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70+ 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.

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 in Chalk Sound National Park and Leeward Going Through. Hire or choose from a range of eco-tours.

Kayak Sailing

Kayak sailing integrates the wind power of a sail with paddling a kayak to cover more distance without expending more energy.

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, luxurious, and complete with a boat captain, snorkel 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, surrounded by 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.

SeaDoo Scooter Tours

Tours offer either sixty minutes of wave surfing with a sea scooter, or snorkel scooter adventure to the reefs.

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 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. Rentals and tours available.

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.

Jet Ski Guided Tours

Enjoy a guided tour on a jet ski along the south side of the island with Sun and Fun, stopping over at the popular local restaurant Bugaloo’s..

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 TCI’s archipelago is astounding, and here you can soak up the reef and identify its resident fish 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. Good old fashioned fun.

Water Skiing

There are some great flat-water spots for water-skiing. Instruction and hire available for age 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 the 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 your visit.

Mermaid Encounter

If you’ve ever wanted to see a reallife mermaid, you must come and meet Lynsea...

Swimming classes

The clear, warm, turquoise waters give ideal conditions for kids to gain confidence in the water.

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.

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

A high number of homeless dogs led to the launch of a rescue centre in The Saltmills. You can take a puppy to the beach for a walk.

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.

Mountain Bike Safaris

A relaxing nature biking experience. Observe pink flamingoes feeding in the marsh as you cycle and enjoy the outdoors.

Vespa Scooter Tours

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

ATV / Buggy Adventures

An outback adventure exploring Provo’s off-road terrain including the beautiful Pirate’s Cove.

Discovery Tour to North & Middle Caicos

Your day includes a TCI Ferry Boat ride and a guide to the main attractions such as the Conch Bar Caves on Middle, Cottage Pond and Wades Green Plantation on North.

Cycling

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

Squash

Graceway Sports Centre houses the only squash courts on the island. Courts come equipped with air-ride wood flooring, air conditioning maintained.

Tennis

There are multiple tennis courts dotted around the island set in tropical and tranquil locations. Located at most resorts, some villas, courts and lessons at the Provo Golf Club.

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.

Hiking Tours

A hiking tour is a great way to enjoy TCI’s beautiful nature trails.

Segways

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

Spas

Spas offer a vast array of treatments and regimes to help you unwind. Call to enquire.

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, Le Vele Plaza 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, Iguana Island lies just 400 metres from Providenciales, and is prime isolated habitat for indigenous rock iguanas.

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

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 at shedding 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 The Junkanoo Museum on Old Airport Road, teaches you to how to make traditional costumes and instruments, and hosts daily shows of this colourful, high-energy dance.

Full coverage of restaurants on page 96. Contact details for most activities are found in the directory pages 165-166.
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