There are so many activities to choose from in Turks and Caicos, it can be hard to decide which are the best for your vacation. Our list of 11 Epic Excursions in Turks and Caicos will help you choose the best option for you and your group, ensuring you experience the best tours in Turks and Caicos.
When planning your trip, you don't miss out on any of the best excursions in Turks and Caicos during your stay.
We’ve been traveling to Turks and Caicos regularly since 2014 and we can assure you, you’ll find the best tours and excursions in Turks and Caicos to choose from. There is no shortage of bucket list worthy activities in Providenciales.
Jump into our personal favorites that top the list of the best tours in Turks and Caicos.
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1. Half Day Sail And Snorkel Tour
The Half Day Sail And Snorkel is by far, one of the best Turks and Caicos excursions, especially for first time visitors. This is an excursion we do every time we visit Providenciales!
If this is your first trip to Turks and Caicos we highly recommend you book this excursion. It’s truly one of the best ways to see a lot of what The Turks and Caicos Islands have to offer at a great price.
You’ll head out into the warm waters of Grace bay and beyond for a 4-hour sail and snorkel adventure. You'll be guided by a professional, fun crew who will take you to the world's third largest reef system for some spectacular snorkeling.
Don’t want to snorkel, no problem! Snorkeling is only part of the adventure on this excursion.
You’ll also enjoy searching for Iguana’s at Little Water Cay and most of all exploring the Cay’s incredible beaches accessible only by boat. Plus, you’ll meet people from all over the world and make many great memories that will last a lifetime.
Snorkeling equipment and instruction is included as well as snacks, water, rum punch, Turks Head Beer or soda.
The Half Day Sail and Snorkel is our pick for The #1 Best Thing To Do In Turks and Caicos.
Duration – 4 hours
Pricing – $125.00 USD (+tax) and up, depending on boat tour itineraries and amenities. Children under 10 years of age at a discounted rate for most tours.
2. Catamaran Sunset Sail
This excursion is the perfect way to end your day in Turks and Caicos.
This 1.5 – 2 hour sunset sail will get you up close and personal with some of the most beautiful sights of Providenciales. You’ll cruise along Grace Bay, enjoying the warm breeze and listening to the soft sounds of Caribbean music, and most likely, toasting with a glass of champagne or rum punch. Light snacks are usually provided also.
At sunset, you’ll be treated to a spectacular display of color as the sky turns from blue to pink and then into shades of orange off Grace Bay. Sunsets never get old in Turks and Caicos, and this experience is a highlight among the best excursions in Turks and Caicos.
The sunset sail is perfect for those who want to experience the beauty of the island while enjoying a leisurely, and romantic, boat or catamaran ride. It’s truly a spectacular boat tour in Turks and Caicos.
We've included a “Private Charter” option in this selection for those traveling in larger groups. A private charter may end up being more cost effective for your group than paying individual prices for a group tour.
Most of the popular group tour boat companies offer sunset cruises, but our personal choice for a romantic cruise, would be Lady Grace Catamaran.
Duration – 1.5 – 2 hours
Pricing – $121.00 USD (+tax) and up, depending on level or service and amenities provided by the tour. Tours generally offer discounts for children under 10 for non ‘adult only’ cruises.
3. Provo Ponies – Horseback Riding In The Ocean
Did someone say bucket list excursion?! Yes, horseback riding in the ocean is all it’s cracked up to be and then some making it one of the best tours in Turks and Caicos!! Provo Ponies is a horse rescue operation that we just can’t talk enough about. Honestly, these horses are treated better than most humans!
We absolutely love heading out with Provo Ponies. This is a tour we try to schedule for every trip. It's not just a wonderful excursion, it's also one of the unique tours Turks and Caicos has to offer, especially if you're an animal lover like we are. You can book as part of a small group ride or a private ride for two (plus a guide).
You'll be introduced to your suitable match and learn the basics before heading to the beach. If you're lucky, you'll get to ride Turtle, the most gorgeous gentle giant of them all (well, they're all gorgeous, but he's just out of this world gorgeous).
If you plan on adding this to your list of things to do in Turks and Caicos, be sure to book well in advance. They fill up fast, so better to book sooner than later. You will be asked to give your weight so you can be paired with an appropriate sized horse.
