For the experienced kayaker, South Caicos is an amazing destination. Countless small cays and tidal creeks are found to the north of South Caicos and the channels between these islands offer some of the best paddling in the region.
Wildlife abounds in the sounds, creeks and wetlands near South Caicos, to a degree not seen elsewhere in the country. Southern brown stingrays, green turtles and small lemon sharks are common in the mangrove channels.
Coastal birds, including frigatebirds, pelicans, egrets, herons and more, thrive in many locations. The density of ospreys at certain locations in the cays is also the highest in the country. Frigatebirds aren’t very common in the Turks and Caicos, only being established on a few mangrove islands in the eastern Caicos Islands, yet they are regular sights circling above the northern wetland channels.
The marine environment isn’t the only interesting sights. There’s even a shipwreck of a yacht and old plantation ruins in the region to explore.
Due to the limited tourism to South Caicos, casual kayaking options are limited. All of the interesting sites tend to be relatively remote, so proper planning and preparation is necessary.
Based on Providenciales, Big Blue Unlimited is the go-to business for adventure kayaking and stand up paddle boarding in the Caicos Islands. They currently maintain a decent selection of kayaks on South Caicos and offer rentals and guided tours. They’re also an excellent source of advice on current weather conditions and navigation.
The luxury East Bay Resort has several kayaks and sailing kayaks for guest use.