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Professional kiteboarder Hope LeVin in the waters of Long Bay, Providenciales.

Providenciales Water Sports and Activities

Snorkelling
Snorkelling is an easy way to see the reefs and sealife. Be sure to visit one of the excellent sites found off the north coast of Providenciales. Many hotels and guest houses offer free use of snorkel equipment, or you can purchase your own gear at a local shop.
Kiteboarding
The exciting water sport of kiteboarding can be enjoyed by almost anyone, and combines the best features of windsurfing, wakeboarding and sailing. The island of Providenciales is home to Long Bay Beach, one of the finest kiting locations in the Caribbean. Learn about kite lessons and instruction, great locations, weather conditions, and equipment rentals.
Scuba Diving
Discover the great diving at Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos. See vibrant reefs, the wall, colourful fish, sharks and turtles at French Cay, Northwest Point, Grace Bay and West Caicos.
Stand-up Paddle Boarding
Stand-up paddle boarding is probably the best way to see the small sharks, turtles, conch and bonefish found in the shallow mangrove wetlands around Providenciales.
Kayaking
Either self-paced or on an eco-tour, renting a kayak is great fun and highly recommended. Both one and two person models are available, and are low cost fun. Some of the resorts on Grace Bay provide kayaks free of charge.
Freediving
Discover the depths on a single breath of air. Freediving utilizes equipment similar to snorkelling gear, and is an eco-friendly water sport that’s gaining in popularity. The exquisite barrier reef surrounding the Turks and Caicos is a wonderful setting for this activity. Instruction and excursions are available from Providenciales.
Fishing
Providenciales is the center for the excellent sport fishing found in the Turks and Caicos. Every year, several tournaments take place here, from the international Caicos Classic deep-sea billfishing event held in Turtle Cove Marina to many smaller reef and bottom fishing contests. Amazing bone fishing is also found on the Caicos flats surrounding Providenciales.
Parasailing
Parasailing is a great way to get a breathtaking view of Grace Bay, and of the reefs and larger sea life found in the Turks and Caicos. It’s common to see turtles, stingrays and dolphins when floating along! Up to three people can fly at once. The usual flight lasts from 15 to 20 minutes and is suitable for everyone except very young children.
Jet Skiing
The water equivalent of a motorcycle, driving a jet ski is an exhilarating experience. For larger groups, a jet boat can hold up to six and still cruse at a high speed. These craft are offered at two different locations off the southern coast of Providenciales.
Swimming
The clear waters and brilliant beaches of the Turks and Caicos are an unparalleled settling for swimming and swim training. Several local businesses provide lesson, boat escorts, and general knowledge.
Hobie Cats
Hobi Cats are small twin catamaran sailboats. These boats are very easy to sail and can enjoyed after a short introduction. An excellent way to experience Grace Bay.
Snuba
Snuba is an interesting method to see the reefs and aquatic life of Providenciales. This system is sort of a mix between snorkelling and scuba diving, and can be enjoyed easily by inexperienced divers after a brief introduction.
Windsurfing
Although it might seem a little ancient compared to some of the newer watersports, windsurfing is still seen on Providenciales. Equipment is available at several rental locations and resorts around Grace Bay.
Surfing
Learn about the surfing locations, conditions and seasons of Providenciales.
Boating
Information about boating in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, with marinas, tips, sales and repair information.
Semi-submarine/Glass Bottom Boat
A semi-submarine or a glass-bottom boat excursion is the perfect way for those who are less confident in the water to experience the undersea life of the Turks and Caicos.
Tubing
Tubing consists of an inflatable inner-tube or similar craft (such as a banana boat) towed behind a motor boat. It's an exciting way for just about anyone to get on the water of Providenciales.
Wakeboarding
Wakeboarding is a popular water sport available from several local businesses.

An Amazing Water Sports Setting and Perfection Conditions

Kayaking in the Princess Alexandra National Park.

With crystal-clear ocean water and a pristine marine environment, Providenciales is an unparalleled destination for water sports. There’s a tremendous selection of things to do on and in the ocean.

Many boat tours can be booked as private charters, allowing the excursion and activities to be tailored to exactly how you’d like to spend the day.

For those looking to save on vacation costs, deals and specials can often be booked during the “ low season”, when tourism arrivals are at the lowest point of the year.

Our Spectacular Reefs

The Turks and Caicos is home to one of the largest barrier reefs in the Caribbean, and this system surrounds almost the entirety of the Caicos Islands group.