Duration – The group ride is approximately 75 minutes but you’ll be there earlier to get paired with a horse, safety instructions as well as a quick lesson in the stables.
Price – Group ride: $169.00 USD (+tax)/person, Private ride 1 hour: $285.00 USD (+tax)/person, Private ride 90 minutes: $323.00 USD (+tax)/person
4. Kayak Or Paddle Eco Mangrove Tour
Take advantage of the calm waters in The Turks and Caicos Islands and treat yourself to an Eco Kayak or Paddle Tour.
Kayak or paddle through the Leeward mangroves and learn about all the incredible life under the sea from a fun and professional guide.
After a short paddle/kayak across the Leeward Channel, you will enter the mangroves and into an adventure through nature. Your guide will lead you through the mangroves, pointing out different fish species, turtles, jellyfish, starfish, baby rays and of course, conch!. This experience is a highlight among, offering a unique perspective of the island's natural beauty. You may even be lucky enough to spot an elusive baby shark!
Kayak excursions are perfect for families and individuals of all ages. The kayaks are designed for comfort and stability, making it easy for beginners to enjoy the trip. There is no experience needed and the guides will teach you everything you need to know about kayaking before your adventure begins.
Honestly, we are not ‘fit” by any stretch of the imagination and we absolutely love kayaking in Providenciales. It's a great way to enjoy the adventure without too much effort.
Duration – Tour length varies between companies so double check your excursion length before booking to ensure you pick the best option for you and/or your group.
Price – $108.00 USD (+tax) and up. Higher prices generally equal a longer excursion so prices will vary depending on tour length. Operators generally offer discounts for children, please check when booking.
5. Private Boat Charter
The absolute best of the best tours in Turks and Caicos is with a private boat charter! These unforgettable half day trips (or full day if you wish) are renowned as some of the best excursions in Turks and Caicos, taking you to secluded beaches and out of this world snorkeling sites.
Whether you hit the water in a luxury speed boat or catamaran, with your own charter, you can explore the islands at your own pace. This flexibility and personalized experience make it one of the most unique excursions Turks and Caicos has to offer.
You can chat with your Captain to tailor this boat tour just the way you like it. Keep in mind, your Captain will know all the hidden gems so be fully open to their suggestions!
From snorkeling, beach hopping, tubing and wake boarding. To swimming with sea turtles and exploring a shipwreck, this excursion is the ultimate in Turks and Caicos excursions.
If you're travleing with a group or a large number of family members of all ages, definitely consider a private boat charter. While they’re not always in our budget when we’re traveling just as the two of us, we always try to book a private charter when we have family or friends with us. We highly recommend this type of boat tour in Turks and Caicos.
Duration – Fully customizable to your needs. Hourly or preset time frames.
Price – From our experience, prices typically start around $1100.00 USD (+tax) and up for a 3 hour private excursion. Rates vary between companies due to the type of boat and services offered.
For a full luxury day of exploring on a private charter, we’d highly recommend Ocean Frontiers. Captain Ernesto is a huge ocean advocate and will take you to some spectacular spots hidden throughout the Islands. Enjoy a charter entirely catered to all you want to see and do.
*We are not sponsored by Ocean Frontiers, we simply want to offer you the best options.
For a more casual, yet fun, sporty and full of professionalism charter, we recommend Silly Creek Water Sports. You can go tubing, wake surfing, wake boarding, all the fun sports and also a little cliff diving if you wish! Cynthia and Steve are more than happy to cater to any and all things you want out of your private charter.
*We are not sponsored by Silly Creek Water Sports, we simply want to offer you the best options.
6. Snorkel And ATV Excursion
Get ready for an action packed day with Caicos Dream Tours newest addition to their excursions line up, The Sea To Sand North Expedition! For those looking to explore further than Providenciales, this tour is for you! This Turks and Caicos excursion blends the best of land and sea exploration.
Your day begins with a snorkeling session at the Barrier Reef, where you'll have a chance to check out the incredible marine and coral life, tropical fish, sea turtles, and maybe even dolphins.
Back on the boat, you’ll continue the party as you make your way to North Caicos where you’ll hop into your side by side ATV’s. This unique combination of sea and land adventure is what sets this excursion apart as one of the most unique tours Turks and Caicos offers.
