The Providenciales - South Caicos ferry at Cockburn Harbour, South Caicos.
South Caicos is a bit more remote than the other main islands in the Turks and Caicos, as the island is separated from the Turks Islands by the twenty-mile wide Turks Island Passage, and is bordered on the western side by the uninhabited East Caicos and the sparsely populated Middle Caicos. Flights are currently offered to South Caicos from both Providenciales and Grand Turk, and a passenger ferry service runs from Providenciales as well.
Complimentary air connections from Providenciales is typically arranged for guests staying at Sailrock resort, if reservations are booked direct with the resort.
Once on South Caicos, the larger resorts typically provide complimentary transits to their properties. Car rentals are also available on South Caicos.
Started in mid-2012, a small passenger ferry route connects South Caicos and Providenciales. Run by Caribbean Cruisin', this service operates twice weekly and covers the 45 miles journey in about 90 minutes. Return rates are $110 for adults, $70 for children (2022 prices). Some baggage limitations may apply, but are typically ample. Ferries depart from Heaving Down Rock Marina (Walkin Marina), Providenciales and arrive at the main settlement of Cockburn Harbour on South Caicos.
US Coast Guard Fairchild C-123B Provider. The island’s airstrip was built by the United States during World War II to support a submarine tracking station, and was later used by the Coast Guard. Photo courtesy of and copyright of US Coast Guard veteran Charles A. Bliley (www.bliley.net).
The fastest way for visitors to get to South Caicos is by domestic flight from Providenciales or Grand Turk. interCaribbean is currently the only airline offering scheduled flights. Airfares start at around $130 for a return ticket (2022 price).
As mentioned, Sailrock Resort generally offers complimentary flights for guests booking direct.
For information on connecting through Providenciales, check out Getting to Providenciales. You'll find visa and passport requirements (nationals of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom do not require a visa), flight information and local connections.
Flight or Ferry?
Our advice is simple: If you're traveling light, the flight is the better choice. However, if you have several pieces of large baggage, choose the ferry.
Due to the smaller size of the island hopper planes flown by the local airlines (such as the Twin Otter), luggage hold space on flights is often quite limited.
The light tower at Tucker Hill on South Caicos.
Private Charter from Providenciales
A few of the private charter companies based on Providenciales are able to arrange private transfers to South Caicos via sea.
The Government Dock in Cockburn Harbour is a port of entry. If you’re planning to visit South Caicos by yacht, we recommend contacting Seaview Marina in Cockburn Harbour for information on the area and facilities.