Snorkelling

Providenciales offers the best beach snorkelling of any island in the Turks and Caicos. At the central Bight Reef and Smith's Reef, there are beautiful reef systems starting close off the shore.

The beautiful reefs in the Turks and Caicos.

When snorkelling the beach reefs, you’ll likely won’t see large sharks, dolphins, or whales, however, the variety and number of colourful reef fish is excellent. It’s common to spot queen angelfish, French angelfish, yellowtail, stoplight parrotfish, trumpetfish, jacks, snappers, French grunts, butterflyfish, damselfish and more.

The coral is impressive as well, and there are sea fans, sponges, sea urchins and anemones too. In the sea grass surrounding the reefs, turtles, southern brown stingrays and spotted eagle rays can be seen gliding by.

Snorkelling is an activity that can be enjoyed and appreciated by the whole family. Safety is of course key, and it’s advisable that a flotation or snorkelling vest be worn by anyone who’s unsure in the water.

Diving

The Turks and Caicos is renowned for its pristine reefs and coral, and Providenciales is a great destination to dive from as sites along the entire western side of the Caicos barrier reef and wall are regularly accessed from the island.

Each region of reef offers a unique aspect. The walls of Northwest Point and West Caicos are impressively sheer, Grace Bay offers fascinating spur and grove formations, and the wall off French Cay, lit by the sun due to its southern exposure, is home to some of the most impressive coral in the country.

Freediving at the Thunderdome at Malcolm Roads.

Grey reef sharks are common at many barrier reef sites, and dolphins, manta rays, hawksbill turtles and leatherback turtles can be spotted as well.

Freediving

Freediving is a sport that’s gaining wider recognition. Blurring the line between an extreme sport and an eco-activity, this sport utilizes a mask and fins similar to the common snorkelling set up. The edge of the Caicos barrier reef makes for a spectacular playground, and with a little practice, it’s easy to dive down to depths of 30-40 feet (9-12m).

Experiencing the reefs and wall with the simplicity of freediving is amazing.

Due to the associated dangers and risks, it’s recommended to receive professional instruction, and to have a rescue boat present when freediving.

Wetlands and Mangrove Channels

Extensive and ecologically-important mangrove wetlands cover a large percentage of the Turks and Caicos. These unique habitats are teeming with wildlife and natural beauty.

Kayaking and Paddle Boarding

Full moon stand up paddle boarding in the Turks and Caicos.

Far too shallow for most motorized vessels, these channels and wetlands are best discovered by the silent kayak or stand up paddleboard. As the nursery for countless species, wildlife sightings above and below the water’s surface area common.

Every location is different, yet you’ll likely get a close-up view of juvenile lemon sharks, stingrays, turtles, starfish and conch. Hiding in the dense mangrove are green herons, and in the sky above, pelicans, egrets and frigatebirds.

Depending on your preferences, it’s possible to either rent kayaks and paddle boards, or take a guided eco-tour. Both routes have their respective advantages, yet there’s so much interesting life to be discovered in the wetlands and a guide with be able to identify and find the creatures that are often overlooked.

Wind and Waves

Water sports, powered simply by the elements, are making a big comeback.

Kiteboarding

You’d be hard pressed to find a better spot for learning to kiteboard at than Long Bay Beach on Providenciales. Here, the brilliantly-turquoise water is only waist deep, and the bottom is soft white sand. There are quite a few kite schools to choose from, and many students will be able to kite on their own after 8-12 lessons.

Surfing in the Turks and Caicos.

There are countless locations throughout the islands for an experienced kiter to explore. A day trip to North and Middle Caicos or South Caicos, or a downwinder through the Caicos Cays will offer kite sites and vistas that very few have the opportunity to experience.

Flat water windsurfing is likewise great, and equipment rentals and instruction is available from some of the kite schools.

Surfing

We don’t have the predictable breaks that some of the other Caribbean surf destinations have, yet when the conditions are right, both conventional surfing and stand up paddle surfing on the barrier reef is exquisite.

Key Points

  • Some water sports companies are not licenced. You will typically have no legal recourse in the event of an accident. This is especially common with banana boat and other wake ride operators. You may want to confirm an operator is licenced before using their services.
  • Some water sports companies do not carry insurance or have inadequate insurance. This is especially common with banana boat and other wake ride operators. In the event of an accident, you will be responsible for your complete medical costs. If you have health insurance, you should be aware that you may not be covered for sports accidents and accidents outside of your home country. In additional, travel insurance does not usually cover sports accidents. You may want to confirm an operator is properly insured before using their services.