experience.
If you’re staying overnight on Grand Turk and are interested in water sports, consider the
Bohio Dive Resort, which maintains an assortment of water sport equipment for guest use, including kayaks, paddle boards, and a Hobie Cay sailboat.
Open-air truck tour in historical Cockburn Town.
There’s a wide selection of guided tours to choose from, utilizing Segways, ATVs, 4x4 buggies, open air trucks and more. Most of these excursions follow roughly the same route, stopping at Governor’s Beach, the old Cockburn Town sights, the town
salinas, Pillory Beach, and the
Largely confined to the northeast coast and bluffs,
horseback riding is another option. Rides take place on
East Side Beach (where you can wade in the ocean if you’d like!) and continue overland to the wetlands of
Some water sports companies are not licensed. You will typically have no legal recourse in the event of an accident. This is especially common with banana boat and other wake ride operators. You may want to confirm an operator is licensed before using their services.
Some water sports companies do not carry insurance or have inadequate insurance. This is especially common with banana boat and other wake ride operators. In the event of an accident, you will be responsible for your complete medical costs. If you have health insurance, you should be aware that you may not be covered for sports accidents and accidents outside of your home country. In additional, travel insurance does not usually cover sports accidents. You may want to confirm an operator is properly insured before using their services.