The Best Attractions on the Water in Providenciales

Providenciales is one of the islands of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. It’s the top vacation destination for visitors to the small country and there is good reason for this. If you are looking for a good Providenciales hotel, you may consider the Coral Gardens on Grace Bay. You can experience a wide selection of water sports while on the World’s Leading Beach Destination. Here is a list of some of the top attractions on the water in this idyllic place. When looking for a water sport company, it is recommended to find one that is licensed and insured.

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Fishing

Sport fishing is one of the most popular attractions in Providenciales. The island hosts several tournaments including the Caicos Classic that attracts people from all over the world for deep-sea fishing as well as smaller contests for other types of fishing. Visitors also go for bone fishing on the Caicos flats that surround the island.

Kayaking

You can rent a kayak that seats one or two for a nominal amount and cruise around the island. There are also eco-tours that have guides who point out interesting sights along the way. Some resorts on Grace Bay provide kayaks rent-free to guests.

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

This is a relatively new water sport that is a lot of fun. You stand on a surfboard type paddle board and row around the shallow waters of the mangrove wetlands. You’ll see small sharks, conch, turtles, bonefish and much more.

Parasailing

If you feel like flying over paradise, parasailing is for you. You’ll get great views of Grace Bay and a bird’s eye view of the reefs and larger sea life that is further out in the ocean. Some of the wildlife you’ll most likely see is dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays and more. One flight lasts from 15 to 20 minutes and is suitable for everyone except very young children.

Jet Skiing

Jet skiing is like taking a motorcycle on the water. It’s a thrilling experience and there are jet boats that will hold up to six people. You’ll skim the ocean at very high speeds. While exhilarating, it’s not recommended for viewing wildlife.

Coral Gardens on Grace Bay jet ski

Snorkeling

Snorkeling is the easiest way to get up close and personal with the reefs and tropical fish that live there. You don’t need to dive, just stay on the surface and breathe through the snorkel. Many hotels provide snorkeling equipment for free or you can buy your own at a local shop.

Glass Bottom Boat

For those who would like to see the reef corals and fish, but would rather not get wet, a glass bottom boat is the answer. There are also semi-submarines that may give a better view of underwater life.

Water Skiing, Wakeboarding and Tubing

These water sports are similar to each other in that they involve towing you behind a boat. Providenciales has many sheltered flat-water places that are perfect for these slightly less adventurous water sports.

Kiteboarding and Windsurfing

Kiteboarding is basically the same as windsurfing only with a giant kite instead of a sail.

The most popular water sport is scuba diving, but this isn’t for everyone. There are many other ways to enjoy the warm, clear water, see the marine life and just have fun on a Providenciales beaches.

 

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