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65+ Things To Do On Providenciales

ON WATER

Snuba

Fusing snorkelling and scuba diving into one aquatic whole, Snuba gives non-certified divers the chance to explore the island’s coral reefs from greater depths.

Discover Scuba Diving

DSD is an introductory course to diving. No certification is gained, but it’s a brilliant way to test-drive the sport.

Scuba Diving

Dive enthusiasts gather from all over the world to come and explore the world-class dive sites here, largely because of one distinct draw; a 7,000-foot sheer drop off to the deep...

Snorkelling

A lens into the life below, snorkelling the coral reefs here is hugely popular, with many reefs lying just metres off the shoreline. Opportunities to snorkel at night allow you to encounter many luminescent critters not in view come daylight.

Freediving

Freediving is a form of underwater diving focused on holding your breath instead of using breathing apparatus such as scuba gear.

Kiteboarding

Trade winds and shallow waters render Long Bay Beach a mecca for kiteboarders from around the globe

Sailing

Sailing is a peaceful way to explore the waters and abundant cays. Take lessons on a Hobie Cat, enjoy a group snorkel, sail or sunset cruise, or even charter a private luxury sailboat, complete with gourmet snacks, caviar and champagne.

Parasailing

Being towed behind a boat, connected to a parasail kite 500 feet above the water, overlooking the island’s coast. What’s not to like?

Wakeboarding

Combining surfing and water-skiing, wakeboarding involves being towed behind a boat with your feet attached to a board while riding in its wake. Lessons and rentals available.

Kayaking

Kayaking is a great way to access the island’s abundant mangroves and cays, with prime paddling spots being Chalk Sound National Park and Leeward Going Through. Either hire or choose from a range of eco-tours.

Kayak Sailing

Kayak sailing integrates the wind power of a sail with paddling a kayak so further distances can be reached without expending more energy than you have.

Fishing

For the fishing-inclined, charter types are varied and vast. Deep-sea fishing, bottom and reef fishing, as well as bonefishing, cater to the excellent variety of fish posed by shallow waters and proximity to the deep sea

Luxury Boat Charters

Boat charters open up an entirely new way to see the island. Private, luxury charters include a boat captain and snorkelling gear, with many catering to a range of custom requirements, from gourmet food to beach BBQs.

Southside Excursions: Caicos Banks

Excursions give access to fantastic spots for exploration and snorkelling, around the stunning turquoise waters of the Caicos Banks.

Beach Cruises/Snorkel Tours

Visiting the string of cays between Providenciales and North Caicos, a typical cruise visits Little Water Cay and its resident Iguanas, Half Moon Bay and Fort George Cay, with snorkelling. The full day version may include a beach BBQ.

Secluded Island Drop-offs

Be whisked away to a secluded island by boat, which drops you off on a remote beach with a pair of beach chairs, a parasol and a cooler full of treats. A truly romantic way to spend a day in paradise, or a fun option for a group of friends or family.

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Paddling standing up means you don’t only get a core workout, but a stellar vantage point from which to observe marine life below.

Jet Skiing / PWC

Jet skis, also known as personal watercrafts (PWC), allow access to shallow coastal waters and are available through rentals and guided tours. A fun, fast way to explore the cays between here and North Caicos and the southside of Providenciales.

Small Boat Rentals

Approximately two thirds of the Turks and Caicos Islands consist of shallow water, where small boats can gain access to areas that bigger boats can’t reach. Small boats range from 20-23’ with Sun and Fun Seasports, to 16’ and 22’ boats from Ocean Outback.

Flyboarding

Flyboarding works by standing on a board connected to a hose, where water is powered underneath your feet to thrust you up into the air.

Cliff Jumping

There are just a few spots dotted around the island for cliff jumping.

Undersea Explorer Semi-Submersible

The rich density of coral reefs in this country’s archipelago is astounding, and with the help of a certain semisubmersible, you can soak up the reef and have its resident fish identified for you without getting wet.

Chalk Sound Pontoon Boat

A private cruise takes you around the serene Chalk Sound National Park, prized for its large natural lagoon of stunning turquoise shallow water, interspersed with hundreds of small rocky islands.

Tubing

An inflatable is towed behind a boat at speed, a fun activity for kids and adults alike.

Water Skiing

There are some great sheltered flatwater spots for water-skiing with watersport operators offering instruction and hire for ages eight and above. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the barefoot water-skiing.

Whale Watching

Between January and late March, an estimated 3,000-5,000 Humpback Whales migrate through the Silver Bank waters, marking one of the most phenomenal natural events to pass by the TCI shores.

Ferry to North Caicos

Whether you want to go for the day, night, or just to enjoy journey, the passenger ferry is a fun boat that passes numerous cays along the way.

WATER BABIES

Kids Club

The highly acclaimed Surfside Ocean Academy is an innovative program with several ways to keep your kids busy and happy during the holidays.

Mermaid Encounter

If you’ve wanted to see a real-life mermaid, you must meet Lynsea.

Swimming classes

The clear, warm, turquoise waters give ideal conditions for kids to gain confidence in the water. Classes for children three and up are offered.

Play Land

For fun inland, this indoor playground has slides, a ball pit and plenty of apparatus to keep the kids entertained. Located upstairs in The Regent Village unit D204.

ON LAND

Provo Golf Club

An 18-hole championship course interspersing lakes, fairways and outcroppings within a tranquil setting.

Metal Detecting

Jewellery that is lost on the beach, ocean and canals, successfully found.