Once on North, you'll explore the trails of Kew and Whitby, making a stop at Isaac’s Farm for some fresh cane juice and local stories. The journey continues with a visit to Cottage Pond, a prime spot for flamingo sightings, and a quick photo session at Three Mary’s Cays.
Another highlight of the tour is a delicious beach BBQ at Lovey’s Beach, offering a taste of local cuisine and a chance to relax in paradise. The day wraps up with a leisurely boat ride back to Providenciales, possibly stopping at the Sand Bar or for one last snorkel, depending on the conditions.
This tour is a perfect blend of adventure, culture, and relaxation, promising a day full of unforgettable experiences in the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands.
Duration – Tuesdays only: 9am – 4:30pm
Price – $500.00USD (+tax) per person. Price on link includes tax. Must be 16 years of age or older.
7. Parasailing Excursions In Turks And Caicos
Parasailing needs no introduction so we’ll just share our experience. Myself being afraid of heights and not a good swimmer, you can imagine how anxious I was to do this excursion for the first time. Byron, of course, raring to go!
I can now honestly say, without a doubt, it's an incredible feeling being high in the sky overlooking the turquoise water and seeing dolphins playing near the reef! We've since “flown” more than once and we'll keep doing it each visit, making it one of our many favorite excursions in Turks and caicos!
We've had fantastic experiences with the crew from Key To The Sea Parasailing. You can book a public tour, where they'll pick you up on the beach, or private tours, should you wish to head off with just your group of friends or family. This flexibility makes it a great option to enjoy both the excursion and boat tour in Providenciales.
Safety comes first, so you will be outfitted with lifejackets. The crew will steady you as you make your way to the harness and get you safely hooked up and feeling comfortable before flight. Then it’s up and away you go!
You can access Key To The Sea through these links or keep your eyes out for the crew along Grace Bay Beach. They are easily spotted in their florescent t-shirts branded with the company name.
If you're booking with any of the parasailing companies directly from the beach, we'd recommend negotiating and agreeing on price before you board. We haven't heard of any outrageous stories of price jacking, but always best to agree ahead of time.
Duration – Approximately a 1 hour tour with multiple couples. Each flight is around 12-15 minutes.
Price – Typically $75.00 USD (+tax). For passengers who don’t wish to fly, we know that Key To The Sea only charges $20.00 USD for the trip.
8. Potcake Place K9 Rescue
We realize this doesn’t fall under the category of Turks and Caicos excursions, but If you’re an animal lover, this is for you! Potcake Place K-9 Rescue is a non profit rescue organization operated solely by volunteers. The volunteers rescue stray puppies and kitties throughout The Island and give them a chance at a forever home. They %100 rely on tourists to help socialize these little bundles of fun!
Potcake Place is located in The Salt Mills Plaza in central Grace Bay. You line up in the morning (we recommend you go much earlier than when the rescue opens for a better chance of getting a puppy) you get assigned a puppy along with a beach bag of treats, toys, poop bags, water and a bowl. Then you get to take the puppy to the beach!!!
They’ll play with you in the water, nap with you on your beach towel, nip at your feet and all the other great things puppies do! They are the most popular kids on the beach, quite the attention grabbers! It’s honestly one of our favorite things to do in Turks and Caicos.
After a few hours they’re tired out and it’s time to go back to the rescue for baths and naps. It’s such a wonderful activity to partake in.
Price – FREE! All that's required is your time, some kisses and some belly rubs.
Duration – 2 to 3 hours, depending on how tired out your puppy is.
9. La Famille Shipwreck Tours In Turks And Caicos
While this shipwreck isn't necessarily a proper “tour”, it sure ranks high among adventure seekers and therefore, we had to add it to our epic excursions in Turks and Caicos list.
In 2004, in the aftermath of Hurricane Frances, this large freighter broke loose from its mooring and drifted out to sea. Today, the La Famille rests perfectly erect off the south shores of Providenciales. It has become a popular landmark for those who are looking for a little more adventure during their vacation.
BE AWARE – You will need a mode of transportation to get out to the wreck so we suggest you rent a guided jet ski tour or book a boat tour. PLEASE DO NOT GO ALONE. The guides are familiar with the ship and they know what areas are safe and which areas to avoid. You don’t want to get injured on your vacation.
