Kayaking at the uninhabited cays of the Caicos Islands.
are so many fun and exciting things to do on Providenciales. Due to the beautiful marine environment of the Turks and Caicos, it's no surprise that everything shown here revolves around the ocean.
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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, all with beautiful turquoise clear waters to go swimming in.
Grace Bay Beach is the general favorite, 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.
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, snorkeling reefs, and the indigenous
Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas.
Some of the large all-inclusive resorts on Grace Bay, including
Club Med Turkoise, have scheduled boat tours for their guests, which typically visit Half Moon Bay Beach and the Leeward Cut snorkeling reef.
Snorkeling at the barrier reef at Leeward, Providenciales.
Take a Snorkeling Cruise
The reefs around the Turks and Caicos are amazing, offering an abundance of crystal-clear water, fish and sea animals, healthy coral. Taking a boat snorkeling cruise often makes for a great underwater experience, as you won’t have to search for the reefs, and the offshore sites are often livelier that reefs near the beach.
On snorkeling boat trip, you also may encounter one of our friendly wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. We have two that interact with people: famous
Jojo the Dolphin, and the new baby Dreamer!
The Grace Bay and Leeward barrier reef snorkeling sites combine tranquil beds of yellow and purple sea fans that wave back and forth with the swell, and intricate coral gullies and caves, which are topped with colorful corals. Schools of fish, stingrays, turtles, nurse sharks, and lobsters can be seen across the reefs.
Mudjin Harbour and the Crossing Place Trail on Middle Caicos.
Take a Day Trip to North Caicos and Middle Caicos
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.
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
Snorkeling with a majestic eagle ray at Smith's Reef.
Snorkel from the Beach
A great complement to a snorkeling cruise is to visit some of the beach reefs in the Turks and Caicos. Providenciales has some really beautiful sites, where large numbers of colorful reef fish, stingrays, turtles, and lobsters are easy to approach and see.
The Bight Reef (also known as Coral Gardens) is the most popular and easiest to access of the beach reefs, and is located on the western end of Grace Bay. Smith’s Reef, found near Turtle Cove, is even more extensive and complex than the Bight Reef, albeit a little harder to find.
Last but not least is Malcolm’s Road and Northwest Point. This is a spectacular area, yet quite remote. There’s clear water and a wide array of life, including small and mid-sized sharks.
There’s a reason many parasail boats can be seen operating in Grace Bay every day: gliding at 200 hundred feet (60 m) 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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
Jeep Wranglers at West Harbour Bluff on Providenciales.
Explore by Jeep or 4x4
Another great thing to do on Provo is to simply rent something fun to drive, and explore. The island has several central scenic (and paved!) coastal routes, including the
Venetian Road and
Turtle Tail area, Chalk Sound Drive, and the coastal road at the
Blue Hills and
If you’re looking for more adventure and excitement, the west coast national parks offer some fun off road tracks. There’s
West Harbour Bluff,
Malcolm’s Road Beach, and the
Northwest Point National Park to discover. High clearance 4x4s, such as upgraded Jeep Wranglers, are recommended. Please stay on established roads and don’t drive on the beach, to avoid damaging the environment.
Another day trip experience that offers a unique ambiance is a visit to South Caicos. This interesting island is often overlooked by visitors, yet the island presents an authentic look into the culture and history of the islands, and the perspective of a small fishing and salt island.
There isn’t much tourism development on South Caicos, just the historical settlement of
Cockburn Harbour, secluded beaches, and remnants of the abandoned
sea salt industry.
Small domestic flights and ferries provide transit between Providenciales and South Caicos, and it’s possible to do a day trip via one of the small island hopper planes. The quick air journey is fun on its own.
E-foil surfing with Fly TCI. E-foils are electric boards with a hydrofoil that allow users to glide above the surface of the water. This new water sport is easy to learn.
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. There's also great golfing at our award-winning Provo Golf Club in Grace Bay.
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.
One of the best features of the Turks and Caicos are the
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!
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 snorkeling, cliff jumping,
historical ruins and more.
Another great aspect of visiting the more-remote islands and coral 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 snorkeling with humpback whales. Whale watching and snorkeling with whales in our clear waters is an incredible thing to do.
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.
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.
Food and Drink Tours
Steamed fish, peas n' rice, and coleslaw. Locally-caught snapper will almost always be served as a whole fish. If you get a fillet, it's likely imported!
The Turks and Caicos also offers some great culinary attractions! Providenciales has a great combination of fine dining and Caribbean cuisine restaurants. Local food often incorporates fresh seafood, with dishes such as conch salad, grilled lobster, and fried or steamed fish being general favorites.
We have some great beachfront and waterfront restaurants that are complete with a tropical ambiance of coconut palms and live music.
island tour guides also offer food tours, which visit several restaurants for their menu specialties, as well as pub crawls.
Our local Turk’s Head Brewery, found in central Providenciales, offers tours and an onsite tap room, where guests can enjoy all of the local beers and specials made at the brewery.