Paddleboarding the channels of Mangrove Cay.
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Mangrove Cay

Turks and Caicos
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This scenic mangrove island is the easiest to access wetland paddling spot on Providenciales. An excellent place for kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.
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Mangrove Cay, Turks and Caicos
Channels and paddleboards at Mangrove Cay.

Mangrove Cay is a small 286-acre (116-hectare) uninhabited island located close off the northeastern end of Providenciales. Mangrove Cay, along with Donna Cay and Little Water Cay, make up the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve inside the Princess Alexandra National Park.

As the island’s name may suggest, almost the entirety of the center of Mangrove Cay consists of red mangroves (Rhizophora mangle). Small and narrow dunes environments line much of the cay’s coast.

Protected Status

As a nature reserve, it’s prohibited to fish, collect conch or lobster, or take any natural or historical object from Mangrove Cay. Likewise, it’s illegal to disturb wildlife.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding

An aerial view of Mangrove Cay.

Mangrove Cay, largely due to its close proximity to Providenciales, is one of the most popular kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding locations in the Turks and Caicos.

Shallow and scenic tidal channels enter the cay in several places, and wind their way for thousands of feet. There’s even a shipwreck hidden down one of the channels!

Many shallow channels wind their way through the cay, and these waterways are the most popular spots for eco-kayaking and paddleboarding in the country.

The Mangrove Cay area is an excellent location for all experience levels of paddlers. There are sights within easy access of Providenciales, as well as worthwhile longer routes out to Half Moon Bay, Little Water Cay, and Donna Cay as well.

The luxury Blue Haven Marina, often hosting impressive yachts from around the world, is located in Leeward Going Through channel nearby, and offers additional interesting sights.

Tours and Equipment Rental

Premier eco-tour company Big Blue Collective is located directly adjacent to Mangrove Cay, and offers guided tours, as well as rentals of single and tandem kayaks and paddleboards.


Mangrove Cay is a haven for marine and bird wildlife. In the channels and shallows surrounding the cay, it’s common to sight juvenile lemon sharks and nurse sharks, small turtles, conch, southern brown stingrays, starfish, and many types of juvenile fish. The sheltering and complex root systems of the larger mangrove trees often hide schools of tiny fish.

Birdwatching is also great, and sightings include brown pelicans, green herons, tricolored herons, reddish egrets, and American oystercatchers.

Turks and Caicos Islands Rock Iguanas

One of the better-known endemic animals in the Turks and Caicos is our unique Turks and Caicos Islands Rock Iguana (Cyclura carinata), a large and docile lizard. A small amount of sandy ground can be found on the north and southeast edges of Mangrove Cay, and these dunes support small populations of the indigenous iguanas.

Turks and Caicos Rock iguanas can be found on several of the uninhabited cays in the Turks and Caicos, and a visit to Mangrove Cay or Donna Cay offers an all-too-rare chance to see a critically endangered animal in its natural habitat.

Tour Companies

Mako Watersports
Mako Watersports is a jet ski, SUP eco-tour, and wakesports rental company located in the picturesque Leeward area of Providenciales. Visit amazing beaches, incredible turquoise waters, mangrove wetlands, the La Famille Express Shipwreck or get some breathtaking clear kayak photos.
Big Blue Collective
Mangrove Cay lies directly opposite to Big Blue Collective's headquarters in Leeward. They have been guiding and exploring this Cay and it's surroundings for the last 25 years. Without a shadow of a doubt, no one knows Mangrove Cay like Big Blue do. Their love and respect for this habitat is clear in every single tour they offer.
Rising Tide Tours
Rising Tide Tours features guided kayak and paddleboard eco-adventures to the mangrove wetlands and estuaries near Providenciales. Experience breathtaking crystal-clear water and see fish, birds, sharks, iguanas, turtles, conch, starfish, and much more.
Island Adventure TCI
Island Adventure TCI is a small and locally-owned eco-tour company that specializes in clear kayak wetland tours and private boat charters. Excursions are family-friendly, and are great for experiencing the natural beauty of the Turks and Caicos.
Turks Ventures
Turks Ventures is a small eco-tour, water sports, and boat charter based on Providenciales, with a focus on fun and interesting tours to many beautiful locations in the Turks and Caicos. Excursions include an economical water taxi service to Half Moon Bay, Little Water Cay, and the floating bars.