The beautiful and calm waters of Bell Sound Nature Reserve at South Caicos.
Stand up paddle boarding is a very popular water sport in the Turks and Caicos, and South Caicos is an amazing destination for the activity.
kayaks and paddle boards are available on the island, and selecting the right water craft is largely dependent on the user’s preferences. Kayaks track very well and are typically more efficient for covering distances, yet paddle boards offer a much better view of sea life due to the user’s greater height over the water.
There’s a great selection of interesting and beautiful paddling locations at and around South Caicos.
The tranquil waters of
Bell Sound are a very safe and comfortable paddling location. This sheltered lagoon and nature reserve offers great vistas and the beautiful island of
Horse Cay, which has a secluded beach on its west side.
Plandon Cay Cut
North of South Caicos, the brilliant channels between the uninhabited islands of
Middle Creek Cay, and
McCartney Cay offer one of the most picturesque settings in the Turks and Caicos. Jerry Camp, a water access and landing on the northern peninsula of South Caicos, is the best way to access Plandon Cay Cut.
The channels between these cays are an amazing environment for a wide array of ocean life, from conch, to fish, turtles, sting rays, eagle rays, and sharks.
The beach at
East Bay is another scenic paddle boarding and kayaking location, especially during calm weather conditions. There’s a white sand beach, turquoise water and sea grass beds, a rocky island out in the bay, and the surrounding coastal cliffs to explore.
Dove Cay is located close off of South Caicos, and offers a beach, great views, and interesting snorkelling. Long Cay is found less than half a mile (.75km), and is a very long and narrow cay with incredible turquoise ocean water, white sand beaches, iguanas, and breath-taking vistas. Long Cay is part of the
Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park.
When ocean and wind conditions are abnormally calm, the cliffs and reefs off of
The Highlands, which is the far south-eastern point of the island, can be quite interesting. This region is best accessed by land from the
East Bay area, and can be found by following the secluded coast of beaches and cliffs to the east.
Aerial view of the incredible Plandon Cay Cut region near South Caicos.
South Caicos is beginning to forge a reputation as an eco-tour destination, and deservedly so. The sounds, channels, and verdant mangrove estuaries are teeming with bird and ocean life.
Big Blue Collective, the premier eco-tour company in the Turks and Caicos, offers custom paddling adventures from South Caicos upon special request.