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The Best Turks & Caicos Boat Charters & Cruises

Discover the Beautiful Waters of the Turks and Caicos!

tour boat charter on the amazing water off Leeward in Providenciales
Cruising off of Leeward Beach, Providenciales. There are so many beautiful beaches to discover in the Turks and Caicos.

This page offers an overview of boat and yacht cruises and charters in the Turks and Caicos. We have island-specific cruise information for Providenciales and Grand Turk.

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

There’s a large number of businesses offering excursions in the Turks and Caicos across a wide variety of vessels, from tranquil sailing catamarans, to luxurious yachts.

Sights and Activities on a Boat Tour

Boat excursion destinations, sights and activities vary greatly. Tours often bring a little of everything, including snorkeling, stops on some of the best beaches in the world, a beach BBQ, and visits to iguana and stingray sanctuaries.

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.

the beautiful beach on the west coast of Fort George Cay
The amazing beach at Fort George Cay.

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!


As to be expected for a tropical island destination, snorkeling 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 colorful reef fish abound.

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

yellow sea fans and blue tangs on the barrier reef off of Leeward on Providenciales
The snorkeling on the barrier reef off of Providenciales.

Iguanas and Stingrays

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

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 center 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.

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!

Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana on a log at Half Moon Bay
Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas at Little Water Cay.

Private Charters

If you’re looking for a tranquil private cruise, one of our boutique charter excursions will be a perfect choice. You’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful sun, sand and ocean waters of the Turks and Caicos exactly how you’d like.

The Turks and Caicos doesn’t see as many visitors as some other popular Caribbean destinations do, and tour adventures visit our countless uninhabited cays and islands. You’ll typically have miles of secluded pristine beach paradise to explore.

The larger and more luxurious charter vessels are suitable for more than simply landing at a great beach. There’s custom scuba diving, deep sea fishing, and cruises past the exclusive home and resorts of Parrot Cay, Pine Cay and North Caicos.

sailboat wreck in the Caicos Banks south of East Caicos
A lone sloop wreck in the Caicos Banks.

Another spectacular site is the shallow Caicos Banks off of Middle Caicos and East Caicos. The ocean floor here is perfect white sand in many places, and when combined with our signature crystal turquoise water and the shining sun, the Caicos Banks appears like the world’s largest swimming pool. This region is a bit more remote than other sites, so it’s typically only visited on custom boat charters. Another unique sight in the region is the Middle Caicos Ocean Hole, which is the widest blue hole in the world.

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, glowworms 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

southern brown stingray (Dasyatis americana) in the Turks and Caicos
Snorkeling with Southern brown stingrays at Gibb's Cay.

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 snorkeling 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.

Reservations and Bookings

aerial view of the beach at Fort George Cay and a private yacht charter
Exploring the Caicos Cays.

You can book your boat trip adventure directly with the local charter company, through local and international reservation businesses, and in the case of cruise visitors to Grand Turk, as a shore excursion with your cruise line.

In most cases, reserving directly with the tour business with get you the best rates and is generally our recommended booking method, and it may be possible to obtain discounts for a family or large groups as well.

Boat charters in Turks and Caicos generally range from half day to full day adventures. Half day boat charters can be a great choice if you’re looking for a slow-paced day, yet full day trips allow the time to travel to some of the more remote and exquisite sites such as West Caicos, West Harbour Bluff, or in the case of charters departing from the island of Grand Turk, the incredible Big Sand Cay.

Pickup and Transport

aerial view of Villa Mani at Turtle Tail on Providenciales
Villa Mani on Providenciales, once owned by the artist Prince. There's a beautiful array of villas and mansions in the TCI.

Pickup will typically be included with most tours, so you’ll won’t have to drive or pay for a taxi. For guests staying at a Grace Bay resort on the island of Provo, your boat will often meet you directly on the beach outside your accommodation.

