If you love messing about on and occasionally in the water, you may want to head to the Turks and Caicos islands as there’s always a lot on offer here. One of the very first things you need to do is book your Turks and Caicos vacation rentals so you can get a villa close to the beach should you wish. Then it’s time to plan your activities and get ready to have an amazing time in this incredible part of the world.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Also known as ‘SUP’ and Stand-up paddle surfing’, this water sport is growing increasingly popular, and more and more visitors are giving it a try. The good news is you don’t need to be a paddle board expert to give this sport a try. Simply stand on a large surf-style board, and paddle using a single-bladed paddle.
If the wind is calm, and the waters are settled, why not try your hand at this water sport and spot the local sea life in the mangrove wetlands and marshes in and around Providenciales.
If you like your life on the water to be full of adrenaline, you may want to enjoy a bit of jet skiing. Costing approximately 100 dollars for 30 minutes of fun, you will have the chance to come up close and personal to the La Famille Express, a freighter wreck that has been a popular destination since 2008 after Hurricane Hanna and Hurricane Ike grounded it.
Please note that when it’s windy the area is often full of kiteboarders, so you may want to avoid the wreckage. But don’t worry, there is a lot more to see, such as:
- Turtle Tail Beach, a quiet and scenic beach
- Dick Penn Cays and its limestone ironshore with salt-resistant vegetation
- Bristol Cay and the limestone ironshore
- Bird Egg Cays, which is made up of rocks and covers just half an acre
Although you may not be able to go ashore, the cays are ideal for exploring from your jet ski and make your time on the water even more exciting.
Freediving is quite the experience and although it is not a safe activity if you don’t have the right knowledge when you do it could be one of the most amazing things you’ll ever do. An incredible way to explore the stunning local marine environment, and the ocean that is perhaps more beautiful than any other ocean. Dive into the deep blue sea and reach depths of 35 to 45 feet.
There are quite a few water sports operators in the Turks and Caicos Islands, so look out for one that offers you the chance to dive freely after they have taught you a few safety practices so you can dive without worry.
Although it’s not always easy to predict the weather conditions if you love to surf you need to head to the Turks and Caicos islands as they offer spectacular waves. Make your way to Leeward Beach if you want to surf on a beach that has a sandy bottom. However, you should be aware that the waves are not always very big here, but they could be ideal if you’re new to surfing, or you want to practice a few moves on smaller waves.
If you like to surf as much as you can then you may want to head to this part of the world during the winter months. This is because the conditions are usually so much better for surfing. The great news is if you have your own surfboard all you need to do is turn up to the north or west coast of Providenciales and ask the local water sports operators where the best places to surf are.
If you would like to visit the islands during the summer months you may not get the waves that you wanted, although having said that the waves can be quite smooth and last a long time.
A very new and undoubtedly exciting water sport, flyboarding really needs to be experienced by sports lovers. The equipment used consists of either a hoverboard, shoulder or boot-mounted propulsion pack. The pack works by diverting the flow of water that’s made its way through the propulsion system (That’s powered by a jet ski) and through to a hose-like set up that you wear. The water is then forced out, and it’s this force that can lift you as much as 30 feet into the air.
As amazing as this sport sounds, you will undoubtedly need a bit of practice before you get to grips with flyboarding. Use your body to control the direction you’re travelling in, and while you’re there, why not attempt a few dives or loops? It’s a lot of fun.
Head to the Leeward Channel which is located in Providenciales, and enjoy spending a bit of time above and perhaps occasionally in the stunning blue waters. Please note that flyboarding is not permitted in any part of the Princess Alexandra National Park, but there is plenty of sea around Providenciales so finding a spot will not be an issue.
As you can see, the Turks and Caicos islands are ideal for water sports lovers of all levels of skill and experience. Why not take up a spot of stand-up paddle boarding, jet skiing, exhilarating free diving, big wave surfing or the new-to-the-table flyboarding, you know you want to!