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party boat excursion off of Grace Bay Cruising off of Grace Bay Beach.

Boat Cruises and Charters

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 unrivalled 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 snorkelling, stops on secluded beaches, 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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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

southern brown stingray (Dasyatis americana) in the Turks and Caicos
Snorkelling 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 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.

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.

Pickup and Transport

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.

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.