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Cruising off of Grace Bay Beach.

Boat Cruises

Cruising off of Leeward Beach, Providenciales. There are so many beautiful beaches to discover in the Turks and Caicos.

The single most popular activity for visitors in the country, boat cruises and tours are an unrivalled way to experience our scenic islands.

There’s a large number of businesses offering excursions in the Turks and Caicos, and there's a huge variety of vessel sizes and types to choose from.

Sights and Activities on a Boat Tour

Boat excursion destinations, sights and activities vary greatly. Tours often bring a little of everything, including snorkelling, stops on secluded beaches, a beach BBQ, and visits to iguana and stingray sanctuaries.

The amazing beach at Fort George Cay.

Beautiful and Uninhabited Cays

There are so many breathtakingly beautiful cays and islands to visit in the Turks and Caicos, all of which feature pristine white sand beaches.

Half Moon Bay, Water Cay, Fort George Cay, Dellis Cay, and West Caicos are the popular stops, yet we have over 100 islands to explore in the Turks and Caicos!

Snorkelling

As to be expected for a tropical island destination, snorkelling is a key activity. Excellent reefs and vibrant coral can be found by boat throughout the country.

The barrier reef surrounding the Caicos Islands is particularly impressive. Coral gullies, arches and overhangs are common, and colourful reef fish abound.

The snorkelling on the barrier reef off of Providenciales.

There are large creatures as well. Majestic eagle rays, green turtles and nurse sharks can be seen, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot JoJo the Dolphin, our unique Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.

A dedicated snorkelling cruise (especially one offered by one of the dive companies) can be amazing and typically offers a superior underwater experience than a combination beach snorkelling cruise.

Iguanas and Stingrays

Two special and uninhabited cays in the Turks and Caicos are particularly popular boat cruise destinations.

Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas at Little Water Cay.

Little Water Cay is found close to Providenciales. This little nature reserve island is the finest site in the country to see the Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana. A very friendly and approachable animal and indigenous only to our islands, the iguanas are the centre of attention on this cay. How often do you get the opportunity to see a critically-endangered animal in its natural habitat?

Found off of Grand Turk, the rather small Gibbs Cay is another great site for nature lovers. The shallow water off the west beach on Gibb’s Cay is an amazing spot to see the Southern brown stingray. The stingrays flock to any visiting boats, so you’ll be able to get a close up view of these interesting marine animals.

Snorkelling with Southern brown stingrays at Gibb's Cay.

Conch and Beach BBQs

Want to delicious lunch on a secluded beach? A beach BBQ excursion is perfect.

You also may be able to dive for your own conch. The catch is often prepared by the crew into conch salad. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

Sunsets and Glow Worms

The perfect ending to a vacation day, an evening cruise offers the perfect viewpoint for watching the sunset (or maybe even the elusive green flash!).

For a few days near to the full moon, glow worms bring another fascinating sight. For about 20 minutes on only a couple days per month, these microscopic bioluminescent marine worms put on a dazzling display.

Boat Excursions throughout the Turks and Caicos

Exploring the Caicos Cays.

The availability and selection of boat excursions vary greatly by island in the Turks and Caicos.

On Providenciales and Grand Turk, there’s a wide array of regularly- scheduled trips to choose from, including tours dedicated to specific activities such as snorkelling or partying. Tours on Providenciales, and to a lesser degree Grand Turk, feature a tremendous selection of vessels. Choose from private luxury yachts to tranquil sailing catamarans, and everything in-between.

On our smaller islands of North and Middle Caicos, South Caicos, and Salt Cay, the options are a bit more limited. In many cases, there isn’t sufficient tourism to support full-time cruises, so excursions are piloted by generational fishermen – captains who have an unparalleled knowledge of the local water and sights.

The tour boats on our less-populated islands may not have the amenities or be quite as luxurious as those on Providenciales, however you’ll get to visit cays and reefs that very few get to experience.

See island-specific boat cruise information below.