Here is a List of the BEST Things To Do In Turks and Caicos
Snorkel with the Sting Rays or Go Fishing
If you are interested in getting out on the water, you may want to check out “Get on Board Water Sports” or “Papa J Tours” – both located at the Grand Turk Cruise Center and specializing in Gibbs Cay Snorkeling/Sting Ray Trips. Let their trained and experienced guide show you how to pet a stingray and find colorful reef fish and corals as you snorkel beautiful Caribbean waters. They also offer Island Hopping, Salt Cay Day Trips, Bottom-Fishing and Deep-Sea Fishing Tours, and Whale Watching.
For a super fun snorkel excursion, check out “Power Snorkel” – an exciting snorkel adventure with a high-tech spin where you will witness an amazing 7,000 foot drop off! Enjoy an Island tour through historic Grand Turk en route to one of the Islands beautiful white sand beaches. With an underwater propulsion unit in your hands, you can glide easily over the stunning coral reefs and soak in the natural beauty that surrounds you. You will explore reefs further from shore by simply touching the special magnetic button on the unit to go and releasing it to stop. There is an amazing variety of sea life, corals and the world famous 7,000 foot drop off.
Kayaking Trip & Eco Safari
With “Clear Kayaking & Eco Safari” you will enjoy the natural beauty of Grand Turk as you kayak to Madison point and explore the coast on foot. Take in the beauty and tranquility of nature as you paddle your 2-person glass bottom kayak through gentle, shallow waters surrounded by mangroves, exploring small coves and learning about the importance of mangroves. See various plants, birds, and an impressive Osprey nest. The clean bottom kayak will allow you to see the marine life that lives in the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Turks and Caicos also is home to the West Indian Whistling-Duck, a rare bird that gets its name from a distinctive whistling call.
The salt ponds and inland marshes serve as excellent feeding grounds for resident and migratory birds. Search for Great Blue Herons, Flamingos, Osprey and Pelicans alongside Egrets, Terns, Frigates, Boobies and other water birds. Over a dozen small cays now play host to breeding grounds. You can find 170 species of bird in the Turks and Caicos Islands from Pelicans and Flamingos to Osprey and Cuban Crows. On North Caicos, in particular, the tidal flats on the South side of the island attract scores of birds including wild Pink Flamingos that regularly inhabit the aptly named Flamingo Pond.
Visit a Conch Farm
The Caicos Conch Farm is “The World’s Only Sea Farm that raises Caribbean Queens fit for a King”. Explore the only conch farm in the world, where Caribbean Queen conchs are raised from veliger to adult. Here you can watch how the process is done, enjoy a show with the two trained and very friendly conchs, see conch pearls and even purchase fresh conch for a fabulous conch salad. Conch is quickly becoming a rising star food with top chefs from the USA and around the World choosing to use Turks and Caicos Conch Farmed products in their new dishes. The Conch Farm specializes in exporting the conch including Pacific Rim, Ocean Escargot, and Island Princess Conch and claims to raise the only “Caribbean Queens fit for a King”
Visit the Grand Turk Cruise Center
The Grand Turk Cruise Center, with direct beachfront access, is a first-class facility nestled among nearly 14 acres of landscaped grounds. Here you can peruse through a 45,000 sq. ft. shopping center which includes an extensive duty-free shop, and high-end jewelry stores. There’s also an array of unique and world-renowned apparel and t-shirt stores, locally crafted souvenirs and gifts.
For you space buffs, you’ll want to check out the “John Glenn Exhibit Splashdown Grand Turk” located on the south-side of the cruise center. This 3,500-square-foot attraction celebrates the unique relationship of the American human spaceflight mission and its importance to Grand Turk’s history. This free exhibit features amazing replicas unique to the Mercury space program, including a detailed replica of the Friendship 7 capsule, which splashed into the Atlantic in 1962, a few short miles from the island of Grand Turk. The cruise center is also home to a Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, a fun and exciting place the whole family can enjoy.
Take a Driving Tour
The Grand Turk Experience! Discover the highlights of Grand Turk with a guided island drive and beach break. You’ll ride past the former United States Air Force Tracking base and see a replica of Astronaut John Glenn’s Friendship 7 space capsule. Throughout your journey, you will see several 18th-century churches, beautiful Bermudian-style buildings, and salt ponds. Wild horses and donkeys freely roam the streets. Enjoy a brief stop to see the 150+-year-old working lighthouse and visit “The Salt House”.
Take an Island Tram
At Island Trams on Grand Turk, the local guides will give you the knowledge, attention and personal service you’ll come to expect and enjoy. Offering historical tours of Grand Turk, “Island Tram” proudly support the Turks & Caicos National Trust. Guided tours wind past centuries-old buildings, homes, and inns. Past cannons, windmills and salt ponds. Along the way, their knowledgeable local guides will point out exquisite bird life, wild horses, secluded beaches, all points in between.
Visit an Old Lighthouse
The Grand Turk lighthouse was brought in pieces from the UK where it had been constructed in 1852. It has been restored and still works guarding the northern tip of Grand Turk, the capital island of the Turks and Caicos. The lighthouse and lighthouse keeper’s house is a prized historic site and is protected by the National Trust. The Lighthouse provides some shade, a picnic area and an excellent viewing spot for the whales in February and March. The lighthouse hill overlooks North Creek, an inland body of water or lake that a growing number of historians argue is the closest fit to the description that Columbus gave for the island that he first encountered on his 1492 voyage to the New World.
View Humpback Whales
You can see North Atlantic Humpback Whales around the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay during the months of late January through early April. These majestic creatures pass through this area as part of their annual migration for mating and birth. While on a whale watching trip you will not only have the opportunity to encounter these amazing creatures by sight, you will also learn many interesting and educational facts. You can combine a morning of great diving, where you may be able to hear the songs of the whales while underwater, with an afternoon of whale watching from the boat. A must see and hear experience.
Visit a ‘National Treasure’ JoJo the Dolphin
JoJo is a unique Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin that has been living and playing in the shallow waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the West Indies since 1980. Much loved by the Islanders, the government has proclaimed JoJo a National Treasure, with a specially appointed warden to protect him. The friendly dolphin has become a powerful symbol for nature conservation in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Explore the Middle Caicos Caves
Middle Caicos is home to an impressive chain of limestone caves (the largest in the Caribbean) and the steep, breathtaking limestone cliffside of Mudjidin Beach. These natural wonders are subjects of many photos and must-see attractions when visiting Middle. After exploring the caves you can have lunch on the beach and then end your day with snorkeling for sand dollars. Excursions to Middle Caicos are available through Dolphin Tours and Silver Deep.
Visit ‘The Hole’
Located in Long Bay in Providenciales this naturally formed massive limestone 40 foot Hole is something to see! You can lower the rope 80 feet to the swimming hole. For adventurous souls only!
Play Golf at the Provo Golf Club
Known as one of the best and most challenging tests of golf in the Caribbean, The Provo Golf & Country Club is a relaxing green oasis, set amongst the natural flora and fauna of the island. You can play fairways featuring natural limestone outcroppings, native bush, and inland lakes. The front nine features water on six holes, while the tight back nine has a further four ‘lake holes’, home to a colorful array of water birds including flamingos, pelicans and various types of heron. Great facilities, no restrictions on tee times, good tempo rounds, a cooling island breeze and a great round of golf – what more could you ask for!