sea fans in the clear blue ocean water of the Caicos barrier reef One of the excellent snorkelling sites that can be found off the beach of Providenciales.

Top Things to Do on Providenciales

kayaks at Joe Grant Cay in the Turks and Caicos
Kayaking at the uninhabited cays of the Caicos Islands.

There’s so many fun and exciting things to do on Providenciales. Due to the beautiful marine environment of the Turks and Caicos, it of course comes as no surprise that everything shown here revolves around the ocean.

These are just our favourites, be sure to also check out Things to Do on Providenciales and Things to Do in the Turks and Caicos for more great ideas on sights, attractions and activities.

The Turks and Caicos is an amazing destination for water sports. There’s snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, freediving, fishing, kiteboarding, sailing, wakeboarding and more!

amazing beach in the Turks and Caicos Half Moon Bay, Turks and Caicos.

Discover Our Spectacular Beaches

There are so many incredible beaches in the Turks and Caicos and on the island of Providenciales.

The unparalleled Grace Bay Beach is the general favourite, but many smaller and secluded beaches can be found on Providenciales. All the beaches in the country are and public and free to access, and are never crowded. Discover your own piece of paradise.

Beaches of Providenciales Grace Bay Beach Top Ten Beaches
boat charters in the Turks and Caicos Half Moon Bay Beach is a very popular boat cruise destination.

Take a Boat Cruise to the Caicos Cays

There’s a wonderful collection of small cays between Providenciales and North Caicos, and these beautiful islands offer miles of spectacular and deserted white sand beaches. Discover perfect turquoise waters, snorkelling reefs, and the indigenous Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas.

Boat Cruises and Charters Half Moon Bay
snorkelling at the barrier reef at Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. Snorkelling at the barrier reef at Leeward, Providenciales.

Go Snorkelling

The reefs around the Turks and Caicos are amazing, offering an abundance of sea animals, healthy coral and impressive walls. If diving isn’t for you, try one of the prime snorkelling spots found close off the beach or take a snorkelling boat cruise out to the barrier reef.

Snorkelling at Providenciales Snorkelling Boat Excursions
Mudjin Harbour on Middle Caicos Mudjin Harbour and the Crossing Place Trail on Middle Caicos.

Take a Day Trip to North Caicos and Middle Caicos

A thirty minute ferry ride from Providenciales are the quiet islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos. The two islands are less developed than Providenciales, and feature great landscapes, secluded beaches, old plantations, and Conch Bar Caves, one of the largest dry cave systems in the Caribbean.

Many visit Middle Caicos just to see Mudjin Harbour, a majestic coastal landscape of beaches, cliffs and turquoise water.

North Caicos and Middle Caicos Planning Your Day Trip Mudjin Harbour
kayaking in the Turks and Caicos Kayaking in the beautiful Princess Alexandra National Park off Providenciales.

Kayak or Paddle Board in the Wetlands

The Turks and Caicos supports an amazing network of mangrove wetlands and tidal channels, and these pristine waterways act as the nurseries for many types of sea life. A guided excursion into these shallow wetlands will allow you to spot wildlife close-up in their natural environment. On a good day expect to see juvenile sharks and turtles, conchs, barracudas, bonefish, starfish, stingrays and birdlife.

Kayaking Stand Up Paddle Boarding
parasailing in the Turks and Caicos Parasailing at Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos.

Parasail over Grace Bay

There’s a reason many parasail boats can be seen operating in Grace Bay every day: gliding at 200 hundred feet in the air over Grace Bay is an amazing experience! Get a bird’s eye view of the beach, resorts, barrier reef and larger sea animals in the water below.

Parasailing
Chalk Sound National Park in the Turks and Caicos The exquisite Chalk Sound National Park.

Chalk Sound National Park

The incredibly-turquoise Chalk Sound National Park offers some of the most vibrant water you’ll see anywhere. This sheltered lagoon is home to hundreds of tiny islands, a vast blue hole underwater cave, a submerged plane wreck, and even the Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana. Two beautiful beaches are also located nearby: Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay.

Chalk Sound National Park Sapodilla Bay Taylor Bay Beach
scuba diver at the wall on French Cay with coral and sea sponges Diving at the wall off French Cay.

Scuba Diving

There are so many beautiful and vibrant reefs to explore in the Turks and Caicos. Sites spread across over 80 miles (129km) of barrier reef are regularly visited by dive boats from Providenciales. If you haven’t yet began to SCUBA dive, several local dive shops offer open water and DSD courses.

Great dive spots are found in the West Caicos Marine National Park, at Northwest Point, in the Princess Alexandra National Park, and at the remote French Cay.

