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OCEAN OUTBACK ADVENTURE CRUISE Kayaking Sea Kayaking is popular around the world and the TCI is no exception. The usually calm waters of Grace Bay, the mangrove lined cays of Leeward Going Through, and Chalk Sound are popular paddling grounds. The wetlands of North Caicos are fabu-lous. Bottle Creek, between North and Middle Caicos, is also an excellent spot where you can hire a kayak customised for fishing to go after those wily bonefish. Bell Sound on South Caicos and the shallow banks between South and East Caicos are perfect for paddling. Solo and tandem kayaks are available for rent on every inhab-ited island, go with a group or on your own if you’re experienced. Luxury Boat Charters You could describe your island experience purely on what lies within the TCI’s land-locked parameters. But what about the coastal water landscape and surrounding cays? Cruising the ocean opens up an entirely new way to see the island, lending a new perspective of paradise to your peripherals. Enjoy cruising for two, or as a private group on large comfortable boats designed for your safety. Simply contact the concierge at your resort and they can assist you in making arrangements or call our tour operators directly. DO YOU HAVE JUST A BIT OF THAT PIONEERIN’ BLOOD IN YOU? HOW ABOUT THE LUST FOR A PIRATE’S LIFE -AT LEAST JUST FOR THE DAY? Well, Ocean Outback has the answer. Unlike many jaunts leaving tourism central at Grace Bay, Ocean Outback’s “Adventure Cruise” tour boat leaves from Sapodilla Bay to cruise the calm and pro-tected Caicos Banks. You leave civiliza-tion behind with the first stop being some spectaculor snorkelling in four to six feet of water. From there you head into shore past Osprey Rock. Perched out on this isolat-ed point is a family of ospreys keeping a watchful eye on all that passes by. You might also be lucky enough to spot migrating flamingos or the Long-tailed Birds of Paradise, a gull-type bird with foot-long tail feathers. South Side Excursions A sight often relished from the plane, the turquoise waters surrounding the south coast of Providenciales are what is known as the Caicos Banks. Large tidal flats give way to shallow water and rich sea life, before dropping approximately 7,000 ft. to the deep. Harder-to-get-to spots for snorkelling are accessible through excursions and custom charters. Snorkel/Beach Cruises When conditions permit, snorkelling tours can offer greater visibility, more varied coral formations, and a bigger range of sea life than onshore snorkelling. Ask the boat operator for the specific snorkelling areas you’ll explore before you book. Continued on page 74 70 • • • • • NOV/DEC/JAN/FEB 2017/2018 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands” The captain takes you ashore just past this point to explore a local pirate’s lair. In a nearby cave, you’ll see 300-year-old stone carvings linked to the island’s past. Pirates sailed these waters until the late 1700s, leaving their actual treasure maps etched into cave walls. Try your hand at deciphering the code. You’ll also see etchings left behind by shipwrecked sailors. The captain will fill you in on all of the details! Then take some time to chill out on Bonefish Point Beach, search for seashells and enjoy the seclusion of miles of beach per person. No cell phones, no watches necessary. Enjoy snacks with plenty of sodas and bottled water for all and (original recipe) rum punch for any sea dog who is so inclined! Added creature comforts? Two decks, one for shade; a bow ramp for easy beach access; restrooms on board; and it is a catamaran at that, so it’s more stable than any single-hulled vessel. The glass-bottom boat is also avail-able for private charters to the island of your choice. Enjoy Ocean Outback’s Adventure Cruise -649-333-0824 or 649-941-5810.

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