Half Moon Bay is a pristine three quarter mile (1200 meter) beach between Little Water Cay and Water Cay. Essentially a sand bar that grew over time, this strip of sand is about 400 feet (110 meters) wide and today has light vegetation and Casuarina trees. Half Moon Bay is one of the most popular locations in the country for boat cruise day trips, picnics, and as a destination to kayak to from Providenciales.
On the north side of this strip of sand is the excellent beach that is the location that’s usually referred to as Half Moon Bay, but on the south side is a small sandy sheltered lagoon with shallow crystal clear water.
Due to being directly connected to Little Water Cay, Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas are common in the low plants and bushes and herons, egrets, pelicans and ospreys can be regularly sighted when birdwatching.
From about 1960 into the 1990s, a channel actually existed between Little Water Cay and Water Cay. Created by Hurricane Donna, this feature gradually filled in overtime and all water movement stopped by 1999. Half Moon Bay Lagoon on the south side of the bay is largely formed from what use to be the channel.
At only about one mile (1.7km) from Providenciales, Half Moon Bay is easy to access. Most visit by boat cruise from Providenciales, but kayaking or paddle boarding from the Leeward area of Providenciales is another option. If paddling over, be aware that due to the typical east southeast winds, the return trip back may be a bit more work.