Dune Buggy Safari - Grand Turk Style
Duration: Half Day
If you are looking for action and adventure during your holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands, a dune buggy safari is a unique way to do some sightseeing. This exhilarating excursion will enable you to discover the natural beauty and wildlife of Grand Turk, the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, as you explore the coastline on your very own wheels. This small island is bursting with turn-of-the-century Caribbean charm and natural treasures, so sit back and enjoy the ride.
After a short orientation and safety briefing from your experienced guide, put your helmet on and climb behind the wheel of your very own purpose built, tubular frame sand dune buggy for an off-road adventure around Grand Turk, the largest of the Turk Islands. Your route starts by heading down narrow tracks, past sugary white sandy beaches and rocky coastline, to the south-east side of the island. This is a wonderful opportunity to take in the scenic coastal beauty of Grand Turk, particularly once you reach the bluff at Gun Hill where you can enjoy incredible views of Gibb's Cay and several other small, uninhabited islands scattered across the sparkling Atlantic Ocean.
We then continue onwards to the famous John Glenn's Capsule, located at the entrance to the international airport, which crashed down from space in Grand Turk’s waters in 1962. We soon drive past the island’s Salinas (natural salt ponds), which were used to extract salt in its natural form during the Turks and Caicos’ booming salt trade in the late 17th and 18th centuries, before making our way to the charming little city of Cockburn Town, the administrative and political capital of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Here you can gain a brief insight into the island’s cultural heritage as you pass historic 18th and 19th century landmarks and picturesque, Bermudan-style colonial buildings that reflect the wealth of the island’s salt era.
Our next stop on the tour is North Wells, which we enter via our buggies through a narrow sand track. Driving past North Creek, a long salt-water bay at the north end of Grand Turk, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the island’s endangered pink flamingos fishing in the Salinas, as well as other endemic birds such as ospreys, sand pipers and pelicans. We are also likely to pass indigenous wild horses on our journey, many of which roam free on the island.
Reaching the northern tip of Grand Turk, enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from the rocky cliffs above. From here we will take a short nature walk along the beautiful, rugged coastline, where you will hopefully catch a glimpse of the humpback whales that migrate between February and March. Jumping back into our buggies once again, we drive back along the east coast to the cruise ship pier, where you will be transferred back to your hotel. This unforgettable island adventure is an experience not to be missed.
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