One of the most popular things to do on Providenciales, a beach cruise will appeal to all age groups. Tours usually visit snorkeling spots, the iguanas of Little Water Cay, and the pristine beaches of Water Cay, Pine Cay, and Fort George Cay.
For half-day and longer tours, lunch (often a beach BBQ with fresh conch or lobster if in season) is typically included. When in season, collecting your own conch for lunch may be an option!
Snorkel gear is usually provided, but these cruises really don’t tend to visit the best reefs, unlike dedicated snorkeling cruises.
Most of these tours pick up guests on the Grace Bay and Bight beaches outside their resorts, or include complementary hotel pickup if your accommodations are located elsewhere.
Destinations and Sights
The vast majority of boat trips visit the 9-mile (14.5 km) string of small cays and islands between Providenciales and North Caicos.
At less than a mile (1.5 km) from Providenciales, the iguana nature sanctuary of Little Water Cay and the adjacent Half Moon Bay Beach are the most popular stops. Here, 0.75 miles (1200 m) of pristine beach await, along with the indigenous Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana and birdlife.
Further northeast is Water Cay, with two miles (3.4 km) of low white limestone cliffs with interspersed secluded beaches.
Selecting a Tour Company
About twenty different businesses offer beach and island hopping type excursions, each with its own schedule and features. Most cruises tend to visit the same basic sites, but different tours have different vibes. The popular catamaran powerboats usually play music and are more of a party. On the other hand, sailboat excursions tend to be a bit more tranquil.
Most businesses offer private charters at an additional charge. Suitable from two up to large groups, customize your own trip and do want you want to do.