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KAYAKING

Island Eco Tours, Activities in Turks & Caicos


The formation of the sedimentary Turks and Caicos produced a large intertidal zone amongst the islands and cays, and along their southern edge. This sometimes submerged area is the preferred home of the highly adapted red and black mangrove trees that in turn provide an amazing habitat for both marine and bird life. Big Blue has been exploring these areas in a responsible manner for over ten years, introducing guests to the coastal ecology and oceanic nurseries that are accessible only by non-motorized means.

Guests can expect to encounter a variety of juvenile fish including Lemon Sharks, Checkered Pufferfish, snappers, Sergeant Majors, Bonefish, Needlefish and much more. Young conch will utilize the prop roots of the red mangrove tree as a form of protection. Herons, Egrets, American Oystercatchers, and the national bird of the Turks and Caicos, the Brown Pelican all feed here.

In addition to the shallow mangrove laden areas the Caicos Islands are a kayaker's delight. The turquoise waters and interlinking cays and islands allow for beautiful and often protected paddling grounds. Experienced and aspiring kayakers can stretch their legs and explore for days. Big Blue Unlimited can set up a series of day trips or multi-day expeditions with options for accommodation on the outer islands or camping on the beach. Adventurous paddlers can ask about pre-dawn bird watching, overnight camping, and the opportunity to take part in a full day, guided kayak trip along the coast of the Caicos Cays and Islands

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Kayak Eco-Tour

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Big Blue's most popular trip is an excellent introduction to the geography and ecology of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Start with a briefing from one of the knowledgeable guides before setting off into the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve on a single or tandem kayak. The trip is suitable for the whole family and beginners are welcome. The triangular route takes you into some vibrant mangrove channels, over to Little Water Cay for a tour of the iguana sanctuary, and onto a spectacular beach for a relaxing swim and a walk. Learn about the marine, bird and plant life that you encounter.


Kayak Eco-tour Time Adults Kids <12 Kids <5
1/2-day 4hrs $115 $75 $35

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Snorkel and Kayak Adventure

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Kayak Eco-tour Time Adults Kids <12
1/2-day 6hrs $225 $145

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Custom Kayak Adventures

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The Turks and Caicos Islands offer the avid kayaker a wide range of areas to explore. Using boats and trailers, the kayaks can be transported across the archipelago to begin paddling almost anywhere. Utilize Big Blue's expertize to explore off the beaten path into the wilderness of the remote cays, mangroves and tidal creeks. Many of these kayak destinations are also suitable for SUPs (paddle distances can be modified as required), and can be extended into a multi-day inn-to-inn style expedition. Please contact Big Blue for more information.

Frenchman's Creek Nature Reserve

This inter-tidal and inland waterway on the west end of Provo is a rich and vital ecosystem, supporting life on the reef a few miles away and is a breeding ground for herons, pelicans, and terns. The narrow mangrove channels open up onto spectacular beaches where a picnic lunch and shallow snorkeling can be enjoyed. A custom adventure to this side of the island can also be combined with snorkeling, diving, paddling and a trip over to West Caicos.

Caicos Cays

This is a simple and cost effective way to open up those paddling arms and see some beautiful territory. The Cays stretch away from Big Blue's base at Leeward and run all the way up to North Caicos (approximately 10 miles). You can paddle on either side of the islands and gauge the route according to tide and wind direction. The east (Caicos Banks side) is shallow and includes more mangroves. The west side is deeper and runs along the beaches and reefs. There are numerous places where you can cross over between the two and complete a circumnavigation to suit your abilities and endurance. Guided or self-guided.

Wilderness Kayaking

For a true wilderness experience in an internationally protected wetlands habitat travel by boat to the southern side of the Caicos Islands. Transfer into kayaks and start exploring a labyrinth of interconnecting mangrove channels that offer countless possible routes. Look for bird and marine life along the way including the beautiful reddish egrets and skittish pink flamingos and although the marine life is generally small, dolphins have been spotted at the mouths of the channels. Enjoy the solitude and adventure as you wind your way through this unique environment. With some simple modifications to our boats we're now able to transport up to 6 paddlers to join us on these exciting adventures into the interior wilderness A custom adventure can also be extended to include some snorkeling on the reef and cruising along the beaches and cays. Snacks and picnic lunch provided.

Bottle Creek/East Bay Cays Nature Reserve

This spectacular and rarely visited area lies between the large Islands of North and Middle Caicos. It is made up of several cays with long sandy beaches on their windward side and shallow mangrove channels adjacent to Bottle Creek on the other. It can be accessed from either island and circumnavigated if desired. Guided or Self-Guided.

Middle & East Caicos

The best place to launch on Middle Caicos is at the boat ramp in the small village of Lorimers. The creeks here connect out to the Windward-Going-Through and onto the beautiful waters on the east side of the island. There are some truly spectacular beaches, sand bars, and small islands in this area including Joe Grant's Cay and on a long day trip you can push around the point to East Caicos and the old plantation settlement of Jacksonville. Better still take 2-3 days to explore this uninhabited region of the Caicos Islands and experience an unforgettable adventure equipped with a tent and cooker.

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Wilderness Kayak Safari

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Wilderness Kayak Safari Time Adults Kids <12
1/2-day 6hrs $195 $145

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Kayak Rentals

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  Model Hour 1/2 Day Full-Day 3+ days
Kayaks Single $15 $45 $70 $50
Kayaks Tandem $20 $60 $90 $65

  • All kayaks are available for rent by the hour, day or week
  • Explore the waters and islands in the Nature Reserve your own pace
  • Maps and dry bags provided
  • Kayaks can also be delivered to your rental villa

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