The majority of cruise ship shore excursions at Grand Turk depart from the Grand Turk Cruise Center, so transport is unnecessary for cruise ship guests. A few SCUBA diving trips depart from the nearby Cockburn Town, however, complimentary pick up and drop off is typically included.

Off the Beaten Track

If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, there are custom adventure charters that explore our natural environment and historical sites.

One option for those with an avid interest in marine life is turtle tagging. The Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) works with business partners to tag and track green turtles and hawksbill turtles. Much of this takes place on the turquoise Caicos Banks, where turtles are caught by hand, tagged, and fitted with a GPS tracker, after which its local and regional migration is monitored.

scuba diver at a shallow reef in the Turks and Caicos
A Turks and Caicos private charter is a great way to scuba dive our pristine reefs.

A kayaking or paddle board safari into the remote Caicos mangrove creeks are another great adventure. Extensive red mangrove lined tidal waterways lead for miles on the southern coasts of North Caicos, Middle Caicos and East Caicos. These channels are difficult for typical vessels to approach due to the surrounding shallow water and shoals, so the wilderness is completely undisturbed. These tours usually depart from Providenciales, where the kayaks and paddle boards are loaded on a small boat, then there’s the journey across the crystal-clear and shallow water of the Caicos Banks to where the channels begin.

The wildlife sightings in the mangrove creeks are unparalleled. You’ll see turtles, stingrays and the fins of small lemon sharks gliding by, and on the bottom are conch and sea stars.

If you’re a more interested in the historical, a camping boat trip to one of our uninhabited cays is a great choice. There are Loyalist plantations, guano caves, sisal ruins and more to discover.

Turks and Caicos Charter Companies

Okeanos Charters
Okeanos Charters is a private luxury charter, with custom adventures to the beautiful beaches, cays, and reefs that surround the Turks and Caicos. Discover paradise at your own pace.
Moana Charters
Moana Charters is a luxury private day charter company, based in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Discover amazing beaches, uninhabited cays, beautiful reefs, and much more.
Lady Grace
Lady Grace is an elegant 64 foot sailing catamaran, and features a full range of luxury amenities. Choose from private charters, sunset sails, snorkel adventures, and more.
Ocean Frontiers
Ocean Frontiers is a boutique and private eco-friendly charter that visits the incredible and secluded locations that make the Turks and Caicos such an amazing destination. Discover spectacular beaches, reefs, and sights aboard a luxurious 37-foot Axopar boat.
Big Blue Collective
Established in 1997, Big Blue Collective has spearheaded minimum impact ecotourism in the Turks and Caicos. Offers diving, kayaking, kiteboarding, paddle boarding, hiking and bike tours, snorkeling, and charter cruises.
Caribbean Cruisin'
Located at Heaving Down rock Marina on the east end of Providenciales, Caribbean Cruisin' is the primary passenger ferry service operator in the country, with routes from Providenciales to North and South Caicos. They also provide Jet ski rentals and tours, boat charters and excursion, and water sports.
Ocean Outback Adventures
Ocean Outback Adventures offers fun cruises to the scenic West Harbour Bluff area of Providenciales on a comfortable and stable 40' catamaran that has a slide, trampoline, swing, and jumping board. Complimentary drinks, rum punch, and snacks. Exciting for all ages!
Sail Beluga
Built by its current captain in 1982, the Beluga is a 40-foot Polynesian-style catamaran. Several different cruises are available, including visits to the spectacular beaches of the uninhabited Caicos Cays, snorkeling cruises, and the ever popular sunset sails.
My Time Tours
Discover the Turks and Caicos your way! My Time Tours is small local boat charter and tour business, and features custom private boat tours, island drop-offs in the Caicos Cays, and clear kayak eco-tours.
Las Brisas Chalk Sound Tours
Discover the incredible turquoise hues and sights of Chalk Sound National Park on Las Brisas Restaurant’s boat tour – a favorite attraction for decades. Choose from mid-day snorkeling adventures and evening sunset cruises. Las Brisas is located on the waters of Chalk Sound and quite close to Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay. Kayak and paddle board rentals are also available.