Scuba Diving West Caicos Marine National Park
horseback riding in the Turks and Caicos Horseback riding at Long Bay Beach, Providenciales.

Horseback Riding at Long Bay

Another great activity is horseback riding at the shallow turquoise waters of Long Bay Beach. Provo Ponies is the island’s primary stable, and their ponies and horses are well trained and enjoy wading in the ocean just as much as the riders!

Great dive spots are found in the West Caicos Marine National Park, at Northwest Point, in the Princess Alexandra National Park, and at the remote French Cay.

Horseback Riding
jet skiing in the Turks and Caicos Jet skiing on the incredible water of the Turks and Caicos.

Jet Ski on our Turquoise Waters

There’s no denying it, jet skis can be a lot of fun! There are so many spectacular places to explore in the Turks and Caicos. Take a guided trip to uninhabited cays, secluded beaches, the La Famille Express shipwreck, West Harbour Bluff, and more!

Jet Skiing
freediving in the Turks and Caicos Freediving at the wall.

Freediving at the Wall

As a bonus, we added an eleventh top activity!

It’s not for everyone, but a truly unforgettable and exciting experience is freediving at the wall.

The underwater plateau that supports the Turks and Caicos tends to have a rather abrupt transition from shallow to deep, and in many places the depth goes from 40-50 feet (12-15m) into the thousands over a very short span. This drop off is commonly referred to as the wall, and most of the top scuba dive sites in the country are on this subterranean cliff.

Freediving is simply the challenge of deep diving on your own breath. The equipment commonly used is similar to typical snorkel gear, and it’s possible with only a little practice to reach depths past 40 feet (12m). You’ll see incredibly blue water, coral, and perhaps the occasional shark cruising the reef!

Always obtain proper and qualified free diving instruction before attempting the water sport, and never try to free dive on your own. There are several inherent safety risks associated with freediving and it’s critical to get an explanation of these dangers before diving.

Freediving

The Best Beaches on Providenciales

There's So Much to See and Do!

Your vacation in the Turks and Caicos is the perfect time push your limits and try a new activity.

Freediving on the barrier reef and swim training in our shallow bays are unforgettable ways to experience the spectacular ocean and wildlife.

For those who prefer solid ground under their feet, a wilderness adventure may allow you to see natural and historical sights seen by very few others.

If you’d interested in getting an unparalleled view of turquoise water, the barrier reef, and our luxury resorts, the exciting parasailing is the perfect activity.

Our Spectacular Outdoors

clear ocean water and sunny day at Half Moon Bay Beach
A sunny day at the beautiful Half Moon Bay.

One of the best features of the Turks and Caicos are the sights, beaches and uninhabited islands that remain largely undiscovered and unexplored. Many boat excursions pick up guests directly on the beach fronting their resort – a perfect way to start the day!

If you make it away from the famous attractions of Grace Bay Beach, Leeward Beach, Half Moon Bay and Little Water Cay (amazing attractions in their own right!), you’ll get to experience the tranquil and undeveloped side of the country.

West Caicos is a great example. Due to its distance from Provo, the only way to get to this uninhabited island is by a custom boat charter. However, there is so much to enjoy; beautiful scenes, incredible snorkelling, cliff jumping, historical ruins and more.

Another great aspect of visiting the more-remote islands and reefs in the Turks and Caicos is the journey out. If you spend more time on the water, you’ll be far more likely to experience an unforgettable and spontaneous wildlife encounter. It could be a pod of wild dolphins, jumping eagle rays or snorkelling with humpback whales.

jumping off the cliffs of the West Caicos Marine National Park
The cliffs at West Caicos.

Day Trips to our Outer Islands

On the other side of the country, North and Middle Caicos hide a treasure trove of landscapes and natural features, including caves, secluded beaches and Loyalist historical ruins. It’s easy to plan your visit from Providenciales. Simply reserve a rental car, catch the passenger ferry boat, and explore.

Salt Cay and South Caicos, once mainstays of the sea salt industry, are two islands that haven’t change much in the last century. There’s the salinas, old colonial buildings, and a quiet atmosphere. Landscape and nature photographers will appreciate the sweeping coastal vistas and undeveloped coasts of these little islands.

Grand Turk is another great place to visit and is home to the nation’s capital city of Cockburn Town and the only cruise ship port in the Turks and Caicos. This island offers a quaint British-Bermudian beachfront town and many of the country’s top historical sights, including the Grand Turk Lighthouse, the National Museum and Her Majesty's Prison.

Planning your own day trip to one of our less-inhabited islands or taking an outdoor adventure will allow you to experience an aspect of the Caribbean that few get to see.

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