Jet skis and jet boats are an exciting way to spend an afternoon on the clear waters of the Turks and Caicos. There’s an incredible range of amazing places to discover, including uninhabited cays, secluded beaches, shipwrecks, and beautiful coastlines.
On the island of Providenciales, there are several jet ski and waverunner rental and tour companies, some of which operate directly off the beach.
Sights and Scenery
There’s a great collection of sights to visit via jet ski from Providenciales, especially off the southern coast of the island.
The La Famille Express freighter wreck, grounded by hurricanes Hanna and Ike in 2008, is one of the most popular destinations, and is found in the very shallow turquoise water off Long Bay Beach. On breezy days this area also often has many kiteboarders, so be sure to give them a very wide berth!
Another spectacular location is the remote West Harbour Bluff coastline, which is a very interesting and wild place. Found here are the tallest sea cliffs on Providenciales, a small coastal cave, historical rock inscriptions, a sheltered beach, and plenty of wildlife to watch. Due to the area’s remoteness, it’s best to visit with a guide.
More great locations to visit are the tiny uninhabited rocky cays on the south coast. There’s Bristol Cay, the Dick Penn Cays, and the Bird Egg Cays near Turtle Tail Beach, and the iguana sanctuary of Bay Cay near Five Cays.
The spectacular cays to the east of Providenciales are also prime spots to visit. The uninhabited coastlines of Water Cay, Pine Cay, and Dellis Cay offer some of the finest beaches in the Turks and Caicos.
Jet Ski Rentals and Tours
At this time, jet ski rental businesses can be found at Five Cays Beach, Long Bay Beach, Sapodilla Bay Beach, and Heaving Down Rock Marina. Companies typically offer both hourly rentals and guided tours to our small cays, sights, and beaches.
It’s typically possible to simply walk up to one of the jet ski beach rental locations and book a watercraft, yet availability can be limited during the high season. If you’re interested in taking a guided tour, or if jet skiing is important, reservations are definitely recommended.
Jet skis in the Turks and Caicos are typically either Yamaha Waverunners or Sea Doo GTI or GTX personal watercraft, yet there are also Kawasaki Jet Skis in some local fleets. Fleets typically include base models which top out at about 35-40 mph (56-72 km/h), and performance supercharged skis that are much faster and responsive.
Unguided rentals start at around $100 per half hour. There’s a maximum of three passengers (depending on total weight) per jet ski for full size personal watercraft, yet the experience is usually best with 1-2 riders. Basic operation instruction and safety equipment is included.
We highly recommend bringing appropriate sunglasses or sport goggles to protect against sea spray and wind. Deposits are typically required for rentals.
Weather and Conditions
Most visitors will find a calm ocean the most enjoyable jet skiing. The ocean and wave conditions off the south side of Providenciales, which is where nearly all of the island’s jet skiing takes place, is largely affected by localized winds. Because of this, it’s typically easy to predict ocean surface conditions in the area.
Wind speeds under 10 mph (16 km/h) usually result in perfect flat water. Over 16 mph (26 km/h) and you’ll be contending with 1-3 foot (0.3-1 m) waves. Check our wind forecast and consider scheduling accordingly.
National Parks and Nature Reserves
Jet ski use is not permitted in national parks and nature reserves. Your water sports business should be able to clearly define suitable zones for personal watercraft use.
The Princess Alexandra National Park is the only protected area that is likely to be entered by jet skiers on Providenciales. This region includes Grace Bay Beach, Leeward Beach, the Bight Beach, and the nature reserve consisting of Mangrove Cay, Donna Cay and Little Water Cay (Iguana Island).
It is also illegal to operate jet skis in the interior lagoon of Chalk Sound National Park.