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Providenciales Boat Cruises and Charters

Turquoise Water, Secluded Beaches, and Pristine Reefs!

tour boat at Leeward Beach
A beach, BBQ and snorkeling cruise on Providenciales.

Next to relaxing at one of our incredible beaches, boat cruises and charters are the most popular activity on Providenciales, and a must-do. Most Turks and Caicos boat tours offer a great blend of perfect beaches, a pristine marine environment, our signature turquoise ocean water, and food, drinks and music.

Along with offering spectacular views of the Turks and Caicos ocean, excursions often include visits to the iguanas at Little Water Cay, and stops on the amazing beaches of Half Moon Bay, Water Cay, Pine Cay or Fort George Cay, and snorkeling.

Half Moon Bay, a beach that filled in between two islands, is a destination that the whole family will enjoy. The ocean and beach is great, our unique iguanas can be seen, and there’s a shallow lagoon to explore with interesting marine wildlife.

Depending on where you’re staying, cruises may either pick you up on the beach outside your hotel or resort (if you’re staying in Grace Bay), or (in some cases) offer free transport to and from your accommodation.

Excursions are typically half or full day activities. It varies by business, yet lunch is often include when the cruise spans the midday hours.

The uninhabited cays and islands in the Turks and Caicos are fun and fascinating to explore. There aren’t many uninhabited islands still remaining in the Caribbean, and discovering one of these gems makes for the perfect tropical vacation experience.

Most excursions can be booked as private boat charters, which is great for large groups and those looking for additional privacy and tranquility.

Snorkeling

Most Turks and Caicos boat charters include complimentary use of snorkeling equipment and often stop at snorkeling sites, but be aware that weather and ocean conditions can greatly affect your experience depending on the location. A dedicated snorkel or scuba diving excursion will typically provide the best underwater experience.

fish at the barrier reef near Leeward on Providenciales
Snorkeling from a boat cruise on the barrier reef of Providenciales.

Nearly all of the beach and BBQ cruises (the most popular type of cruise) head to the uninhabited Caicos cays to the east of Providenciales. There are definitely amazing snorkeling sites in this region, including the popular reef at Leeward Cut.

For those looking for the best underwater experience, consider selecting a dedicated snorkeling cruise. You’ll be more likely to visit the best sites that the conditions allow for.

Snorkeling adventures often visit the barrier reef that surrounds the Turks and Caicos, and this pristine system abounds with colorful fish and vibrant corals. The most popular barrier reef site is found at Leeward Cut, and on calm days this site offers plenty of marine wildlife to view. When offshore, a guide from the crew will typically lead snorkelers for safety.

Fishing

The best rod and line fishing is typically had away from the beach cruising spots, so fishing isn’t usually offered with the typical excursion.

Conch “fishing”, where conch is collected with snorkel gear, is often an activity on beach BBQ tours.

Sport fishing, especially in the case of bonefishing and deep sea fishing, is typically only offered on private charters.

Private Charter?

small powerboat and submerged cannons at Fort George Cay
32 pounder cannons at Fort Saint George, Turks and Caicos.

As is the case with most things in life, you generally get what you pay for. A private tour can cater to exactly what you’d like to do and will be less crowded. Shared boat cruises tend to have more of a “party vibe”.

For 2-5 passengers, a shared cruise will cost quite a bit less, yet private charters may be the perfect choice and less expensive for larger groups and families.

In most cases, a private charter is the only option if you want to do something other than the typical cruise to Little Water Cay and Half Moon Bay (amazing places to visit and by no means a poor choice!).

West Caicos is a good example. Due to the longer boat trip out, there are no scheduled tours to this beautiful island, yet there’s great coral and snorkeling, cliff jumping, and the abandoned Victorian-era Yankee Town historical site to explore.

Fort George Cay is another great adventure that’s a bit closer to Provo. On the west side of this island is a spectacular beach, and on the east side, you can snorkel and see late 1700s cannons in the ocean where Fort Saint George once stood.

Many of the boutique and charter vessels are a bit more interesting and appealing as well, and may be sailing catamarans or luxurious cruising yachts.

A custom yacht charter is a great choice if you’re staying on the private islands of Parrot Cay or Pine Cay, as the tour can start directly off the beach fronting your resort.

Businesses

clear ocean water and sand ridges at the beach on Little Water Cay
The spectacular sand and ocean at Little Water Cay.

There's a wide array of local businesses offering boat charters. Our various local excursion companies operate a wide variety of vessels, which includes small powerboats, sailboats, and luxury cabin cruisers. If you have a preference, inquire before you book.

Reservations and Booking

As with most activities and accommodations in the Turks and Caicos, you’ll typically get the best rates on boat trips by booking directly with the local tour company.

During the winter “ high season”, availability can be limited, so you may want to make a reservation a bit in advance.

Private boat charters typically have more stringent cancellation policies, especially when canceled with short notice.

Most boat tour companies are able to accommodate custom charters if requested, even if such trips are not advertised.

Charters that operate from a fixed location, such as Big Blue Collective at Leeward, often get out to the day’s activates in a more timely manner that excursions that pick up guests from the beach. It’s fun to meet the boat in front of your resort, yet it can take up valuable snorkeling and exploring time waiting for everyone.

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Turks and Caicos Boat 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.