Resort Day Passes

Day and night passes are available to Beaches Resort & Spa and Club Med Turkoise, giving access to a great selection of facilities, from on-site bars, excellently situated restaurants, to luxurious pools and entertainment.

Horseback Riding

Pony and horseback riding is available on back roads and the beach, offering a fun way to take stock of island views. Suitable for ages six and up, with group and private rides available.

Potcake Place Puppies

Our high number of homeless dogs led to the formation of a rescue centre in The Saltmills providing TLC. Take a puppy for a walk on the beach, with everything you need provided.

TCI Safari Tours

The ‘Land Tour’ includes visiting hotspots such as Pelican Beach, Long Bay, The Hole, Blue Mountain, Da Conch Shack Restaurant and Sapodilla Bay.

Vespa Scooter Tours

Scooters are a fun way to explore the island in these sunny climes. Tours and rentals available.

Ride TCI: V-Twin Motorcycle Tour

Experiencing the island from a vantage point of two wheels is arguably one of, if not the, best way to become familiar with a place.

Cycling

Bikes are available at bicycle rental companies and we have a bicycle club. Many resorts offer bicycles for use by their guests. Please do ride with caution

Tennis

There are multiple tennis courts dotted around the island set in tropical and tranquil locations. Ask your concierge for information.

Volleyball

This classic beach sport is a great way to catch some rays while catching some exercise. Volleyball nets are set up sporadically along the Grace Bay strip.

Bocce ball

Bocce ball have courts scattered around the island in various resorts. Ask your concierge for information on locations.

Segways

A fleet of 20 Segways are available to rent from Grace Bay Car Rentals.

Spas

When the time comes for some horizontal R&R, spas offer a vast array of treatments and regimes to help you unwind. Massages, hot stone therapy, aromatherpy and many other treatments are on offer.

Fitness

From gyms, cross fit, boxing, basketball and soccer, to pilates and yoga, you name it, the island’s got it.

Casinos

Everything a casino-inclined heart could want: Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Caribbean progressive poker, Texas Hold’em and slot machines.

ART

Studios & Galleries

For your art and craft fix, main studios and galleries on the island include Driftwood Studio, Atelys Adrian Jewellery, Art Provo, Making Waves Studio and Paradise Arts.

‘Corks & Canvas’ Evening

An evening of art with Lucie Stubbs at Driftwood Studios. Bring along your drink of choice, and learn techniques in colour, blending and brushstrokes.

Local Souvenirs

The main shopping areas on Providenciales are: Caicos Café Plaza, The Saltmills, Ports of Call, The Regent Village and TCI Culture & Craft Market.

CULTURE

FOOD, DRINK & MUSIC Fish Fry

Merging local food, Junkanoo dancing, rum-filled coconuts, Caribbean music and local craft artisans into one tropical whole, the weekly Fish Fry brings Caribbean culture to the Bight Park every Thursday evening.

Turk’s Head Brewery

All hail hops! The brewery for the country’s native beer is now equipped with a tasting room. Beer tastings and brewery tours are available weekdays, three times daily.

Taste Of TCI Food Tour

Taste of TCI handpicks the best in native food and packs it into a three hour tasting tour. Side dishes include a bit of history and culture from knowledgeable guides.

NATURE

Caicos Conch Farm Caicos Conch Farm is the only commercial conch farm in the world, cultivating thousands of Caribbean Queen Conch every year. Tours available. The on-site shop sells queen conch shells.

Bird Watching

Herons, hummingbirds, pelicans, bananaquits; the bird watching here is fantastic. Head to Northwest Point National Park for coastal bird watching, West Harbour Bluff for white tailed tropic birds, and Frenchman's Creek coastline for birds from egrets to ospreys.

Iguana Island

Officially known as Little Water Cay, and lying just 400 metres from Providenciales, is a charming isolated habitat prime for indigenous rock iguanas to live.

Glow-worm Tours

Three to six nights after the full moon, the stunning bioluminescent glow-worms bring flashes of light to the water’s surface, resembling a starry sky. Glow-worm cruises offer the chance to enjoy the sunset, before watching this natural spectacle come to life 15 minutes later.

HERITAGE

George Wilson Museum

In Regent Village, a fascinating collection of original goods, tools and crafts that depict the lifestyle and industry of TCI’s past.

Providenciales National Museum

A quaint, centrally located museum in Grace Bay Village.

Caicos Heritage House

A nod to island tradition, Caicos Heritage House is next door to the museum. The architecture depicts a typical Caicos dwelling, aimed to shed light on the very roots that grounded today’s island culture.

Cheshire Hall Loyalist Plantation

The ruins of this 18th century plantation are well maintained by the National Trust, with landscaped paths. The site is open from Monday to Friday with guided tours available.

Sapodilla Hill Carvings

Fascinating rock carvings show messages dating back to the 1650s, from shipwrecked sailors to centuries of travellers.

Bird Rock Point: Heritage Field Road Trail

To the southeast on Providenciales, is Bird Rock Point, marking a 1.3-mile walking trail rich in coastal coppice vegetation, birds and mangrove communities.

Coral Encrusted Cannons at Fort George Cay

A boat charter from Providenciales to Fort George Cay allows visitors to explore coral encrusted cannons nestled in the shallows. The cannons were once poised to protect the Loyalist settlements.

Junkanoo Museum

Launched in December 2016, the Junkanoo Museum, located on Old Airport Road, offers the chance to learn how to make the traditional costumes and instruments, as well as hosting daily shows of this colourful, high-energy dance. ??

See from page 104 for full coverage on restaurants, reviews and special weekly nights. Contact details for each activity are found on the directory pages 173-174.
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