BOAT TRIPS AND TOURS FROM SOUTH CAICOS

WHETHER VISITING SOUTH CAICOS FOR THE DAY OR STAYING ON SOUTH CAICOS, THERE ARE SEVERAL EXCITING BOAT TOURS AVAILABLE ON AND AROUND THE ISLAND:

house in Cockburn Harbour South Caicos

COCKBURN HARBOUR LAND & SEA TOUR

MORNING: A classic South Caicos visit includes a boat trip to Long Cay and Dove Cay, which mark the easterly approach into Cockburn Harbour. The reefs here teem with life, although currents and waves can be strong.

At the right time, this area serves up some of the best snorkelling in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The sheltered beach on Long Cay provides a great pit-stop and a short walk to the top of the cay offers awesome panoramic views and plenty of indigenous rock iguanas to keep you company. Reefs at the southern end of Long Cay also offer an alternative and exciting snorkel location.

  • Time: 3 hours
  • Price: $575
  • Capacity: 5

LUNCH: Enjoy the food and hospitality at Darryl’s Sunset Bar and Grill in Cockburn Harbor or drive over to the at the modern East Bay Resort. Lunch is at guests’ expense.

AFTERNOON: Take a stroll through the historical old town. Despite the ramshackle nature of some the dwellings, the Bermudian architecture of the vibrant salt raking era still shines through. There is an unmistakable charm to the sleepy, walled lined streets of Cockburn Harbour. Flanked on either side by the salt ponds and the turquoise waters, this is a delightful part of a South Caicos visit. There are numerous species of birds in and around the ponds including the wonderfully pink Great Flamingo and the Black Necked Stilts. Birdwatching is a popular pursuit in South Caicos.

  • Time: 2 hours
  • Price: $225
  • Capacity: 5

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MCCARTNEY CAY BOAT ADVENTURE

McCartney Cay is the most northerly in a series of beautiful small cays that lie between South Caicos and East Caicos. Good weather and sea conditions are preferable as you take a memorable boat journey along the coast.

Visit some beautiful beaches and sand bars, observe the ospreys stationed atop the cliffs and looks for eagle rays and turtles gliding through the channels.  Also explore the expansive and vibrant mangrove wetlands on the protected lee side of the islands where good bird watching continues.

The shallow tidal channel that separates the northern tip of McCartney Cay from East Caicos is truly mesmerizing and one of the highlights of the trip. This uninhabited region can feels like the wild side of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The area can be enjoyed as either a half-day or full-day adventure. It is also possible to combine McCartney Cay and

  • Time: 3hrs or 6hrs
  • Price: $695 or $995 respectively
  • Capacity: 5
  • Lunch: picnic or beach BBQ on full-day trips

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Protected beaches at Fish Cays

LITTLE AMBERGRIS CAY & FISH CAYS

Heading south from South Caicos along the eastern boundary of the Caicos Banks lies the small but spectacular island of Fish Cays. The rocky and exposed outcrop hosts a healthy population of rock iguanas and the unique Turk’s Head cacti.

Strong soled shoes or sandals are essential to wander the interior which includes sharp rocks and thorns.

On the leeward side of the island, three small white sand coves provide easy access on and off the island as well as a great swimming location. Turtle tracks can be found on the island making where they come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand.

A short journey further south is Big Ambergris Cay which hosts a small resort and private homes. Little Ambergris Cay is a nature reserve that lies to the west. The exterior of the beautiful island is mostly comprised of beaches that are interspersed with attractive channels. These channels provide access into the interior wetlands where the waters flow in and out with the tides.

The boat journey to Fish Cay and Little Ambergris Cay is quite exposed to the east. It is only recommended during reasonable conditions.

  • Time: 6-7hrs
  • Price: $1,295
  • Capacity: 4
  • Lunch: beach picnic

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turquoise waters at Joe Grant's Cay

JOE GRANT'S CAY AND EAST CAICOS ADVENTURE

It is a longer, but worthwhile boat journey to explore Joe Grant’s Cay and East Caicos via the Windward-Going-Through. It takes about 60 minutes each way. This shallow water route must be navigated at the right tide but the final approach up the channel to Cedar Point is nothing short of spectacular.

Spend the day exploring the uninhabited coastline including the endless beaches, snorkel reefs and scattered ruins found in this area. It will be an unforgettable adventure.

  • Time: 7-8 hours
  • Lunch: beach picnic
  • Price: $1,295
  • Capacity: 5

 

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