Kayaking and Canoeing in Turks and Caicos
Duration: Half Day
There are many adventurous ways to explore the Turks and Caicos Islands, both above and below its crystalline waters. If you want to combine the two, kayaking is a wonderful way to get close to nature whilst familiarising yourself with the coastal ecology of these paradise islands.
Located southeast of the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands are a cluster of approximately 40 islands and cays in the Atlantic Ocean. Boasting clear turquoise waters, world-class diving sites, dramatic coastline, diverse wildlife and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean.
Observing the native wildlife is a must during a holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and there are numerous ways to do this. The Princess Alexandra National Park is just one of the many nature reserves scattered throughout the islands. Covering 13 miles of protected beach along Providenciales Island’s north coast, this beautiful marine park is one of the best snorkelling spots in the Caribbean.
Aside from snorkelling, however, one of the best ways to explore its natural beauty is by kayak. As you paddle leisurely through the pristine waters and mangrove channels, you can gain a unique perspective of the island’s coastline whilst observing all sorts of wildlife species above and below the water’s surface. On this tour, we will observe a variety of birds and fish, and you may even be lucky enough to see turtles and sharks. Your experienced guide and marine biologist will point out the different species on your journey, and answer any questions you may have about the wildlife and island ecology.
We will also visit Little Water Cay on this tour, which is part of the Princess Alexandra National Park. This tiny, uninhabited island is a sanctuary to approximately 2000 of the rare and endangered Rock Iguanas. However, more than 50,000 of these endemic lizards can be found throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands, the healthiest and largest population in the Caribbean. This tour offers a unique opportunity for visitors to see the highest density of Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas in one place, without damaging their fragile habitat. Rock iguanas are the only land animals on this island, but ospreys and other bird species can also be spotted here.
Little Water Cay is a prime example of the Turks and Caicos Island’s successful attempts at encouraging tourism whilst protecting the native wildlife. This tour is a wonderful way to show your support whilst enjoying the natural beauty of the islands and their creatures − both on land and in the water.
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The tropical island nation of Turks and Caicos has become the fastest-growing tourist destination in the Caribbean. According to the State of The Industry Report 2016 released by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), the number of international visitor arrivals to the islands in 2016 totalled 453,612, which was a 17.5 per cent increase compared to the previous year.
Providenciales in Turks and Caicos has been declared the best island in the world by leading travel website TripAdvisor's annual Travellers' Choice Awards. The picturesque island climbed up from its No.2 ranking last year and knocked Ambergris Caye in Belize off its two-year-running top spot, and even out of the top 10.
A development agreement has been signed by the Turks and Caicos Islands government and Desarrollos Hotel Group for the construction of a brand new $224 million hotel, resort, casino and spa complex in Turks and Caicos. The resort will be situated the famous Grace Bay beach on the island of Providenciales and work is expected to commence this November.