Just 7 miles (11 km) long and a little more than 1 mile (1½ km) wide, this island, the capital and seat of the Turks and Caicos government, has been a longtime favorite destination for divers eager to explore the 7,000-foot-deep pristine coral walls that drop down only 300 yards out to sea. View more
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Embrace the idyllic beauty of Grand Turk from above-and-below sea level during this picturesque, half-day beach and snorkelling excursion.
Grand Turk, Catamaran-Ride, Caribbean Sea
Embark your awaiting 78-foot (about 24-metre) catamaran at the pier, meet your friendly crew and begin your catamaran adventure. Set sail along the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea during the approximately 30-minute ride to the snorkelling location, the island's famous, approximately 7,000-foot-deep (about 2,133-metre-deep) sea wall. En route, take in breath-taking panoramic views of the coast and sea as the trade winds take you to your destination.
Sea Wall, Snorkelling, Coral, Tropical Fish, Marine Life, Private Beach, Swimming Sunbathing
Upon arrival at the sea wall, begin your guided, approximately 40-minute snorkelling session. Along the way, see a myriad of intricate coral, tropical fish and marine life. Following your snorkelling session, embark the catamaran and sail to a private beach located nearby. Upon arrival, anchor just offshore. Some free time is made available here to swim to the beach and relax on the sugary white sands, or simply enjoy the sun and seascapes on board the catamaran.
Return Sail, Refreshments, Caribbean Music
Following the swimming and snorkelling portion of the tour, relax with a refreshing rum punch or soft drink accompanied by rhythmic island tunes during the short ride back to the pier. Upon arrival, disembark the catamaran and commence the short walk back to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with five steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat and manoeuvre in/out of the boat. This tour is recommended for guests that are in good physical condition, and can swim in water too deep too stand. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guest with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, guests who have had recent surgery and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or water shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Guests must be at least 6 years old to participate on this tour. Snorkelling equipment is provided. There are no changing facilities on board the boat. Waterproof cameras are highly recommended. The weight of each guest may not exceed 250 pounds (about 113 kilograms) to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Guests may not snorkel if they have consumed alcohol. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, fish and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Travel by open island style, off-road vehicle while being taken on an adventure that covers Grand Turk from North to South and East to West.
At the pier, board your open-air island style vehicle and your journey of Grand Turk begins. Explore the southern off roads and old Salinas. From here, head along the west coast and historic Duke Street and Front Street famous for the old Bermudian-style architecture, historic churches and old cannons.
Your guide will point out the famous 7,000 foot drop-off creating the Grand Turk 'Wall' which is famous to divers from all over the world. Next, head north to 'Little Bluff' and 'North Creek' for a leisurely stroll along the beach and through the mangroves, which are an important part of Grand Turk's ecosystem.
Another stop on the northern end of Grand Turk is the historic light house. Be sure to bring your camera, the elevated views from the lighthouse ground of the Atlantic are spectacular. Continue your adventure along the east coast for more dramatic views of the coastline and picture perfect views of Gibbs Cay. The final leg of the adventure takes you right through the centre of Grand Turk and the town Salinas, which are a rich part of Grand Turk's history from the Salt trading years.
On your return south to the ship you have the opportunity to view the Friendship Capsule, a replica of the original space capsule carrying astronaut Lieutenant Colonel John Glenn that splashed down off the coast of Grand Turk in 1962.
Please note: This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however it is not wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to climb a short ladder (4 steps) to get onto the Safari truck. Guests should dress in seasonal clothing and wear flat, walking shoes and sun protection.
Join us for a fun and unique island experience on our 'Swim with the Stingrays and Gibbs Cay beach tour.'
Your adventure begins at the cruise terminal where you are greeted by your friendly crew as you board the boat that will take you to your destination, a pristine, uninhabited island - Gibbs Cay.
Upon arrival your crew will provide you with snorkel equipment as well as a safety briefing and instructions. If you wish, feel free to explore the coral reef about 50 yards from the beach and get up close and personal with a myriad of colourful fish. Your friendly and knowledgeable crew will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
During your time in Gibbs Cay, your crew will demonstrate the art of cleaning a conch. Conch is a local tradition and delicacy of all the local restaurants. Explore pretty Gibbs Cay or even go in search of the elusive Osprey or swim from the beach with the Stingrays. Watch as one-by-one these graceful creatures approach the small bay. Your crew will assist you in handling these beautiful sea animals.
After swimming with the stingrays, you may choose to relax with a complimentary beverage on the white sand. Re-board your boat for the relaxing return to the town dock.
Please note: Guests are requested to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sun protection, comfortable footwear you do not mind getting wet and bring a towel from the ship. Participants must be at least five years of age; those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Guests must be agile enough to climb a 4 step ladder into and out of the boat. A waiver must be signed to participate in this activity; guests must be in good physical condition and able to swim.
