Whether you are intrigued by the idea of holidaying in Turks and Caicos or have already booked your holiday and are now looking for fun, exciting and fantastic things to do whilst there, here are 6 options to explore and consider.
- Take a Tour of TCI
Big Blue Unlimited is the name of TCI’s premier eco-based tour providers in TCI. Partnered with the equally popular and fantastic Blue Haven TCI Resort (which boasts its own private marina along with the usual super luxury resort staples such as a fully equipped spa and gourmet coffee and grocery store to supplement its onsite restaurant), Big Blue Unlimited offer a range of different tours that all focus, expose and celebrate different aspects and areas in TCI.
Tour goers can take a bike tour TCI’s stunning countryside, kayak through its rivers, literally dive beneath its surface to explore its world class shores and abundance of sea life and corals, and even book their very own private charter to effectively ‘adventure across the entire Turks and Caicos Islands’.
Then, to begin your adventure right now (or simply book it), head over to the Big Blue Unlimited website. Meanwhile, to begin by discovering the perfect place to drop off your luggage, get a pre-adventure spa treatment or sumptuous sample of TCI cuisine; stop by the Blue Haven TCI Resort website first.
- Tick Whale Watching Off Your Bucket List
Once over one of the highest ranking ocean related ‘things to do before you die’ was of course: swim with dolphins. As with all fashions, this has in the last ten years changed. Perhaps all the people who wanted to swim with dolphins have now done so. Who knows?
What is known is that The Ultimate Travel Buckit List (published annually via the Telegraph Newspaper) currently lists whale spotting above swimming with dolphins; in fact and in 2016, whale watching did not just make the list, but made it into the top ten things to do before you die. Then, to tick this must-do before you die activity of the list, why not do so in sumptuous Turks and Caicos?
To learn how and more about the whales you can expect to spot, simply head over to the Turks and Caicos Whale Watching website. Suffice to say, even if whale watching fails ultimately to impress you, TCI’s 40 tropical islands and cays are sure to impress, as well as offer a wealth of other and perhaps more exciting things to do – and to discover some of those activities and sights right now: read on.
- Explore Real Life Pirate Coves
What could be more exciting than exploring real life pirates coves, caves and haunts? Well, perhaps doing so in a destination that enjoys year round sun and stunning shores (whether you happen to have an interest in pirates or just appreciate a decent bit of beach like most of us)?
TCI’s location and unique landscape made it the ideal place for pirates to not only bury their prized possessions and treasure, but with it hide themselves back in the bygone years when the Caribbean seas were awash with pirates, rum runners and even blood thirsty slavers. In fact, throughout the 16th, 17th and well into the 18th century the Spanish, French and English all happened upon and laid claim to Turks and Caicos, making the country itself a desired treasure (if not strictly a pirate one).
Finally, TCI was established as a British Overseas Territory, and whilst Jamaica was eager to claim its independence and did so in the 19690’s, TCI to this day has had no interest in doing the same and instead celebrates being a British Crown Colony and showing Brits about their pirate caves – which you can learn more about and discover online via the My Turks and Caicos article: On the Trail of Pirates in Turks and Caicos.
- Visit a (Almost) Deserted Island
Ever dreamed of being stranded on a deserted island with nothing but sun, sea and the person you love? If so, you are not alone – no pun intended. But, did you know that you can make your dream come true and all without going to the expensive of buying your own island as the celebs do or simply ending up stranded on one – which is, let’s face it, not likely to pan out quite as well or prove as exciting as Hollywood or your day dreams might make it out to look?
Whilst TCI is made up of 40 separate islands and cays only eight of them are in fact inhabited by people. Hence, the majority of the country’s islands are indeed deserted. Some, such as Salt Cay (often referred to as ‘the Island time forgot’) is not strictly or entirely deserted, but none-the-less often appears so as its once booming salt Salinas and surroundings buildings now for the most part stand abandoned.
Now, Salt Cay’s once army of working donkeys roam freely about the island along with its few remaining inhabitants, making this the ideal place to escape and play at being on a deserted island – without actually forgoing all the creature comforts of modern life, such as indoor plumbing, places to eat and (perhaps most importantly) ways to leave at the end of the day.
- Visit a (Truly) Uninhabited Tropical Island
Other islands and cays, such as Little Water Cay, are indeed and entirely uninhabited by people, yet well worth visiting, as in the case of Little Water Cay, because it is chockfull of superb wildlife and a huge population of once endangered rock iguanas, earning the cay the moniker of: Iguana Island.