Turks and Caicos Charter Itinerary
Turks and Caicos are the perfect charter destination for active guests
Offering wonderful diving and visiting peaceful, pristine beaches, a Turks and Caicos yacht charter is a welcoming escape to paradise for everyone. With waters simply overflowing with captivating dive sites and islands offering unique experiences, an itinerary encompassing these underwater delights and on land activities is guaranteed to impress.
This is a sample week-long itinerary for a Turks and Caicos yacht charter.
DAY 1: Providenciales
Known as the gateway to the Caicos Islands there is no surprise that Providenciales or Provo more affectionately, is the starting point for a foray into the Turks and Caicos. An ever-expanding island full of luxurious amenities including a golf course, casino, shopping centres and excellent restaurants, Provo is also home to an international airport and several marinas. This island has some of the very best snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean so for those who like to explore the world beneath the water, it is a must-see.
DAY 2: French Cay
Set sail south today across the Caicos Bank to French Cay which lies on the very edge of the Bank. You are sure to spot flocks of birds on this seabird colony including brown noddies, bridled terns, and ospreys. This Cay easily boasts some of the most amazing coral and marine life in the Turks and Caicos which makes it an absolute dream for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Molasses Reef is home to what is believed to be one of the oldest shipwrecks discovered in the New World.
DAY 3: Salt Cay
The western side of this far east cay boasts the best anchorages and although it is a fair sail from French Cay, it is well worth the time. Salt Cay is a naturalist’s delight and offers everything from bird watching to scuba diving.
DAY 4: Grand Turk
A true rural gem, Grand Turk can be found by cruising northeast a short while. Spend some leisurely time strolling the streets, visiting the museum and enjoying the Colonial spirit of this outpost where time seems to have almost stood still. In many Caribbean ports of call, lazy days on the beach have been replaced with active excursions such as ziplining, kayaking and hiking – or futile attempts to avoid gridlock in shopping and sightseeing areas. But there’s still a place for those who want to slow the pace of life. That place is Grand Turk, the capital of the Turks and Caicos.
That’s not to say that shore excursions on Grand Turk don’t run the gamut from horseback riding to fly fishing – and one of the biggest draws here is diving, with the islands lying along the third largest barrier reef in the world. But traffic is sparse, and with a population of less than 4,000, everybody really does know everybody else’s name.
DAY 5 – 7: Parrot Cay, Dellis Cay, Fort George Cay, Pine Cay and Water Cay
Your departure from Grand Turk will see you cross waters whose depths drop suddenly from 12 metres to 2,000 without notice. Underwater wall wonders such as this make for brilliant diving experiences. Why not don a snorkel and glide over the abyss for a thrill you are sure never to forget. If you sail during the winter season you are almost guaranteed to see pods of humpback whales heading south to their breeding grounds.
As you trace a path northwest back to Provo, stop at any of the invitingly picturesque cays which take your fancy. Pine Cay is a private island or grandeur luxury, while off Fort George Cay you can spy cannons from the old fort built here lying in about one metre of water. On Little Water Cay you can glimpse iguanas as big as rabbits scooting amongst the mangroves, while Parrot Cay is home to some of the Caribbean’s most luxurious spas and opulent resorts. Back on Provo, pay a visit to Leeward and Turtle Cove Marinas which are both small and uncrowded but satisfyingly scenic.