We recommend you take water shoes for while on board the shipwreck. Also, depending on the tide, it may not be safe to jump off the ship.
Oh yes, did you catch that? You can jump off the shipwreck! OH YA!! This was a bucket list excursion for Byron and I a few years ago and what a thrill (albeit a terrifying one) it was!
While the jump from the bow was no bother to Byron, it took me a good twenty minutes to finally jump. But let me tell you, it was incredible! I can't swim (had a life vest) and I'm afraid of heights so this was a huge deal for me! Dare I say, I might even do it again?
Jet ski tours are typically open to all ages, however, there are age restrictions on those who are eligible to operate the jet skis. 17 years of age may operate the jet ski, or 15 years of age if they are the passenger of an adult.
Duration – Varies between companies.
Price – $180.00 USD (+tax) and up, depending on which company or tour you book.
10. Love Buggy Tour Or ATV Tour
Not that you'll ever get tired of floating in the glorious turquoise waters of Providenciales or sipping cocktails on the pool deck, but perhaps you're looking for a Turks and Caicos excursion that's more “off roady” and rugged than what our epic excursions list has already covered.
If that's the case, an ATV Tour or the ever popular Love Buggy Tour is a fantastic way to explore parts of The Island, especially if you're not renting a car. You'll discover some spectacular sites in remote places of Providenciales you might not otherwise find if you were touring by yourself.
Places like Split Rock and Pirates Cove, Malcolms Beach,The Caves and Prince's Purple Driveway are some of the areas many off roading tours will take you. These destinations are often missed in typical Turks and Caicos tours, offering a different perspective of the island's natural beauty. Be sure to inquire about where each tour will take you to ensure you get the most out of this excursion.
Always do your research and book with a certified company to ensure you're in the safest hands. All safety equipment is provided. These tours travel as a group around The Island, on main roads to more remote gravel roads. For your safety, you will be with a guide at all times.
Most ATV tours require drivers to be 18 with proof of valid driver's license. Many tours allow younger kids as passengers but please check when booking. Love Buggy tour allows kids 3 and up as passengers.
Duration – Tour length varies between companies so double check your excursion length before booking to ensure you pick the best option for you and/or your group.
Price – $128.00 USD (+tax) and up. Higher prices generally equal a longer excursion so prices will vary depending on tour length.
It's always so fun to see these little red buggies scooting around Providenciales.
Typically this tour spends half a day exploring Providenciales. Plenty of stops at landmarks and other historical points of interest. Keep your cameras at the ready for some spectacular along the way. A light lunch stop is also provided with the Love Buggy Tour,
11. Learn To Kiteboard
If your goal is to learn how to to kiteboard in Turks and Caicos, you've picked the perfect location. Long Bay Beach is a Kite Boarders paradise! Being a little windier on this stretch of beach, it's the ideal location for kite boarding beginners and pro's alike.
With a vast stretch of beach and being approximately only 3 feet deep for a great distance offshore, it's a perfect spot to learn to “Kite”.
There's plenty of room for everyone to safely spend a great day in the water. If you're interested in giving Kite Boarding a try, there's a few operations set up on the beach that can answer all your questions.
They are dedicated to provide a fun and safe learning experience, so that you can enjoy your time on the water as much as possible.
The instructors have years of experience teaching people of all ages and skill level. They have a passion for what they do and go out of their way to ensure everyone has an amazing time during their stay.
Duration – 2-3 hours depending on lesson booked.
Price – $450.00 USD (+tax) per person. Minimum age is 10 years.
Conclusion – Best Excursions In Turks And Caicos
We know that choosing the perfect excursions in Turks and Caicos can feel a bit overwhelming, especially with so many incredible options. But we hope our handpicked list has made it easier for you to pinpoint the perfect activities for you and your group.
Whether it's a snorkeling adventure at the reef, the excitement of a horseback ride in the ocean, or the unparalleled experience of a private boat charter, each of these epic excursions has been selected to ensure you get the very best of Turks and Caicos.
Don't forget to pack your reef safe sunscreen for any of these Turks and Caicos excursions! Many operators only allow reef safe products so be sure to throw some in your luggage.
If budget is a concern, feel free to tally up your favorite excursions on our vacation budget calculator to see how much you're adding to your trip.
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