This unforgettable excursion allows you to explore Grand Turk's natural beauty on horseback - both on land and in the water.
Depart the pier for the scenic twenty-minute bus ride along the coast and across to the other side of the island. The trip bypasses Governor's Beach, the local airport and one of Grand Turk's natural salinas which recently re-opened to show visitors how salt is obtained in its natural form. Drive past Cockburn Town, the administrative and political capital of the Turks & Caicos Islands before reaching the Grand Turk Indigenous Horse Shelter where your tour on horseback begins.
Once mounted on your horse, proceed with a leisurely walk along the beach whilst enjoying views of the ocean. The guides unsaddle your mounts and prepare them for the swim. Remounting your horse with a halter, enter into the water. Following this great experience, get back to the base and prepare for the transfer back to the ship.
Please note: Bring sun block, aqua shoes, towel, swim wear, comfortable clothing and camera. Tour is suitable for guests who are physically fit. Pregnant women cannot participate to this excursion. A signed disclaimer is required to participate in this tour. Maximum weight for participants is 220 pounds (100 kilograms) and the minimum age is 6 years. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Discover the idyllic island of Grand Turk in a fun-filled and eco-friendly new way during this panoramic sightseeing excursion via electric Hummer.
Grand Turk and Former U.S. Air Force Base
After receiving your safety and driving instructions, board your HXT Electric Hummer and depart the pier caravan-style for a scenic journey though the island of Grand Turk. Every hummer is equipped with Bluetooth technology, so you can learn about the history of the island and tales of the salt trade narrated by your tour guide. Your first stop is the former U.S. Air Force Base. Hear and see our Missile Tracking Station, and learn about the heavy U.S. influence on the island.
West Coast, Colonial Buildings, Downtown Area and Old Jetty
Next, re-board your Hummer and drive to the west coast. As you proceed along the coastline, take in breath-taking panoramic vistas of the magnificent old colonial buildings from the 1600s and 1800s, pristine turquoise water and powdery, white-sand beaches. Afterward, a stop is made downtown to browse a small local handicrafts market, purchase some local cuisine, see the old jetty and a 7,000-foot (about 2,133-metre) drop-off point in the middle of town.
'Circle of Life', Sea Creatures, Salt Ponds and John Glenn Space Capsule
Your tour continues with a drive to the North Creek, and a stop at the 'Circle of Life'. Here, see and touch unique sea creatures such as conch, urchins, star fishes, jelly fishes and sea cucumbers. In addition, learn about the wonders and mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, view the Lighthouse in the distance and smell the fresh, crisp sea air. Following your visit, drive along the east coast to the salt ponds at Salt Cay Town. En route, learn about the island's salt trade and cultural history, and see birds, donkeys and free-roaming horses. Your last stop is at the John Glenn Space Capsule. During your visit, discover how this famous hero helped put this little pearl island on the map. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of off-road driving and minimal amount of walking, at times over cobblestone surfaces, with eight steps to negotiate to get on/off the Hummer. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a towel and bottled water from the ship. Guests must be at least seven years old to participate on this tour. Guests who wish to drive a E-Hummer must present a valid driver's license. Each E-Hummer accommodates 2 guests and driving responsibilities can be shared. This tour is sold per person. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Explore the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea during this exhilarating snorkelling and underwater scooter excursion.
Reef System, Snorkelling, Fish and Coral
Depart the pier for the short transfer to the Cruise Centre. Here, embark your boat and ride along the picturesque south end of Grand Turk, then proceed to one of the best reef systems Grand Turk has to offer. Upon arrival, begin your guided snorkelling session in approximately 4 feet-15 feet (about 1.2 metres-4.5 metres) of water. Along the way, see a myriad of colourful fish and intricate coral. Afterward, re-board your boat for a breath-taking ride to the white sands of an idyllic private island.
Private Island, Underwater Scooter, Conch Cleaning
Upon arrival at the private island, you are introduced to your powerful underwater scooter. Glide through the turquoise waters and back channels, and experience an explosion of colours and marine life. Next, your crew dives for live conch and demonstrates the art of cleaning this local delicacy whilst you sink your toes into the warm, silky sands of the private island. Following your visit, embark your boat for the leisurely ride back to the Cruise Centre, and relax with refreshments and the rhythms of Caribbean music en route. Upon arrival at the Cruise Centre, disembark your boat and commence the short transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat and boat ladder. Guests must be in good physical condition, and know how to swim, snorkel and wade ashore for wet landings at the island. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with boat shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Guests must be at least ten years old to participate on this tour. Guests must weigh less than 250 pounds to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Explore the history, culture and environment that helped to shape Grand Turk during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing and beach excursion.
