Turks and Caicos offers award-winning family adventures along with its pristine, white-sand beaches and warm turquoise water. Considered one of the most family-friendly islands in the Caribbean, there is something to thrill very young children as well as to challenge teenagers.
The Thrill of a Lifetime
The Undersea Explorer is a semi-submarine ride that gives the very young and the young-at-heart an up-close-and-personal look at some of the most beautiful coral reef, fish and turtles on the islands. Along the way, you will see a real mermaid while you sit in air-conditioned comfort in front of your own viewing window. This is an award-winning adventure that young children will want to experience more than once.
For children 10 years and older, there are scuba diving lessons available in many places as well as parasailing and kiteboarding. For those looking for an activity that is a little less challenging, there is stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. You can explore the shores of Providenciales in a kayak and take an eco-tour to see mangrove channels, shallow waters teaming with marine life and much more. These adventures can be customized according to the ages and interests of the people in your group.
If you travel from late December to late March, you’ll see the annual Humpback whale migration. This is one of the highlights of the year and definitely qualifies as one of the top adventures on the islands.
Unlimited Water Sports
The most popular water sports may be scuba diving and snorkeling because they allow you to see the alternate universe that exists under the surface of the crystal-clear water. However, there is something new that does not require certification, but takes you deeper than snorkeling. Called snuba, it is easy to learn and allows you to go to a depth of about 20 feet.
A variety of fishing is available including bone fishing on the flats, bottom fishing for barracuda, grouper and snapper and deep-sea fishing or trolling for wahoo, tuna, mahi-mahi and marlin. All of the equipment you need will be provided. This is suitable for novices as well as those with experience.
Rent or charter a boat and create your own adventure on a private island. You can just cruise and visit several islands, swim, fish or snorkel. On some charters, drinks and snacks are provided.
Back on Land
Little Water Cay is also called Iguana Island. It is off the tip of Provo and the place where water iguanas live. The amazing animals are not afraid of humans, and your children will be able to get quite close.
There is nothing like horseback riding along the beach at sunset. If you are proficient at riding, you can ride along secluded beaches, and there are trained professionals to assist novices and riders of all abilities.
Another land adventure is spelunking on Middle Caicos. You start with a boat ride from Provo to North Caicos. You may stop along the way to snorkel on the barrier reef before you journey deep into the Earth to view stalactites and stalagmites, white owls, bats, limestone formations and other wonders. You will have a private guide who will explain everything in the conch bar caves.
Unforgettable Family Vacations
When you rent a villa or cottage on the beach, you will begin making a memorable vacation. Along with the amazing amenities available such as private swimming pools, fully equipped kitchens and much more, you will have room and entertainment for your whole family. You can fix most of your meals to save on food expenses, and with two, three and four bedroom villas available, each child can have his or her own room. Some villas have six or seven bedrooms, for extended families or groups traveling together.