Grand Turk, U.S.A.F. Base, Governor's House, Space Capsule, Coverley's House, Cannons
Depart the pier for the short drive past the former U.S. Air Force Base and Missile Tracking Station. Afterward, the island comes to life as you pass by large, roaming donkeys and horses basking in the sun. Continue past the Governor's House for a closer look at the famous John Glenn Space Capsule, then journey west, past the majestic Courthouse and oldest church on the island. A stop is made at the 'haunted' Coverley's House. Hear haunting tales of this storied house, and beware of the one-armed ghost. Re-board your coach and drive past the cannons that stood guarding the island's rich history of colonization, pirateering and conquests. See pieces of the original Front Street, today situated in the middle of the ocean.
Eunice Lodge, Slave Home, Bermuda Triangle, Shipwreck, Lighthouse, Seabirds, Beachcombing
Next, pass by Eunice Lodge, the building where the Proclamation for Emancipation of Slavery was read, then the remnants of the home of the famous former slave Mary Prince; the first slave to be set free in the Caribbean. From here, proceed to the northernmost part of the island, home of the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. Upon arrival, view the famous shipwreck, nearly 200-year-old Old Herald. Hear about the haunting tales of the disappearing ships, and see the 21,000-foot (approximately 6,401-metre) drop-off point only footsteps away. Take pictures of the oldest lighthouse in the Caribbean, and discover the original location where John Glenn made his splashdown in 1962. Glimpse at birds standing in the wild as they dance to the songs of the wind, and collect shells as keepsakes during a stroll on the shores of the Bermuda Triangle.
Circle of Life, Marine Life-Viewing and Handling, Governor's Beach, Swimming, Caribbean Sea
A stop is made at the Circle of Life. During your interactive and engaging visit, you can view and touch exotic conch, urchins, sea, cucumbers, starfish, and jellyfish. Your final stop offers a wonderful opportunity to experience the true natural splendour of Grand Turk during about an hour of free time at Governor's Beach, the most popular beach on the island. Relax on a lounge chair, feel the white, powdery sand between your toes, and swim in the inviting, turquoise-blue waters of the Caribbean Sea; cold water and island spice cake is provided. At the conclusion of this fun-filled, family-friendly outing, return to the pier aboard one of the shuttles, which pick-up every 30 minutes.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 459 yards (about 420 metres), at times over uneven, cobblestone and sandy surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a towel and US Dollars for purchases from the ship. Guests must be at least two years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Get off the beaten path to see the sites of Grand Turk on the most unique type of personal transportation today - a Segway.
Take a short ride from the cruise center to the starting point at the beginning of beautiful historic Grand Turk. Here you'll meet your guide and will be given instructions on how to control your personal Segway. You'll be surprised how quickly you get the hang of it and how fun it is to ride. Once you have mastered the Segway, set out to explore and experience historic Grand Turk.
On your tour, see picturesque Duke and Front Streets, famous for the old Bermudian-style architecture, historic churches, old cannons and buildings made from old ships. Because you are on the Segway, you have the opportunity to venture into some of the smaller middle roads where regular bus tours cannot go to get a sense of the heart and culture of people of Grand Turk.
For an added thrill, you have the opportunity to ride your Segway on the pristine white beaches of Grand Turk and stop to view the turquoise water. Throughout your tour, your guide will educate you with the rich history of the island on several stops during the tour including viewing the salt ponds and learning the history of the salt raking days.
On your return to the cruise centre you can view the Friendship Capsule, a replica of the original space capsule that splashed down off the coast of Grand Turk in 1962. This is truly a unique and fun way to experience Grand Turk.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity and is suitable for guests with limited mobility as long as the participant has a good sense of balance. The minimum age to participate in this tour is 12. Guests who have been drinking alcohol prior to the tour will be denied participation. A signed waiver is required to participate in this programme. We suggest guests dress in comfortable seasonal clothing, wear sensible shoes and sun protection.
Marvel at the amazing turquoise waters and pristine coral reefs of Grand Turk during this two-tank, half-day scuba diving excursion.
Depart the pier for the short drive to the dive shop. After receiving your equipment and safety briefing, embark a dive boat for the ride to a pristine coral reef. Grand Turk is home to the third-largest barrier reef, and some of the world's best diving. Upon arrival at your first dive site, enter the water for your first guided diving session, a 40-minute dive at approximately 70 feet (about 21.3 metres). Get up-close-and-personal with fascinating marine life and a myriad of colourful fish as you explore the reef, teeming with healthy varieties of coral and sponges.
Next, re-board the boat for a relaxing cruise to the second dive site. Upon arrival, re-enter the water for your second guided diving session, a 45-minute drive at approximately 65 feet (about 19.8 metres). Explore this extraordinary reef system, home to turtles, stingrays, grouper, snapper, trumpet fish, colourful sponges, and soft coral. At the conclusion of your second diving session, return to the dive shop. After disembarking the dive boat, some free time is made available to browse the dive shop. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for pregnant guests, guest with neck and/or back problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Current dive certification, a signed PADI waiver and medical questionnaire is required to participate on this tour. Diving equipment is provided on this tour. The dive sites may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.